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2004 05 27

no OSX security flaw. never.

Among the many comments from Mac users who’d rather dig their head in the sand than recognise their favorite OS does indeed have a security vulnerability, related to pseudo protocols in Safari (like disk: and help:), this one wins the cake: Mac OS X security flaw is a hoax, according to Apple’s tech support in India. (via Jay Allen’s reply to it)

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaaf concurs: There are no security flaws in the Mac operating system. Never.

2004 05 22

yes, it’s about time

WordPress 1.2 is out, at last.

We’ve added so much stuff, it’s almost like a 2.0 version, except that your 1.0 templates should still work. Among my favorite new features are the plugin API, the pinging services overhaul, and the new permalinks (remember to update your .htaccess), especially the one for trackback: you just add ‘/trackback’ to the permalink and voilà, you got a trackback link.

Matt has done a great job coordinating the developers team, handling user feedback, and adding cool stuff. He’s the Batman of blogging, and we devs have been a bunch of Robins.

I shall upgrade soon and in the process move to a new domain name (yes, again! but this time it’s shorter), which should fix a bunch of issues on this blog.

2004 05 17

tag, you’re it

Just a quick, Nth re-run of the old TagifyThis, except this time it comes as a WordPress 1.2 plugin and has been renamed (‘TagifyThis’ sounded too bland).

Tag, You’re It (copy in your favorite text-editor, save in wp-content/plugins/)

2004 05 15

revue de presse

Fictitious IRC snippet:

<dwiner>
bunch of cheapocommies, $100 is barely the price of a good dinner
<sarabian>
you rich buffoon!
<markp>
MT was only free enough anyway, I switch
<photomatt>
welcome slashdot visitors!
<shelleyp>
stop putting words in our mouth, ffs

( In other, unrelated news, Undernet is upping the nickname length limit from 9 to 12 characters. )

2004 05 14

N.A.D.D.

Stop reading right now. Look at your desktop. How many tasks are you working besides reading this weblog? More than 10? You’ve got N.A.D.D.

I’m afraid I got N.A.D.D.: as I’m typing this post I’m also typing a reply to an email, doing some PHP, following five concurrent IM/IRC conversations, reorganising files in my /home directory, learning how to fine tune my Exim .forward file to filter spam on the serverside, cussing at Exim, planting needles into voodoo dolls representing the developers of Exim, trying to use an FTP client before the connection times out, listening to some Morcheeba, and undressing.

What are you doing at the moment?

2004 05 13

nègritude très très marine

Nigritude ultramarine, c’est comme mangeur de cigogne, mais en anglais.

Movable Type goes 3.0, farts in your general direction

So, SixApart has just announced Movable Type 3.0, dubbed it “Developers Edition”, switched to a ridiculously steep pricing sheet, and expressed their commitment to a free version. Wonderful, ain’t it?

“Free version.” As Shelley Powers expressed it, “One of the reasons people haven’t moved to WordPress or other weblogging tools is lack of support for multiple weblogs–yet.”
Take that advantage away (many MT users have more than three weblogs, and are not the only author) with MT 3.0, and there you have to use multiple free versions of MT, on which you must remain the only author. At the moment, you must install multiple WordPresses if you want to handle multiple blogs, but at least you don’t have to pay extra cash if you’re handling multiple users.

“Developers Edition.” Yeah, SixApart can thank third-party developers for doing all the innovation for them these past two years.
It’s cynical how in such an innocent title, SixApart symbolised their relationship with plug-in developers: you code for free, we rip the profits.


Disclaimer: As a WordPress developer, I’m not exactly unbiased. But trust me, I tried to be objective in this post. Had I done it in a subjective way, expletives would have littered the screen to express my digust at SixApart for such a blatant disregard of their users’ expectations.

beau, célèbre, frites, et vélo

En France, l’accès Internet vous rend beau et célèbre; en Allemagne l’accès Internet mange des frites et fait du vélo. (via PapaScott)

CH4N2oops!

Mardi, la chimie en toute sécurité; mercredi, explosion en cours de chimie, 8 blessés.

2004 05 11

Hokuto no Ken vs script kiddies

Who is going to stop these hordes of script kiddies getting ready to trample the millions of unpatched Windows 2000 servers?
Norton? Panda? F-Secure? Zone-Alarm (ok, this one’s a joke)?

Enter Ken, Fist of the North Star! With Ken, “you’re already secure — you just don’t know it yet. A-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!”

2004 05 09

link dump

They made my day:

2004 05 08

get yo’ /blog here!

