Internet Pet Peeves Uncategorized

Secunia PSI Fail

Actually, I like Secunia’s PSI: it makes keeping a Windows PC up-to-date a lot easier.

But today it failed:

  • Update of flashplayer did not work, but showed this:

    Notice how it says in green 100%, but Firefox and IE were still using the vulnerable version.

    Maybe it got confused by Chrome’s autoupdate which ran in parallel.

    A re-scan make PSI aware of the problem, but the autoup-date failed again.

  • It failed to update irfanview
  • I spent a few mins looking for an email address for feedback and found none. Thus this public blogpost.
Austria Pet Peeves

Digitale Signatur mal wieder

Heute hat mich ein Kollege zu einem signiertem PDF befragt: Ist das korrekt und qualifiziert unterschrieben?

Sind wir mal naiv und öffnen es mit Acrobat X. Ja, ist signiert, kann das aber nicht überprüfen. A-Trust tools sind installiert; ein update auf den aktuellen download von a-trust ändert nichts dran, dass ich von dem Teil nur Fehlermeldungen bekomme.

Ok, gut, wozu gibt es einen Online-PDF checker unter Nix da:

Nur gut, dass die RTR bessere Arbeit abliefert: Der Online-Validierer unter funktioniert.

CERT Pet Peeves

Adobe Madness

I finally bit he bullet and upgraded to Reader 10.x to get the security benefits of the sandbox.


  • Why this f*cking bloatware of the Download Manager as a Firefox plugin. WTF?
  • And why do these bastards try to sneak in McAfee software? I did not see the checkbox.

See also this thread in the Adobe forums.

Way to go, Adobe. Do you really think pissing of customers, especially security professionals is good company policy?

Pet Peeves

Airport <-> City connections

I’ve been on two business trips over the last weeks and I noticed the following:

Barcelona: Express Bus service from the Airport to the city center every 5-10 minutes.

Stockholm: Arlanda Express every 15 minutes.

Vienna: CAT every 30 minutes.

I do see some potential for improvements here for Vienna.

Pet Peeves

Dear FedEx

Last year, we had troubles getting spares delivered via UPS.

This year I ordered a book from Blurb and FedEx was the carrier. This time, it was addressed to my flat in Vienna. The tracking info sounded all right, up to the first missed delivery. They were definitely trying as the delivery guy left a note on my mailbox.

I filled out the note (yes, delivery to any neighbor is ok) and put it back. Eight days later, it is still there, and the tracking page lists a number of tries:

We were at home. I never left my flat 24th – 26th. And the last two days we had sick kids at home.

Why can’t these companies be honest and admit that they failed to come?

Pet Peeves

A simple idea for digital photo print shops

Folks, this one is so simple:

Whenever I have a batch of photos converted from jpeg to paper by any random online photo print service, they print some information on the back. Usually that includes the current date, perhaps the filename, order-ID, or some other information the shop needs to keep track of its print-jobs.

I have the following suggestion: Print the date from the EXIF header on the back. 20 years from now, I won’t care at all when the print was made, all I care will be when the photo was taken.

(Any additional information from the EXIF header would also be appreciated, but the date is the one thing that is simple and really needed.)

A few times I used the work-around of using “stamp 2.8” to encode the date into the filename and get it printed on the back of the photo, but that’s really a crude kludge.

Pet Peeves

iTunes dead file removal

This is more of a memo to myself than anything else:

The solution is here:

1) Make a static playlist called “All Live Files” and copy your entire library into it.
2) Make a smart playlist called “Missing Files” with the rules set as ” ‘Playlist’ ‘is’ ‘Music’ ” and another rule set as ” ‘Playlist’ ‘is not’ ‘All Live Files’ ”
3) Select all songs from “Missing Files”; they should all be flagged with a “!”, then use shift-DEL to remove them from your library

Worked with iTunes 10.1 under Windows just now.

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Windows 7 Sync Center

I’ve already written about the broken list of available updates in Windows 7. Today I spotted something similar:

Windows supports keeping a copy of a remote directory on the local computer and syncing back offline changes. Today I got confronted with the following dialog:

Okay, I press “Sync” and get:

Conflicts? Show me:

What gives?

Internet Pet Peeves

Name them and Shame them: paypal edition

c’t magazine runs a biweekly column shining some light on the most egregious customer experiences with IT companies. To no-one’s surprise, thing start to get resolved if the company is facing public outrage and public shaming.

So, in the same spirtit: paypal is worst company in the world.

Further opportunities at Naming and Shaming are the Big Brother Awards.

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A very cold Hotfix

I recently upgraded from the old Nokia Suite to the Ovi-branded version. In other word, I replaced one piece of sh***y bloatware with another.

But one thing is interesting: When using USB-based tethering, I get the following notice:

Well, if they think it makes the bloatware work better, ok. Then I took a closer look:

Article ID: 925681 – Last Review: December 8, 2009 – Revision: 3.0

When you try to download a file from the Internet by using Windows Internet Explorer in a Windows operating system, the download stops responding and then times out. The problem occurs when you use a USB modem that has a data transfer speed that is faster than or equal to 240 kilobits per second (Kbps).

Just look at that date. Microsoft found a problem that affects a good part of their customers (USB-based 3G modems are quite common these days), managed to cook up a solution, and seven months later it still wasn’t folded into the monthly updates and is still sold as a “hotfix”.

Sorry, this fix isn’t “hot” any more. It’s cold and very much over-due.