More Phishers On Twitter

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A Twitter exchange. Virgin ask Dom for his address - which he gives. Then they ask for his full credit card details. He refuses.

My mate Dom was moaning to his ISP on Twitter. They sent him a private message so they could look into his account. Blimey! Thankfully, that was a pretty brazen and inept attempt at phishing. Anyone asking for all your card details like that should set the alarm bells ringing. Of course, phishers often target…

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Review: Flyland USB-C Hub

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A siler hub with multiple ports.

I’ve been sent a Flyland USB-C hub to review. It’s a small but versatile unit – perfect for people who need to connect legacy equipment to something with USB-C ports. For £21, you get 7 ports: 3x USB 3.0 1x HDMI 4K 1x Micro SD 1x SD 1x USB Power Delivery It worked perfectly on…

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Review: Edmond / Cyrano, Mon Amour

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The shadow of Cyrano de Bergerac is projected onto a theatre curtain.

December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. Only concern: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims…

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Thirty Percent

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A Windows 7 phone.

A decade ago, I was invited to the UK launch of Windows Phone 7. It was Microsoft’s attempt to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Sure, Microsoft could make a brilliant OS and had excellent hardware partners – but could they convince developers to use yet another system? At the time, I wrote: The…

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Review: Lud-in-the-Mist

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A rainbow over a river.

Lud-in-the-Mist – a prosperous country town situated where two rivers meet: the Dawl and the Dapple. The latter, which has its source in the land of Faerie, is a great trial to Lud, which had long rejected anything ‘other’, preferring to believe only in what is known, what is solid. Nathaniel Chanticleer is a somewhat…

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Movie Review: Please Stand By

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A young woman holds her hands in the Vulcan sign for "Live Long and Prosper".

A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her 500-page manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition in Hollywood. How do we navigate confusing and unfamiliar spaces? What is it like to know that you’re out of place and cannot understand the world around you? These thoughts haunt me.…

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Buying a single character domain – and 3 character FQDN – for £15

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Glowing computer text showing dot com dot info etc.

Short domains are useful for security testing. If you only have a limited number of characters, you need to be able to reference code on a remote server in as few characters as possible. A few years ago, I tried to find a Minimum Viable XSS. The conclusion that I (and others) came to is…

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Book Review: Brit(ish)

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Book cover.

You’re British. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you’re from? We are a nation in denial about our imperial past and the racism that plagues our present. Brit(ish) is Afua Hirsch’s personal and provocative exploration of how this came…

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Interactive HTML Trees with no JavaScript and no CSS

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A Twitter conversation rendered as HTML.

Many text based conversations threads can be visualised as a tree. This is a follow-up to yesterday’s blog post about Twitter conversation trees. Mailing list archives often use nested <ul> to show a conversation. That’s fine, but has the major drawback of not being interactive. There’s no way to collapse a branch of a tree…

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OMG! Twitter release an OFFICIAL conversations API!

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An organic, branching tree view of a conversation.

One of the most requested Twitter API features is now available – the ability to get replies to a Tweet as a thread. Long time readers know that I’ve long been a fan of Visualising Twitter Conversations in 2D Space. But up until now you had to use horrible hacks to get the data. As…

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