Friday, November 26, 2004

AOL Instant Messenger Pop-Under Ad

Sneaky AOL! When I close the AIM window a pop-under ad for TravelZoo is shown. Can't figure out a way to stop it short of using a different instant messenger. It's especially bad to me because the ad that disturbs my tranquility is via Internet Explorer browser, and I am running FireFox. AIM version 5.9.3672. PestPatrol, Ad-Aware, Spybot.

The barrage of advertising we get in all mediums is insane.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

HTTP P3P Header -- Apache Module mod_headers

One can install a P3P HTTP Header into an Apache webserver via a .htaccess file. Here is an example that shows the syntax of the .htaccess file:

Header append P3P 'CP="CAO DSP COR LAW CURa ADMa DEVa PSAa PSDa OUR DELa BUS IND PHY ONL UNI PUR COM NAV INT STA",policyref="/w3c/p3p.xml"'

Notice: capitalization of 'Header', policyref does not include the domain, and use of single quotes enclosing the P3P argument.

More information on the Apache http module at:

FireFox 1.0 Browser is out

Yea! FireFox 1.0 came out today. Get yours now. I use FireFox for all my web browsing except the few sites that only work with Internet Explorer, and those I ignore unless they are financial sites that I need.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Adherence to P3P Protocol

Just how necessary or useful is adherence to P3P protocol. Just for the fun of it I checked,,, and using the "integrated validation" link of "Checky" from FireFox browser. Not one link completely passed validation. The major problems seem to be with the content of the compact policy of the HTTP header. Interesting.