Browser Helper Objects

Why should you be concerned of Browser Helper Objects (BHOs)? A Browser Helper Object, or BHO, is just a small program that runs automatically every time you start your Internet browser. Usually, a BHO is installed on your system by another software program. (Source: BHODemon 1.0)

A recent incident covered by SANS indicates that certain BHOs are designed to be malicious in nature and are even capable of logging keystrokes when a user visits a site of choice (e.g. financial sites).

With the increasing amount of spyware, we now have to ensure that the BHOs are beneficial. For example, the popular Google toolbar is often considered to be a helpful BHO.

With Windows XP Service Pack 2, you can now easily view the various BHOs that are installed with or without your permission. However, if you’re looking for a tool that will ease the identification of BHOs in other operating systems, check out BHODemon 1.0.

Download BHODemon 1.0


Konfabulator is a great tool to play with if you have a Mac running OS X 10.2 or higher. Sadly, the only reason I heard about it now is because Apple is creating quite a rutcuss on the new dashboard that they’re set to release in OS X 10.4 (Tiger).

Either way, in my opinion Apple’s immitation of the original product, should only be considered a form of praise to the developers of Konfabulator.

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Last Tuesday

Last Tuesday is set to release Distractions and Convictions on July 2nd. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to their earlier albums and knowing Carl Emmons while at Messiah. Now, I’ll finally have a chance to own their new album when it’s released.

Two of the songs from the new album are now available for your listening pleasure at Last Tuesday

Update: Thunderbird

If you’ve been using Outlook 2003 for checking an IMAP account, I would highly recommend a switch to Thunderbird.

Whenver you delete a message in an IMAP account, using either Outlook Express or Outlook the application ‘deletes’ the message by striking out the message indicating that it was flagged for deletion. However, to permanently remove the message you still have to click on Edit and then choose Purge Deleted Messages.

What is even more annonying is that in Entourage, one can setup an IMAP account and not have to deal with the above. Why is there different functionality in two products coming out from the same manufacturer.

Update: I’m going to try using the custom view in Outlook 2003 to prevent deleted messages from being displayed. Other than that, the best option appears to be continuing to send in requests to the [email protected] mailing address or to rant in the next beta test for Office.