Wednesday, 17 November 2004
Monday, 15 November 2004
Larry's article is a well-argued case for Yahoo! DomainKeys. In summary:
- Yahoo! is playing nice about suggested changes
- It's also playing nice about IP licensing
- The crypto burden isn't as onerous as it's cracked up to be
However, there are other burdens of crypto approaches, which are more to do with key generation, key management, and cache coherency. None of this is rocket science, but it could impose significant "friction" to impede adoption.
As I also said in that eSeminar, there's room for more than one authentication scheme. Indeed Meng Wong argues that, as things stand, we need both SPF/SenderID and DomainKeys, in order to cover all the corner cases.But there are other reasons to love SPF more than DomainKeys. I mean, what's not to love about a developer who confesses that he "remains very shy with girls" and looks like this? ;-)
I love Firefox and Thunderbird, but the Mozilla folks have been saying "you must uninstall before installing a new version" for too long now. Even as recently as 0.9.3 (the last version before 1.0PR), the release notes recommended this. What that says to me is that the installer might not get enough test exposure.
Having said all that, I still think it's reasonable to ask testers to uninstall/reinstall before reporting problems. BUT if the uninstall fixes the problem, it should still get reported, as it can highlight an underlying bug.