Ruby on Rails and Merb will merge

Yay. We always see opensource branch and branch. Rarely do we see them come together.

Merb is an open, ever-changing project, and some its best ideas have come from not-core regular-Joe community members. It’s gotten where it has because of the community, and the community will get us even further in the future. Your ideas, feedback and even complaints will be 100% welcome in the future, just as they have been in the past. I believe in the tremendous value an open community and just generally open attitude bring to the table, and am counting on those things to continue ushering in the future of Ruby.

On to the news: beginning today, the Merb team will be working with the Rails core team on a joint project. The plan is to merge in the things that made Merb different. This will make it possible to use Rails 3 for the same sorts of use-cases that were compelling for Merb users. Effectively, Merb 2 is Rails 3. (Source: Yehudakatz)

I don’t use Rails by the way. I use more of CakePHP. But anyway, I think the merger is a good direction. Of course this is arguable since the merger would mean one less competing Rails framework. But this is software, not business. Merger means greater understanding. I believe there are many ways of doing one same thing, but one way that would be most efficient in most given situations and that’s why people build frameworks.

How to enable Apache mod rewrite in Ubuntu

Actually this probably works for all Linux distributions with Apache 2. Okay enabling mod_rewrite is really easy, you just have to use a2enmod (Apache 2 enable module):

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

To disable an Apache 2 module, you can run:

sudo a2dismod rewrite
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

That does the reverse.

With mod_rewrite enabled, you can use the .htaccess file.

By the way in your directory permissions, you must set AllowOverride to “all” like this:


Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride all
Order allow,deny
allow from all

Hope it helps.

Critical IE vulnerability found, browser switch recommended

Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability found, browser switch is recommended.

Serious security flaw found in IE

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world’s computer users.

Said Mr Ferguson: “If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.”

But Microsoft counselled against taking such action.

“I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw,” said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK’s Windows group.

He added: “We’re trying to get this resolved as soon as possible.

“At present, this exploit only seems to affect 0.02% of internet sites,” said Mr Curran. (Source: BBC)

Browsing vigilantly is not something a normal user can do unless only use your web mail. The internet is filled with links all around. Even once in a while I ended up on phishing sites I try hard to avoid. It could be just an innocent advertisement.

Description:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a use-after-free error when composed HTML elements are bound to the same data source. This can be exploited to dereference freed memory via a specially crafted HTML document.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

NOTE: Reportedly, the vulnerability is currently being actively exploited.

The vulnerability is confirmed in Internet Explorer 7 on a fully patched Windows XP SP3 and in Internet Explorer 6 on a fully patched Windows XP SP2, and reported in Internet Explorer 5.01 SP4. Other versions may also be affected. (Source: Secunia)

I would recommend a temporary switch to a competing browser.

Lost returns early next year

Lost returns end-January next year, I’ve been waiting for this!

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