Sunday, March 11, 2007

Cookies are delicious delicacies

Yes they are, but this was about those electronic cookies which web browsers eat. Blake Ross, one of the lead developers of Firefox said this because, according to him "describing something so complicated in such a small space was quite frankly the last thing I wanted to worry about after rewriting the cookie manager"

It was considered a bug and was "fixed" by Mike Connor on July 24, 2004 to read "Cookies are pieces of information stored by web pages on your computer. They are used to remember login information and other data".

After this happened, the following remarks were made by Blake Ross over IRC to Mike Connor:

    congratulations mconnor
you just destroyed a legend!

Do you want it back ? The Firefox extension to get the "bug" back is here ( )

Or go to the website and figure out the funda first

What's a cookie ?

  • A small text file of information that certain Web sites attach to a user's hard drive while the user is browsing the Web site. A Cookie can contain information such as user ID, user preferences, archive shopping cart information, etc. Cookies can contain Personally Identifiable Information.
  • Small data files written to a user's hard drive by a web server. These files contain specific information that identifies users (eg, passwords and lists of pages visited).

  • any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)
  • the cook on a ranch or at a camp
  • Cookie is a ZX Spectrum video game made by Ultimate Play The Game in 1983. In the game Charlie the Chef has to bake a cake, but the ingredients (Mixed Peel, Chunky Chocolate, Crafty Cheese, Sneaky Sugar andColonel Custard.) are reluctant. The game was written by Chris Stamper and Tim Stamper.
  • Cookie is Japanese Shojo Manga magazine published by Shueisha. The circulatin is about 200,000.
Interesting cookies huh ? Anyone for some cookies ?

How to Enable Cookies

To enable cookies, follow the instructions below for the browser version you are using.

Mozilla Firefox (1.0 final release and earlier)
  • Go to the "Tools" menu.
  • Select "Options".
  • Select the "Privacy" icon in the left panel.
  • Check the box corresponding to "Allow sites to set cookies".
  • Click "OK" to save changes.
Netscape 7.1/Mozilla 5.0
  • Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  • Click on the arrow next to "Privacy & Security" in the scrolling window to expand.
  • Under "Privacy & Security", select "Cookies."
  • Select "Enable all cookies".
  • Click "OK".
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Click on the "Privacy" tab.
  • Click the "Default" button (or manually slide the bar down to "Medium") under "Settings".
  • Click "OK".
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x
  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Click on the "Security" tab.
  • Click the "Custom Level" button.
  • Scroll down to the "Cookies" section.
  • To enable:
    • Set "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer" to "Enable".
    • Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Enable".
  • Click "OK".
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x
  • Select "Internet Options" from the View menu.
  • Click on the "Advanced" tab.
  • Scroll down to find "Cookies" within the "Security" section.
  • To enable:
    • Select "Always accept cookies".
  • Click "OK".
Netscape Communicator 4.x
  • Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  • Find the "Cookies" section in the "Advanced" category.
  • To enable:
    • Select "Accept all cookies" (or "Enable all cookies").
  • Click "OK".

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