Thursday, July 12, 2007

How to Stop a Framebreaker Script

OK, let's say you found a page and, being the good Netizen you are, you want to share the page with the audience of YOUR web site.

Like any good webmaster, you dutifully employ an iframe, with the source being the URL of the page you want to share. Alas, when you load your page, the screen refreshes and you're taken away from your site to the page you're trying to load into the iframe.

You've just been framebusted.

Framebreaker scripts are very common. Webmasters employ them to keep OTHER webmasters from re-presenting their content in another site. But for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction.

The next time you want to load remote content into an iframe on your site, try:
<iframe src="" security="restricted"></iframe>
The SECURITY attribute in IE allows you to open a third-party page as though it was within the high-security restricted sites level as defined within IE. This means no Javascript and that means framebuster scripts won't work.

The attribute doesn't work in non-IE browsers however. Javascript framebusters function correctly in those browsers.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Monday, July 02, 2007

Windows Vista... Just Say No

As I previously mentioned, my wife's new computer arrived last Sunday, preinstalled with Windows Vista Home Premium. You can read about my experience (at least with Outlook) trying to get it set up. Seems my inital optimism at getting Outlook to work was misplaced, as Outlook wouldn't download any of her Hotmail (yes I used the Outlook Connector) and neither would Windows Live Mail beta.

Back into the breach this past weekend, this time a format and install. Twice. The result? Some sort of sync error whenever I try to download from her Hotmail account. So Hotmail no workee. Only way to check it was to go to the Hotmail site. That was late Saturday night. I fired off a scathing email to MS Support and went to bed.

So what did I do? Well, after spending Sunday playing with my son at the pool and on Playstation, I did what I said I should have done in the first place. Sunday evening, I did a quick format, popped in Windows XP, and two hours later had EVERYTHING up and running without any issues whatsoever. She's back on Outlook Express 6 (which is what she liked anyway), Office standard is installed, and all her messages, files and docs copied over from the old machine, which now does duty as a file server for backups.

So let's sum up last week's adventure:

Windows Vista Home Premium
Est. total time: 30-35 hours
End result: failure

Windows XP Pro
Est total time: 2 hours
End Result: success

Let's hope this new computer lasts as long as the old one.

I Got the Monday Working Song Blues, Vol. 4

Classic Floyd... make sure you play it for the kiddies.

Welcome to the Machine, Pink Floyd