Tumbleweed writes: The Brackets text editor has now reached version 1.4, which concentrates on performance, among many other features. The general speed seems to be a major upgrade in my limited experience with it. A worthy competitor to MS's surprisingly good Code editor.
Tumbleweed writes: Korean pop group Crayon Pop, known for their quirky concepts such as their viral hit "Bar Bar Bar" has released a new song and music video, 'FM' (meaning Field Manual — slang for someone who is very by-the-book and inflexible). The music video portrays the Crayon Pop members as transforming Power Rangers (or Super Sentai)-style heroes (who also dress up in Sailor Moon-style outfits in part of the video), and battling bad guys. A lot of nostalgic fun for those of a certain age...and the song is good, too!
Tumbleweed writes: How to make Steve Jobs your mortal enemy:
player. To be open-sourced "in the near future". From Simon's blog: "It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG." Badass! (Via Simon Willison's blog)
Tumbleweed writes: "Apparently the Presidential election was less of "Change" and more of "Out with the old, in with the same old," as President Obama has "invoked 'state secrets' to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency's warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed."
Well, crap. So who do we elect next time to actually change things? This is NOT the 'change' I voted for!"
Tumbleweed writes: "The Cross Plat and Interop teams at MS announced today on their blog, some new beta products for managing Unix/Linux systems from MS Operations Manager 2007, as well as connectors for HP OpenView and IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console. Both betas are available at http://connect.microsoft.com (search for systemcenter), according the blog."
Tumbleweed writes: "LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.
LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and visible. My favourite example:
HAI CAN HAS STDIO? I HAS A VAR GIMMEH VAR IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10 O RLY?
BTW this is true
VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
BTW this is false
VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"
Tumbleweed writes: Joanna Rutkowska, of Blue Pill fame, writes in her blog that Vista RC1 (Build 5600, x64 edition) is still vulnerable to the pagefile attack she demonstrated at the SyScan conference nearly 2 months ago.
"As I described during my talk, it's just enough to... disable kernel mode memory paging. Surly, it would cause a little waste of memory, but according to some Microsoft engineers I spoke to, it would be only around 80MB. This seems very little these days, doesn't it?", she writes.
Well, no, 80MB is not 'very little' by my standards, but nevertheless, I don't see how this can be considered a 'Release Candidate' by anyone other than Microsoft, with such a high-profile vulnerability left in place.