Articles tagged in software

  1. Mobbler - Last.fm Scrobbler for Nokia/Symbian/S60

    Mobbler Screenshot Found this nice app for my Nokia today -- Mobbler, an Last.fm client for Symbian S60 phones, i.e. most of the Nokia smartphones. It lets you sign into your Last.fm account, start a station, or scrobble the music files you have played through the Nokia Music Player on your phone. A very nice way to discover new music on the move except it can easily chew through the data plan (around 128kbps streaming I think).

    My Last.fm username is scottyang btw, and no, I haven't listened to U2's latest album :)

  2. Upgraded to WordPress 2.3.3 'Coz of Security Issues, Again!

    WordPress Logo Went to the Aussie Bloggers forums this morning and spotted this post on an urgent WordPress upgrade (yes, I usually troll in the forums early in the morning instead of reading RSS feeds). WordPress 2.3.3 has been released fixing a few minor bugs and a security issue. Yes, again -- less than two months after WordPress 2.3.2 was released that fixed an issue exposing your draft posts. WordPress of 2008 almost felt like phpBB2 of 2005 to me.

    Yes. Please call all your friends who have a self-hosted WordPress blogs and get them to upgrade to the very latest version.

    To see what has been changed from WordPress 2.3.2 to 2.3.3, you can use the following Subversion commands:

    $ svn diff --old=http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.3.2 \
               --new=http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.3.3
    

    Which includes the diff of the five files that have been changed. The biggest change came from xmlrpc.php, in change set 6715, where Ryan tries to fix this security issue (yes the ticket was opened in November last year and only managed to get fixed yesterday, 3 months later). Basically, capability checking is done before determining whether the operation is editing a post -- if post type is "post". So any account can edit posts and pages via XML-RPC by faking post type as "page". For more detail on this exploit, see The Seeker Blog, and it appears to be "going wild" at the moment.

    The fix also only comes in 2.3 flavour, whereas the concept of "page" has been there in WordPress since 2.0. That also means, all you 2.0/2.1/2.2 users are still vulnerable. You have to upgrade to the latest stable branch, although not all existing plugins and themes work with 2.3...

    I think I am starting to agree with Mark...

  3. Thunderbird 2 Released

    Thunderbird 2 has just been released.

    Thunderbird 2 Released

    There are quite a lot of new features in this new release. Most useful to me must have been message tags, i.e. you press 1 to mark the mail as important, 2 to mark it as work related, etc. It is a feature that has been available on Outlook for ages, and is extremely useful if you receive hundreds of emails a day. We'll usually just skimp through them, and mark the important one for immediate actions later. Now you can finally do that in Thunderbird!

    Go back to clean up my inbox now...

  4. WordPress 2.1 "Ella" Released

    WordPress 2.1 "Ella" has been released, only a few days after RC2 was out for testing. I have upgraded all my WordPress blogs (and shared my experience here). So far so good, but I won't say there's any wow-factor in it. Mark was frustrated that Atom 1.0 is …
  5. Upgraded to WordPress 2.1 "Ella"

    WordPress 2.1 "Ella" has just been released. The upgrade is much more painless than upgrading some of my sites from Drupal 4.7 to 5.0. Just do the following on the command line. $ cd /var/www/scott.yang.id.au/htdocs $ svn switch http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress …
  6. WriteRoom, DarkRoom, JDarkRoom, or WrongRoom

    Mark Pilgrim: WrongRoom "These programs ((Write|J?Dark)Room) aren't for serious writers at all. They're for the writer's equivalent of script kiddies -- people who want to go to Starbucks and pick up chicks with their MacBooks and their iPods and their glowing full-screen text editors." Exactly what I thought …
  7. Updated to WordPress 2.0.7

    10 days after WordPress 2.0.6 has been released, the developers have just announced the release of WordPress 2.0.7, because of an SQL injection issue. Kudos to the dev's for such a quick turn around, unlike some unnamed big company who would only patch on the holy …
  8. Habari, a New Blogging Tool

    Habari: a new PHP5-only, object-oriented and PDO driven blogging tool. Well, everyone has written a blogging tool or two, but I think what differentiates Habari is the momentum behind it -- well known names like Michael Heilemann, Chris Davis, Scott Merrill and Khaled Abou Alfa (i.e. many WordPress contributors) were …
  9. Vim 7.0 has been Released

    Bram Moolenaar announced the released of Vim 7.0. New features since 6.4 include (sorry only list the ones that I am interested in). Vim script enhancements -- now you can have List, Dictionary and Funcref inside Vim scripts. One step towards becoming Emacs? Spell checking built in -- use :set …
  10. Internet Explorer 7 beta impressions

    I have been using Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 for the last few days just to check out whether the web application we've developed still work on Redmond's latest offering. Here's my impressions. Feel free to comment. Interface looks sleek. Nice shades. No more menu bar (unless you want to …
  11. AjaxTerm -- terminal emulation over the web

    Who cares about Web 2.0, as I have just found the single most useful Ajax application of all time -- AjaxTerm, powered by QWeb the Python web framework. From its own description: Ajaxterm is a web based terminal. It was totally inspired and works almost exactly like Anyterm except it's …
  12. What's Wrong with TextPattern?

    Planned to start a new site. Topic? All set. Hosting? Will be at my new VPS. It is going to be a light traffic site on a specific topic updated maybe once or twice a week, so I think a simple blogging app will suffice, i.e. no complicated CMS …
  13. Scuttle is not ridiculous

    Steve Rubel thinks Scuttle is ridiculous because why the heck do we need another social bookmarker. Probably because Steve did not get it -- Scuttle is an open source project that you can install on wherever PHP is (it is actually one of better written PHP app that I have seen …
  14. Camino 1.0 Released

    Camino 1.0 has been released. Best browser on a Mac -- at least for those of us who stuck in older version of Mac OS X. And yeah, there is one more thing that Camino, the Gecko-based browser, kicks Safari 2.0's ass -- XUL.
  15. Firefox 1.5 Released

    Via /., Firefox 1.5 has been semi-officially released. I haven't been able to find them on Australian mirrors early this morning, but you should be able to pick them up in the US mirrors. Actually, it is exactly the same as RC3 released over a week ago, so there is …
  16. Google Office

    Someone caught Google and Sun hang out together! 10 more hours to go before the announcement, and I would really like to see: Google branded StarOffice! Google services integrated into the office suite. OpenDocument being declared as the "Internet Standard", regardless what legacy system (read "MS Office") you are using …
  17. Opera is now free (as in beer)

    Opera turned 10 last month, and gave away free registration code. I guess they must have been overwhelmed by the response, and now they are giving away their browser for free -- forever! They have free Opera for most modern desktop operating systems. Download Opera 8.50 today, otherwise you might …
  18. Google Desktop Sidebar

    Can I smell a bit of competition in the desktop widgets arena, especially between mighty search engine portals? Yahoo! bought Konfabulator a while ago, which subsequently became Yahoo! Widgets. Now Google strikes back, released the new Gogle Desktop 2 beta yesterday with Sidebar, where you can also customise by adding …
  19. Drupal.org's New Servers

    Drupal, an open source PHP-based content management system, has its web site gone down last week, due to shared server getting hacked. It asked the community for $3,000 donation so they can buy a dedicate server, but subsequently has raised $10,000! Moreover, Sun Microsystem has donated a dual-Opteron …
  20. GreatNews

    GreatNews - the intelligent news reader. It's available on Windows. It's free. Made by a fellow Chinese. It is relatively light-weight (no .NET nor Java). It has lots of features that I cannot get use to. Moreover, it has Bloglines integration, so my reading status is still stored centralised.