As a TabletPC fan, I read the blog jkOnThe Run which was part of the Tablet PC podcast on TPN that is now being done directly form the site.
I was happy to see that the site picked up and linked to a "ruggedized" Tablet PC segment I did for Tech Tidbits Daily on 26th of Oct05. So I went to the site to get a URL via my iBook so I could link back that they had linked to me! :-)
So, I typed in the URL: http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/ in Safari, and LittleSnitch (which I reviewed for Tech Tidbits Daily on 20th of Oct05) came up with a message (link to the picture):
Safari wants to connect to planetlab-5.cs.princeton.edu on TCP Port 8090
I said no, and I then quit Safari. Launched it again, went to a couple of other sites, and then back to jkOnTheRun blog, and the message came up again. So, I then sent James Kendrick an email saying "FYI ... this popped up when I went to your site, maybe there is something embedded in your site?"
James wrote back with a pen email (only the very serious Tablet PC geek sends back written emails) saying "Strange ... not that he knew of ... does it only happen in Safari?" .... so I tried it in Firefox and I got the same kinda of warning from Little Snitch (link to the picture):
firefox-bin wants to connect to planetlab1.cres.utexas on TCP port 8090
So what is going on? Definitely a different server, but same TCP Port. What is PlanetLab? Is it spyware? Is it something normally installed on Mac OS X or on the blog server?
Any thoughts? Curious minds would like to know!