Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nice FireFox addon: UrlbarEXT

Lots of utility here for FireFox browsing, plus anonymous surfing.

Looks easier to use than The Onion Router (Tor). Is it equally secure?


Botnets for Macs

You knew it was coming.
Mac Trojan Horse OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Found
in Pirated Apple iWork 09

Exploit: OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse
Discovered: January 21, 2009
Risk: Serious
Description: Intego has discovered a new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, which is currently circulating in copies of Apple’s iWork 09 found on BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software. The version of iWork 09, Apple’s productivity suite, are complete and functional, but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg.
Easily enough avoided, by those who are sensible.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stumbling Feedburner integration

Google's acquisition of Feedburner continues to stumble along. Integration doesn't seem to be going well at all. Many users are complaining about broken stats. Me too.

See ReadWriteWeb's review of PostRank as the Feedburner-killer.

Give it any RSS feed and the service will give you a filtered feed of just the most commented on, linked to, saved and Dugg posts from that feed.
Interesting stuff.

New MidEast policy

The most important comments in Obama's interview on Al Arabiya:

And so what I told [George Mitchell] is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating -- in the past on some of these issues -- and we don't always know all the factors that are involved. So let's listen.
And the surrounding countries need to be involved, as well: Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and perhaps beyond.

Reported in this NY Times article. Ah, the audacity of hope?

VIM tutorial

nice that vim comes with an interactive tutorial. Perhaps I'll finally remember how to go between edit and command mode.

Just open a terminal, and $ vim tutorial

cool wireframe tools!

Just learned about Balsamiq and IPlotz.

Why would anyone mess around with Adobe tools to develop web page feature placements and plot navigation?

Software development (e.g., web design) needs to be collaborative to be successful.

Enough with the whining

I think people have forgotten what “war” means. If the ratio had been the other way around, Palestinians would have been celebrating instead of whining. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought war was all about killing as many of the other guys as possible, and losing as few of your own as you can possibly manage.

If Israel’s policy was to kill as many Palestinians as possible, they would have carpet-bombed Gaza City (like the U.S. did in Dresden and Tokyo. Talk about civilian casualties? Look at hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, with dubious military tactical purpose. Civilian casualties in war is a huge topic, and, OMG, it didn’t start with the Palestinians and Israelis. GASP! No, you don’t say!? )

Get real. Theatrical whining is so pointless. This is what Nietszche called “ressentiment”. (shall we say that the Palestinians learned it from the Jews?)