Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or



Filed under: — adam @ 12:09 pm

Draw a picture, and Retriever will fetch “similar” images from flickr (based mostly on color and rough shapes).

Update: I did a pretty random search, and it turned up one of my images. Cool!

One of my shots in retrievr

WMF exploit unofficial patch

Filed under: — adam @ 11:55 am

This is pretty unbelievable. A major exploit was announced, diagnosed, and confirmed. While Microsoft has sat on their ass and said they won’t have a patch available FOR ANOTHER WEEK, someone has reverse engineered the binary and issued their own patch. The patch has been verified by a number of reliable sources as being trustworthy, effective, and reversible. Install it now, if you use Windows.

I’m not a lawyer, but this sounds like grounds for bringing a negligence lawsuit against Microsoft. It is completely unacceptable that the fix is simple enough that it can be done by someone without access to the source, there are known exploits in the wild, and it’s going to take another week for an official patch.

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