The idea of a global account for identity verification online sounds great in theory, but execution has proved difficult for obvious reasons. Google’s done a decent job, as has Facebook and Twitter, all offering ID systems that can be used by developers for authorisation. Mozilla’s Persona, however, hasn’t seen as much uptake and as a result, the organisation has left it in the hands of the internet.
If you’re looking to wring better surfing performance from Firefox, there’s an extension called Fasterfox that will let you delve into some of the more arcane caching and prefetching options resting beneath the surface of Mozilla’s browser. Don’t worry, for the less technically inclined, it also provides a simpler set of options for those that want to fire and forget.
Even when big local retailers hold sales, it can be difficult to find products priced better than those at less prominent stores or even overseas. However, with a bit of digging around you can usually turn up a few deals, and Dick Smith’s today-only sale, offering 10 per cent off a large number of items, is no exception.
With a custom operating system and the right package installed, it’s not hard to get a Raspberry Pi running at 1GHz, up from its stock speed of 700MHz. But going beyond that? It is possible, but the gear required cancels out two of the main benefits of the device — its portability and silent running.
If you own an iOS-powered device, you probably woke up to an update from Apple to patch the operating system to version 7.0.6. Its primary purpose is to close a security hole in the API responsible for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections — but what exactly was fixed? In programming terms, it’s actually rather silly.
It used to be tracking down malicious programs was a simple matter of firing up Task Manager, looking for any unusual processes and cleaning them out manually. These days, viruses and Trojans are not only more sophisticated, but creative in hiding their presence. CrowdInspect is one tool that can make it easier to identifying nefarious apps, using a variety of scanning APIs.
Despite the strides taken with internet media, the ancient Graphics Interchange Format remains popular for presenting animated images, even with its 256-colour limitation and sub-optimal compression. GIF also does not support “buffering”, so when you do view one, it often has stuttered playback or starts in the middle of the loop. Fortunately, Firefox and Chrome users don’t have to put up with this.
The traditional way for housemates to stay in-sync regarding bills, chores and social activities is a notepad, pen and centrally-positioned, fridge-shaped object. If you’re looking for a more technological method, then the upcoming Fairshare app, developed locally in Melbourne, might be exactly what you need.