Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.
WordPress Blogs Get Attacked
Last week a good chunk of WordPress blogs were finding that they were getting attacked from hackers. Those who had not been keeping up with the latest WordPress updates were vulnerable to the attack, and as a result a hacker could create an administrator account on the affected site. If you’re running the latest 2.8.4 release, however, you have nothing to worry about.
New Gmail Themes
Google unveiled three new Gmail themes last week, which is the first round of theme updates since they announced the feature back in November 2008. I like all of the themes quite a bit, but the “High Score” one is my favorite. It tries to replicate the 8-bit Nintendo environment from back in the day, and the color scheme changes between a day and night mode. There’s also a fourth “theme” that will simply pick one of the existing themes randomly when you launch Gmail.
New Build of Office 2010 Beta 1 Leaks
Microsoft has been keeping quiet on Office 2010, but that doesn’t seem to prevent leaks of pre-release versions. A new Office 2010 Beta 1 (build 4417) has been leaked and is making its way around file sharing networks. So far people have found that this release has a new activation system, new icons for all the various applications, a better Back-Stage view, improved editing features (whatever that means), and an upload center for sharing files on the Internet.
WordPress to Deliver RSS News in Real-Time
WordPress announced yesterday that they turned on support for RSSCloud for all 7.5 million blogs that they are currently hosting. This service makes it possible for blogs to have their RSS feeds pushed to syndication services instead of the services having to poll for updates. The fact that WordPress is supporting this service is a good indication that it should do well, and more feed readers (such as Google Reader) will likely take advantage of this service for that very reason.
–News in Brief–
Some Windows 7 Ads Available for Viewing
There’s a few Windows 7 ads available that show off some of the OS’s special features… in a slightly obscure way. I found them weirdly entertaining.
iPhone Gets MMS on September 25th
AT&T has now committed to September 25th as the day that they will turn on MMS for all iPhone customers.
Firefox 4 Coming in Q3/Q4 of 2010
According to Mozilla’s official roadmap they are targeting Q3/Q4 2010 for the Firefox 4 release. Firefox 3.6 is scheduled for Q3/Q4 2009, and Firefox 3.7 is scheduled for Q1/Q2 2010.
Stealing 23 MacBooks, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods in 31 Seconds
A group of thieves not only broke into a New Jersey Apple Store, but they also made out with armfuls (literally) of gadgets.
Google Calendar Gets Real-Time Sports Calendars
Sports nuts will be happy to hear that Google Calendar will not only keep you informed of upcoming sports events, but it will also update scores in real-time when the games are going on. Those push updates for your calendar have never been so important!
Free 90-Day Windows 7 Enterprise Trial
Microsoft has made a free 90-day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise available on their site, but be warned that there is no way to activate the copy after the trial period has expired (meaning you have to wipe your machine).
Chrome Will Be Default Browser on Sony Vaio Computers
Google likely had to spend quite a bit of money to get this deal, but it could significantly open up their market share to have their browser ship as the default on new computers. It’s estimated that Chrome currently has 30 million users.
USB 3.0 is Certification Begins
Device manufacturers can now have their gadgets certified as being USB 3.0 compliant, and therefore receive the SuperSpeed USB logo stamped on it. Maybe we’ll seen USB 3.0 devices soon? USB 3.0 speeds are clocked around 4.8Gbps, which is around 10x faster that USB 2.0.
Maxthon 3 is Using WebKit
In hopes of creating a better performing browser the developers of Maxthon are moving away from the Trident rendering engine (used in IE) and switching to WebKit (used in Safari and Chrome).
ISP’s Start Blocking Pirate Bay?
This might not be a good sign. Ireland’s largest ISP, Eircom, is now blocking access to The Pirate Bay. Will others follow along?
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Use Brute Force to Recover Your Firefox Master Password
If you forget the master password you set in Firefox you could lose access to all of the credentials you’ve stored over a period of months, or possibly even years. All hope isn’t lost. There is a brute force tool that lets you specify what characters you believe are in your password, the length (or a range of how long you think it is), and it will try it’s hardest to crack open your database for you. It won’t hurt to say a few prayers, too.
Ultimate Guide for Developers and Power Users
I’m a big fan of Scott Hanselman because he’s pointed me in the direction of some awesome apps, and he has assembled a rather amazing guide geared towards developers and power users. In it he outlines a long list of tools, tips, and some awesome apps you’re sure to love. This is definitely a page that deserves a spot in your bookmarks.
Mah Tweets: WPF-based Twitter/Facebook Client
Personally I’m not a big fan of the Twitter clients that use Adobe Air because, well, it just feels like a bloated platform. In fact I don’t have Adobe Air installed on any of my machines anymore. There are a lot of them that use Adobe Air though, but Mah Tweets is different because it uses WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) to bring a fluid experience to your Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and other accounts. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Adobe Air Twitter clients this is definitely something you should checkout.
–Tips in Brief–
Building a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard
Lifehacker outlines all of the necessary steps for building your very own Hackintosh running the latest Snow Leopard OS.
Download Facebook and Flickr Albums
This app makes it easy to download photos stored on either Flickr or Facebook.
Detailed Look at Snow Leopard
I’ve never seen an OS review quite as in-depth as this one, but anyone interested in how parts of Snow Leopard work should definitely give this a read. It’s rather long, but being the geek that I am I got sucked in once I started reading it.
A Look at Chrome’s 1st Year of Existence
Lifehacker takes a detailed look back at how things have progressed for the Chrome browser over the last year.
Use Your Keypad to Resize and Arrange Windows
If you don’t use the numeric keypad on your keyboard maybe you should consider putting it work by using the keys to resize or arrange windows on your screen.
Minimalist Gmail Interface using Greasemonkey
Simplify your Gmail interface with this Greasemonkey script that cuts out a lot of things you probably don’t use anyway.
- CCleaner 2.23.999 [Mirror]
- Eudora 8.0.0 Beta 7 [Mirror]
- FeedDemon 126.96.36.199 RC9 [Mirror]
- Maxthon 188.8.131.52 Alpha [Mirror]
- Miranda IM 0.9.0 Alpha 2 [Mirror]
- OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 [Mirror]
- Opera 10.0 [Mirror]
- Opera 10.10.1767 Beta [Mirror]
- Paint.NET 3.50.3533 Alpha [Mirror]
- Pidgin 2.6.2 [Mirror]
- Recuva 1.30.435 [Mirror]
- SeaMonkey 1.1.18 [Mirror]
- Skype 184.108.40.206 [Mirror]
- uTorrent 220.127.116.1101 [Mirror]
- VirtualBox 3.0.6 Beta 1 [Mirror]