Perhaps the fact that the phone remained unanswered and was redirected to the switchboard should have been a warning. But with a Saturday morning breakfast rush, it’s possible that no-one could take the call. Having left my details, I was assured that I’d receive a call back within the hour.
That hour passed without luck. Perhaps that should have been the final warning. Unperturbed, I called The Square again, only to this time have the call answered immediately, and have a table for four confirmed. A non-smoking table at 7pm awaited, with the promise of culinary and service excellence, as expounded upon on the website.
On arrival, the faintly sketched mental images the web had created soon evaporated. Don’t trust the Internet. Ever. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s so simple, it’s almost not worth typing, but for the sake of those of us who need this as a reference point, capturing the screen and saving it as a file, or to the clipboard to use the screenshot later, there are only a few steps involved on a MacBook or iMac. This works on all Apple Mac machines that aren’t tablets or phones (where you just the home and power button together – it’s saved to your Photos). On Windows, just use the PrintScr key…
You’ve heard of ShellShock, and the bash-exploits that are currently doing the rounds, across platforms, that make use of these bugs (CVE-2014-6271 and the volumes of additional updates including CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-7186, CVE-2014-7187 and CVE-2014-7169, but to name a few). Proofs of Concept are being collected here… The below works as a vulnerability fix for older Ubuntu LTS and non-LTS versions, Debian (eg Squeeze) as well as Fedora and RedHat/CentOS, and applies all up-to-date patches to Bash.
bash – as a shell – is a tried and trusted component. Some legacy systems’ repositories – be they apt, yum or other – may no longer be kept up to date. Alternatively, they may not be being kept up-to-date enough for your liking. And you want to close the bash issue in the best way you know how.
Easy workaround is a recompile of the bash shell yourself:
Time for some housekeeping – WordPress, plugins etc all patched and back to where they should be (taken long enough) — some more updates on PHP, scheduler integration and large data transfer info coming up soon!
Windows 7 won’t boot up, Safe Mode hangs (typically at CLASSPNP.SYS), the System Recovery can’t fix (Bad Patch and AutoFailover errors) and there are no recovery points to revert back to. Sound familiar? There’s a working solution! Read the rest of this entry »
Oftentimes, you may need to just delete all messages in queue (for example, when your script has gone mad and generated too many messages to handle, once you’ve stopped postfix). It’s quite simple, really: Read the rest of this entry »
Touch surfaces and ubiquitous computing. I’m going through the exercise at the moment with portable touchscreen communicators and business enablers. I’ll relate my experiences with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Slate etc when I’ve spent enough time with the devices to form a full picture. For now, just a short video relating to a view Read the rest of this entry »
The upgrade to 3.0.5 was resleased yesterday. From the release notes:
Two moderate security issues were fixed that could have allowed a Contributor- or Author-level user to gain further access to the site.
One information disclosure issue was addressed that could have allowed an Author-level user to view contents of posts they should not be able to see, such as draft or private posts.
Two security enhancements were added. One improved the security of any plugins which were not properly leveraging our security API. The other offers additional defense in depth against a vulnerability that was fixed in previous release.
As one of the elements of modern society, family life and meeting etiquette, the mobile phone has become that always-on irritating device that, like the traditional land-line telephone, often times gets priority over even human contact Read the rest of this entry »
A new product over at x-pire.net (which redirects to x-pire.de) was unveiled in Germany today, with the aim of embedding expiry times and information into images so that they cannot be viewed after a certain time. In that way there should be a maximum lifespan to digital images on the web to prevent future embarassment, usage etc. At this stage, the prototype is available as plug-in for Firefox (as well as some other browsers in future), and expounds the idea of a ‘forgetful internet’ so that information is not immortal on the web. Read the rest of this entry »
Version 3.0.4 of WordPress, available immediately through the update page in your dashboard or for download here, is a very important update to apply to your sites as soon as possible because it fixes a core security bug in our HTML sanitation library, called KSES. I would rate this release as “critical.” Read the rest of this entry »