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Exploited! - Mihalism

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Sorry, not nearly as promising as the title, this article is about another hack attempt on me, this one aimed at wthax.org.

Thanks to an extremely poorly written (but pretty) image hosting script, wthax.org turned out to be susceptible to script execution.

Fortunately for me I discovered it before, it seems, any damage was done, and I've patched the code myself accordingly.

This is a very real threat though for anyone who uses the Mihalism image uploading software.

I've spend the guts of two hours poring through the code, adding and removing bits to make it a hell of a lot more secure than it was.

Heh, I'll either release it here as a culted-up version of Mihalism, or just give the code to Mihalism after I'm done.

Thursday 22nd of June 2006 01:57:31 AM  (7) comments on this article 


Exams over

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Exams are over, summer has begun, so it's now time to get down to the fun part of doing college, personal projects.

I have been wracking my brain for particularily good ideas all day, mostly just trying to think of decent domain names; must get around to registering with the CRO so I can actually get a dot ie domain.

So, not very successful on the domain name front, but I have notions of resurrecting my fiction writing, so that's on the cards, and I'll have some background work to do for EirtaKon 2006.

On the technical front I'll be using some design methodology I've learned this year to design a new web system for one of my sites (that means here, eirtaku, eirtakon, or wthax).

Plus I've to add a few categories to this site so I'll be more enticed to write.

Things to write about (notes to myself really):
- 3V cards
- Public Transport
- Delerium (the music, not the state of mind)

That's some regular old real life stuff to write about anyway.

Monday 29th of May 2006 11:59:28 PM  (6) comments on this article 


Adverts.ie Changeover: Part 2

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After some reflection, I made the following post on boards.ie:

Personally, I'm having "change issues" myself with the move; a part of me prefers the old system because I was fairly used to it, but another part likes how clean and bullsh1t-free the new system is.

I would also note that part of the reason why it seems "harder" to use (at least, I feel) is mostly because the optimal method of finding things to buy has been altered.
You'll notice the "tag cloud" as well as the advanced search system. Adverts.ie has lost some of the "bric-a-brac parish fete" nature of FS, meaning people are more likely to buy what they're looking for rather than just hitting refresh and waiting for something interesting to pop up.

Knock up "items to show per page" to 24 and you can refresh away as much as you like, so not all lost on that front.

The "sense of community" thing is a different matter. I'm pretty ambivalent about this because FS was a bazaar (as I mention at the start of the charter), but this is a bit more organised and impersonal, though I feel some cosmetic changes could fix this (more emphsis on the user who is selling it, avatar, their title, postcount, join date, etc immediately visible). It's already pretty close with the comments, but I think avatars are necessary.

I think many people aren't giving it a fair chance; but I also think it was a pretty bad idea to just sort of spring this on people saying "btw, you're using this now!". Fortunately there's been a bit of backpedaling done, and the FS section is still up and running.
Unfortunately, it would seem the damage is already done, and I had predicted this sort of backlash from people; but hey, I'm just a mod, I don't run the site. I don't call any shots.

From a moderation perspective, it's rather nifty, though it could do with a few more tools.
Plus I'm not really looking forward to rewriting the charter, I'll be waiting until next week sometime before I tackle that (exams will be over then).

I would advise anyone who think that boards.ie is going to start charging for this service to relax. It's not going to happen for the simple reason that people will go elsewhere. The Internet is useful like that.

Tuesday 23rd of May 2006 03:57:32 PM  (0) comments on this article 


Adverts.ie Changeover

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As predicted, there has been a massive backlash on the adverts.ie changeover, and to be quite honest I agree with them.

I really did try to use adverts.ie, but it's an incredible bore to browse and unfortunately is open to abuse. The abuse issues can be fixed, but honestly, not without invalidating any reason to switch.

The sense of community on adverts.ie is nil, and that is the glue holding FS together. It just seems a whole lot more impersonal.

I'm sorry guys (admins), I know it's your call in the end, but I think adverts.ie will be the death of the buying/selling community of boards.ie. Personally, I'd much rather see some better moderation tools and a couple of posting hacks than this.

I was wondering why there was really no information whatsoever for the moderators in the run up to the adverts.ie launch, and I can only attribute it to absolutely no input being taken from the users (or current moderators).

No surveys, polls, discussion threads on what "you the user" want from the section, just blindly adding a plugin.

Monday 22nd of May 2006 03:04:28 PM  (0) comments on this article 


PSP9 Userbar Tutorial

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For all the budding sig makers out there, a PSP9 Userbar Tutorial.

Kudos to the author, enjoy wink

Sunday 21st of May 2006 10:32:45 PM  (0) comments on this article 


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