# Tuesday, 07 October 2003

That US Patent 5,838,906 (Eolas Patent) and Internet Explorer.

So, the details of the upcoming changes to Internet Explorer are here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate/

Since I doubt any appeal against the ruling by Microsoft will be completed by "early next year" we can assume that there will be incarnations of IE out there that have this, ahem, functionality; even if they win an appeal and revert the behaviour back to previous there will be some people with the modified version. So, you're going to have to handle it.

Once more it has to be made clear that I just do not understand the US Patent system - quite how popping up a dialog gets round the patent I really don't understand but there we go. The "work-around" of dynamically writing the object tags I do understand (it takes the interpreted content out of the source document stream and makes it programmed content) and is neat. It is also worth noting that it is explicitly clear that ActiveX controls that do not reference external data are unaffected by the patent (quite right IMHO).

Very interesting is that applications hosting the Web Browser ActiveX control or MSHTML directly also do not, by default, get this behaviour. So - all those myriad (hundreds of them) custom browsers out there will not suddenly start behaving with the unpatented method, they will continue to behave as IE which is, according to Eolas, patented. Presumably this means MS are saying, "go on then Eolas, sue the lot of them for license fees" with the expectation that a) a lot of 'em are free products and therefore not worth suing or b) cheap low volume products and therefore not worth sueing or c) worth sueing, but as soon as you do the vendor (you wait for it, wait for it) flips a bit in the program et, viola, you can't sue me. Very cute.

As far as the MeadCo products go, Zeepe 7 should be completely unaffected so long as you stick to the zeepe: namespace elements (object tags introducing behaviours are, again rightly, unaffected and Zeepe is a custom host - the Zeepe 7 zeepe:browser element will change to default to Internet Explorer behaviour). ScriptX is unaffected because it does not use the <param> tag and internal usage does not reference external data.

What is affected is licensed ScriptX usage using the Security Manager control. Usage of this control, despite the fact that it has no UI will have to change because it references the external license file.

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# Monday, 06 October 2003

Linux Vs Windows

Linux vs. Windows Viruses. Opinion Let's go to work [The Register]

Linked to because it contains the first usage I've noted of "copasetic" <g>.

(There is some sense in the article and one is tended to agree that the happy chappy knows what he's talking about until....

Even worse, the collection of files on a Windows system - the operating system, the applications, and the user data - can't be kept apart from each other.

What utter twaddle, which brings into the question the rest of the arguments put forward - oh well.).

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War reporter found dead. A former Sky News correspondent accused of faking war footage is found dead at home in Sussex. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]

Hmmm, Channel 4 and Tom Mangold may like to reflect on their broadcast last night about the "Kelly Affair". The Truth may be out there, but sometimes its outting has consequences well beyond the self righteous intention of the original broadcasters.

This whole Iraq business continues to count casualties beyond the theatre of war, and it may not be over yet.

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Digital display dazzles London. A giant digital billboard in London's city centre uses advanced technology to interact its surroundings. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]

To interact its surroundings. Is this some new buzz phrase I have missed? Or is it just seriously bad writing - from the rest of the article it rather looks like the latter. A phrase appeared when I was an Engineering student; "yesterday I couldn't spell engineer, now I are one". It appears the BBC is now employing engineers to do the writing (aka I can do that, giz a job).

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# Saturday, 04 October 2003

Hmmmm Experiments Are Showing That Text Weblog Software And DasBlog Require Full Trust Security Policy On ASPNET Fine If You

Hmmmm, experiments are showing that .Text weblog software and DasBlog require Full trust security policy on ASP.NET. Fine if you are running on your own web server but if your ISP is a bit wary of such settings.....
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I Thought I Would Share Since Google Was Deeply Unhelpful On This Subject And Im Dealing With An ISP Running ASPNET At Lo

I thought I would share, since Google was deeply unhelpful on this subject and I'm dealing with an ISP running ASP.NET at "low" trust level.

You cannot run debug code at this setting, you get: "Debugging is not supported under current trust level settings"

The solution I found (I suspect there is more than one solution to this) is to change the AspNetHostingPermission in web_lowtrust.config to "Medium".

But how did you change the config at the ISP? I didn't, I have learnt the ISP is running low trust, but debug code would run - I'm trying to emulate the environment on my test machine.


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# Friday, 03 October 2003

Internet Information Ser

Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager for Windows XP. With IIS 6.0 Manager for Windows XP, administrators can remotely manage an IIS 6.0 server from a Windows XP Professional workstation. [Microsoft Download Center]
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# Tuesday, 30 September 2003

PlugIns Let Users Add Functionality To Your NE

Plug-Ins: Let Users Add Functionality to Your .NET Applications with Macros and Plug-Ins. It's often easier and more efficient to extend an existing application that users are already familiar with and trained on than it is to develop one from scratch. You can build extensibility into your application by supporting features like plug-ins or macros, easily accomplished using the .NET Framework [MSDN Just Published]
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# Sunday, 28 September 2003

Disapppointed of Radwinter

Oh how very disappointing. After I'd written a piece about how Chris Anderson had written that PDC demos would use production code, an item appeared in The Register - Microsoft celebrates Longhorn 'Gold Release' early.

Two sources are good enough for me (cue comment that if one source is good enough for HM Government....), brilliant, the PDC would be a real shocker of an event - "hi guys, you leave here with Longhorn, .NET 2 and SQL Server; go forth and write great code". 55,000 people have beta tested this code, its solid its ready for your users. The world media would be so shocked they wouldn't (at least for a few days) quite know how to react other than "MS Shock - Longhorn is in the shops, and it looks good too". And we all know that first impressions count in media stories. How wonderfully subversive it would ahve been, how unconventional - which after all is what PCs used to be about; stuff the MIS department, go get yourself a PC and get the reports/functionality done yourself on your PET/Apple/Superbrain (yes I once worked on a national bacon buying planning system for a large UK supermarket chain on a Commadore PET).

I know, impossible (Longhorn release, not the bacon buying - it worked), but for a moment it looked like it might be fun. Unfortunately, Chris Anderson has burst the bubble:

Let me clarify what I meant... Typically there are 4 kinds of demos... .... Obviously given that Longhorn has a while until it ships, we can't really demo using "gold" bits

Oh well, back to receiving bits you can't use for some indeterminate amount of time.

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