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Firefox undermined by Redmond sneak-ware

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2009 by Si

As reported in various places, including El Reg (, the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 update installed a Firefox extension without asking the user’s permission. The ClickOnce extension gives websites the ability to easily install software on the client, a major security hole and one that many users chose Firefox for to avoid. The extension is installed for all Firefox users so can’t be uninstalled through the GUI (maybe that needs to be addressed in a future release of FF!).

Anyway, the solution for those eager to remove this sneak-ware from is available from (, but the steps are reiterated below:

  1. Open Registry Editor (type regedit in the Start menu Search box in Vista/Windows 7, or in XP’s Run window).
  2. Expand the branches to the following key:
    • On 32-bit systems: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Mozilla \ Firefox \ Extensions
    • On x64 systems: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Mozilla \ Firefox \ Extensions
  3. Delete the value named {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} from the right pane.
  4. Close the Registry Editor when you’re done.
  5. Open a new Firefox window, and in the address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
  6. Type microsoftdotnet in the Filter field to quickly find the general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet setting.
  7. Right-click general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet and select Reset.
  8. Restart Firefox.
  9. Open Windows Explorer, and navigate to %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation.
  10. Delete the DotNetAssistantExtension folder entirely.
  11. Open the Add-ons window in Firefox to confirm that the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant extension has been removed.


This backwards nation

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2009 by Si

So I was sitting in the departure lounge at Heathrow airport trying to log on to the internet to check my email and the like, and what with LHR being a major international airport with millions of travellers passing through each day, one might expect some free wifi.

But no. This money grabbing backwards nation can’t even get that organised. £1 for 10 minutes!?!?!? You are having a giraffe my friend!

So now I’m at Hong Kong, waiting in the departure lounge to catch my next flight on to Auckland, and thankfully they have managed to grasp the concept of free wifi. Granted, its unsecured and the connection rate doesn’t seem to be brilliant, but it is free and is enough for me to write this and check my mail quickly. I’ll see what there is in Auckland in due course.

So the question is, how much does it really cost a big telco (for example BT) to provide free wifi? There’s probably a lot of hardware to install and run, but it shouldn’t need a massive team of engineers to support it, and given there is already an extensive payphone network in the terminals connectivity to the main trunk networks shouldn’t be a problem either. One day……. I can but hope 🙂

Rant over.


Flickr`n ‘eck!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 3, 2009 by Si

Lights On A Stick now on Flickr!!

Just a handful of my favourites on there at the moment, more to come as I get round to uploading them!


All odd numbers are prime…..

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2008 by Si

Mathematician: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, and by induction – every odd integer higher than 2 is a prime.
Physicist: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 is an experimental error, 11 is a prime,…
Engineer: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 is a prime, 11 is a prime,…
Programmer: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 7 is a prime,…
Salesperson: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 — we’ll do for you the best we can,…
Computer Software Salesperson: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 will be prime in the next release,…
Biologist: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 — results have not arrived yet,…
Advertiser: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 11 is a prime,…
Lawyer: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 — there is not enough evidence to prove that it is not a prime,…
Accountant: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, deducting 10% tax and 5% other obligations.
Statistician: Let’s try several randomly chosen numbers: 17 is a prime, 23 is a prime, 11 is a prime…
Professor: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, and the rest are left as an exercise for the student.
Computational linguist: 3 is an odd prime, 5 is an odd prime, 7 is an odd prime, 9 is a very odd prime,…
Psychologist: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 is a prime but tries to suppress it,…
Psychiatrist: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 would be a prime if it wasn’t for his relationship with 3.
Project Manager: Firstly, what’s a prime, and how long will it take to make 9 one of those?

(plagiarised from somewhere….)

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2008 by Si

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I have finally come crashing and screaming into the modern age with a proper blog, not like the half-hearted attempt I tried before and gave up with because it was too much effort. After much disappointment with other blogs being already taken, I have settled with this. Almost guaranteed to be in my bookmarks as its not the most obvious of addresses. Whether it makes it into your bookmarks remains to be seen……………………