* Posts by sektah

18 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

Hijacking iPhones and other smart devices using SMS


Is there a link to the report anywhere?

I came across a link to the June 25 report from Mulliner and Miller which reported this vulnerability in iPhone OS 2.2 and 2.2.1. The report mentions crashing vulnerabilities in the iPhone OS and Android. There's no mention of OS 3.0 in it, probably as they hadn't had a chance to test it.

I'd be interested to see what else they've found in the past few weeks and what the full details of it are.

Report is here for anyone interested:


iPhone 3.0 - born on schedule...


Shake to undo

Give it a quick shake for the undo function. This isn't blatantly obvious and it would have been better to have a button though.

iPhone apps - the 10 smartest and the 10 stupidest


@ Ian Ferguson


Not 100% comprehensive, but it certainly makes finding the better of the bunch an easier task.

Hackers stuff ballot box for Time Magazine's top 100 poll

Thumb Down


"We took many preventative measures to maintain the integrity of the Time 100 poll on Time.com, and moot has a passionate community of users who worked to influence the poll,"

My arse. You left the poll wide-open for the most dumb-arse of hackers/script kiddies to figure out. There was no luck involved in this, just pure 100% cunning. Your systems were rubbish, your vote-vetting was rubbish, and the 4chan crew showed you up for the noobs that you are. Congratulations, lepers.

Mozilla, Skype join iPhone jailbreak fight



This isn't end-users filing lawsuits ; this is companies doing so because the iPhone is wildly popular, and they want a piece of the action. If the iPhone were a failure, you can bet these guys wouldn't give a toss.

The majority of iPhone users already don't give a toss because they either a) don't know or b) don't care.

Microsoft Songsmith ad trumps Seinfeld shocker



...this ad is the best thing Microsoft has produced in some time. Utterly brilliant.

HTC prepping Palm Pré, Apple iPhone rival


If a Telstra executive says it...

...then it's safe to assume the opposite is true.

Catholic priests cane YouTube over blasphemous vids


Turn the other cheek


Did the width move for you, darling?



I rather like the redesign ; it's not radically different to the old site, and feels a bit cleaner. One or two minor quibbles aside (fix the anti-aliasing on that masthead!), it's gone very well indeed.

Apple grabs number-three US PC market slot


woo-woo rah-rah *facepalm*

Really, who gives a toss?

It's a peculiar sort of person that takes delight or disdain in where a computer company ranks in sales. Rather than care about the quality of machines, or software, or end-user support, people get all hyped up over numbers as if they were some sort of sports score?

FFS, I couldn't care less whether my computer of choice is enjoyed by everyone on the planet or whether I'm the sole user - what matters is whether it works for me, and works well.

As Gates strides into the future, we wallow in the past



A video encoded in UltiMotion?

You certainly are wallowing in the past!

Unlocking the iPhone for pleasure and profit... revisited



You could have just navigated your iPhone to http://www.jailbreakme.com, which would automatically break open and install the Installer software on your phone ; I did so with my iPod touch, and it was done in minutes with no faffing around.

@ John

Nobody's claiming the iPhone's the first smart phone, so nice strawman there. Of course one could buy a competing device, and nobody's forcing anybody to buy an iPhone, but some of us have used all of the devices you've named and have found the iPhone the nicest. All you "features beat everything else" nerdlingers forget that user experience is paramount, so whilst you bleat on about the lack of GPS or 3G or whatnot, the rest of us prefer a device that's easy to use, nice on the eye, doesn't bulge our pockets, and doesn't drop wireless connections / freeze on videos / require constant restarting.

Horses for courses ; don't make the mistake of assuming everybody is a nobend who doesn't know what they're missing out on. A lot of us know exactly what we're missing out on.

iPhone turns blue as IBM creates Lotus client


Apple should just...

Apple should just purchase the rights to Nullriver's Installer, which makes installing and updating applications on the iPhone / iPod touch so laughably simple and Mac-like.

Go native with iPhone development



For those who aren't so much into hardcore programming, you might also like to check out "Jiggy", which is a Javascript application development environment for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Once installed on your device, you can start programming real Springboard-driven applications in Javascript, with access to a variety of toolchains. Programming can be done through a web browser. It can allow those without so much proper-language experience a chance to make simple little applications for their own use.


Europe too cynical for iPhone


Battery replacement

The battery can be replaced for $US25:


Apple hit with another class action


He might have a point...

...if it wasn't for the pesky fact that he can burn iTunes tracks onto audio CD and happily play them anywhere.

Apple's Safari lacks bold vision


which is funnier?

I can't figure out which is funnier ; Safari's craptacular beta performance, or the orgasmic over-reaction from people looking for a reason to complain about Apple.

Apple's Safari 3: a crashing experience for non-US users


Reporting feedback

Ian Ferguson:

You can report feedback on Safari in the help menu - "Report Bugs to Apple..."

I've been giving Safari a bit of a bash on a Windows XP SP2 machine here at werk, and it seems to run OK. No crashes, pages render pretty well. There's some interface bugs, but nothing like the problems others have experienced. Lucky me.


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