WordPress does it again, with iOS version 2.7

From the comfort of my living room sofa, I type this post on a simple, usable, and (now) stable piece of software, WordPress for iOS.

Personally, I found versions prior to the recently released 2.7 handy enough, but after testing through and through I must admit there were a few flaws. Rather than complain though, I just ignored them. The reasoning was while the products had issues, the bottom line is they came in large part from a small army of volunteer contributors, and the software was (and is) in fact free. Further, I’m probably not going to fire up iOS development tools either.

Only a turd would complain about issues with a free piece of software. And those that do are probably the same folks that piss and moan about how dirty their OEM iPad cases get. It’s a tool for goodness sakes. Or are you headed to an Apple-sponsored fashion show?

Nevertheless, there is little to complain about WordPress for iOS version 2.7 – in fact, I believe congratulations are in order. It just works. Thank you, to every person that had a hand in making my life a little bit easier. Because that’s precisely what you’ve done.

MG signing off (eternal grateful…that the prima donnas might finally shut their pie holes)

Cleaning up problems with NMAP on Mac OS X

NMAP, security softwareLet us first make one point crystal clear – every person on the planet running the Apple Mac OS X operating system must have the finest open source network security scanner, NMAP, installed on their machine. The previous statement isn’t entirely true, but I’m inclined to plug exceptional work. And NMAP is exceptional work. As well as available for most operating systems too.

If you don’t know what the program does, just run along right now. But if you’ve been using this impeccable chunk of code, and are now having problems getting it running (say after updating to Snow Leopard and/or updating NMAP itself), read on.

I was having this problem, and a few simple steps solved it. With the latest version, 5.50, I did the following to get the GUI interface running again:

1) Unhide your otherwise hidden files. If you don’t know how to do this, it is once again time to move on.

2) Under /usr/local/bin/ delete ncat, ndiff, nmap, and nping.

3) Under /usr/local/share/ delete the ncat and nmap directories.

4) Under /Applications delete the Zenmap application icon.

5) Empty your trash. If you don’t know how to empty your trash, skidoodle out of here (after tossing your Mac out of the port side window of a boat floating over the Mariana Trench).

6) Open the latest download of NMAP (i.e. the dmg file) and run the executable.

If you’ve cleaned up properly, you can now click on the Zenmap icon and run NMAP just fine.

Or at least performing the above worked for me.

MG signing off (to figure out what this NMAP thing does)

Flurry of links – 1/26/09

A view outside this Monday

It felt like spring around here last week. Now it’s time for flurries.

Adieu.

The 25 Best Alternatives To Your Enterprise Applications & Functions

A fine (and growing) list – now you just have to keep the school teachers away.

I’ve been intimate with Open Office, SugarCRM, ActiveCollab, vBulletin, and of course Linux and MySQL. I don’t consider Google Analytics open source, but it is certainly great value. Of them all, I couldn’t live without MySQL anymore – it (along with PHP) has replaced spreadsheets for big data analysis tasks on this desktop (yea, MS expanded Excel to a million rows…too late).

Why isn’t there a serious ERP competitor in here yet?

Just because it’s free, doesn’t mean it has to be easy

I am in the middle of an open source project, and boy has it been a pain in the ass. The sheer amount of work that was put into it, by numerous contibutors, is apparent. Some things are done one way, some things are done another. A class here could have been used there, but it wasn’t – this routine and that routine were hardcoded instead. Still, with the end game near, I can’t help but appreciate all the work.

Some might say open source software isn’t “free” if it is full of complexity, and I would have to agree. But my analysis of our hard costs more than suggests it was well worth using bits and pieces of the project – I’d do it again. FOSS was much, much better than the alternative. I might be inclined to bitch about the alternative, with all its unfounded imperfections (and hit to my bank account), but I never will about the FOSS. The GPL doesn’t have a clause in it that says “this software is free of defects and perfectly documented,” nor is there an appendix attached listing support numbers. And I don’t care.

Open source software developers don’t ask for frequent tribute – they do it for the love of creation.

To them – all of them – I’ll say, and continue to say, thanks.