Myles Braithwaite

A Cross-Site Request Forgery was found in Mt.Gox, (as of Sunday) the most popular Bitcoin exchange, which caused the current trading of Bitcoin from a $17USD high down to just pennies.

The extent of the compromise became clear when a copy of Mt.Gox’s user database began circulating online. The file included username, email addres, and hashed password for thousands of Mt.Gox users. Karpeles’s statement was updated to acknowledge the breach. He warned users who have re-used the Mt.Gox passwords on other sites to change them.

The study involved male rhesus macaques—a species of Old World monkeys that is sensitive to red, green, and blue—ranging freely in Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. Two human experimenters, one male and one female, entered the monkeys’ colony and found isolated males to test. Both people knelt down, placed a Styrofoam tray in front of them, drew an apple slice from their backpacks, held the slice at chest level for the monkey to see, then placed the apple on the trays. Both stood up simultaneously and took two steps back.

The monkey typically went directly to the slice he wanted, ran off, and ate it.

The humans wore T-shirts and caps, whose colors—red, green, and blue—were changed in each of four conditions: red on female, green on male; then vice-versa; red versus blue; blue versus green.

The results were striking. The monkeys paid no mind to the sex of the experimenter. Green or blue made little difference to them either. But in the significant majority of cases, they steered clear of the red-clad humans and stole the food from the other tray.

Apple’s vision of the cloud makes native apps better. Others see the cloud as a substitute for native apps.

I keep thinking of the ways the iCloud file storage API will help with native applications on iOS and OS X. Seeing what having a Dropbox can do for mobile development something full interagted with the OS is pretty cool.

(via Daring Fireball)


Just so you know Apple didn't copy Dropbox for this feature, they copied Ubuntu One and CouchDB.

Tell me, what do the following have in common?

  • Paying with a credit card.
  • Going to the emergency room
  • Adjusting your 401k.
  • Using your insurance card at the dentist.
  • Shopping around for the best car insurance.
  • A BNSF train pulling a Union Pacific coal car.
  • Transferring money between banks.
  • Filling a prescription.

All the above industries are billion dollar players in our economy. All of the above industries write new COBOL and mainframe assembler programs.

Sympatico Legacy SMTP Server

One of the large issues when trying to configure people's email usually comes to sending messages. If you/they are using Bell Internet (previously Sympatico) you can use a legacy SMTP server at It will only work on Bell's ISP (not include your local Starbucks), so it would not be a good idea to configure it on a laptop. If they are working on a laptop the best idea is to see if their email provider provides an iterative SMTP port. Port numbers 587 and 2525 have become a somewhat standard alternative for email providers. If that doesn't work, another option would be to use the SSL server which is usually on port 465.

xkcd - Permanence

I think anyone that uses Linux has the same conundrum when setting up a new server. Unless you one of those people who uses web1, db1, app1...

Sarah Palin Emails

The voluminous nature of the release, the isolation of Juneau and the limited bandwidth in the city of 30,000 people has forced media outlets to come up with creative ways to transmit the information. The Washington Post is looking for "100 organized and diligent readers" to work with reporters to "analyze, contextualize, and research the e-mails." The New York Times is employing a similar system.

The Internet has become such a part of our lives it's strange to see people not being able to use it because of a lack of bandwidth.

People on Twitter keep posting that Apple essential copied everything from Android in their new iOS 5. While they went further than that:


Apple's new iCloud (formally MobileMe (formally .Mac (formally iTools))) service copies one of my favourite features of the now dead Microsoft Kin (what Microsoft did after they bought Danger the maker of the popular Hiptop/Sidekick) when you take a picture that picture is automagically uploaded to Apple's iCloud service.


When editing a document in the iWork suite (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) your document will be uploaded to their iCloud service to be easily accessed from any of your iDevices. Also AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion is basically a Peer-to-Peer file share that will allow you to share entire folders between multiple computers and users.


The notification system.


iMessage is a blatant copy of BlackBerry Messenger.

Remember the Milk

iOS 5 will include a new application called Reminders for tasks. One cool feature will you will be able to setup a Location Reminder for when you arrive or leave a location. Apple has never been able to do tasks while, iCal has probably the worst task management of any system ever developed (it's also the worst calendar management system ever developed).

Readablity and Instapaper

Safari will have a feature called Reading List where you will be able to save unread Web site that will sync between your iDevices. iOS 5 Safari will also have the same feature as Safari for the Mac where with a click of a button you will get an easier to display version of the website.

If you aren't following me on Twitter than you might not know that I -watched- followed (Apple doesn't provider a live stream so you have to follow live blogs) Apple's Developer Conference this afternoon.

Mac OS X Lion

Lion is the seventh iteration of the Mac OS X operating system (which was released on the 24 March, 2001). To say Mac OS X is getting long in the tooth, would be an understatement, especial up against Windows 8's Metro U.I. (Metro is Microsoft answer to WebOS with a card layout system (if you had a beer or coffee with me in the past year or so and we were talking about U.I. design I would have brought up how awesome I think it is)).

One interesting feature of Lion is the full-screen API. It's nice to see a company finally get that humans can't multitask (no you can't (I know you think you can but you can't (it's scientifically proven))). Right now I am actually writing this journal entry in a full-screen text editor called iA Writer.

Launchpad and Mission Control look cool but I have to use them to see if they are actually going to be useful.

iOS 5

Apple has now copied ever great feature from BlackBerry and Android and put them into iOS 5.


Notifications were one of the weakest points in iOS. They are similar to Twitter tweets where you will only get information out of them when you are actually looking at your phone. The new notification system is pretty much a clone of Android (they actually got something right the first time).


iMessage is a clone of BlackBerry Messenger which is a private, securer, and proprietary chat client. It is heavily used by suites and like Facebook if you aren't on it you have no social life (I am a little bitter about this). I will never use iMessage because out of everyone I know (clients, colleagues, friends, enemies) I am the only one who uses an iPhone (I am also a little bitter about this).


Like the idea of a Dropbox clone more integrated to the Operating System but I am a little scared of something I am not playing for.


I will probably buy the upgrade.