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Archive for February 16th, 2012

Google Mail Spam Filters seem to be a bit too aggressive again

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/02/16

Lately I’m finding more and more false positives in my Google Mail Spam folder.

I’ve manually catched mails from these domains:

  • ns.nl
  • barnsten.com
  • malwarebytes.org
  • apple.com
  • linkedin.com

So: if you are awaiting mail from me, please send me an SMS or tweet me.

Note I am still glad with the Google Mail SPAM filtering, as it catched very authentic looking fake messages from ING Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, xs4all internet, and numerous others.

–jeroen

Posted in About, Personal, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Chrome Google search URLs changed into a webhp redirect; no rootkit; Avast! and eggheadcafe seem involved; reproducible on one machine. What happened?

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/02/16

Somewhere the last couple of days, Google or Google Chrome has changed the default search URL.

I thought I had a webhp rootkit issue, possibly related to Avast, but it wasn’t (I posted at the Avast forums, and later replied the issue had solved itself, but I still wonder about the real cause).

What happened was that some page I had open in Google Chrome (all other web browsers were fine) forced the redirect.

I can only reproduce this on one system (that has both Avast! Antivirus installed, and Chrome open with the page http://www.eggheadcafe.com/searchform.aspx?search=Cross+Join+Excel) but not on other machines.

So far, it took me about a day of work (quarantining the machine, investigating if it was a virus, rootkit or otherwise, trying to verify this is a one off), and I still feel I don’t have the complete answer yet.

I still wonder if others have seen similar issues.

This is how it redirected

The defaults have a truckload of junk around them, but come down to the URLs below (lmgtfy is the search phrase)

It used to be of this form (which now again works, after I closed all Google Chrome pages)

The redirect made it into a longer webhp form:

The fun thing is, that if you enter the form

then you will end at the Google Search home page with the search phrase pre-filled in.
Now that is a pretty nifty “let me Google that for you” :)

–jeroen

via: Google.

Posted in Google, GoogleSearch, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Jason Southwell (from arcana) just published DuckDuckDelphi: a unit to do Duck typing in Delphi XE2 (not XE)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/02/16

If you haven’t seen Jason announce this in the general Delphi 3rd party newsgroup or his announcement thread on the FaceBook Delphi Developer group yet, this is a definitive must read:

Jason Southwell (from arcana) just published DuckDuckDelphi: a unit to do Duck typing in Delphi XE2 (not XE):

Duck Duck Delphi

DuckDuckDelphi is an Open Source (MIT License) unit for Delphi XE2 which adds duck typing functionality to a normally strongly typed language.

Great stuff that makes a truckload of my code so much easier to maintain.

–jeroen

via arcana – DuckDuckDelphi.

(Edit: 1400 UTC+1 Sorry, wrong boolean; wrote “and” but should be “not” XE).

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE2, Development, Software Development | 8 Comments »

 
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