Saturday, May 03, 2003

Security: Crash IE with 5 lines of HTML

A new IE exploit was found that crashes almost any version of Internet Explorer past 4.0 with just 5 lines of plain HTML code (no JavaScript, ActiveX, etc.).
Reportedly, the vulnerability can be exploited to crash the following applications:
- Windows Explorer
- Internet Explorer
- Outlook
- Outlook Express
- Frontpage

Here is the 5 lines of HTML thats required:

<input type crash>

Friday, May 02, 2003

M$: Do M$ employees believe in windows?

The first thing M$ employees suspect when something is wrong with their server is WINDOWS. Here is the proof :-)

Its really interesting to read about Bill Gates style of notes from Rob Howards Blog:

The first thing I notice as the meeting starts is that Bill is left-handed. He also didn't bring a computer in with him, but instead is taking notes on a yellow pad of paper. I had heard this before - Bill takes amazingly detailed notes during meetings. I image he has to, given all the information directed at him. The other thing I noticed during the course of the meeting is how he takes his notes. He doesn't take notes from top-to-bottom, but rather logically divides the page into quadrants, each reserved for a different thought. For example, it appeared that all his questions were placed at the bottom of the page.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Enterprise: Anyone else missing DCB?

Looks like not many people are missing DCB from SUN. It used to be one of my favorites, which has pretty good Enterprise level articles. It used to carry pretty good information about J2EE production deployments.

Sun has moved the most popular Dot-Com Builder articles to other Sun developer sites. We invite you to visit these sites for articles on Web services, Web security, and various other how-to articles for Web architects: -- Sun ONE for Developers -- BigAdmin System Administration Portal -- Java Technology -- Wireless Technology
Also, there is an archive of forum discussion threads at

But I couldn't find some of the Deployment Articles published under DCB anywhere mentioned above. There is a great need for Portal with contents similar to what DCB used to be. It used to be pretty good resource for J2EE Architects. Hope SUN will get it back.

Some of the best articles from DCB are at BigAdmin.

J2SE: JDC Chat session about 1.4.2BETA

Java Developer Chat about J2SE1.4.2 BETA is on Tuesday. Make sure your questions get answered. This is the best opportunity if you need some clarification about 1.4.2 features. Refer to my old Blog for change notes and Release notes for 1.4.2.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

JAVA: How To Write Unmaintainable Code

A Must read for every programmer. Also refer to inconsistencies in J2SE. All the Sun's Coding and Naming Conventions are posted in previous Blog.

General: Dell's directives

Here are Michael Dell's Directives for successful business as mentioned here:
1. Spend money to succeed, not to impress.
2. Anything that can be measured can be improved.
3. Curiosity is a rare commodity — develop it.
4. Ambitious people focus on career. Successful people focus on results.

A must read for every Techie with an ambition:

People obsessed with their careers don't do as well as those who are obsessed with results. If you have one person always asking, "When's the next promotion?" and another person asking, "How can I help?" it's pretty obvious which one is making a bigger contribution.
The way people focus on the boss, as opposed to focusing on results. You don't totally ignore the boss, but the person in charge has a lot more to worry about than just you, and you have to worry about a lot more than just the boss. You've got to worry about your peers, the organization, your customers. If you're a good teammate, a good leader, if you're helpful and provide great value to your customers, that's going to be far more valuable to the organization than just focusing on the boss.