Just a couple of days back, we informed you guys about the release and availability of RC1 of WordPress 2.8.1. Now Ryan Boren has informed us about the release of WordPress 2.8.1. WordPress 2.8.1 is more oriented towards various bug fixes. It also tightens the security for the administration pages of the plugins. So the major highlights or major changes made after WordPress 2.8 include:
- Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
- Dashboard memory usage is reduced. Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
- The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
- A problem where the rich text editor wasn’t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
- Extra security has been put in place to better protect you from plugins that do not do explicit permission checks.
- Translation of role names fixed.
- wp_page_menu() defaults to sorting by the user specified menu order rather than the page title.
- Upload error messages are now correctly reported.
- Autosave error experienced by some IE users is fixed.
- Styling glitch in the plugin editor fixed.
- SSH2 filesystem requirements updated.
- Switched back to curl as the default transport.
- Updated the translation library to avoid a problem with mbstring.func_overload.
- Stricter inline style sanitization.
- Stricter menu security.
- Disabled code highlighting due to browser incompatibilities.
- RTL layout fixes.
Just like me, many of the users prefer to keep a history of the websites. The reason being quite simple: it makes it possible to access the websites fastly. Plus it assists you in finding websites that they had opened in the past. That is one kind of users. Another kind of users, which is the specific audience of this post happen to be the one who like to keep things private and place emphasis on privacy, thus not wanting to add websites to the history. One more thing this post focuses on Firefox Browser.
Get hold of the Firefox History Block add-on. What this add-on allows you to do is that you can specify domains,urls or websites that you do not want to add to the Firefox history. This add-on not only allows you to add sites that you want to block. It also allows you to unblock websites in the same way by just specifying the domain names. Here is how it is described by Mozilla
This tool will allow the user to specify a list of hosts to be blocked from the history tab, the recently closed tabs list, and the download manager (ctrl+j). HistoryBlock is a Firefox Add-on that works comparably to the newly created Chrome’s Incognito mode, but without the necessity of switching modes while using the browser (or opening in new windows, etc).
However the bad side to this is that it does not provide a way to manage the list of blocked websites in a more easy and convenient way. No way currently exists to display the list of blocked websites and domains.Get the add-on from the Official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository. Here is how to use it
- Click the “Options” button under the addon and add a hostname to be blocked.
- Alternatively, now you can simply right-click on a page and hit “Block This!” to automatically add the hostname and/or subdomain of the current page to the blacklist.
The government and commercial websites in the United States and South Korea had a massive denial-of-service attack in the past few days.
More information is leaked out as the security researchers work to break down the malicious code tied to a DDOS attack that hits the government and commercial sites in the United States and South Korea.
According to security researchers, the attacks are the work of malware that infected users and routed traffic to government commercial sites stating during the first week of July. Some researchers also claimed that the malware is an updated version of the infamous MyDoom worm that plagued Windows users back in 2004.
“It’s definitely not an updated version of MyDoom,I’m not really seeing all that many similarities…most of the code seems to be unique.” said Mr.Joe Stewart, director of malware research for SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Unit.
According to Mr.Joe Stewart, director of malware research for SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Unit, connections between MyDoom and the malware involved in the attack may be overplayed.
Initially, On July 5, reported list of sites to be attacked included only five U.S government sites. However on the following day the counter reached to 21 sites, including some sites of the private sector. On July 7, the list was updated to reach 26 sites including some sites from South Korea.
U.S. Department of Treasury, the White House, the Federal Trade Commission and the Washington Post was the major sites affected by the attack in the Unites States. Some of the organizations are reported to have fended off the attacks.
“I am a little suspicious over the timing of this attack, We are still not clear about the purpose or motivation. The target list is somewhat unique in that iDefense has not seen these organizations lumped together like this in the past. As the Obama administration tries to come to grips with the new cyber-security policy, this event will be highlighted on the front of their radar screens. My question is this: who would most benefit from an attack like this now?” said Rick Howard, the director of iDefense Security Intelligence.
The purpose of such attack could be gaining attention worldwide.
“Most of the DDOS botnets we see are written by people that are doing this for profit, and there doesn’t seem to be a profit motive for this one. It’s just sending a lot of traffic… to try and flood [the sites],” said Joe Stewart.
So far, Stewart said his analysis of the code has not found any conclusive proof about the origin of the attack.
“There’s a few strings here, there’s the word China, and then there’s the Korean language type that they are using in the Web requests that they’re sending to the attacked site, but anybody can put that in there to throw you off the trail,That doesn’t say anything to me conclusively at all.” said Jow stewart.
