Internet censorship in the UK

Wikipedia blocks edits from the UK after UK ISPs censor Wikipedia content.

Update: the IWF have now removed the page from the blacklist.

Wikipedia currently presents you with the following message when you try to edit content:

Wikipedia has been added to a Internet Watch Foundation UK website blacklist, and your Internet service provider has decided to block part of your access. Unfortunately, this also makes it impossible for us to differentiate between different users, and block those abusing the site without blocking other innocent people as well.

Wikipedia took this action after the Internet Watch Foundation blacklisted the Virgin Killer album page. As a result Virgin Media, Be/O2/Telefonica, EasyNet/UK Online, PlusNet, Demon and Opal are filtering the page through a transparent proxy, which basically amounts to censorship.

Flash and the mobiles

The smartphone market is finally getting a full-fledged flash player. Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash 10 running on Nokia Series 60 (based on Symbian), Windows Mobile and even the Google Android platforms. There was a major but expected absentee … The iPhone.

The smartphone market is finally getting a full-fledged flash player. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash 10 running on Nokia Series 60 (based on Symbian), Windows Mobile and even the Google Android platforms. There was a major but expected absentee … The iPhone.

While Adobe has a near complete version for the iPhone, it’ll probably never be released to the wild. The problem as some see it is that it is too close for comfort for Apple, providing a free application platform that would compete with the App Store. They would lose the tight control they have on what can be run on an iPhone, as well as losing the revenue stream from sales via the App Store.
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Web Video on your TV

There’s a new box on its way that lets you watch internet video on your TV without the need for a computer in between!

… without a computer in between!

All you need is a tiny box that plugs into your TV. With it you get to watch video from various video sources including directly from web sources.
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Windows update blocks internet access

Update (11 July): Checkpoint have released a new update for ZoneAlarm that resolves this issue.

If your internet connection stopped working after you installed windows update patches released yesterday, it’s most probably because you are running Zone Alarm with its security level set to high. One of the patches (KB951748) released yesterday doesn’t play very well with zone alarm.
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Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 Quick Test

Beta 1 of Internet Explorer 8 is out, but does it pass CSS2 tests?

Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 has been released to the wild. The ACID2 test could not be reached for a good while after ie8 was released. I guess everyone who downloaded was running the test. While it does seem to pass the ACID2 test (provided you OK the ActiveX dialog box), it still fails on some CSS 2.1 tests in the W3C CSS 2.1 suite.. I couldn’t run as many of the test I wanted, as IE takes up around 95-99% of CPU time on the test list page. Continue reading “Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 Quick Test”

Microsoft comes to its senses about IE8

Well, it would appear that microsoft is realising it made a mistake in choosing version targeted quirks mode as the default for Internet Explorer 8. I guess they didn’t anticipate the uproar from developers, and so decided to do a U-Turn and enable standard compliance mode by default.

Well, it would appear that microsoft is realising it made a mistake in choosing version targeted quirks mode as the default for Internet Explorer 8. I guess they didn’t anticipate the uproar from developers, and so decided to do a U-Turn and enable standard compliance mode by default. Continue reading “Microsoft comes to its senses about IE8”

Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 1: Web Access & Communication

As linux gets more popular, people are asking which applications they can use for browsing the web, office productivity and graphics and video editing etc. Part 1 covers applications Web access and communication.

Despite of being around for years, adoption of GNU/Linux based operating systems in the mainstream desktop has been slow. But now it is getting more coverage thanks to distributions such as Ubuntu, and for being included with some new computers from manufacturers such as Dell.

More people are asking what can I run on it, and what do I use for writing documents, editing photos etc. In this series of articles I will cover a number of common use applications that should be relevant to most people. I’ll start with the mostly used applications in todays average computer. Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 1: Web Access & Communication”

Internet Explorer 8: taking quirks and hacks into the future

Microsoft is choosing quirks mode over standards compliance for Internet Explorer 8. The browser will render in quirks mode unless you add the new meta tag.

Microsoft are looking to punish web users and developers by releasing another broken version of internet explorer in its 8th incarnation. They say they are helping people by not making it standards compliant, that people want things to remain the same. Well, web developers have to work bloody hard to make sure their content looks nearly as presentable in IE as it does in standards compliant browsers.

They say that if they start following standards, the web pages of their current userbase will no longer look right. That’s the same argument they’ve been using since version 6, and if they carry on, the issue will still remain in 10 years time. Continue reading “Internet Explorer 8: taking quirks and hacks into the future”