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Important Internet Explorer Patch: XP too!

A public service announcement

A rather nasty bug in Microsoft Internet Explorer has been patched as of yesterday. Even though officially unsupported, a patch for Windows XP is available also. See article at ZDNet.

Among the more virtuous and enlightened Internet readers of this blog, the Chrome browser has taken the number 1 position (followed in order by Firefox and Internet Explorer) in April statistics:


Windows remains, far and above, the most used Operating system for visitors at 68%:


I would have expected more iOS.

Heartbleed security vulnerability

Public Service Announcement

“Heartbleed” is a security vulnerability in ubiquitous open source software used to implement secure communications with web servers. Because of this vulnerability, information you enter into a secure web page on an affected server might be accessible remotely. One security consultant said that on a seriousness scale from 1 to 10, “heartbleed is an 11.”

Obama Conspiracy Theories as best I can tell is not affected by heartbleed because logons to this site don’t use secure sockets in the first place. 😯

This is one of those times when even I am changing my passwords.

I set before you a choice

In 2009, the United States Congress declared September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Only about 30% of Americans are aware of this national day, but I hope that by the end of the decade most will know of it. All across the country today, volunteers are engaged in a range of community and personal good deeds. The article’s title was suggested by a text from the Hebrew Scriptures, read last Sunday in many churches:

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.

— Deuteronomy 30:16 ESV

Doing good is a choice and I support the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. My particular good deeds for today (so far) are to publicize public service in this article, and  to recycle a bunch of cardboard and plastic discarded at an event. Later today I plan to photograph a new national historical site for the Wikipedia “We Love Monuments” project. There are so many possibilities.


  • Plant a tree
  • Read to children
  • Donate unused items to charity
  • Recycle
  • Visit someone who doesn’t get many visitors
  • Open a door for someone with their hands full
  • Improve an article at the Wikipedia
  • Build a Habitat house
  • Volunteer to help seniors with their tax forms

Birthers, will you continue to waste your energy in a hopeless cause, or will you raise up your heads and see the good that you could be doing? I set before you a choice. Choose life.