Trip to Ireland

Posted by reto on 26 June, 2005 22:22 Map as of June 2005I'm already looking forward to my trip to Ireland next thursday (30th) until the 14th of July!
These "Countries I've visited" maps from have been posted on thousands of blogs, but besides these maps looking quite nice I never saw any purpose in them other than to show off.
While preparing for Ireland I thought I may use the service as a place where I could keep track of all the trips I made and steadily keep it updated. But then I realised that the form used to generate the map does only accept posted data which means there is no easy way to get back to an already filled in form to add new countries every now and then. Too bad, I hope they improve this service soon (although I have to admit that I don't know if they offer this feature if you register with them).
Well, for the time being I use their maps to show off and do the whole clicking again when I need to update a map. And that's what my maps look like: (More)

www. is deprecated!

Posted by reto on 18 June, 2005 18:10

My site ( validates as Class B!www. is deprecated is what it's all about on And I think they are absolutely right. "www." is 4 chars too much to be entered to reach any top level domain. My hoster did a reasonable setup of my domain by allowing as well as The only thing I had to do to get the Class B validation is putting these lines into my .htaccess file:
# setup
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]
If you'd like to do the same on your site, be sure you do it in the top level folder (aka web-root). The rule will be inherited through all subfolders with one exception: subfolders which already have some special url_rewrite rules in place (like pLog has) will not inherit the rewrite rule. Make sure to update these .htaccess files with the rewrite rule and don't forget the slightly different rewrite code:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

Nerds are better Lovers on Slashdot

Posted by reto on 12 June, 2005 22:47

The comment of ackthp on the Slashdot article "Nerds are better Lovers" just made my day! *lol*

[I quoted the comment, click more to read it.] (More)

Update on phishing at PostFinance

Posted by reto on 06 June, 2005 22:35

I searched for any messages on the phishing attack on PostFinance and came accross a posting from Kaspar Manz. He got the phishing mail, too and got indexed even faster than the official message made by PostFinance.
While giving some good advices to users, he reckons that PostFinance will hopefully not even dare to send any messages in HTML format. Well as a customer of PostFinance I've got to tell you: The opposite is true! They started a Newsletter Service shortly ago, I'm not even sure I already got one. But reading the FAQ, they already prepared reveals this: (More)

Generic Phishing Attack or an attack on PostFinance?

Posted by reto on 06 June, 2005 00:00

I found this mail in my spam folder recently (subject: "PostFinance Email Confirmation - retohugi (at)"):
Dear PostFinance Customer,

This email was sent by the PostFinance server to verify 
your e-mail address. You must complete this process by
clicking on the link below and entering in the small window 
your PostFinance online access details. This is done for
your protection - because some of our members no longer 
have access to their email addresses and we must verify it.

To verify your e-mail address, click on the link below:

The mail is in HTML format so, the link above was actually just linked text. The real hyperlink points to: " 9.asp?target=http://%6d8%74je%767.%64%%09A%%%2e%09%%%%72u%%%%09/" (this is one long URL)




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