This is my review of Guttenberg

*Guttenberg is the new editor for word press currently the default editor although you can install the older editor via a plugin.

This is like the situation with the Mac books, you have taken away all our ports! Only in the case of Gutenberg it’s gone clean and minimalist. I can’t find things. It behaves differently from a product I’ve been using on and off for 10 years, and was happy with. It’s this mistaken idea that form is more important than function!

Please give me back my buttons, knobs and sliders. There is a reason that minimalism is a choice – it looks great but it’s a very boring way to live! You need to strike a balance between clean and lavish.

The programmers need to realize that you make small incremental changes once a product is working, and it’s ok to leave it as it is. It took us 400 years to agree on the basic design of a book but you know what? It works.

I think the idea of a text editor is something most of us are happy with.

All you have to do is look at the rating of this product and see the 3.5 million people who have down loaded the classic editor plug in to discover that this is not a good path.

Re evaluate your approach please. Until next time I’ll be enjoying my retro plugin.

More crawling skin!

I’ve been following the company that says “Don’t be evil” on he issue of project Dragonfly – Googles “China” friendly search engine. The intercept has the lowdown on this project hear.

I have a belief that as companies get bigger they get more stupid and less focused. I think that this is indeed the case for Google. After reading the article I have to ask what sort of flavour of BS are these so called managers trying to stuff down the throats of humanity?

I’m starting to think it’s time to remove all my content from there platform.

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The register also has an article about the appalling behaviour of Googles’s senior management and it rightly points out that this is a company that is at a very serious fork in the road.

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To expand on my thesis that “as companies get bigger they get more stupid” I also found this disturbing story…

Ah Facebook you’ve done it again!

Very interesting reading over the last few days from Gizmondo

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-is-giving-advertisers-access-to-your-shadow-co-1828476051?IR=T

In a nut shell it’s not a good idea to give FB your phone number. I’ve never felt right about FB wanting my phone number and I’m darn glad I’ve honoured that feeling.

From the article…
“They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks.”

Also there is some confusion about how private address book data is, and what FB does with that information.

Again from the article…
“People own their address books,” a Facebook spokesperson said by email. “We understand that in some cases this may mean that another person may not be able to control the contact information someone else uploads about them.”

In addition, the use of the phone number for advertising, is something that destroys peoples trusting of 2 stage authentication. After this sort of abuse of data by one of the biggest brands in the world who would want to trust any one else with this degree of security?

They want more and more!

I also thought I’d mention this – a while back FB were trying to sucker people into giving them more data – email address info friend data… in return for more content… Don’t do it… FB wants you to rat on your friends. Also each user is worth up to about $158 to FB. So lets say you have 30 email address’s in your contacts, that’s $4,740.00 worth of data for more “Free” content – mainly generated by me and you.

But wait there’s more! Just at the time of writing this Zuk messes up again. From the NYT
Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk

 

hacky hack hack!

This morning I stumbled upon this. Apple one of the companies in the world that does sort of care about privacy was hacked by a 16 year old!

After busting the kid. Police uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

Full link to the article

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-teen-hacked-into-apple-s-secure-computer-network-court-told-20180816-p4zxwu.html

Now coming at you via fiber optic – or FTTP!

So I moved home recently and what I didn’t realise, and what was also a very pleasant surprise, was that the new home has a fiber optic link (or fttp if you want the nice acronym!). So now via a not so great gigabit link via my ISP’s cheap and rather crappy supplied modem. It’s not rocket ship fast but should hopefully be a lot better than the old ADSL2 link that the poor thing limped along on. Fingers crossed that this should work faster and we should have longer uptimes!

 

Quick shout out dumpNotificationDB.py

Had a quick look at this today and it’s a doozy! Patrick Wardle has created a small python script that dumps the data from the macOS, notifications database. This is a whole lot of information that you may not want anyone to see, let alone audit. Be interesting if and how the Mac os X dev team may manage this issue.

More info hear…

https://www.patreon.com/posts/18714633

Happy new year and some update news!

Well happy new year and I hope that you have had a happy and safe holiday season! I’ve made a few minor changes to my sshfail project. For those of you who don’t know what that’s about have a look at this old post. In a nut shell it’s a script to generate a report that looks at the number of unsuccessful attempts to attack your machine if you have ssh enabled. It also creates a list of the ip address that generate this may hem and it’s darn educational.

My own experience is that the the machine fights back anything from 3 to 6 thousand attempts a day to hack it!  I’m making an assumption that the bigger sites – targets may be taking more flac than that. It’s sobering and sad that this is the state of the internet today. SO be careful out there and secure your machines.

Oh and the pic I’ve included – well stay tuned it’s an exciting arduino pi based project that I may let you all in on soon. But it’s secrete and in testing at the moment!

Hope you all have a most amazing 2018 and that you stay safe and happy.

Kind regards & have fun!

Steve Abrahall

PS for those of you who might like to run – play with the script hear is the source code.https://github.com/nevetsanderson/sshfail

if you have Git installed just cd to your home and run the following.

git clone https://github.com/nevetsanderson/sshfail.git