November 29, 2005

November 14, 2005

November 11, 2005

WordPress security notes

Filed under: — 12:13 am

There are rumors about a Linux worm that may affect WordPress, but the WordPress Development Weblog says not to worry – “WordPress 1.5 or higher is safe.”

While that’s true as far as this particular worm is concerned, there is definitely at least one exploit in the wild that can affect WordPress 1.5.1 and earlier. I’ve seen some attempts at using this exploit on my sites before I upgraded to 1.5.2. Don’t assume your WordPress installation is secure unless you’ve upgraded to 1.5.2.

November 4, 2005

November 3, 2005

Cool Firefox plug-in: Tab Mix Plus

Filed under: — 3:57 pm

I’ve been using the tab browser preferences plug-in for Firefox ever since I switched to this browser. It (or more accurately, Firefox’s tab support) only has one thing that annoys me: I use Ctrl-W to close tabs, and sometimes I accidentally hit the key an extra time, closing the window. Searching for a solution to that, I found another tab extension, Tab Mix Plus, which replaces TBP and adds some useful features:

  • Undo close tab—It’s amazing how often this comes in handy.
  • Duplicate tabs—This creates a duplicate of the current tab, complete with back-button history. Very useful.
  • Open selected links in tabs—Select a block of text containing links, right-click, and instantly open every link in a tab. I use this every day with some of my site maintenance tasks.
  • Drag and drop reordering of tabs—I don’t need this often, but it’s a cool feature.
  • Display unread tabs in red—I tend to open tabs in the background for later reading. This feature highlights the ones I haven’t read yet. It also changes a tab’s title text to red when the page has updated, great for web applications.

Along with all of those features, it solves my original problem: you can set whether the hotkey closes the window when there is only one tab open.

This is an essential plug-in that completely replaces Tab Browser Preferences. It works well on both my PC and MacOSX laptop, and I have yet to experience any kind of crash. I know some of these features are going to be included in Firefox 1.5 without an extension, but until then Tab Mix Plus is very handy.

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