Bill P. Godfrey et al


Sunday, April 23, 2006

(Not) Updating Firefox

If anyone who knows me personally is running Windows XP and had been taking my advice, they would have...
  1. Created two user accounts, an admin user and a limited user.
  2. Be using the limited user account day to day, only using the admin account when needed.
  3. Be using an up-to-date version of Firefox, or maybe Opera, instead of Internet Explorer.
I recommend using limited accounts day-to-day because if you got hit with a virus or something, the damage would be limited to just that user account. You could go back in as admin, save any data files and finally nuke the old account from orbit.

Being up-to-date is also important. As I write this, the latest version of Firefox is version 1.5.0.2, released on the 13th of April. This is because version 1.5.0.1 has bugs.

That was 10 days ago, and I've only just updated it. Yes, Mr Paranoid Security man left his browser un-updated for ten days! Only three more signs of the apocalypse to go.

Firefox has an auto-update facility, so when a new version comes out, users are informed and invited to download and install the new version. You can even use the Check for Updates option under the Help menu. (Help? I'd have gone for the Tools menu. Never mind.)

So what went wrong?

Time was that when Firefox detected an update, it would offer to download it and run it. If you'd be running as limited user, the installer would complain saying that it has to be run as an administrator. So you'd then log in as adminstrator and download it all again.

To fix the problem, the update facility is disabled when used as a limited user.



Since I rarely use the Admin user, I didn't spot the update until I was reminded to check when I read a news article on the topic.

Fortunately, the Mozilla people who produce Firefox know about the problem. In the meantime, if you use Firefox, this would be a good opportunity to check which version you are running. Select About Mozilla Firefox under the Help menu.

Yeah! I'll sign up for that!


(A copy of a real advert placed on this site, doncha know!)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Dun doodling



This doodle is very bad, but it could change the world forever.
-- Phil.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Lazy Sunday of the week

Here's one for people not linking to animations any more.


The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow.
-- Norwegian proverb

Friday, April 14, 2006

Happiness runs in a circular motion...

I have this great article musing on the mathematics of investmenting, but its not ready yet. Sorry.

I'm in a really good mood tonight, so I thought I'd link to this instead. Linking to other people's videos seems to be the theme for this week. I'll try not to do this so often. Promise.


(Video by "geauxmuse".)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

When I get writers block...

I post videos...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Jump, click... Jump, click...


(B3ta)

Monday, April 10, 2006

Twelve reasons to be happy (8)


Sunsets

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Last animated short of the week (Lick a bow)

Why would you want to?

This is the 100th animation I've linked to here. Don't believe me? Here's a list on my other website under development.

Seems a good place to stop.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Speeding camera signs



That's another one across the screet, all tied onto posts with cable ties with a couple more down the road. There are no actual speed cameras around for miles.

Either Northamptonshire police are saving money by not using the normal metal signs, or these signs were put up by people trying get drivers to slow down.

No idea why though. That stretch of road has a 60 mile/hour limit and it is bendy and hilly enough that people tend to drive at around 50 anyway.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Art film

This is all strangely compelling. I have no idea why.

Norna's video blog.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

There may be 12 reasons to be happy...

but this is one reason to smile at least a dozen times a day.




Curious Duke











Triumphant Duke


This little guy belongs to my brother. We loved having such a big strong name for a tiny little critter. Since he's getting another sometime soon, I think the next one should be either Bruno or Kong.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Twelve reasons to be happy (6 and 7)


Puppies
(For Rori)


Kitties
(For Susan)

The puppy is "Duke", named after me apparently. Everyone in England is a duke, dontcha know.

The cat on the left is a stray who has taken to hanging around my house. Here's some more pictures.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Animated short of the week (Pickle Curiosity)

As long as you happen to put your hand in a jar full of pickles, might as well dip your whole arm in the jar.
-- Malaysian Proverb