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April 11th, 2006

That's a Big Bunny

Happy Birthday, trpeal!

For your present, here's Today's Forgotten English!

whelm
To cover with something which cannot be thrown off, generally applied to water; to throw upon something so as to cover or bury it; to turn the open side of a vessel downwards. [From] Saxon abwhilsan.
--Daniel Fenning's Royal English Dictionary, 1775


Feast Day of St. Gemma,
an Italian patroness of apothecaries, born in 1878. Jacob Larwood's A History of Signboards (1866) included a description of the seventeenth-century apothecary firm Godfrey and Cooke, whose logo was the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Even allowing for exaggeration, these chemists and their successors must have purveyed medication to much of England. As Larwood wrote, "Persons of a highly imaginative turn will probably shudder to think of the awful quantities of physic prepared by the house in those 184 years. The pills, if piled up like cannon-balls, would make pyramids higher than those of Gizeh; the draughts would be sufficient to cover the earth with a nauseous deluge; and the powders, if blown about by an evil wind, levelling valleys and mountains, would change the whole of Europe into a medicated desert."

Just think what it would be like if they'd had Prozac and Viagra.

-The Gneech

Hey, Fellow Web Coders...

So I'm building a site in ColdFusion in which there are data files (e.g., MS Word Documents) that are linked to for download in a password-protected area of the site. The problem is, since the files are not .CFM files, linking directly to them bypasses the "application.cfm" file and thus bypasses the password protection script.

So what I need to do is find some way to prevent people from figuring out the links, or to make it so that linking directly to the file doesn't work. While I don't think it's particularly likely that people who have been given password access are going to just send people direct links to these files right and left, I have to build the page assuming that sooner or later, due to malice or stupidity, they will.

So ... any suggestions?

IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not allowed to use Javascript.

-The Gneech

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