Major blogroll cleanup

I’m sorry for the ones that dropped out (except for those whose last update was in January or even December), congratulations for those who stayed in. Soem of the dropouts I deleted, a few were sent to purgatory (invisibility) with the chance of resurrection. The otherrs: keep up the good work!

Paris I: WiFi wonderland – or is it?

Business trip to Paris. Ethernet-bound internet access in the hotel came at a “bargain” price of 23€/day (alternatively 5€/hour). Since I was in a highrise I hoped to connect to a FON hotspot 2 blocks away, but I didn’t even get its signal. However I got 34 other signals. Unfortunately, none offered open access.

Joomla! Security – the never ending story

Version 1.0.12 of the Joomla content management system eliminates about 140 errors and various security holes in the basic system. ( The Joomla! core is safe (anonymous Wikipedia editor) See also: Sick of crusading Joomla! advocates and New Joomla! version – and a fresh security start

I'm a FONero – finally

Well, that was quite difficult. Timeline of events: June 2006: In an article on I heard about FON for the first time. The concept was interesting, but since I didn’t plan to use WLAN at home I dismissed it. July 2006: A co-worker started to use FON and made me reconsider the idea. As … [Read more…]

30 million vulnerable WordPress sites

I had a lengthy email conversation with Brian Layman a few months ago about security issues in WordPress, and the need to motivate WordPress users (who more often than not are laymen [no pun intended] themselves) to upgrade. Brian is a bit desillusioned how security issues are handled by the WordPress core team. He compiled … [Read more…]

Orkut went out of beta and nobody cared

The most recent issue of the Google Friends newsletter contained an explosive piece of information: Finally, orkut no longer requires an invite — anyone can sign up for an account. Sorry, Google, but nobody cares anymore. Orkut was in elitist beta for too long. Now social networks like MySpace have taken the lead. Better luck … [Read more…]