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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heartbleed woes

The Heartbleed programming bug has been (mostly) patched as of 07 April 2014. Now that the server end of the problem has been fixed it is up to you (the client) to examine the possibility that a number of sites may have exposed your passwords to evil doers.

A reasonably comprehensive list compiled by Mashable may be found here: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/. Check the list and change your passwords if required.

You may also want to take the time to change those passwords that you a) have not changed for over six months b) are duplicates of other sites since it is a very bad idea to use the same password on different sites c) are very weak (password1234 . . . hahahahahaha) or d) is composed of words or phrases found in dictionaries or books.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:42.29 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:16.37 PM EDT
Comment by Doug - Sunday 18th January 2015 03:43:44 PM

Hello Sir,

Did you get my email from yesterday?

Thanks

| Categories: Best Practices, Open Source, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

IFTTT -> Twitter

IFTTT is wonderful idea. It stands for: IF THIS THEN THAT. So, IF I post an RSS feed THEN THAT (in this case, Twitter) will tweet the feed. Cool!

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 2:01.04 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:29.09 PM EDT
Comment by Matthew - Thursday 27th June 2013 12:38:59 PM

https://ifttt.com/recipes for astounding API fun.

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Online Apps, Open Source

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

OpenOffice 3.4 Released

The latest version of the OpenOffice productivity suite is available.

The primary download link appears to be downloading a corrupt file.

Go to: http://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html

and click the green download link:

You then have only 5 seconds to click the link indicated below (in red) or the original (corrupt) download will take place!

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:44.21 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:58.42 PM EDT

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Openoffice.org, Open Source

Thursday, September 08, 2011

You're all a bunch of thieving crooks.

A report from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) appears to show that most people have illegal or pirated software on their PC's. A Google news search gives you a good overview.

Tsk-tsk-tsk - you people should be ashamed.

Be aware that you will eventually be plagued with a piece of software containing a virus, spyware, malware, trojan or some other evil bit.

Try using open source software or look into searching for well written applications whose cost is rarely above $50.00 and generally provide years of free updates. Sweet.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 2:24.16 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Comment by The Penguin - Saturday 26th November 2011 12:44:35 PM

Thieving crooks? Thieving crooks?! THIEVING CROOKS?!?!?!

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Alternative Apps, Best Practices, Headlines, Openoffice.org, Open Source, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms

You're all a bunch of thieving crooks.

A report from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) appears to show that most people have illegal or pirated on their PC's. A Google news search gives you a good overview.

Tsk-tsk-tsk - you people should be ashamed.

Be aware that you will eventually be plagued with a piece of software containing a virus, spyware, malware, trojan or some...