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    I'm with Stupid

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    I'm a little behind the times, but the amazing new Pet Shop Boys single I'm with Stupid is available on their web site (unfortunately you have to click the blinking coloured square before the page will load; then the music will load in the background...
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    When facts get in the way of a good argument

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    I've wanted to write this blog for a long time, but never gotten around to it. It's a very simple observation, but one that too many people fail to make. Maybe something will come of it :-) Oftentimes you will see something like the following on...
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    Hello, World Part 2: Simple Animation

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    In the last Hello, World example , I showed you how to place a simple text label on the screen. In this next instalment, we will add a very basic (and somewhat underwhelming) animation to the text label by modifying the markup file. Hello.xmu ...
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    HD DVD Launches in Japan

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    In case you hadn't seen the news, Toshiba launched their first HD DVD players in Japan today ! Only a few weeks now until I get my player from amazon.com ... the video quality on these things is amazing , and the interactivity rocks :-) The ironic...
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    Quick Intro to iHD

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    After posting my Hello, World sample , I realised I hadn't really explained what iHD was. You might have seen the demo of the kinds of things iHD can do, but that's not very geek-friendly, now is it? In a nutshell, iHD (" i nteractivity for H igh...
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    Hello, World in iHD

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    It's traditional to introduce any new programming language or environment with a "Hello, World" program, so we'll do something similar here for iHD. Writing applications in iHD is a bit like writing web pages; the basic layout and styling is described...
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    There's more to HD than, uh, HD

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    A lot of consumers are under the impression that higher-resolution images are the only thing that HD DVD offers over traditional DVDs. Whilst dramatically increased video quality is certainly one of the most visible features of the new format ("visible...
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    Back up and running?

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    Another server, another web service to code against, another job... hopefully I'll be posting more frequently again!
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    High Definition Facts

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    High Definition Facts If you follow tech news, you’ve probably heard about High Definition movies and the two competing "shiny disc" formats -- HD DVD and Blu-ray -- and the new copy-protection system, AACS . Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation...
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    Why not use hashes for the Anti-Phishing Filter?

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    Several people have asked why Internet Explorer 7 will send "real" URLs instead of hashes to the AP (Anti-Phishing) server. That's a good question, and I know it's a good question because it's the same thing just about everybody at Microsoft (including...
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    Blindly trusting detection tools

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    Imagine I have a house cleaner that comes in once a week to clean the house. After a while I start to notice that my house smells "fishy", but my house cleaner has just the ticket -- the all-new FishBeGone (TM) cleaner & fragrance that gets rid of...
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    What is Microsoft doing for security?

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    A recent comment on the IE Blog made it pretty apparent that not everybody is aware of Microsoft's efforts around security. Michael Howard has mentioned the Security Developme n t Lifecyle before, but in case you don't want to read the entire document...
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    HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME?!?

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    As most of my friends know, I'm a pretty jumpy person. And, of course, most of those same friends like to exploit that fact for their own amusement from time to time (thanks to J e f f for almost running me over the other day). The fact that I lose 5...
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    Presentation Tips

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    Recently Eric Lippert wrote about some presentation tips . I started to write a comment, but (as usual) the comment got so long that I decided to make it a post instead. You should read his first though. My additional tips: Turn up early to...
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    IE Blog

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    For those of you who haven't already heard, the IE team has a blog and recently they've started to talk about some of the cool features to be found in IE 7 Beta 1 (or planned for RTM). I've been working pretty closely with the IE team for some time...
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    The Evil Problem

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    Over on the IE Blog, a commenter made a very good point -- why is it that IE flags scripts as “potentially bad”? That’s very confusing to the average user, and they have no way of knowing whether or not the script really is bad or not (and therefore whether...
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    Fun Weekend

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    I had a blast yesterday -- and not just because I was playing Halo 2 with the new Multiplayer Maps extension . No... Yesterday it was HOT in Seattle so I went to Colman Pool with my Little Brother . Wow, I don't think I've been to a public...
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    Malicious vs Spoofed Servers

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    Curious Caroline writes: Dear Peter , I have a friend who was talking to a security tester the other day, and apparently the tester said that having a "malicious server" is different than having a "spoofed" server. How is that...
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    Adding URLs to an application securely

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    An Anonymous Reader writes: Dear Peter, I am writing a desktop application that contains links to external websites inside the "Help" menu, as is common with many applications such as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. I...
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    Comments and Moderation

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    Sorry no comments have been getting through lately. They are all moderated by default, and for some reason I haven't been getting notifications when they arrive... sigh. I thought everyone had stopped reading :-) but for better or worse I checked...
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    Dear Diary...

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    I haven't really blogged in a while, mostly because it's hard to blog about the kind of work I do right now (improving the security of unreleased products). But, I thought to myself, one way to share some of my experience with all you great folks would...
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    So that's what happens...

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    Today I did something I haven't done in a long time: I downloaded and installed some unsigned code while running as a local administrator on my home computer. I had to stare at the Security Warning dialog from Windows for quite a few moments before...
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    More updates to my blog posting app

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    With the shift from http://weblogs.asp.net (on .Text) to http://blogs.msdn.com (on Community Server ) it was time to update my Word-based blog posting app again. I think the coolest thing that has happened is that you can now post over SSL , meaning...
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    More Burnout goodness

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    Paul just sent an amazing link my way... Burnout: Revenge ( official site )! Oh yeah ! Now you can crash into all the other cars on the road, AND they have added shortcuts to the new maps. These guys really do build the best damn racing franchise...
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    Mozilla now signs Firefox downloads

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    A little bird recently told me some good news -- Mozilla Firefox is now digitally signed by "Mozilla Foundation." This means that Windows customers who want to download the self-installing executable with Internet Explorer can do so and be sure that what...
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