Github just added a new feature for users who dont use Gravatar, called Identicons.
GitHub is about to get a lot more colorful. Starting today, we are generating Identicons for anyone without a Gravatar. Our Identicons are simple 5×5 “pixel” sprites that are generated using a hash of the user’s ID. The algorithm walks through the hash and turns pixels on or off depending on even or odd values. These generated patterns, combined with hash-determined color values, ensures a huge number of unique Identicons.
Using a Gravatar but want to see what your identicon would be? Use this URL and replace my GitHub login with yours:
DealDey is a clone of the Groupon Service. The first time I saw it, I thought, this is brilliant. Finally, we can get daily deals. I have never been more wrong.
The problem isnt solely with DealDey. They may have a bulk of the problem, but it isnt solely theirs. They (and their customers) do not understand the concept of a a deal-of-the-day. By definition, deal-of-the-day (also called flash sales or one deal a day) is an ecommerce business model in which a website offers a single product for sale for a period of 24 to 36 hours. Potential customers register as members of the deal-a-day websites and receive online offers and invitations by email or social networks. The deal-of-the-day business model works by allowing retailers to market discounted services or products directly to the customers of the deal company, who receives a portion of the retailer’s profit. This allows retailers to build brand loyalty and quickly sell surplus inventory.
The keyword, as highlighted above, is “discounted”. For a product or a service to be a deal, it has to be discounted. Not crippled. Not reduced. Discounted. Which means, a product I would normally buy for N500 would be sold at say N480 (or even less) for a period of time. The reduced price ought to encourage people to notify their friends and help to clear out inventory.
Many deals on DealDey still offer the products at the same selling price as non-deals.
Compared above is a deal on DealDey right now. Samsung Galaxy S4 for N95,000. The selling price on Konga.com is N95,000. The price on Jumia.com is N95,495. Slot is selling at N96,000. The question then arises, where is the deal? Why would I tell people to buy from DealDey when you can buy from Konga and receive points for your purchase which you can use to discount further purchases?
I am an avid comic reader. I have been reading comics since I was a little boy. I started with web comics since 2003. I have never missed a day since then. Any day that I miss reading the comics, I make it up. Sometimes, I might not have a chance to read them up to 2 weeks depending on my engagements, but recently, I always have time for them.
I came back from church today (12-May-2013), opened my laptop and engaged my list of web comics. Cyanide & Happiness was not available. What could the problem be? They that been hacked. Which kind of sick bastard hacks the website of a web comic? Really? What type of publicity stunt is that?
The horde of Cyanide & Happiness readers have flocked to their facebook page reporting the hack. The page should be restored in no time.
How to ward off hackers
If you run a website, how can you prevent this happening to you? Or remedying it quickly, if it does happen. I will reveal a particular set of activities I perform on my sites. My major activities include:
Monitoring my sites as close to real time as possible.
Ensure I am using the proper file permissions across installations.
Use the latest security plugins.
Monitor the content generated by users of the sites. Sometimes, malicious links can be sent in through comments.
I run a number of websites, and I mostly used WordPress. It is fast and very easy to use and there are a ton of plugins available to enhance your site. One plugin I always install (and believe should be a part of WordPress core) is Better WP Security.
Several times, I have benefited from using the plugin. Today, once more, I received a benefit of using this plugin. There is a massive attack on wordpress sites now and every webmaster using this blogging tools needs to step up their games, especially in the concerns of security.
I suddenly noticed a spike in my unread email count – from 4 to 85 within a minute and I realised that one of my sites was under attack again.
I checked my email and I saw this:
These are the alert emails sent by Better WP Security when it fends off an attack. Lagos Scholarship board website was under attack. This wasnt a DOS (Denial of Service), this was a scripted attack from a single computer. Probably a script kiddie using automated tools. An example of one of the emails is shown below:
The script attempts to use several SQL injection variants to gain access to the site. Lucky for me, Better WP Security was on hand to fend them off. The first time I noticed attacks of this nature, I could 76 different trials, now the number has risen to over 180. Maybe one day, one of them will succeed. Maybe not. Hopefully, not! But we wait and see.
Whenever, I notice these emails, I open up the site immediately and keep checking to know if any attack is successful. I go through my file permissions, and my core files. I check for changes. Still, I am safe, for now.
My experience with the Race Lite. I bought the phone a couple of days ago and I am regretting the purchase. Maybe, it is as a result of me having used several android phones before now, or I had high expectations, I am not sure. I bought the phone on price and I am paying the price. It is a decent with decent specs, very much a mid range phone. I did not expect Galaxy S3 range performance but I did expect something to match my HTC Desire HD (a single core phone from 2010).
I unboxed the phone and my wife fell in love with it, but unfortunately, it isnt for her. Extra flip covers and a casing. Protecting the back of the phone but leaving the front vulnerable. I would have expected a single flip cover as opposed to 3 back covers. Here, high expectations.
I proceeded to install the common apps I use, some came preinstalled, e.g Facebook, Whatsapp. I proceeded to add Airdroid, Instagram, Twidere, Bible, ExExplorer, MxPlayer, SwiftKey. Some installed, some didnt. Important ones on the phone, I was okay. Next step was to search for root information. I need AdAway. It is essential for me. No root information available, only thread available was the Nairaland thread on Race Bolt X450. Searched on the main InfinixMobility site, nothing. Nothing on XDA, its not a large name brand. Went on Facebook, still nothing.
I resorted to using the phone as is. I wanted to live a week without root so I could blog my experience. Following day, I encountered the usual experience of android phone users – updates. I connected to WiFi and proceeded to update, all failed. The phone had run out of space. I checked the internal memory, 128MB. Really? I understand the need to reduce costs by using smaller components, but I expected the developers to trick the OS into using the sdcard as part of its internal storage. If I had root, I could have symlinked a folder on sdcard to the internal storage, but no root.
Opening the app drawer and the icons seemed to forget where their positions were. I had to slide the drawer to get them to rearrange themselves. I would have loved to install another drawer app but I have run out of space. I tried to move applications to sdcard, but that frustrated me even further. Most apps don’t want to run from the sdcard, case in point – Facebook, Airdroid, SwiftKey, WhatsApp etc.
My preferred keyboard is SwiftKey, but every time I restarted the phone, it decided that I wished to use the default android keyboard. A workaround involved avoiding restarting the phone. Another issue, when the battery fell to 15%, I plugged it in and it remained there. Remained there. It didn’t go above 15%, despite being in power for over an hour. I unplugged, restarted and it came up with the actual battery amount – 79%.
I am a clumsy user. I have broken the screens of my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7+ and HTC Desire HD. Hence my decision to buy on price. The Infinix Race Lite fell (a soft fall) and switched off. Why? Is that a feature or a bug?
One more thing, if you choose to reset the phone to factory settings, ensure you do not wipe the sdcard, some default apps are preinstalled on the card.
My overall verdict – the phone is only good for people who do not need a smart phone. If you are a casual user, go for a Symbian or a feature phone. If you are a heavy user and want to fully enjoy Android (or a smart phone), save a bit more and go a low end big name brand.