So, google.com/blog is finally a 404, and you’re desperate. You need your dose of /blog, for Ev’s sake!

Here are mysterious /blog URLs to quench your thirst for test pages:

If you spot other /blog URLs, don’t hesitate to comment and I’ll add them!
Now, let’s see if the rest of the blogosphere will link to them and speculate like they did for google.com’s /blog.

attack of the strange little squares

You’ve got a blog encoded in UTF8, you’re very happy with it, thanks to it your wife has a shiny coat and your dog makes love to you like never before.
Everything falls apart the day you receive a trackback from a blog encoded in ISO8859-15. Suddenly strange little squares (‘unknown character’) are disfiguring your page, the W3C says your blog is invalid trash, your readers are doubting you.

Just when the thought of blog-suicide rears its ugly head, you remember your blog is powered by WordPress, which has a très geek filters function!
The solution (after a look at the documentation) comes naturally: <?php add_filter('comment_text', 'utf8_encode'); ?>

There, now you can receive trackbacks from anyone without worrying whether they were sent in UTF8 or not!

2004 05 06

l’Internet, c’est l’île des pirates

Ce soir sur France 2, fantastique reportage d’Envoyé Spécial: “les pirates du net”.
Une bonne grosse assiette d’inepties saupoudrées d’envolées éducatives inutiles (dans un reportage sur les entreprises de BTP, passe t-on deux minutes à expliquer ce qu’est un tournevis ?). La France est à table, papa-maman écoutent avec intérêt, Jean-Kevin hésite à avouer qu’il a téléchargé le dernier Kyo de peur de finir en maison de correction au pain sec et à l’eau.

On apprend, pêle-mêle, ces informations qui font froid dans le dos d’un bon français acheteur de CD d’Universal:

  • “Internet”, c’est l’échange de fichiers musicaux et cinématographiques: dans tout le reportage, c’est cette définition qui est implicitement utilisée
  • les ventes de CD auraient baissé de 15%; sur le site d’Envoyé Spécial, on lit “baisse des CD de 30%”, ailleurs on lira peut être 40%, mais qu’importe: c’est des journalistes intègres chez France 2, n’allons pas les embêter avec les faits ! et de toute façon, c’est la faute de l’Internet, pas de la baisse de qualité de la production musicale
  • un modem ADSL Alcatel fait un bruit de modem analogique Hayes (merci la post-production pour ce joli clip son): on ne peut pas montrer de modem ADSL silencieux, ça ne serait pas crédible
  • on le pressentait depuis Matrix, le reportage l’a définitivement prouvé: l’intérieur des câbles de cuivre est vert
  • chez France 2 ils ont des tonnes d’octets, quand ils montrent une IP c’est 510.587.103.568
  • la cassette vierge est l’ancêtre d’Internet: “au début des années 80, quand Internet n’était encore que de la science fiction, son ancêtre la cassette vierge…”
  • dans les maisons de disque, on marche à l’envers sur de la musique de Michael Jackson (bravo au monteur)
  • coupable de téléchargement de fichiers, Tim Davis a du “conformément aux conditions de sa condamnation, se débarrasser de son disque dur” (parce que l’effacer, ça ne suffisait pas ?)
  • “aux Etats Unis, Internet est devenu un marché respectable” (eBay, Amazon, tous les marchands du début du web: que des escrocs)

La présentatrice enchaîne sur le sujet suivant avec cette phrase: “”et avant de refermer ce magazine, du rire“. Moment que j’ai choisi pour éteindre le téléviseur, j’avais déjà assez ri pour la soirée.
Un regret toutefois: faire un reportage sur l’Internet sans parler du mangeur de cigogne, c’est vraiment bâcler le sujet.

Demain, j’essayerai de trouver ce reportage en DivX, pour la peine.

2004 05 05

who can you trust?

Yesterday, Microsoft did a demonstration of Longhorn, comparing it to Windows XP. Both OSs ran on the same hardware.

What happened according to Reuters (in Yahoo! News):

The Longhorn machine, although slightly better than Windows XP at displaying graphics-heavy Windows, failed to respond when Allchin also tried to bring up another graphics-intensive application, the popular first person shooter game Quake.

The same event, according to IDG News Service (in InfoWorld):

On a Windows XP PC the images got jittery and the video memory quickly maxed out, on the Longhorn system the images were fluent and the system was able to run the Quake video game in the background.

So, according to one journalist, the machine wouldn’t respond when Allchin tried to run Quake on Longhorn. Another journalist saw it running fine in the background.
Who is reporting the fact, and who is playing Microsoft’s PR game?