Yet another column on OpenSSH, why it’s a Good Thing, and why you should be using it to connect to your Linux machines. (Oh, and this post was added using Internet Explorer 5.5, which seems to be stable.)

In the past two weeks, I’ve ordered two books from Amazon on separate occasions, and both times, my order summary has estimated that they’d ship in 24 hours. Both times, this was drastically wrong; one order just shipped today, and the other shows no sign of shipping soon. Isn’t their database good enough to avoid this crap? Looks like it’s time to start shopping around…

Internet Explorer 5.5 is now available for download; you can grab it from the IE download site or just use Windows Update to install it. I haven’t found a page which summarizes the changes in IE 5.5 yet (the best so far is a press release); if anyone finds one, feel free to mail me.

And in other browser news, I got an automated email from the Mozilla bugtracking system telling me that one of my bugs was fixed last night. I guess it’s time to download the latest nightly build (or perhaps I should do so tomorrow), and see what’s up.

The international and U.S. Olympic committees are beginning a major crackdown on domain names that try to glom onto the Olympic name. While I understand that the various Olympic governing bodies have been given exclusive rights to use the name, it seems that moves like this are very much against the public nature of the games. Then again, given the multi-hundred-dollar ticket prices, maybe the public nature of the games is dead.

A day after the FTC filed suit against the now-defunct dot-com, Disney has offered to buy and bury the customer list. Given that Disney is the major shareholder of the failed company, this seems like the right thing to do.

For future reference: a brief synopsis of the coming Supreme Court term.

It seems sad that transactional lawyers in Massachusetts can’t figure out how to do pro bono work in their field. What about all those people shafted out of housing by shady landlords, struggling families without wills or estate planning resources, struggling businesspeople who can’t afford to defend themselves against big businesses? Sad, sad.