Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Which, for those multitudes using Wordpress for their website or macro-blog (funny how that term never caught on) means you need to integrate Twitter with your WordPress site.
So how do you integrate Twitter with your WordPress site?
So what is Heartbleed and what can you do to survive it?
First of all, the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is a computer security crack - and NOT a virus.
Heartbleed is a vulnerability in web-servers running the authentication software OpenSSL. This is the non-proprietary version of Secure Sockets Layer, the open source implementation of SSL and TLS, the protocols used for secure connections - look for web addresses beginning https://, not http://.
Monday, 21 April 2014
The utility value of PDF's is that you can read them anywhere on anything; but while there are measures you can take to protect content, anyone determined enough will find a way to grab and re-distribute that content. There is no such thing as totally protected content... So how much effort do you put in and how difficult can you make it for the determined 'PDF magpie'?
If you want to go through the issues with PDF's, read on, but the short answer is passworded PDF's are only partly secure and inconvenient, restricted PDF's can be circumvented and there's nothing you can do about someone screen-shotting the pages and saving the graphics.
So what are the vulnerabilities?
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Lightbeam: See who’s tracking you online
"Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user."
Mozilla’s free Lightbeam addon for the Firefox broswer shows who's tracking your online movements.
On the one hand, Mozilla says the browser add-on will be 'a step forward in the fight for greater openness across the internet'; on the other, Mozilla is itself tracking you with low level information, under a disturbingly broad Terms of Service.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Ubuntu 14.04, "Trusty Tahr" is released today, April 17.
And having played with the sole beta build of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, it turns out that Trusty (a Tahr being an African goat) is a much stronger release than recent lacklustre versions.
14.04 is anything but the bland, risk-averse LTS release. But search in the Unity Dash is still full of c**p.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Officially, Windows XP is now dead, but it’s not gone. Choose your stats carefuly; conservatively, between 20 and 27% of computers connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. Yet as of April 8th, we’re at the”end of support” – so what will happen to all those Windows XP systems now?
It will continue to run and activate, using the same activation process that checks with Microsoft to ensure you’re using “genuine” software and not a pirated version of Windows.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
I can take a little credit for this one: a humble Wordpress site that I inherited from my illustrious predecessor, in need of a serious functional and cosmetic makeover.
Jointly run by Research in Practice www.rip.org.uk and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) http://www.nfer.ac.uk/, reason is the extension of the two organisations for research, evaluation and analysis support in children's services and education.