OMG Linux Flash Adobe Vunerability Shock Horror Probe

Well you would think from the headlines going around that the Linux version of Adobe Flash player is being used for an exploit that’s doing the rounds and indeed Adobe also say that earlier versions of Flash on Linux should be updated however lets be clear about who and what is affected;

From Adobe – “The exploit targets Flash Player on Internet Explorer for Windows only. ”

Right that does it, stop wasting my time with stupid stories trying to make out Linux is as vulnerable to exploits as MS Windows is which quite clearly it isn,t, just accept that you would be safer running a Linux system and if you don’t want to well stop complaining and live with your faulty software.

Oh ands a Happy Bank Holiday to you all 🙂


Browsing with QtWeb – light weight – customisable – portable

I’m always on the look out for light weight versions of commonly used software so I was delighted to find QtWeb browser based on Nokia‘s Qt framework it doesn’t need installing either which is always a bonus so would be a good addition to a “pendrive”. QtWeb browser uses Apple‘s WebKit rendering engine and I wonder if this might be why it has the ability to render a website in different ways, to reflect different operating systems, this feature should help to provide a familiar interface for all users. Very little memory is consumed relative to browser’s like Firefox making it ideal for more modest equipment and yet it still manages to include support for the most common plugins, Flash, Quicktime etc.

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The Police + Ebay = More Security & Privacy required

I was most disappointed to read over at the Times about the new Police powers to crack into and place Spyware on your PC. Of course this raises several questions,
Is this legal for them to do this ? I think it breaks some Communication Act somewhere.
What software will they be using ? I’m using Linux so there spyware may not run on my machine, can they force me to change to MS Windows so that they can monitor me more easily 🙂
Does this software run on any platform ? what about Vista 64bit because bugger all else works on it.
If my Firewall refuses entry can they force me to let them through ? You see to me this would be similar to the law allowing them to insist I hand over my encryption key in the event my data is encrypted or face going to prison. Comments most welcome on this.

I pick up some good tips from Ghacks and thought whilst on the subject of security  and privacy i’d mention this article regarding Flash cookies, in fact Flash cookies you probably didn’t know you had even got, you can probably delete most but be wary if you are an Ebay seller, if you delete the tracking cookies you may have to do the confirmation phonecall with Ebay each time you list ! Of course it makes you wonder why Ebay needs to do this as even my bank does not track me like that on my own machine, its another invasion of privacy really and you would think Ebay would be very delicate about how they treat sellers nowadays especially after the sellers tried to warn Ebay about this last year. Mind you i’m still waiting for confirmation on a legal matter I took up with them some time ago to which they never replied so unless you are offering them large amounts of cash in “sponsorship” don’t hold your breath for any help & support.