Jim’s WebLetter for 9/18/10

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

Researchers at CyLab at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Engineering have discovered another issue with Internet Explorer. A technical paper published by the researchers says that a third of the more than 33,000 sites they studied have technical errors that cause I.E. to allow cookies to install, even if the browser has been set to reject them. Among those sites are Facebook, Amazon, AOL, Mapquest, GoDaddy and Hulu. The loophole is “deep in an exchange of data between browser and site”, which means that you can be tracked for long periods of time without your knowledge. Although it’s an involved study, the CyLab study is an eye opener (and an IE browser closer!) … http://www.cylab.cmu.edu/files/pdfs/tech_reports/CMUCyLab10014.pdf

Up to now, Facebook only gave you a confirmation or denial of a friend request. Now they’ve changed the options to include a “not now” feature so you can decide to include that request later or not. Sometimes it’s best to leave well enough alone, you know?

The other social powerhouse, Twitter, has revamped it’s website and is rolling out the changes in pieces, rather than all at once for everyone. The different look makes it simpler to see information about the authors of Twitter posts, conversations among Twitter users, and the photos and videos that posts link to, according to the New York Times. I am still waiting for my accounts to show the changes … that’s how slow the new Twitter is rolling out. In the story from the NYT, “On the new Twitter Web site, people see two panes instead of a single timeline of posts. The timeline stays in the left pane. In the right pane, they can see more information about posts — like biographies of authors, photos and videos to which posts link — and conversations that spring from a particular post.” Hopefully the changeover will be completed in the coming weeks.

Also this week, photo-sharing site Flickr has hit the 5 billionth photo milestone. The image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community created by Ludicorp and later acquired by Yahoo! has been steadily growing and creating communities of photo-followers. Many of the pics in Flickr are listed under the Creative Commons license which allows anyone to copy and use the photo basically for not for profit use. http://www.flickr.com/

Finally, not much has been said about MySpace lately because, well, fewer people are using the service. Comscore, which keeps track of such things, says in December 2008 MySpace had 125 million unique visitors and 43 billion page views. Today they have 95 million unique worldwide monthly visitors and just 12 billion page views. Not willing to just roll over and play dead, MySpace has gone through a complete redesign of its site in hopes of reversing the staggering loss of users. Futura, which is the internal name for the project, is set to launch for some users on October 15, although sources say that date may slip. It will include a much simpler interface, lots of white space, and a focus on the activity stream. Much like Facebook. http://www.myspace.com/

Call to the local newspaper’s classified editor:
“I have a complaint about an ad I placed.”
“I’m so sorry, sir. What was the problem?”
“You’d think a newspaper in a rural community like this one would have people on staff who had spent some time on a farm. What I said was ‘ewes’. E-W-E-S.”
“Ewes. It makes a difference to some people.”
“I don’t follow.”
“The ad in the paper read: “Sheep for sale – USED.”
(thanks, Jake)
The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.
“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is,” he said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won’t be able to wheel back.”
“You’re on, old man,” the braggart replied. “Let’s see what you got.”
The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, “All right. Get in.”
(thanks, Gray)
The road by my house was in bad condition. Every day I dodged potholes on the way to work, so I was relieved to see a construction crew working on the road one morning. Later, on my way home, I noticed the men were gone and no improvement in the road. But where the crew had been working stood a new, bright-yellow sign with the words “Rough Road.”
(thanks, Guy)
So, that’s gonna do it for this weekend, JWL readers. Keep on exploring the Web and if you find something worth noting, send it to me. If I use it, you get the credit. Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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