Here’s a useful utility that Mac users can download from the App Store.All you have to do to document a website is type in the URL (for example, hogewash.com), and SiteSucker will go the website, download all the files, and store them locally. This allows sites that may have been taken down to be viewed again.I use the program quite often.
I’ve been using the same 15-in MacBook Pro since October, 2009. It’s still a fine machine, but the longer battery life and some other nifty features in the new model finally got me to order one. I’m typing this post on the new machine.
It was delivered 36 hours and 59 minutes after it was shipped from the factory in China.
The retina display is marvelous!
Reuters is reporting that the government has failed to implement critical security fixes on the healthcare dot gov website.
David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters that the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1.
Hackers could steal personal information, modify data or attack the personal computers of the website’s users, he said. They could also damage the infrastructure of the site, according to Kennedy, who is scheduled to describe his security concerns in testimony on Thursday before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Read the whole thing, and let it burn.
Politico reports that the White House is asking a Microsoft executive to save the healthcare dot gov website.
Let it burn.
Potemkin Websites All The Way Down is the headline on Ed Driscoll’s post at PJ Media about the Obamacare IT disaster.
I’m not sure that’s accurate. If enough layers are shoveled away, we may find something more like the Battleship Potemkin with a crew that refuses to eat the rotten meat.
Let it burn.
Also, if you like you old plan, you can keep it. Period. And you like your doctor …
Of course, OS 10.9 has only been in public release for five weeks, but incremental developer releases have been available for testing since June.
It’s interesting that the site claims to support Windows XP which was withdrawn from sale in 2009 and for which Microsoft will end support early next year, but says nothing about support for iOS (iPhone/Pad) or Android systems. I wonder what percentage of users under 30 years old will try to access the site with a mobile device?
Let it burn.
Mark Steyn has a piece about Obamacare and the Canadian firm that was given the no-bid contract to develop the healthcare dot gov website. It turns out that it’s the same company that was responsible for the Canadian gun registry debacle.
The registry was estimated to cost in total $119 million, which would be offset by $117 million in fees. That’s a net cost of $2 million. Instead, by 2004 the CBC (Canada’s PBS) was reporting costs of some $2 billion — or a thousand times more expensive.
Yeah, yeah, I know, we’ve all had bathroom remodelers like that. But in this case the database had to register some 7 million long guns belonging to some two-and-a-half to three million Canadians. That works out to almost $300 per gun — or somewhat higher than the original estimate for processing a firearm registration of $4.60. Of those $300 gun registrations, Canada’s auditor general reported to parliament that much of the information was either duplicated or wrong in respect to basic information such as names and addresses.
Read the whole thing.
We used to launch men to the Moon. Now the U.S. government can’t launch a website.
Not many people have. The last few times I went to the Maryland site, I was unable to find out what a plan would cost. CNN Report Elizabeth Cohen hasn’t even been able to set up an account at healthcare dot gov.
Shoddy implementation of a bad idea.
Let it burn.
Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam … Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!
—The Vikings in the Restaurant
Back in 1997, Michael Dell’s prescription for the ailing Apple was
I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.
Ahem. I looks like roughly two-thirds of Dell’s shareholders have asked for their money back. I guess they feel that Michael Dell can then shut the company down on his own.
… by announcing that he’s leaving Microsoft. The company’s share price soared on the news.
When it came time to invest both in the stock market and in an OS for the future of our family business, I bet on the other Steve. I’m ahead of the game so far.
While working on a project for a client, I needed to confirm that various computers were writing certain kinds of metadata to files. One thing I needed was an example of the metadata written during a screen capture by Windows 8. Since I have upgraded my recently purchased Windows 8 machine to Windows 7, I needed another source. Aha! Why not see what I can find at microsoft.com? I found the following image at windows.microsoft.com:
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1
Thank you, Mr. Green, and welcome VodkaPunidt readers.
Image Credit: Legal Insurrection (Used by permission)
The PRISM surveillance program appears to gibe the NSA access to email, video chat, VoIP conversations, photos, and stored data from the participating companies. Unlike the call metadata collection program (l’affaire Verizon), this program deals with mining the content of online communication.
The European Union has very strict data privacy laws.
U. S. companies doing business with Europeans are required to abide by those laws.
Europe is not amused by PRISM.
