February 2005

More on Blackberry 7100t from T-Mobile

A friend asked if I was using a Blackberry 7100 and if I liked it. The answer now is a resounding YES since I’ve upgraded to 4.0 of RIM’s OS. That and the fact that T-Mobile finally unblocked all ports. Yeah, they had blocked all ports from the phone with the exception of the popular HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and IMAP ports, rendering some of the instant messaging apps, as well as the SSH and telnet clients unusable. Last week, they upgraded their servers and unblocked all ports so now I can SSH from my phone to my *nix servers. Pretty weird on this small screen but, still, incredibly useful. The overall reliability of the phone’s OS has increased dramatically and I’m no longer plagued by Bluetooth-induced phone resets. Yeah, I’m pretty happy.

Couple of good places to follow developments with the Blackberry: BlackBerry Forums, especially the forum entitled General Charm Discussion, RIMRoad (for Research In Motion) and PDA Street.

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Phishing Flaw in Every Browser but IE

Got this from digg.com:

This web page describes a spoof that every browser but IE allows. As near as I can tell it has to do with the fact that IDNs (International Domain Names) can have country- or language-specific characters in them, yet the display like English characters. So you will see a URL that appears to be, for instance, http://www.paypal.com but it’s actually http://www.p&amp#1072ypal.com — the “&amp#1072” is an accented “a”.

You can circumvent this problem in Firefox but the fix doesn’t persist across browser restarts. Opera’ssupposedly got a fix for it now.

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