On the other side, The South Korea’s National Intelligence Service claimed that North Korea or its sympathizers were behind the attack. This is not the first time when such matter happened. Just a year back, attackers defaced Lithuanian government and commercial Websites with anti-Lithuanian rhetoric and a communist hammer and sickle symbol.
Among the South Korean Websites affected were the presidential Blue House and the Defense Ministry, as well as some banking sites.
At the moment, the motives of the attackers remain unclear. No data was stolen, and it appears that the only impact was the take-down of some high-profile sites.
According to Neowin.net Robert Scoble has posted a message on FriendFeed, and it seems that Microsoft announcement next Monday, related to Google Chrome OS.
In the posting, Scoble notes
why did Google announce Chrome OS this week? Well, of course, Microsoft has a big announcement coming on Monday (I’m embargoed).
I think Scoble is confirming this Microsoft’s forthcoming Gazelle browser. Microsoft has been developing “Gazelle” and Gazelle is an alternative to Internet Explorer.
The browser acts like an operating system and is designed to address the fact that browsers like IE and Chrome have not been built by design to handle multiple processes and web applications in a secure manner.
Built by the Microsoft Research team, company officials have been hinting that they are ready to talk more about Gazelle recently.
This week, Microsoft researcher Helen Wang spoke with said
I think Gazelle marks a significant departure from all previous browsers, including Chrome and IE 8″. Wang also noted “we’re really trying to leverage the decades of operating system experience and apply that in the Web and browser setting.
In Scoble’s FriendFeed he replied to others:
part of the Microsoft announcement on Monday runs on Google Chrome (and Firefox for that matter)
Microsoft evangelist Keith Coombs posted on twitter that he was playing with some
secret Microsoft software
Microsoft hinted at its Office Web Applications back at it’s professional developers conference last year. The company plans to offer Office in a way that is similar to Google Apps/Docs.
I just went through the Google Chrome OS FAQ, Google has released this FAQ because everyone was keen to know about it. So here are limited number of your most frequently asked Qs.
And of course we know that this Chrome Web OS will be very attractive (and just in time) for the always-on Netbooks explosion that is coming.
First question… is Google Chrome OS free?
Yes – Google Chrome OS is an open source project and will be available to use at no cost. To me it seems that Google Chrome will beat Microsoft but not Linux. The simplest thing is that when people can get the same thing for no cost, so why the hell waste money for Microsoft.
The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. These companies include: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments.
Later this year, the Google Chrome OS code will be open sourced. Google is looking forward to work with the open source community and making its own small contributions to the great work being done out there.
If you are interested in a full time position as a software engineer please visit the jobs pages and indicate that you are interested in Chrome.
But my simplest question is what will be the security concerns? Where is the performance bar? But The biggest thing Chrome OS will do, is keep competitors on their toes.
Ask me about the Google Chrome OS, well I am so excited bout it, as I was for Chrome browser, even though I use Firefox but still excitement is always there. I just saw the very first screenshot of Google Chrome OS.
To me It’s hard to agree that are these the first Chrome OS shots, there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious one of the reasons is from where the screenshots emerged? Anyways we have to believe whatever it is.
Acer is one of the Google partners for Chrome OS, an employee there has claimed the screenshots of Google Chrome OS. Full installation is shown there, which took about 10 minutes. After installation was done, desktop to desktop reboot took about 25 seconds.
As for the desktop, it is minimalist: at the bottom of the screen is the Chrome Bar, which is the system’s dock, start menu. The glowing blue icon, which looks like the center of the Chrome logo, opens the main menu, and hides when not in use.
But the reasons why I am suspicious are that, from where these screenshots came up because just one day after the announcement; the shots could easily be mocked up in an existing Linux desktop environment; the shots don’t necessarily look like they were taken in an Acer conference room; and, most interesting thing is that the colors in the word “Google” are ordered incorrectly.
As this demo was carried out on a Acer Extensa 4620Z, which would accord with Google’s stated first target for the OS. Anyways according to me we have to wait what is the reality..
Update: As expected, there has been confirmation over the fact that these screenshots were fake and not real.
