The Boston Globe reports that a little more than a week ago Symantec Corp. made public a major loss of data from Monster.com. While the stolen information does not include social security numbers or other banking information there is real concern that email addresses from Monster.com will not only be sold to spammers, but will be used in phishing scams.

Read the full article and followup from the Boston Globe.

Monster.com has decided to notify users of this breach by mail. That’s snail mail. Now, I don’t know about you, but my mailing address on Monster.com is far from up to date, so I think it’s important that we spread the word online!

Thanks to Joe at JVT Advisors for sending this on to me.

job, job search, monster, monster.com, data security, security

So here’s a nice little Firefox easter egg for vi users:

In Firefox (at least version 2.0.0.6 on the PC, I haven’t confirmed this on others) you can search for text by simply typing a slash (/). As long as you’re not in a text entry box the / character will open up the find dialog box just like control-f would.

For those of you who don’t understand the significance of this, in the popular UNIX command line text editor vi you search for text by typing /string to find. This is typical of how vi works: powerful, simple commands which are rarely obvious.

vi, unix, linux, firefox, web, internet

Don Burleson points out that Oracle has sent out some Cardboard laptops!

Oracle cardboard laptop


The outside of the laptop which showed up in Andy Armstrong’s mail July 5th read “We’ve taken the idea that the outside world is a dangerous place for unprotected content.” and the inside reads “And shredded it.”

Thanks to Zach for posting the full text of the interior which reads:

“To derive maximum benefit from your business critical content, you need to share it across a wide user base. But the more people who have access to it, the greater the threat of sensitive information leaking to your competitors. That’s just for starters; content proliferation also raises the risk of regulatory non-compliance and escalating management costs. You know you can’t live without your information, but you’d be forgiven for wondering how to live with it.

Oracle’s recently acquired Information Rights Management solution can help. A key component of our Document and Records Management portfolio, it enables you to share your information when and with whom you want – without fear of the outside world.

But it doesn’t stop there. Should the worst happen – and your laptop falls into unsafe hands – we can even scamble your content before anyone works out how to access it.

We’ll be in touch shortly with more details of how to shred your content management worries.”

So what’s the story? What bandwagon is Oracle getting on here? Only time will tell. Burleson thinks it may be another step in their “unbreakable” theme. I think it may be something with Application Express as a content management system. Something to do with enterprise blogs or wiki or some other web 2.0 kind of content management.

wiki, blog, web, web20, web 2.0, oracle, dba, rdbms, dbms, marketing, laptop

SafariI am impressed with how fast Apple’s Safari browser runs on Windows, but a lot of Win/Safari users are going to be wondering one thing… Where’s the home buttton?

So here’s how you add the home button to your toolbar in Safari:

  1. Start Safari (well, duh!)
  2. Select “Customize Toolbar” from the View menu
  3. Drag the Home icon from the dialogue box to the location you want it to appear on your toolbar
  4. Click Done

A few other differences will quickly become evident. For example, you can’t just drag an address over the home button to set the homepage. Instead, to set the homepage navigate to the page you want to set as your home, select Preferences from the Edit menu and click on the “Set to Current Page” button about half way down the page.

apple, windows, safari, software, browsers

CoffeeSpot ThemeThe folks at WordPress Themes have posted a list of Coffee related WordPress themes and, naturally, the Caffeine theme is represented. I guess I’ll forgive them for misspelling my name. (They have since corrected my name, thanks Brian!)

Of the ones listed, my favorite (other than caffeine, of course) would have to be CoffeeSpot by Sadish Bala. Check out the other coffee themes at WordPress Themes.


coffee, caffeine, wordpress, blog, web

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