As I write this, a gaping security flaw has been found in Facebook that allows users to spy upon their Friends’ chats. The flaw looks like it’s in the process of being fixed, but this is just the latest in a long line of problems with the social networking service’s privacy.
The security hole in the chat tool was undoubtedly accidental, but Facebook’s repeated slackening of its privacy controls is deliberate and each change puts the personal data of its users at increased of unwanted exposure to third parties.
This erosion of privacy for Facebook profiles is leading many users to close their accounts, but here’s a question — how do you do it?
My MacBook is set up as a desktop computer — it’s plugged into a Dell 22in LCD monitor (E228WFP) and sits on a fabulous Rain Design mStand so that I can use its screen as a second monitor. I have a pair of Logitech speakers plugged into the MacBook’s headphone socket, but since the MacBook sits on the left of my desk and the headphone socket is on the left of the MacBook, the (short) audio cable that runs to the right speaker is stretched rather tightly.
A simple 3.5mm male to 3.5mm female speaker cable would solve this, but I already have enough cables behind my desk, so I figured that it wold be easier to simply swap the speakers around so that the right one was nearer the MacBook. This would also reverse the speakers’ stereo image, of course, so I’d also need to swap the L-R speaker assignments in Mac OS X. Is such a thing possible? Fortunately, yes — here’s how. (more…)
The WordPress 2.7 bug makes the Safari 4 beta useless to me, but if you’re a Safari fan who wants to stick with it, but don’t care for the cosmetic changes, head to the Random Genius blog. It has a whole list of hidden preferences for Apple’s new web browser, including one to put the tab bar back where it should be. It’s all done via Terminal commands, so they only work on Mac OS, though.
Or if you think Safari 4 is a pile of shit that you want to jettison from your Mac immediately, Mark Wheadon explains how to do it. Windows users just use Add/Remove Programs (or whatever passes for this option in Windows Vista), of course.
The new Safari 4 beta is pretty good, as long as you’re happy with a browser that lacks most of the features that have been standard on the competition for some years (ad-blocking and saved sessions, to name but two). It is a beta though, so it’s bound to be buggy — and I’ve just hit a big one.
When editing a post in the WordPress 2.7 back-end, clicking the Insert Link button causes the Ajax ‘Insert Link’ dialog box to ghost-out along with the rest of the page. As a result, both the dialog box and everything else on the page are inaccessible, and you have to open a new tab to do anything else (this only affects the current tab and not the browser session).
Actually, it is still possible to paste text into the URL box with a right-click, but won’t respond to any other mouse or keyboard command.
Given that WordPress has more than a few users, you might think that the Safari dev team might have tested this, but evidently not. Of course it may be a WordPress template issue, but a quick Google reveals that I’m not the only person to encounter this bug. The problem affects both Mac OS and Windows versions of Safari 4 beta, too. Silly Apple.
Google now offers its own ExchangeSync service for smartphones called Google Sync for Mobile, which means you now now automatically synchronise your Google Account data with your handheld over Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection.
If you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch owner, this means you can now synchronise your Google Calendar and Contacts data with your device over-the-air – something that was only previously possible with an Apple MobileMe account, or your employer’s own Microsoft ExchangeSync server (if they have one).
Setting up Google Calendar and Contacts sync for the iPhone and iPod Touch is straightforward, but there are a few gotchas that can cause your iPhone to lose data if you’re not careful. (more…)
If you’ve recently set-up Google Mobile Sync to synchronise your Calendar and Contacts with your iPhone over-the-air, you may have noticed that only one Google Calendar is being synced. It is possible to set-up Google Mobile Sync to sync up to five calendars, though (the maximum the iPhone supports) – you just need to make a configuration change.
Google Mobile Sync can synchronise both personal and public/shared calendars – here’s how to do it. (more…)
If you want to use Google Mobile Sync to keep your iPhone synchronised with your Google Calendar and Contacts, you’ll have to backup any existing contacts on your iPhone first, otherwise Google Sync will delete them.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to do this and you can use iTunes to upload your contacts to your Google Contacts list. You can then set up Google Mobile Sync and sync those same contacts (along with any others) back to your iPhone. Here’s how. (more…)