So I’m working on a small project using the Arduino (which is overkill but that’s besides the point), and have run into a snag, not a major issue, but a worrisome one. For some reason my Arduino is using the wrong pin to listen for interrupts. I have it coded to listen for interrupts on pin 2 however it is listening on pin 3 which is making me worry there is a more major issue with the board. After the jump is a small section of code, if anyone sees that there is an issue of my coding causing this then please inform me in the comments, otherwise I’m guessing this bad boy is DOA. Read more
Although this is not the most used feature among facebook users, in fact it is one that most people probably do not even know exists, as of right now the download your archive option on facebook appears to be down. The earliest reports I can find are on facebooks help center are from Saturday (August 18, 2012), which seems very strange since facebook is usually on top of solving issues like this. The way it is supposed to work is that you click the Start My Archive button, and it gets deactivated until the archive is done being made when you can download it, however it is currently getting reactivated immediately and waiting on the page you will never get the download. Hopefully facebook fixes this issue soon so that those of us who want to download our archives can use it. For the unofficial support thread about this go here.
Well as you may have already read, Microsoft failed today in India. The site was hacked by EvilShadow team, who took down the site. The team also appear to have downloaded the user database (or at least a portion of it), where they revealed that the passwords were stored in plain text! This is security 101, you never store sensitive information in plain text, you always encrypt it, or in the case of a password, take a hash of it and then salt the hash. The website is currently down (which stands to reason that Microsoft regained control and took it down intentionally), however this is a serious problem, on roughly the same level of the Sony PSN hacking. Hopefully Microsoft will release a press release soon to enlighten us on what exactly was affected, and what they plan to do in order to prevent this from happening again.
In a previous post I outlined a design flaw with the Vostro 3450, where dell made it so that you have to remove the motherboard to access the hard drive, well the Vostro 3400 is its little brother, and it seems to have its own design flaw. Recently I have had to replace a-lot of LCD Top Cases on this model, all of which were sold at roughly the same time (Summer 2010), so after a few I had a feeling that there was something wrong. I finally found one that told me the whole story, one which was damaged enough to where I could see what the engineering issue was. Read more
So yesterday after myself and a few mods on the SDX Minecraft Server were complaining about the reporter plugin that we had installed, which does not allow you to report player that are logged off and stuff like that. So then inspired I volunteered to make a better reporting system outside of minecraft/bukkit. That is where my adventure begins. I decided that I wanted it to be a web-based system, and it would have been just as easy (if not easier) to set up a shared google doc with the info, however I decided to go a more “fun” route and learn PHP, and mysql at the same time as making something that was needed. About 6 hours later and an uncountable number of expletives I was able to come up with a very basic report tracking system, with logins, passwords that are hashed for obvious security reasons (though there is no real security needed for this), a way to create a report, and a way to display a report. It is quite simple and quite likely not the best way to do this, but it was a good learning experience. Read more
Today I began working on updates for my clear inventory plugin, and for my change world command plugging for the server I play on (this is only released as source due to how server dependant it is). I am updating my clear inventory plugin to allow people with the ability to clear other players inventory to preview their inventory. It will temporarily give them the other players inventory. The command syntax will go as such:
/preview to see the users inventory
/unpreview to restore your inventory. There are some logistics I plan to work out first before releasing it, however this is a promising addition.
On an unrelated note I would like to mention, don’t use air cans to kill flys, the bitterant sucks, time to sleep on the futon.