Archive | September 18, 2005

Email slower than Parcel Post

If you’ve sent a message and I haven’t responded, it’s possible I haven’t seen it. Please contact me directly. My upstream mail forwarding service has become really slow on relaying traffic. Witness this nine day (Ow!) delay:

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Sad News: Drew and Brent Speedie

Ted, Tamar, Drew, Whil, Art, BrentVery sad news: Drew Speedie (third from left) and his son, Brent Speedie (right) passed away while on vacation in Yellowstone.

Drew was a very talented man. He worked as the technical editor of “Hacker’s Guide to Visual FoxPro 3” and he helped Tamar and I make the book far better. Drew went on to develop the MaxFrame Professional framework. I used MaxFrame on a number of applications quite successfully. Drew was a contributing editor at FoxPro Advisor magazine where he wrote a number of insightful articles. Drew spoke at many FoxPro conferences around the world, always entertaining, always informative. He often attended the conferences in the company of son Brent and wife Irene.

He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Lies, damned lies, statistics

OSNews posts Firefox vs. IE security: Is Two Greater Than Five?. “A recent blog post on ZDNet contends that Firefox is not as secure as promised by counting exploits. Joseph Huang contends that severity and the number of unpatched vulnerabilites matters, not just the number of exploits discovered.”

Lies, damned lies and statistics, indeed! Here’s Joseph’s portrayal:

IE FireFox
Extremely Critical 10 Zero
Highly Critical 20 3
Moderately Critical 14 4
Less / Not Critical 25 15

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