Monthly Archives: November 2009

Facebook security issues

So here’s the thing. The other day I was looking at Facebook, at the Wall of a friend of mine, Jason.

And for a few minutes there, Facebook decided I was logged-on as Jason.

Except I wasn’t. I didn’t have any permissions to look at his private stuff, nor change things, but every time I clicked on the Profile button it showed me his Wall, not mine.

Facebook thought I was logged on as Jason

When I clicked Home, it thought I was me again. Clicking back to Profile, Jason again. I just couldn’t get to my own Profile.

In the bottom-right it said I had a bunch of notifications. But it wouldn’t let me see them; they must have been his.

Then I clicked logoff, and became me again.

I had a look at a couple of other friends’ Walls, it didn’t do it. But back on Jason’s, it got stuck again. I let him know, of course.

Makes me glad it didn’t just assume I was him and let me do and see anything he could. All I ever saw (apart from the number of notifications he had) was stuff I could see anyway as his friend.

All very odd.

FoxIt Reader’s false eBay icon

OK. This is a worry. I found it on my Start Menu (for All Users) and also on my Desktop.

False ebay icon

As you can see, it’s got an eBay icon, and the name eBay, but it points to somewhere very different:

Searching around, I see that McAfee Site Advisor has a page on it, and says “We tested this site and didn’t find any significant problems.”

A post on the FoxIt forums alleges it’s put there by the FoxIt Reader installer, and that appears to be right — an update of that is the only thing I’ve installed recently, and no other user on this PC has the privileges to install these shortcuts.

I love FoxIt Reader, it’s much faster than Adobe Reader. It asks if you want the toolbar, but this, it doesn’t ask about. [See comments]

FoxIt, is not nice behaviour.

I wonder what eBay would say about their logo being misused like this?

Election geekery

If you’ve ever wondered how election results make their way from the ballot boxes onto the screen on the ABC, Antony Green’s written a fascinating post about how it how it all works, and how the technology involved has changed over the years from paper slips to XML feeds.

How did they manage this?

What on earth have The Age been doing to their web site that breaks the web browser Back button and history so badly? breaks web browser history

Update: I may have helped bring this upon myself; see comments

Flickr printing for AU

At last, Flickr is offering printing for Australian users, via As it happens, I’ve used Snapfish in the past; they’ve been pretty good, and do a wide range of products. As someone who’s been using Flickr a fair bit too, this is good news.

Interestingly Snapfish US also appears to link into Google Picasa Web albums. I wonder if Snapfish AU will link up there in due course.

Getting used to the Mac

I usually use Windows, but I’ve been using Mac OSX a little bit, on a new iMac in the office of an organisation I do some work for. It’s nice, lovely design, though I think it’s pretty funny that it’s so damn streamlined that the On/Off button is hidden away at the back, so consequently there’s a PostIt note on the front of it to help people find it.

The Mac

I’ve got used to having to go to the menu to properly shut a program. I’m not really clear on why clicking the red dot on the window doesn’t do it. But that’s okay — another PostIt note reminds us Windows people of that.

So far there are two main things I can’t get used to on the Mac (apart from the lack of tactile response from the keyboard and the feel of the mouse):

Command-Tab switches applications, but not windows. I can’t figure out how to get around the various open windows of an application without using the Window menu, which is cumbersome.

Differences with navigation around a document, at least how it appears to me so far… maybe someone knows better.

PC Mac
Go to start or end of document Ctrl-Home or Ctrl-End Home or End
Go to start or end of line Home or End Command Left or Right
Go up/down a page Page Up or Page Down Page Up or Page Down
Go forward or back a word Ctrl-Right or Ctrl-Left Option-Right or Option-Left

But the thing that really keeps catching me out is that Home/End/PgUp and PgDown move you around, but don’t move the cursor. So you think you’re at the end of the document, but you start typing and it jumps to back where you were. At least, that’s what it does in Apple Mail. Very irritating; seems you have to click at the end to tell it you want to start typing at the end.

Is there a better/quicker/easier way?