Archive for February, 2012

Evil Registration Codes

I hate having to use registration codes when installing software, but have accepted it as the way things work. Today however I got to enter one that’s 80 characters long. That’s right, 80. Nothing says “we hate our customers” more than making them enter 80 random characters into a text field before they can install […]

“Smack My Bitch Up” Performed By The Beatles

This is just silly, but it’s pretty interesting to watch. They really were rock stars of their time.

On Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper is without question a bold move to prevent malware from impacting Mac OS X, but it will likely turn into a legal and ethical mess. Before I explain why, I’ll give a very high level overview. There are three options: Mac App Store – Only run applications from the Mac App Store. Mac App […]

How To Configure SSL For Apache Securely

I’ve been doing some reading up on best practices for SSL. From what I can gather, and seeing what other big sites are doing this seems to be the best practice as of today. This is assuming you’re in an OpenSSL 0.9.x (via mod_ssl) and Apache2 world, which is the majority of Linux/Unix based environments. […]

On The iOS-ification Of Mac OS X

Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. Everyone was paying attention to information about Apple’s cash, and labor issues. They overlooked this juicy nugget of information: Still, Cook doesn’t think the iPad will lead to the death of the personal computer as we’ve known it for the past 25 years or […]

Twitter Client Gripes

Like many in my trade, I keep a Twitter client open all day. 140 characters works very well between compile times, reloads, uploads. I still use RSS extensively, but Twitter fills the gaps nicely as my brain is always looking for information to absorb (feel free to follow if you don’t). To this day it […]

Use SSL By Default

Twitter is now the latest site defaulting to HTTPS. Kudos to them. I love seeing the web get more secure, even if it’s one site at a time. If you’ve got a site where login is required, please make sure to use SSL. It’s not that costly anymore. Even this blog uses SSL where necessary. […]

Beer Bottle Excavator Trick

Assuming this isn’t faked somehow, this is pretty impressive.

The Programmer’s Curse

Programmer’s Curse [proh-gram-er-s kurs] – When a professional programmer sees a problem they think “I can solve this by implementing ________”. They then go on to build something in a manner similar to a mad scientist in an old sci-fi movie. It’s often associated with eccentric behavior, ingestion of caffinated beverages, late nights and repeated […]

Path’s Privacy Folly Proves Shift In Privacy Views

Path uploaded address book data from its users in order to provide “social” functionality. After this became public they deleted all address data and apologized. Everyone is ignoring the worst part of this. While very bad, it’s not that Path actually uploaded their address book (I’d venture most store it in “the cloud” already, so […]