Archive for September, 2006

New Skins for Smart Bro

Friday, September 29th, 2006


We added new skins to the Smart Bro collection to make sure you enjoy Smart Bro to the maximum. To download new skins, go to Smart Bro Skins.


If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Anonymous Web-browsing!!

Monday, September 25th, 2006


I read this article about anonymous browsing and I thought it deserves sharing with you.



I found some pretty good websites for keeping your privacy up high. Of course, the best way to browse securely is through the Tor network, but if you don’t like the slow speeds, then check these guys out.

The first site I will highlight, because it looks like they have their act together, is Although would rather not recommend them because going to their website may raise flags at the office for the obvious reasons, they still look pretty leet. If you want to browse at work then check out this example.

Next up, is a very simple website, and, at the time of this writing, is a free service. Many mice surf the web under the illusion that their actions are private and anonymous. Unfortunately, it isn’t so. Every time you visit a site for a piece of cheese, you leave a calling card that reveals where you’re coming from, what kind of computer you have, and other details. And many cats keep logs of all your visits, so that they can catch you! This service allows you to surf the web without revealing any personal information.


Have a nice day!


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

FireFox is potentially more vulnerable to attack than Internet Explorer!

Friday, September 22nd, 2006


Mozilla Web browsers are potentially more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, according to a Symantec report.

But the report, released Monday, also found that hackers are still focusing their efforts on IE.

The open-source Mozilla Foundation browsers, such as the popular FireFox, have typically been seen as more secure than IE, which has suffered many security problems in the past. Mitchell Baker, president of the foundation, said earlier this year that its browsers were fundamentally more secure than IE. She also predicted that Mozilla Foundation browsers would not face as many problems as IE, even as their market share grows.

Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume VIII contains data for the first six months of this year that may contradict this perception.

According to the report, 25 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities were disclosed for the Mozilla browsers during the first half of 2005, “the most of any browser studied,” the report’s authors stated. Eighteen of these flaws were classified as high severity.

“During the same period, 13 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities were disclosed for IE, eight of which were high severity,” the report noted.

The average severity rating of the vulnerabilities associated with both IE and Mozilla browsers in this period was classified as “high”, which Symantec defined as “resulting in a compromise of the entire system if exploited.”

The Mozilla Foundation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This proves my theory about FireFox and its ability to take the heat from hackers. Sooo… 🙂


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Fourteen Signs That You’re getting Old…

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

1. You sit down to breakfast and hear “Snap, Crackle, and Pop”.. and you haven’t even poured milk on your cereal yet.

2. You get up to change the TV channel and decide as long as you’re up, you might as well go to bed.

3. You start complaining that “They’re building car seats too darn low!”

4. Your ears perk up when a LAXATIVE COMMERCIAL comes on TV.

5. You call the place you keep leftovers the “ICEBOX”.

6. No matter where you sit, no matter where you are, THERE’S ALWAYS A DRAFT ON YOU!

7. You complain that the cleaners has started shrinking your clothes.

8. You wonder why everyone else is starting to MUMBLE.

9. Lawn care has become a pretty BIG part of your life.


10. Your underwear starts creeping up on you..AND YOU ENJOY IT!

11. You start videotaping DAYTIME game shows.

12. When you do the HOKEY POKEY and you “put your left hip out” …IT STAYS OUT!

13. One of the throw pillows on your bed is a HOT WATER BOTTLE.

14. You think of a “quickie” as napping at a traffic light.

have a nice day! 🙂


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Favorite FireFox extensions – We still need IE

Sunday, September 17th, 2006



I read this post and it clearly shows that you simply can’t stop using the Internet Explorer engine.



Joel on Software talks about his favorite FireFox Extensions. I was already using two of the three, but did not know about IETab.

“IETab takes advantage of the fact that Internet Explorer is available as an ActiveX control, which is available to be embedded in any Windows application, to open certain websites in Firefox using Internet Explorer. Whenever a website comes up complaining that you need to get “Netscape 4.0 or some other modern browser” you can just right click on the tab and it’ll pop up right in Firefox being rendered by Internet Explorer. You can set up a list of websites that always come up in IE tabs.”

An excellent addition. It allows me to avoid having to load IE separately for certain Microsoft sites. Well done!


Well my friend, you can get the best of all worlds by using Smart Bro.


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.


Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

This time, you’ll need to secure your FireFox…

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

When I heard about FireFox for the first time and how cool it was and how secure it was. I thought that what makes FireFox really secure is the fact that it’s not a widely used browser. I also thought that, if it became a major player in the browsers market, it will soon be discovered to be vulnerable too. Just like Internet Explorer.Today, I read an article that proves my theory.



Firefox browsers with a version number below are vulnerable. Please upgrade your Firefox to the latest version. The Mozilla foundation has released a security advisory for this problem. Note that the beta versions of Firefox 2 are also vulnerable!

Note: security advisory means “Service Pack”.

