Interview with Sir Tim

Posted by reto on 25 March, 2006 19:00

BCS interviewed Tim Berners-Lee about the web, of course. ;)
On the question, what he would do differently, if he could go back to where it all started 15 years ago, Tim answered:
I would have skipped on the double slash - there's no need for it. Also I would have put the domain name in the reverse order - in order of size so, for example, the BCS address would read: http:/uk.org.bcs/members. The last two terms of this example could both be servers if necessary.
I was astonished, that I never questioned the double slash issue. It was there and I just didn't question it. Quite an aha for me... :)

Get Request from Zone-H.org

Posted by reto on 10 October, 2005 23:46

Something you never ever want to see in your webservers access log is a get request from zone-h.orgs wget utility looking like that:
www.zone-h.org - - [02/Oct/2005:13:48:00 +0200] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 25 "-" "Wget/1.9.1"
Zone-h.org is a site where hackers Skript Kiddies can post sites they have defaced and/or tested to be vulnerable to remote exploits. The xmlrpc bug, which was found this summer and affected numerous CMS/Portal scripts, is one of the common bugs exploitet since, resulting in hundreds of defaced websites.

One of those kiddies hit my badly maintained PostNuke site last week (oops, now it's out). Fortunately I didn't have any data loss. The index file was all that was damaged, so I guess I was lucky (probably because it was a publicly available script used for defacing standard PostNuke installations...).
Oh, and yes, pLog isn't vulnerable :).

Browse Happy

Posted by reto on 31 August, 2004 14:28

Browse Happy CampaignHaving standards is the most important thing on the Internet. In fact, without standards there would be no internet at all!
Creating standards compliant Webdesigns not only safes maintenance costs but makes sure your content can be accessed by everyone, and that's IMO the most important thing for every Webpublisher: delivering content to the audience.
Of course standards evolve and the tools (i.e. Browsers) need to be updated to get the most out of todays webstandards, and that's where the Browse Happy Campaign comes into place. (More)

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