Creating Exceptions to Apache Redirect Directives

When I need to temporarily (or permanently) take down a bunch of resources from my Apache webserver, I usually put the following in a .htaccess file in the appropriate directory: Redirect gone /directory/not/to/serve/ However, sometimes I’d actually like to continue serving a specific document somewhere within the redirected direcotry, but only that specific file. So …

GPGMail with Fink’s GPG Port

I have been using Mozilla Thunderbird as my default (and only) email client application on my Windoze laptop for a while now. (It’s far better for email than Outlook in just about every way.) I’ve also been using the Enigmail encrypted email extension. I’ve even been able to get my mother into using it to …

View the Web Your Way with Edit CSS

For a while I have been using the Web Developer Toolbar in Firefox for various puroses. It’s extremely helpful, allowing me to quickly and easily outline custom elements, display the rendered sizes of block-level elements, provide an overview of the page’s structure without fiddling with the DOM inspector (choose CSS → View Style Information… and …

No Need to be Greedy to get Security

A short while ago my brother asked me if there was some way he could get to his home computer from his College dorm. This isn’t such a huge technical problem as it is a security concern. His home computer was essentially the family computer. It has games, pictures, a music library, and lots of …

A Conversation About Email Security with Road Runner

Yesterday I was having a bunch of fun playing with SSH tunnels. While I was at it, I glanced over at Thunderbird when it beeped at me, signifying I had new mail. That’s when I realized that I hadn’t yet taken the time to secure any POP3 or SMTP traffic travelling from my local machines. …

Can’t TouchPad This

This morning was horrible. It reminded me exactly why I’ve been using a Mac as my primary computing platform for years. I woke up after a bad dream and after grabbing a drink, I turned on my Windows laptop to check my mail. As I was downloading my new messages I tried to scroll my …

I’m scared of Spyware

On Sunday I went to my mother’s for a chance to get new sneakers (tax-free!) and to help out with the computer situation there. My brother is headed to college in a week which means that my mother will be alone with two Windows computers in the house. One of my main concerns, which I …

Windows XP Service Pack 2: Oh no….

Update: I just learned from the Tao of Mac that there is another problem with Windows Service Pack 2: it breaks raw sockets. Well, according to several news sources, Microsoft has released the long-awaited Service Pack 2 to manufacturers. Starting next month, computers will come pre-installed with the software. But in the mean time, I’m …