Desktop Madness Vol. 76

The 76th installment of Desktop Madness features… a bunch of anthropomorphic web browser icons?

I refer to this wallpaper internally as the “browser clubhouse.” And yes, that is Internet Explorer 6 that’s not allowed up to play.

(Click for the full-size version.)

Apparently this image is used by a particular site whenever you view the site using IE6 – sort of as a way of saying “get with the times, man!”

Personally, I’d be happy to finally see IE6 die a horrible, gruesome death and then vanish forever from the face of the Earth (or, Internet). Sadly, that has yet to happen. Ah well, at least this wallpaper will make me chuckle and smile while I wait for IE6’s inevitable demise!

Original source: John Martz on Flickr, licensed Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works.

Word Cloud

Found something called Wordle via The Lone Sysadmin, and decided to try running my site through it… here’s the results (click for larger version):

Wordle: Core Dump

It’s kind of a fun thing to play around with – and

Found something called Wordle via The Lone Sysadmin, and decided to try running my site through it… here’s the results (click for larger version):

Wordle: Core Dump

It’s kind of a fun thing to play around with – and a neat “proof of concept” sort of thing.

Popularity Contest

I know it’s a silly thing to do, but I sometimes like to look at the visitor stats for this website – as well as for the buns’ website and Amanda’s blog.

Of course, sometimes these statistics are a bit depressing – but that’s neither here nor there. For “entertainment purposes,” here are some recent statistics:

“Home Page” visits in the last 30 days Visits since Amanda started her blog Last month total visits (all pages)
Bunnies 1,134 341 2,482
Me (Core Dump) 405 153 8,941
Amanda’s Blog 108 113 189

As you can see, the Bunnies are clearly the most popular overall. I get more “total” page views because I have over 1,000 posts stretching back several years which cover a lot of different topics. (My post on Manual vs. Automatic is still the #1 page, with my Desktop Madness series being next in line thanks to Google Image Search.)

But Amanda is really coming up strong – since starting her blog less than a month ago, she’s had nearly the same number of visits to her site as I have in the same time period. Amazing!

I think I’ve created two blogging monsters!

Now’s the time to switch to Firefox

A serious security flaw has been found in Internet Explorer – no big surprise there. But this one really IS serious – it was found by attackers before it was found by Microsoft. So exploits are already out there “in the wild.” (This BBC News story has more details.)

The worst part of it is that you could be hit by this exploit just by visiting a “normal” site that’s been infected – being vigilant isn’t enough anymore.

“In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did,” said Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro. “This is never a good thing.”

As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.

“What we’ve seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it’s inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals,” he said. “It’s just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs.”

Said Mr Ferguson: “If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.”

The flaw affects even IE7, the latest (released) version of Internet Explorer – so this isn’t just a flaw in older versions of the program.

So if you’ve been dragging your feet over changing to a different browser, now’s a better time than ever to switch! I’d recommend Firefox, but any alternate browser (such as Opera, Apple’s Safari, or Google’s Chrome) would do to keep you safe.

UPDATE (12/18/2008): Microsoft released a fix for this yesterday – it’s available through the normal Windows Update. Just be aware that you’ll have to reboot your computer (which seems silly for a fix to your browser, but that’s an argument for another day).

Desktop Madness Vol. 47

Pretty colors (with their color codes) arranged in a neat hexagon – the perfect complement for your computer’s desktop background.

Pretty colors…