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Jun 24

NWN Forum Server Hacked

Posted by Jas in software , Security , Hacking


At 08:37 this morning, I received the following email (hyperlinks taken out of course - wouldn't want someone else changing my own password!) - although perhaps this is more cautionary than anything else; they do state the passwords were encrypted after all (yet perhaps more of a worry, since Graphics Processing Units (GPU's) seem to be fairly good at brute forcing passwords these days).

May 31

Pocahontas and the web app

Posted by Mobile Kugel in web app , Symbian , south africa , software , platforms , operating systems , native app , mobile , michael calore , marketing , IOS , internet , hybrid , HTML5 , global intellegence alliance , gadgets , Data , conversion rate , appstore , appstore , application , android

Mobile Kugel

What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word ‘native’?

Jan 10

What's missing from the Samsung Wave...

Posted by Jas in technology , software , Social Networking , Smartphone , Samsung Wave , rant , mobile phone , hardware , firmware , data access


So I’ve had the Samsung Wave (S8500) for the better part of a year, and I will admit I do still love the phone. But after a year, I’m quite discouraged by its App store – and I really, really think they could have owned the market (or at least broken into the market) somewhat better if they had introduced a free data bundle plan – ala Research In Motion (BlackBerry users). Smart phones, on average, seem quite chatty in nature, and while I haven’t found the Wave to be over chatty, if you’re using your social networks often, I can see how it would raise the bar for data downloads.

The App store, which has been open for around a year, still lacks a lot of social networking integration, and the Samsung Wave’s internal social networking apps don’t appear to have been updated since I received the phone (and might have been updated in the firmware update - but read more about that below). There hasn’t been much adoption from third parties, and there’s nothing in terms of geolocation-based apps ala FourSquare etc. (or I just haven’t seen them on the App store?).

More alarming, although perhaps because I received the phone from the Samsung Bada developer conference last year, is that I’m unable to update the firmware of the Bada operating system up to 1.2 through the Samsung Kies suite – basically the software you install to access your phone from your computer. It always complains there are no updates available – and I really don’t want to go through the whole process of manually attempting to update the firmware without the use of Kies in case something goes wrong.

Kies in itself is a whole other ball game, and I have no idea why Samsung thought it would be “hip and cool” to provide another “desktop” in which to access my phone’s information. Even worse, the way it wants to install new components at every step of the way, for simple things like viewing your SMS’s or even your contacts – surely you should be able to access your own propriatory resources without having to install additional codecs and interfaces… in your own application suite?! It just doesn’t make sense! I often wonder what these developers were thinking when they wrote the software (although more often than not, it’s not the developer’s fault but rather management’s fault)…

Somehow I think Samsung needs to step up it’s game here.  If I recall from their developer network, all apps that make use of data are required for that data to come from Samsung’s servers (so you have a kind of proxy between them) – which when you think about it, is the same model that RIM uses. So you think that providing free data bundles would be fairly trivial?

Then again, I am using the mobile through a pay-as-you-go service, so I don’t know if it would make much more of a difference…

Dec 31

Going over to the DOS side...

Posted by salambander in windows 7 home basic , Windows 7 , Windows , Virtual Box , upgrades , ubuntu , tweak , software , Skin , laptops , inspiron n5010 , inspiron , desktop , dell


After many, many, MANY years of proudly using Ubuntu, I have gone over to the dark side. As of Christmas day, 2010, I am a Windows 7 user.

Sep 29

Death of Diaspora

Posted by Jas in technology , software , Social Networking , programming , Facebook , diaspora


The social network could run into user issues before it's even begun.

Mar 24

Digital Photo fun

Posted by thenack in thesource , thenack , software , photo , noise , freeware , Digital , color



This post is all about getting the "pro" in your amature digital photos, for free.
I wondered why I couldn't get those super bright, super sharp images with my camera. Turns out, I wasn't cheating like the pros. Now if you want the best results, you could spend lots of money (thousands) and lots of time to get and figure out photoshop. Or you could just try phototoolkit. Yip, for frie.

It actually works as a plugin to you normal windows picture and fax viewer. IT offers all the usual stuf, brightness, contrast and color correction, but a few others as well. Mosst notably for a free program, denoising. But some more on this in another post. Lets start with a few examples.

Say you have a bad picture of you some guy. Now first you want to correct the color and crop out the other guy. We only need the famous person forr this picture and will therefore cut out the other guy. K.

Use autocolor and crop.

Great, now we have only the famous guy. Now, we have to tweak his facial expression a little. Use the morph function and you have a smiling Source, very rare photo indeed.


But it really isn't a great smile, so lets see what we can do about that.... Create custom animated gifs at!

Created with gifninja by thenack
Mar 16

Using Evernote in 4 steps

Posted by MikeZilla in time management , software , gtd , evernote


If you've been using Evernote for any length of time, you'll likely know all about Evernote's great benefits and ease of capture. With the new year upon us though many of us have started setting goals and objectives which we'd, touch wood, like to achieve this year. If you haven't already I suggest you start using Evernote to organize your lists today! I have yet to find a free note management system as flexible as this.

Mar 05

Issue / Bug / Tracking / Client help desk

Posted by Jas in support , software , open source , issue tracker , help desk , bug tracking


I have a friend that works for a fairly small company that is becoming inundated with support calls. I suggested he looks at software to handle issue tracking, support, and bug tracking – but fell short when it came to looking at Sourceforge. When I delved further into his requirements, my friend says he needs a fair level of automation involved – I’m guessing like a client help desk. What open source initiatives are being used. State reasons for use (ie: features, ease of installation etc).

Mar 04

Developer rant: it's my piece of pie!

Posted by Jas in work , software , profit , development


I was recently consulted by some friends who wanted technical insight in a business solution they want to implement. While I’m not involved with the business, there was the opportunity to get involved. That I’m not involved doesn’t mean that I don’t think the business will succeed, its more that I just don’t have the time to get involved in the capacity that they would have me work on the project.

Feb 20

Free Laptops for Kids

Posted by WINDPOMP SHERRY in XO Laptop , word , window , volunteer , unique , translator , tool , teaching , target market , support , soul soothing , solving , software , skills , Rich , remote , relationship , project , programmable , problem , privilege , poverty , potential , populations , poor , opportunity , Nicholas Negroponte , monetary , marketing , mammoth , learning , learn , laptops , laptop , IT support , funds , Free Laptops , free , food , families , empowered , Education , educating , earth , donating , developer , creative , computer , company , community , clothes , children , child , charity , business


Businesses worldwide support worthy causes as a means of marketing.  The challenge is to draw attention, ensuring a captive audience.  It is no longer about making a mediocre social impact or simply to get into the newspaper for free...  you have to stun and engage.  The key to success is to get people talking about your company and to involve your community.  Thereby establishing a long term relationship that is beneficial to the business, the target market and the charity chosen.

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