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ANN: WebSoftware DevFtp Editor!

July 29th, 2008 No comments

Well its been a while since I’ve written anything for WebSoftware, but I’ve been working on a Ftp tool for quite sometime, unfortunately due to work and university commitments I never got around to finishing up the product.

Here’s a little teaser shot of DevFtp, a tool written for developers and goes on a slightly different path to conventional FTP editors in the market today.

WebSoftware DevFtp Mock GUI

The goal of the product is to assist web developers and those who maintain alot of content to easily edit/manage transfers all within the same editor. The core internals & xFtpx engines have been completed, written in .NET 2.0 in order to maintain maximum compatibility with older versions of Windows.

As of writing the GUI your seeing there is current but various tweaks are being conducted to assist and do things differently, its just a teaser for now. The idea is to keep the GUI to be as simple and straight forward as possible.

Thus far theres support for Ftp (duh!), SFTP (Ftp over SSH), FTPS (SSL) Implicit & Explicit.

The editor provides full queuing of work items, synchronising of remote/local fodlers and syntax highlighting – pfft thats a given! – using the same Syntax Highlighting engine that will feature in the upcoming (:O) HotHTML 4 product. More information on both products will be released as time goes on but at this stage no dates are set for betas or public releases.

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Determining Gender based on browsing history.

July 29th, 2008 No comments

An interesting bit-o-javascript posted by Mike-On-Ads that exploits an age old trick of leaking out the browsers navigated history. Armed with the info a cunning developer can workout what gender the viewer is.

The blog posting on the site explains the method used and allows you to try it out. Give it a ago and see how accurate it is 🙂

Here are my results:

Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 34%
Likelihood of you being MALE is 66%

Site Male-Female Ratio
slashdot.org 1.74
theage.com.au 1.13

Damn, I knew I shouldnt be browsing SlashDot that much, atleast it wasnt Cosmopolitan or Womens Weekly (ooops!). Unfortunately, only my current session records the history as I clear my page history when firefox closes. I’ll have to try it again and see if it changes.

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MSY Hacked! Firefox blocks!

July 15th, 2008 No comments

MSY(.com.au – dont go there yet!), one of the most competitive IT hardware stores in Australia recently got hacked and the site has embedded Net-Worm.JS.Aspxor.a worm. Only realised after I went to the site and Firefox blocked the page. You can read all about the hack and the effects on the Whirlpool Thread or Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page.

Firefox Security

Its always nice when someones got your back. Who knows MSY might actually endup making a proper website now instead of the messy FrontPage site that was.

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Gentoo 2008.0 Release – Its What Plants Crave!!!

July 7th, 2008 No comments

Gentoo 2008.0 has finally been released, only a week ago did I start compiling 2007.0  on a fresh box. Ah wells, great thing about meta-distributions, its so easy to update! I must confess though, I’m still relatively a n00b to Gentoo having been an Ubuntu/Debian user thus far.

Heres whats new from the  official home page:

  • Updated installer:
    The installer now only performs networkless installations using the packages and ebuild tree on the LiveCD. It also contains numerous fixes for extended and logical partitions.
  • Improved hardware support:
    Moving to the 2.6.24 kernel added many new drivers for hardware released since the 2007.0 release.
  • Complete rework of profiles:
    Restructuring profiles allowed significant cleanup of redundancies, reducing developer maintenance and confusion. The difference for you is that profiles now appear in /usr/portage/profiles/ under default/linux/ instead of default-linux/. See the upgrading guide for more details.
  • Xfce instead of GNOME on the LiveCD:
    To save space, the LiveCDs switched to the smaller Xfce environment. This means that a binary installation using the LiveCD will install Xfce, but you’re still free to build GNOME or KDE from source.
  • No LiveDVDs on x86 or amd64:
    In the interest of getting the release out, the release engineering team decided to postpone LiveDVDs because of problems in their generation. They may show up later—if so, we’ll let you know.
  • Updated packages:
    Highlights of the 2008.0 release include Portage 2.1.4.4, a 2.6.24 kernel, Xfce 4.4.2, gcc 4.1.2 and glibc 2.6.1.

Check the Where to Get Gentoo Linux page for information on downloading!

PS. The code-name “Its what plants crave” is from the movie Idiocracy with Luke Wilson (Owen Wilson’s brother). Gentoo – Its got Electrolytes!

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Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS Released

July 4th, 2008 No comments

Ubuntu 8.04 was released when I was in Japan, but it didnt stop me from downloading it – sucked it up at ~5Mbps which was bloody ridiculous!

Now we can finally get our hands on the first update to this LTS, Ubuntu 8.04.1 which contains – amongst a slew of bug-fixed packages – Firefox 3.0 Final. More information on the changes are posted on the Ubuntu mailing list release notification.

I’m still running 7.10 on the server at home – until I get the bawls (and time!) to redo the lovely server ZEUS has become to be! In the meantime, my Dell M1330 is upgrading to the 8.04.1 release as I write.

Grab a copy of Ubuntu 8.04.1 today!

On a side note, just recently saw the release of Sabayon Linux 3.5 which brings some really cool things to the table, I’ve downloaded the LiveDVD and considering giving it a go.

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