Bank/credit card scams

Hmm… I’ve (like many others) been getting messages from various “banks” and “credit card” services that try to get me to fill a survey because of all of the resent frauds. We’ll, today I finally took a closer look at the URL where the survey is supposed to be. While the URL looks like http://www.mastercard.com/cgi-bin/emergserv.cgi?… even in Thunderbird, the real URL is http://61.197.191.122/%20/www.mastercard.com/certegy_mc/… You can see the real URL by pointing your mouse over the link and looking at the status bar, as usual. Trying to access the page with Firefox results in a connection refused and the address bar shows the real URL. So, without a test with Internet Explorer, I’d presume that the “survey” only works with IE as the URL will only look like a valid Mastercard URL in it. Once again, I am grateful that IE isn’t even available on Linux.

IE, floats and tables

Had an interesting morning fixing layout bugs in IE again. Yesterday, before I left work I fixed our intranet site to use floats instead of absolute positioning. IE had its own share of bugs, but that was to be expected.

Mobile phone firmware updates

I recently updated the firmware on my work phone. It isn’t that first time I’ve done it and it won’t be the last. And it seems like I face the same problems and issues every time. Well, not quite so. In the following I’ll walk through how things have changed since my first firmware update in 1998 (to a Nokia 8110i).