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Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

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Java and Shockwave Security

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Java and Shockwave Security -- Although mainstream media has been saturated recently with news of security issues in the Windows version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, a different security problem in Sun's Java received comparatively little attention. Basically, it's possible for a Java applet to disable security safeguards and grant itself full access to the local machine. It's important to note the problem is very difficult to exploit, but theoretically affects anyone licensing Java technology from Sun. Microsoft has released a 500K update to its Java implementations for the Mac version of Internet Explorer; Netscape 3.0 doesn't use Sun's Java, and isn't impacted.

<http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security/java.htm>
<http://www.javasoft.com/sfaq/index.html>

Another, more easily exploited security problem involves Macromedia's Shockwave Director plug-in in conjunction with Web browsers (particularly Netscape Navigator). Essentially, it's possible to author a Shockwave Director movie that can clandestinely read email or files on a user's machine, along with documents residing on other Internet servers, even behind a corporate firewall. The relative simplicity of this particular oversight highlights the possibility other simple loopholes in a variety of products. A pre-release of Streaming Shockwave 6 reportedly does not exhibit these problems, but otherwise the only way to make sure you're not vulnerable is to de-install Shockwave. [GD]

<http://www.webcomics.com/shockwave/>
<http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/ plugin.cgi>

 

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