So we’re now running to the same problem in FireFox that we originally faced in Internet Explorer. Please keep in mind that this is just the beginning and that you’ll be reading more articles about such problems in the future.

What I want to say is that FireFox had 2 major advantages:

1. It’s secure…well, now you know it’s not after you read the above article.
2. Its cool… well, you can try Smart Bro to see that it’s not

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks,
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Microsoft WELCOMES Firefox on Vista!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

This is an interesting article about the browsers’ wars:


Yesterday I encountered a very interesting post – Microsoft Invites Mozilla Devs Over – where Microsoft the “non-compatible” giant invites Mozilla developers to help makes sure Firefox runs smoothly on Vista!

It took me a few hours to try and understand what does it mean without getting into too much conspiracy theories (which, I have to admit, blossom when I hear a news like this:). Also I don’t want to dive into pink dreambad made by Microsoft – I’m hurt and I had too many disappointments in the past.

Instead, I’ll write down what this move can mean (without no feelings at all):

1) Microsoft finally acknowledges Firefox is here to stay – realizing that Internet Explorer is not going to be the dominant browser for the second time (Last round was when they had Netscape on the floor).

2) Microsoft finally found out a way to kill Firefox – Let’s hardwire it into propietary Vista and then give IE internal system level advantages. Once both browsers will have to play by the same playground rules IE will win.

3) Microsoft is changing towards and open source model and they found out a way to create enough money to replace their revenue stream coming from proprietary software sells (Does someone knows how?).

4) Microsoft wants to recruit these open source developers and maybe reduce the R&D capacity behind Firefox (Not an ever lasting strategy against open source developers – the people).

5) Microsoft decided to stick to their two face strategy – on one hand they are a proprietary giant and on the other hand they are open source friendly. It works both for CIOs as well as for developers who find a glimpse of hope in Microsoft’s statements about open source.

It probably has other interpretations or none at all:)


What do you think of this? It’s really weird, no?


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Firefox Gains, IE Loses

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Hi Guys,


I read this small post here. I thought you may be interested in.



This is some good news for anybody who is a fan of Firefox.

Mozilla’s Firefox gained half a percentage point in market share at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer during August, continuing the steady climb of the open-source browser, a Web metrics firm said.Firefox now owns 11.8 percent of the global browser market share, said Net Applications, a jump of .5 percent from July’s 11.3 percent. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, now accounts for 83 percent of browsers used to surf the Web; that’s down from July’s 83.5 percent.


I think Smart Bro should jump into this competition. I’m really confident it will get 100% of the market. hmmm … ok .. maybe 99.9% 😉


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Smart Bro Forum

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

We’re glad to announce the creation of this Smart Bro forum . This new forum is meant to help Smart Bro users contact with each other to discuss issues related to Smart Bro and its functionality.

We will be very happy to see you here.

Visit Smart Bro forum.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

Best regards,
Tony Sticks.

What Are The 7 Most Common Time Wasters?

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Hi again.


FYI, I’m not intending to keep talking about Smart Bro in every article I write (or put) in this blog. I read the following article and found that it may be useful to some of you, so here you go:


What Are The 7 Most Common Time Wasters?


Check Out The Following!


1. Email.


Email is without a doubt a very important factor in operating your Online business. After you’ve mastered sending and receiving email, there’s no limit to the people or organizations you can reach at the press of the send button.

There is a downside to the marvelous convenience of email. Think of all the time the average business person spends checking email accounts. You could easily waste half your work day on email.


2. Pop Ups.


Are you bombarded with pop ups at every turn on the Internet? Pop ups will slow down your surfing and it’s down right frustrating trying to get rid of these annoying unwanted ads. As you know, Internet Explorer is not packaged with a good pop up blocker. So you will definitely need to download one if you plan to surf the Internet regularly. You can easily use Smart Bro integrated popup killer to get rid of this problem.


3. Surfing.


How often do you plan to check a website resource, and click unrelated links.

Fight mindless surfing!

Remember your goal. Ignore links that distract you from your objective. If you are looking for information on the latest “Computer Virus Hoax” why are you visiting music sites or downloading screen savers?


LOOOL! 🙂 I like this one.


4. Forgetting To Write Down Your Objectives.


Open Notepad (or Quick Notes in Smart Bro ) or write what you plan to do on a sticky note. And check off the goals as you accomplish them. This listing method works great if you overloaded with too many task.


5. Time Limits.


Learn To Set a time limit! This will force you to focus on accomplishing your objective within the designated time frame. For example, limit yourself to 30 minutes checking email, or 1 hour researching a topic.


6. Telephone/Television Distractions.


Unplug your telephone. Turn off that television. The telephone is a big time waster. Ignore urges to check your voice mail or answering machine for messages every few minutes. Only return important calls.

No more soaps! That’s right! While you are working tape your favorite programs. Watch them after business hours.


7. Family Distractions:


Make your home office “Off Limit” during work hours. Tell family members to handle any minor problems while you are at your computer. Close the door to your office. Place a sign on it “Do Not Disturb During Work Hours.”



Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)