During the course of last month (June), Google announced their plans for adding options that would make is possible to search only those images that were licensed by Creative Commons. Creative Commons happens to provide various flexible licenses that allow content creators to share their works with the world. These options have been added to the advanced search page for Images: Google Advanced Image Search. The options include:
- Not filtered by license (Search for non licensed Images)
- Labeled for reuse
- Labeled for commercial reuse
- Labeled for reuse with modification
- Labeled for commercial reuse with modification
Google Image Search happens to be the first search engine to provide this interesting option.Yahoo happens to provide support for Flickr images only. Go ahead and give it a try and reuse material in a safe manner.
First of all hats off and a huge thanx to Sam Diaz for sharing this important and interesting post with us. Are you guys familiar with Twitter the ever popular microblogging network. If the answer is yes, then you might also be aware of the url shortening services. Yes, Yes I am talking about the tinyurl and bit.ly. With twitter’s upper limit for the message to not exceed 140 characters, we are quite dependent on this service. Through these url shorteners, users mask their links into a shorter one and share their favorite articles, news and other stuff.
Well, Spammers seem to have realized the significant role these URL shortening services can perform in carrying out their nasty spamming plans. According to MessageLabs ( a division of Symantec), the use and presence of short urls in spam messages has taken a significant rise since the last few days. Now it appears in 2 percent of all the spam messages.
The company informs that these URL shortening services are allowing spammers to go past anti spam tools that keep an eye on all the web domains known for sending spam. As one can guess, these services allows spammers to trick the users into clicking on false links.
Now take this thing with respect to Twitter, you never know when you are clicking on a healthy or disastrous link, and to be honest, when using Twitter, we are least bothered.
If more and more spammers start using the URL shortening services for their evil purposes, the significance of Twitter will disappear very quickly.
Twitter has got to do something about it, otherwise its own existence comes into jeopardy. May be Twitter should increase the allowed message length permitting us to post the original link in its original length and format and eliminate the need to use URL shortening services. What is your opinion in this regard. Do share with us. Thnx in advance.
Mark/Space has released “The Missing Sync” for Palm Pre 1.0, software to enable the Mac to sync data with Palm’s Pre smartphone.
The Missing Sync for Palm Pre enables Pre users to transfer music, ringtones, photos, contact information, calendar data and other content between the Mac and the Palm Pre. The software works with Address Book, Entourage, iCal, iTunes, iPhoto and other familiar software.
“Proximity Sync” technology enables the two device to synchronize data over Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to physically tether the Pre to the Mac using USB to exchange the data. You can customize what data gets synced, and you can also convert video to be played on the Pre.
This is the official release of the software, it was previously offered as a public beta. One feature added since the beta version is an integrated ringtone editor, which lets you convert non-DRM-encrypted music to a custom ringtone for your Pre.
System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, iTunes 7.4 or higher, iTunes 5.0 or later, and a Palm Pre running ROM 1.0.2 or later.
The Sony company-Japan has a great reputation in the electronics market worldwide. Sony just came up with a new product web page for the VAIO line-up of computers.
Its the Sony VAIO W series. As the web page is in japanese language the google translator is used.
The W series features a hardware that is commonly found in netbooks, such as the Intel N280 Atom Processor (1.66 GHz). The computer also had a pre-installed Windows XP with Service Pack 3.
The new W series will be in 3 colors, white, brown and a pink one. This new series features an ‘chiclet’ style keyboard similar to the CS series.
It seems that the touch-pad is off-centered, with the surface having some interesting artistic designs.
The chassis of W series is mostly made of plastic and looks ordinary for a Sony products.
The price of Sony’s VAIO notebook line is never listed as cheap or affordable. Even the modestly powered Sony VAIO P series retails for a US$1,000. It is debated when the P series was denied to be a netbook by Sony itself.
The W series seems more like a ‘netbook-styled’ than the VAIO P series and it is more likely that Sony will confirm it as a netbook. It has no ‘premium features’ like the P series.
Hardware, software specifications:
- Operating System: Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 32 bit
- Processor: Intel N280 Atom processor (1.66 GHz) with Intel’s SpeedStep technology
- RAM: 1GB DDR2 533 MHz
- CPU: Intel GMA 950
- Display: 10.1 inch (16:9) WXGA 1366 × 768 with LED backlight
- Storage: 160GB HDD 5400 RPM
- 2 X USB 2.0 ports
- SD/MMC reader
- Memory Stick Duo/Pro reader
- VGA output
- 10/100 LAN
Other major features:
- 802.11b/g/draft n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 2.1
- ‘Motion Eye’ Web cam
- Intel High Definition Audio compatible
- Built in stereo speakers
- Built in microphone
- 3.5 Hours battery life
Sony representatives claimed that the W series will be available in August in the United States for $499.