IE7 Spoofing Trick

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 27-Oct-2006 20:55

So what appears to be the first "security flaw" in Microsoft's newly released browser has appeared.

A weakness has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct phishing attacks.

The problem is that it's possible to display a popup with a somewhat spoofed address bar where a number of special characters have been appended to the URL. This makes it possible to only display a part of the address bar, which may trick users into performing certain unintended actions.

An example of the spoof is here:

My New Toy - A Microsoft Laser Mouse 5000

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 23-Oct-2006 20:44

I splashed out today and got myself a new mouse. Having always purchased cheap mice I decided I wanted something that actually feels nice and spent some of my hard earned cash at Harvey Norman who where nice and gave me a 10% discount off the $99 pricetag (only after I asked though for it despite the big sign saying keyboards & mice were all less 10%, their hopeless checkout system didn't automatically give the discount).

After a few hours of use all I can say is that it's well worth the money. Considering how much use my mouse gets I certainly almost wish I'd upgraded earlier!

Wireless Laser Mouse 5000


By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 11-Oct-2006 14:00

After reading portege's recent blog post ( found this pdf on the Econet site

It makes quite amusing reading particularly the last summary page

Econet’s Journey

•Econet traveled over 4,000km to visit every one of these sites.
•We drove over 1,000km on unsealed, gravel and dirt roads.
•We hit ice several times.
•We walked through driving rain and snowy fields to take these pictures.
•Our car got stuck in the mud several times when driving over muddy access tracks.

•We would much prefer to have been:

•Building a competitive new network
•Bringing competitive new products and services to market
•Fighting Vodafone and Telecom for new customers
•Instead, 5-years after the 2001 Telecommunications Act, we are still fighting for a fair go. We are still fighting just for the right to get started.

Heeellllllloooooo anybody home?

There is nothing stopping you building a network! Get of your ass, stop moaning and actually do something about it. Co-location is a good idea and should be encouraged however Econet's belief that it's their god given right to have access to every single site in the country so they don't have to build a single mast of their own is just one big hazy dream.

How about showing us a photo of some of the gear you had to airfright into NZ because you were in such a hurry to build a trial network? Oops maybe it doesn't exist. How about showing us some of your lease agreements for land or RMA lodgements for sites? Oops maybe they don't exist either.

Econet Vaporware - your next generation mobile network (tm)

UK 3G data rates

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 1-Oct-2006 09:42

Wouldn't it be great to see this sort of pricing in NZ?

£22.50 for 10GB of data per month on T-Mobile. They are also removing the limitation on using VoIP over their networks (previously T-Mobile had actually blocked VoIP traffic).

New must have toy- Hipi2200

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 24-Sep-2006 16:55

Worlds's first dual GSM/WLAN phone with built in SIP and Windows Mobile 5

There have been prototypes of similair devices but this appears to be the first that is actually commercially available. Use VoIP when you're in WLAN coverage and GSM when you're outside the coverage area. That's what I call seriously cool!

More details here

RIP Peter Brock

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 8-Sep-2006 17:20

Australia is not having a good week.

Reports are just coming in that racing legend Peter brock has been killed in a motor vehicle accident in Western Australia.

Congratulations Vodafone

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 8-Sep-2006 16:59

Well congratulations to Vodafone - my previous blog post obviously attracted somebody's attention at Vodafone and is obvious proof how powerful blogs are! Just looking at the Vodafone website now the two promo links have been removed and the Plan details section has been rehashed! The Motormouth PDF still exists however but it's certainly a start!

PS: You might also want to fix up your Promos page however

This says Take 10 finishes on the 31st August. If you would like some more help checking the rest of your site my services come cheaply..:-)

Vodafone website inaccuracies

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 7-Sep-2006 20:20

While looking at the Vodafone website tonight I couldn't help but notice yet more inaccuracies with their website.

You can check out their Specials & Promos section

You can check out their Snowboard Promo and enter the draw to go to the Burton Open in Queenstown's just a shame the Burton Open was on the 3-5th August.

You can get a Sweet 3G deal ... it's just a shame the deals all finished on the 31st July.

Now that you've got over that how about a Plan?

Being on a plan you can get some great value including

  • Included minutes
  • Included TXTs
  • Included PXTs
  • Access to exclusive calling services, many of which are free
  • Hassle-free global roaming
  • Flexibility to change plans to chase the best value
  • Choice of fixed-term or no-term contracts
  • No termination or switching fees

  • Take a look at our two main plans, You Choose and Motormouth, and find the one that's perfect for you.

    It's just a shame that if you want these features you can only go on Motormouth. Unfortunately You Choose & Base plans don't offer no-term contracts, Base plans let you change plans for free but You Choose will only let you upgrade for free. Both have termination fees if you want to cancel your contract and included TXTs and PXTs are

    Now that you've decided on Motormouth lets look at the pdf

    Wow, SMS to Vodafone OZ customers is only 20c. It's just a shame that if you're on Motormouth Prepay Vodafone will actually charge you 30c. And double wow, PXT to Vodafone OZ customers is only 20c. It's just a shame that if you're on Motormouth Vodafone will actually charge you 50c.

    Come on Vodafone - you're a huge company! Maintaining an accurate website is important these days. How about doing some work on your website and fixing up the rubbish on it?

    TelstraClear - sort your crap cable network out

    By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 31-Aug-2006 06:45

    As discussed here ( cable customers including myself suffered yet another outage again last night.

    Now we all know that outages can happen and that no network is perfect but the reliability of the cable network over the past few months has to raise some serious issues - in the 8 or so years I've been a TCL cable customer I've never known there to be as many outages as there are at present. Combine this with the ARP issues before Xmas last year causing routers to lock up and you have to wonder outside audits need to be performed of their network to find out why such things are happening.

    What is beyond comprehensible though is the fact TCL are not even capable of updating their network status page or adding a message to their helpdesk advising that issues are occuring, instead there is a recorded message advising of delays of approximately 1hr due to heavy call volumes. Customer Service are two words that Telstra are incapable of saying, it's obvious the same now applies in New Zealand as well. Telstra in Australia are required to refund customers for network outages, a system that was implimented to try and improve their network because it would cost the company money when things did fail. It's obvious why TelstraClear can't do the same here - they would be bankrupt by now with the payments they would have to make back to customers.

    Come on TCL, sort your crap out. You have the best network in the country but it's no good when it's not working. Update your status page and put a phone message on when there are outages, it's not exactly rocket science.

    IE7 RC1 Dramas

    By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 26-Aug-2006 17:33

    I decided to replace my Beta 2 install of IE7 with the new RC1 version last night. What should have obviously been a simple job turned into a nightmare!

    I uninstalled IE7 Beta 2, rebooted my system and then installed RC1. I then rebooted and after logging in was prompted by a warning message saying ieplore.exe could not run do to normaliz.dll not being found on my system and Windows failed to boot any further.

    I was now dreading what I had done until a quick Google search (lucky I have multiple PC's) showed this isn't an isolated problem and numerous other users have encountered the same issue.

    Lucky the fix isn't that hard - since you can access task manager after this error occurs you can run cmd.exe, locate normaliz.dll (or download a copy) and copy it to c:\windows\system32 and reboot.

    A few more details are in the links below

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    I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

    I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

    My interests and skillset include:

    *VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
      -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

      -xDSL deployments

    *Structured cabling
      -Home/office cabling
      -Phone & Data

    *Computer networking
      -Mikrotik hardware
      -WAN/LAN solutions

    *Wireless solutions
      -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
      -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
      -Temporary wireless deployments
    *CCTV solutions
      -Analogue and IP

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    +My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

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