The Mosaic Communications Universe

mcom Welcome

From jwz.livejournal.com:

  • Until now, home.mcom.com and all URLs under it just redirected to netscape.com, then redirected a dozen more times before taking you to some AOL portal page. The old URLs that were baked into the toolbar buttons of the original web browsers didn’t work any more. But now, if you fire up a copy of Mosaic Netscape 0.9, and click on the various toolbar buttons, they will work again! For example, in the old browsers, when you clicked on the “What’s New” toolbar button, it went here.
  • home.mcom.com is now a snapshot of that web site from 21-Oct-1994.

Regarding Base-64: Trying to solve an ASP.NET issue…

Update: Thanks to WordPress.com automagically linking related posts to each other, I think I may have found a potential solution to this issue here: Invalid character in a Base-64 string (ASP.NET)

The problem seems to be with the ViewState. The ViewState is encrypted, and when an attempt is made to decrypt it on postback, the error is triggered.  The solution is actually quite simple: in the web.config file, set the ViewState not to be encrypted, like this:

<system.web>
<pages viewStateEncryptionMode=”Never”>
</pages>
</system.web>

You should really check out the rest of that article; it looks like it’s got a great explanation for what is actually occurring.

Also, this seems to be related to another message, “Invalid Viewstate.”

My original article is below the fold…

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Base64 Valid Character Set

I found this on a forum post, and just wanted to verify that this information is correct:

for base64 the valid charset is:
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx yz0123456789+/
the = is used as filler for the last bytes, as the length must be mulitple
of 3

(via thescripts.com/forum)

The charset looks reasonable, but must the length be a multiple of 3? (Seems like a multiple of 4 would make more sense.)

Comments very much appreciated!

Lifehacker: Copy and Paste Without Switching Windows

Here’s a great tip from Lifehacker about how to set up an AutoHotkey script to copy/paste without manually switching windows:

I have one very simple AutoHotkey script which I use when I need to do some massive copying and pasting work, which simplifies the task into just one keystroke: Win+C.

With this script, I run Notepad (or any program to paste the content into), browse through some web sites, select text or pictures, and hit Win+C to capture the content—without leaving my browser. The script switches to the destination program (Notepad or otherwise), pastes the information, and returns me to my browser automatically. Check out the video for how it works. It’s good for transferring bits of data between two programs like compiling a list of email addresses. It’s also customizable—instead of entering a new line, it can move on to the next cell in the spreadsheet.

(via Copy and Paste Without Switching Windows)

True-Color GIF Example

The mistaken belief that GIF has a limit of 256 colors probably comes from the way GIF was first used when it came out. In the late 1980’s, PC video cards generally supported no more than 256 colors. Image exchanges were becoming popular among BBS systems and the Internet and viewer programs were quickly produced. No one tried or needed to generate images with more than 256 colors since they could not be viewed on anything less than high priced graphics workstations. Programs that converted images to GIF worked up a number of methods to reduce the number of colors to 256 or fewer. Some actually did a very good job. GIF files were constructed with just a single image block, even though the GIF standard placed no limit on the number of blocks. Since there was no use for more than 256 colors, there was no use for more than one image block. This practice became effectively ingrained into the computer culture and eventually everyone “knew” that GIF supported no more than 256 colors. The fact is, the programs that generated GIF files supported no more than one image block, and thus didn’t have a means to deal with more than 256 colors. The top image shows that a GIF file really can have more than 256 colors.

(via http://phil.ipal.org/tc.html)

GooSync – Nokia N73 Configuration

Here’s a post I found at the GooSync forum about how to manually configure GooSync on a Nokia N73, which should also work the same way on the Nokia N95:

To manually configure your Nokia N73 device please use the following steps.

  1. Open the main menu
  2. Locate and open the Synchronisation application by selecting Menu then Tools
  3. Select the Options menu and select the New sync profile option
  4. Provide this profile with a name
  5. Select Applications and then the Calendar option
  6. Set the Include in sync option to Yes
  7. Provide a Remote database name of Calendar
  8. Leave the Synchronisation type set to Normal
  9. Return to Applications and select the Contacts option (only for Premium accounts)
  10. Set the Include in sync option to Yes
  11. Provide a Remote database name of Contacts
  12. Leave the Synchronisation type set to Normal
  13. Return to the sync profile menu and select Connection settings
  14. Enter the settings as shown below:
  • Server version: Ensure this is set to 1.2
  • Server ID: Leave this blank, this will be provided by the GooSync server during the first sync
  • Data bearer: Set this to Internet
  • Access point: Select the required access point for your mobile device account
  • Host address: Set this to http://sync.goosync.com/
  • Port: Leave this set to 80 for standard connection or 443 for SSL connections
  • User name: Set this to your GooSync username
  • Password: Set this to your GooSync password
  • Allow sync requests: Leave it set to Yes
  • Accept all sync reqs.: Leave this set to No
  • Network authentic.: Leave this set to No

In order to synchronise you need to highlight your sync profile from the Sync application and select the Synchronise option from the Options menu.
Please note: some users have reported that there may be a bug in the URL retrieval algorithm of certain devices. Because of this we recommend that you enter the trailing ‘/’ character at the end of the sync server URL.

(via GooSync Forums)

Reasons to Trash or Rewrite Your Resume

Lifehacker.com has a great post today on rewriting your resume. Here are some excerpts:

Having a resume begs for you to go into that big machine that looks for relevant keywords, and begs for you to get a job as a cog in a giant machine. Just more fodder for the corporate behemoth. That might be fine for average folks looking for an average job, but is that what you deserve?

Don’t focus on your responsibilities, focus on what you achieved. […] Most people do not think in terms of quantified achievements when they are in the job, but on the resume, that’s the only part of the job that matters. No one can see that you were a “good team player” on your resume unless you can say “established a team to solve problem x and increased sales x%” or “joined under-performing team and helped that team beat production delivery dates by three weeks.”

(via Lifehacker: Reasons to Trash or Rewrite Your Resume)