We have seen the media reports and we are of course concerned for possible consequences on EU citizens’ privacy. For the moment it is too early to draw any conclusion or to comment further. We will get in contact with our U.S. counterparts to seek more details on these issues.
—Cecilia Malmström, Home Affairs Commissioner, European Commission
There are real issues about the extent to which U.S. law enforcement agencies can access personal data of UK and other European citizens. Aspects of U.S. law under which companies can be compelled to provide information to U.S. agencies potentially conflict with European data protection law, including the UK’s own Data Protection Act. The ICO has raised this with its European counterparts, and the issue is being considered by the European Commission, who are in discussions with the U.S. Government.
—UK Information Commissioner’s Office
If you lived overseas and you used Gmail or communicated by Skype or synched your files via iCloud, how would you feel about PRISM? Suppose you were a foreign businessman who relied upon information services from a U.S. company; doesn’t PRISM make using such a service a business liability? Why should we expect foreigners to put their data on such a compromised system?
What we should expect is that some countries, as a matter of national security, will begin requiring that data not bound for the U. S. cannot be routed through the U. S. and that data cannot be stored on U. S. servers. That could be the end of American leadership of the Internet.
One of the reasons why our Internet facilities have been used by some many foreigners is the idea that the United States, among all the nations of the world, should be the place where one is protected by the rule of law—and that law includes the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches. Folks understand that governments conduct searches, but there’s an expectation that in America searches should require a warrant for the particular things sought.
PRISM is more that a black eye. It has the potential to do lasting damage to the country’s standing as a place ruled by laws rather than a nomenklatura.
Those of you who have been following the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin and his crew for a while know that Team Kimberlin has a fanboy that I call Mr. Down Twinkles. Actually, I believe that he’s member of the crew engaging at a lame attempt at sock puppetry.
Of late, Mr. Down Twinkles has been hitting the thumbs down button four times over a short time period for each entry. Visitors get one vote per entry. The vote can be changed from up to down or down to up, but there’s only one vote per customer.
Of course, logging in with multiple identities from multiple IPs is one way to trick the system into allowing multiple votes.
188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206 Comcast
220.127.116.11 FortaTrust USA
UPDATE—This comment was submitted on 11 May at 4:42 pm ET.
These two attempts were trapped in the spam filter. They were submitted later in the day on the 25th. The IP address 18.104.22.168 is assigned to FortaTrust USA Corporation.I’m posting these attempted comments because I’ve received yet another from Bill Schmalfeldt claiming that my banning of his comments is unfair and that he only uses one IP address.
Here’s the log information from an attempt caught in the spam filter on 26 May. See if you notice any similarities. Yep, the email address on both is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the website URL is the same on both as well.
However, the originating IPs are different. Today’s missive originated via a Comcast server. The comment caught by the spam filter originated from the same FortaTrust IP as comments caught on the 25th.
Although he has used the elderwilliam identity several times since the comments caught as spam, those were the first use of that ID in anything I received. Thus, I conclude that it is likely that Schmalfeldt sent those comments via the FortaTrust server.
UPDATE 2—BTW, the original post does not mention Bill Schmalfeldt. So why did he feel the need to respond to it?
There are many applications circulating for iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) that are not available from Apple’s App Store. Some of them are OK. Some are not.
Apple has very stringent vetting requirements for the apps permitted for sale via the App Store. This provides users with a margin of safety and security not present with unscreened apps.
When does the feature start?
The Instapundit writes:
THE BROWSER UPGRADE I’D LIKE TO SEE: One where the tab that’s the source of the autoplay audio flashes or something so I know which one to shut down. (Bumped, in the hope that someone will notice.)
Heh. (H/T, rep3)
That’s the opinion of The Register. (H/T, Wombat-socho) Their article describes the OS as underperforming, overly closed, and running on a device (The Surface RT) that competes with Microsoft’s OEM customers. It criticizes Microsoft’s poor advertising campaign.
Everything the article mentions is a valid criticism, and, taken together, they’re more than enough to sink the product, but the article misses the principal reason for the failure. There was no real niche for The Surface RT as an ubertablet, and Microsoft, unlike Apple with the iPad, has not been able to create one. Other than a few techies, no one I know who wants a lightweight portable device wants a “tablet.” They all want iPads.
Zune. Vista. The Surface RT. Windows 8. When will they fire Steve Ballmer?
Smitty writes about another reason to hate IT and ISPs.