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“Hide Your Desktop” app and video

May 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Of course the biggest thing for us on the devdaily.com website lately has been the release of our “Hide Your Desktop (Hyde)” app for Mac OS X systems. It’s a great app, and at 99 cents, it’s a heck of a great price.

Along with the Hyde app, we created a fun “Hide Your Desktop” video on YouTube. It’s a fun way of demonstrating how Hyde works. Many thanks to Adam for the idea to set this all to some fun music.

Flash, LSOs, and security

May 7, 2010 Leave a comment

One thing we’ve been digging into lately is the issue of browser security, and specifically the concern about “Flash cookies”, and Flash LSO objects, which appear to be a form of cross-browser cookies. Here’s a link to a Firefox tool named BetterPrivacy, which discusses the Flash LSO problem.

Is Google competing with their own vendors?

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Wow, Mark Sigal raises a very valid point that with the release of Nexus One, Google is now directly competing with the mobile phone hardware vendors and service providers they said they would not — and should not — compete with.

I’ll go further and say that Google selling the Nexus One is like Microsoft picking out just one hardware vendor, and then partnering with that vendor to sell hardware systems directly from microsoft.com. If you were the other hardware vendors, wouldn’t that piss you off?

iPhone users base passes Windows Mobile

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Business Insider reports that the number of iPhone users now surpasses the number of Windows Mobile users. I wish someone would have bet Steve Ballmer something huge when he dissed the iPhone back in 2007.

So Steve, a super-expensive “premium” phone now has more users than all Windows Mobile devices? Ouch!

U.S. military drones are hacked

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

The U.S. military does not use encryption on the last leg of video communications with the drones that fly over Iraq and Afghanistan, and apparently their communications have been hacked. The hackers apparently used a $25.95 Windows application to track the aircraft, and see which areas the U.S. is flying over.

Oh, and apparently the military has known about the problem since the 1990s. Argh.

Cool data visualizations, 2009

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Just saw this link from Tim O’Reilly on Twitter about best data visualizations of 2009 (from flowingdata). I would have made Protovis #1, but either way, it’s a nice collection.

Zantac promotes stress and bad eating

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment

I just saw a Zantac commercial on tv where they promote a stressful life style and bad eating. No wonder this country has a huge health problem.

They show a women who leads a very stressful day, eats poorly, and amazingly develops heartburn. Rather than say “Hey lady, slow down and eat right”, they say “Take a pill” and keep piling it on.

Argh …

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