Archive for February 2010

ShadyURL

Check out this website that convert your URL into something very suspicious looking.

I’ve just tried it on my blog and this is the URL it gave me.

http://5z8.info/38–start.spamBot–this-ip–_e8h0m_autoinstall

Would you dare to click this sort of link?

Killer heels

Agyness Deyn, English model and singer, fell down twice while on the runway during Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief-Haiti Show at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

I keep saying that some of the fashion on runway are just not feasible. If the professionals can’t walk a short distance without falling in those heels, I wonder are how the average mortals going to wear it.

In case you are wondering, that’s a Burberry heels.

While some people are criticizing Agyness Deyn, I wonder why nobody questioned the designer of the heels. I must say that I admire how she laugh at herself when on her knees. Her courage to pick herself up after the 2nd fall, remove the heels and carry on with the show deserve a standing ovation. She even tweet about it after the show.

How many of us are able to remain so calm when you fall down on infront of the world?

Quote from Carrie in Sex And The City Season 4:

I had a choice. I could slink off the runway and let my inner model die of shame, or I could pick myself up, flaws and all, and finish. And that’s just what I did. Because when real people fall down in life, they get right back up, and keep on walking.

If you think PDF files are safe, think again

If you think PDF files are safe, think again. Recent reports shows that rogue PDFs account for 80% of all exploits in Q4 2009. That’s a huge jump from Q1 of 2009 where malicious PDF files account for 56% of all exploits tracked by ScanSafe.

Interesting results. I’ve heard about PDF exploits for quite some time but never expect such a huge percentage. I was actually expecting websites or browser exploits to top the chart.

Perhaps one of the reason why PDF exploits are up is because of the wide adoptions of PDF and the mentality that PDF files are safe. Afterall, they are just PDF files. What damage can they do? Right? Well, actually quite a lot. Like allowing arbitrary code execution or change security settings.

As usual, it is best to practice safety rules when you are online. Remember to always keep your softwares up to date.

Imagine the future where everything is connected to the internet

If you ask me what is the greatest invention of the 20th century, my answer would definitely be the Internet. Internet really changed the way people live. It revolutionize the way we communicate and search for information. It enables several technologies that are important to our daily life. This blog would not be possible without the invention of internet. And the best part about internet is that it is still evolving and we are discovering new ways to use it everyday.

I think that Internet will continue to impact our life for the whole of this century. Internet is no longer just restricted to desktops and cables. As we become more and more mobile, Internet has also become mobile with our gadget via WIFI, WI-MAX and 3G. And we can expect to see more ways to bring internet to you at a faster speed, regardless where you are.

I think in the future, almost all devices will be connected to the internet. Almost everything! We are already seeing this tread where lots of devices are able to connect to the internet. Mobile phones, TV, Cars and even fridge are able to connect to the internet. And it doesn’t need to restrict to just high tech devices. I’ve even seen a weighing machine able to connect to the internet to update your weight to google health and tweet about your weight lost progress. (PS: That weighing machine is now in my wishlist. Haha)

We can expect to see more devices connecting to the internet and communicate with each other. Try to imagine the unlimited possibilities when all devices are able to communicate with each other. Imagine your espresso machines telling your favorite online store that you are running out of coffee beans and placing an order before hell break loose. Or your car informing your bathtub that you are approaching home so that it can fill the tub with hot water and awaits your arrival.

In fact, these are actually not futuristic. The technology to do all these is already here. The only thing that is lacking is a standard protocol for all devices to communicate. A set of API which allows developers to access the services provided by the device. And also a widespread adoption of the protocols. But we are not seeing it happening now because this is going to be something tough to implement. We can expect several protocols in the beginning with different companies supporting different protocols. Imagine something like the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD standard war, but in a far larger scale with almost all devices makers in the world involved.

The war for the standard protocol is going to hinder the development. But if all the companies can come together and adopt a standard protocol for communicating with each other over internet, imagine what the future will be.

What will you do if all your devices are able to communicate with each other thru internet?

PS: I’m using this blog entry to take part in the HP Blog A Trend contest.

Blog a trend and win a PC

HP is having a blogging contest. Write a blog post of at least 300 words, or create a photo story, or a video clip about the most compelling vision of the future. The best entry get to walk away with a HP TouchSmart. Second and Third prize is a HP Mini by Tord Boontje.

What you should blog about:

Tell us about the future and what trends define it. Here’s a tip: think about people, think about what they like, what they don’t like and how those behaviors will be redefined in the future. Your submission can even be your opinion on a trend you see emerging. Share these ideas with your readers and generate a discussion – your first step in starting a revolution.

So what are you waiting for? Deadline for submission is 28 Feb 2010.

Update: The contest deadline has been extended to 31 March 2010. I hope they don’t announce the winner on 1st April. :P