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Heartbleed – Internet Securty Breach

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Critical crypto bug exposes Yahoo Mail, other passwords Russian roulette-style

Lest readers think “catastrophic” is too exaggerated a description for the critical defect affecting an estimated two-thirds of the Internet’s Web servers, consider this: at the moment this article was being prepared, the so-called Heartbleed bug was exposing end-user passwords, the contents of confidential e-mails, and other sensitive data belonging to Yahoo Mail and almost certainly countless other services. The two-year-old bug is the result of a mundane coding error in OpenSSL, the world’s most popular code library for implementing HTTPS encryption in websites, e-mail servers, and applications. The result of a missing bounds check in the source code, Heartbleed allows attackers to recover large chunks of private computer memory that handle OpenSSL processes. The leak is the digital equivalent of a grab bag that hackers can blindly reach into over and over simply by sending a series of commands to vulnerable servers. The returned contents could include something as banal as a time stamp, or it could return far more valuable assets such as authentication credentials or even the private key at the heart of a website’s entire cryptographic certificate. Underscoring the urgency of the problem, a conservatively estimated two-thirds of the Internet’s Web servers use OpenSSL to cryptographically prove their legitimacy and to protect passwords and other sensitive data from eavesdropping. Many more e-mail servers and end-user computers rely on OpenSSL to encrypt passwords, e-mail, instant messages, and other sensitive data. OpenSSL developers have released version 1.0.1g that readers should install immediately on any vulnerable machines they maintain. But given the stakes and the time it takes to update millions of servers, the risks remain high. Read full article…  

New Books of Discovery Adroid App Released

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Congratulations to Books of Discovery and many thanks to Chad Mark for releasing the new AnamtomyMapp Adroid App. For more information and download, please go to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.booksofdiscovery.anatomymapp

The Importance of Pen and Paper in Design

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Example mind map on education by IDEO.Designers love their software. From using Gimp to Photoshop, designers spend hours crafting on the computer. Unfortunately, many designers neglect an important design tool: sketching by hand with pen and paper. Drawing by hand can bring clarity to the design process and help designers generate ideas, get organized, and visualize their concepts.

Additional Tips for Using Pen and Paper

As you develop your design on paper, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Sketch, don’t polish. Keep your designs rough and unpolished on the page. This makes it easier to scrap ideas, start over, or make changes without feeling like you wasted time. Use your pen and paper to design, use your software to produce.
  • Embrace chaos. Let your ideas flow freely from your brain to the page. Don’t worry about keeping things neat and tidy. Focus instead on getting your ideas down and organized.
  • Don’t be afraid of mistakes. If you make a mistake, embrace it. Draw over it or write yourself a note, but don’t scrap the entire page. Look for ways to innovate with your mistakes. Sometimes great ideas are born from mistakes.
  • Carry your designs with you. Keep your sketches and ideas in a notebook and take it with you when you go places where you might have new ideas. You never know when an idea will hit you.

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Icon Talk: Choosing the Perfect Icons for Your Website

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The thing that you need to know in choosing icons for your web design is that you need to be understood and purposive. You have to be so universal that even a simpleton will understand you. You have to apply the purpose and try to achieve it in your design. A great web designer does not stop just because he is tired of looking for good icons. A great web designer will just stop, when he sees it in the website.

Truly, small things tend to have greater roles and those bits of facts can mean a great deal of inspiration. And I bet the icons agree.

Icons should be appealing and readable

They should be universal

They should be consistent

It should complement with the motif

They should be functional

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The World’s First Phone With More Pixels Than an iPad

 A full HD smartphone isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A Quad HD smartphone — one with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, like the one China’s Vivo just announced. The Vivo Xplay 3S will be the world’s first smartphone with a 2K HD screen, with more pixels than a full-size iPad. The company didn’t specify exactly how big the display would be, but Engadget suspects Vivo is using a 5.5-inch Quad HD panel made by LG. That would translate to 538 pixels per inch (ppi). So why would you want a phone with so many pixels? After all, if Apple’s “retina” claims are to be believed, once you go north of 300 ppi, there’s essentially no benefit — the human eye can no longer discern individual pixels at normal viewing distances. Screens that are already 1080p, such as those on the HTC One, are far beyond “retina” resolution. Why go even further? Read full article…

CSS Button Generator

Very nice tool to generate 100% CSS buttons: http://www.cssbuttongenerator.com/

How do I clear my web browser’s cache, cookies, and history?

About cache, cookies, and history

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (i.e., stores) it. By doing this, the browser doesn’t have to newly retrieve files (including any images) from the remote web site each time you click Back or Forward. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, that is then stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser.

A browser’s history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser’s Back button, you are moving back one entry in the history log. Browsers will normally clear the history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy.

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43% of Global Web Surfers Choose Google Chrome

 

Google Chrome is the world’s most popular Internet browser, claiming 43% of the global market.

Only 36% of Internet users in North America are Chrome users, one of the world’s lowest rates. Oceania is the only continent where an even smaller percentage of users opt for Chrome.

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PPC Basics: Part 1. How Paid Search Fits into Your Marketing Mix

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If you’re new to Internet marketing, it may seem like a little like alphabet soup: PPC, SEO, CPC, CPA…. What does it all mean? In this multi-part series, I’ll be talking about pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, covering the essential elements in running a successful campaign. For starters, let’s talk about what PPC is, and how it fits into the overall marketing mix.

Articles in This Series

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10 Best Alternatives To Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a well-known application for website development, available for PC or MAC, and is usable as either a WYSIWYG or direct code editor. It can display a split view for both modes on-screen. It handles site management, active content from Flash to Javascript, XML, CSS2, and more. Pages can also be previewed using the built-in browser or the user’s choice. Auto-completion of code during entry, and color-coded highlights allow easy visual de-bugging of code.

Dreamweaver is not available for Linux, UNIX, or smartphone/tablet operating systems. Many alternative applications exist, since Dreamweaver, considered an expensive editor, is generally at a price of between $300 and $500 USD.

Best Alternatives To Adobe Dreamweaver

1. Quanta Plus
2. Aptana
3. CoffeeCup HTML Editor
4. OpenBEXI
5. Bluefish

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