Archive for March, 2007

Fireworks are still poping

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

After the Macromedia got bought out my Adobe a lot of people where thinking it was going to be the end of Fireworks due to the tight integration between Photoshop and Image Ready. To the joy of a lot of creatives its still there. You can check out the list at the bottom of the page.

Eclipse Bug

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Hay this was a massive surprise. I was associating eclipse with an already created ActionScript project I was working with. I selected the the project content and added a preexisting folder I then realized it was the wrong folder so I pressed back. After that the folder and all its content were gone except for a “.project” file that was pretty useless. Lucky for me I back up regularly only lost a few hours of work. Just something to keep in mind for all us Eclipse based flash developers 😉

Apollo Misconceptions

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I am not really one to criticize articles on a whim, but I just got through reading an article on Apollo. The article seemed to trying to rate it or compare it against every kind of online technology out there. From the well established and matured AJAX(relatively speaking of course) to the bright eyed new kid on the block WPF/E which is still not even completely out yet.
Now I don’t see my self as a Apollo expert far from it in fact. I have not had more than a dabble with it. With a bit of logic applied though you can easily see that the majority of the tools listed in the article are all quite different. In-fact Ajax can be ran from inside Apollo. If anything Ajax is something that compliments Apollo or is a tool used by Apollo. AS for WPF/E I have only just starting dabbling with it too but it currently just a browser plugin in development. The only similarity I can see between the two is the fact they are cross platform.
What I am trying to say is that just because products work online it does not mean that they are comparable. Especially when one of the products is yet to be completed.

The article discussed.

Secure Email via SSH

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

When I take my laptop out to a unknown wireless network I can never be sure how secure it is. Well after a little bit of a fiddle with ssh and a couple searches on Google I found a way to set up a simple proxy using my own personal server so long as it supported SSH.

It is actually quite a simple principle. SSH will connect you to your server on an encrypted connection. Your server then forwards on your requests for you. What I will do is go through how to setup your mail client using a dynamic SSH tunnel.

The first thing you want to do is to set up your mail client to use a proxy url: “localhost” on port “1081”. (you use that setting for anything you want to secure like messengers, browsers and any any application that will allow u to connect to the Internet via a proxy) Leave the rest of your settings as they are.

The next thing u want to do is to setup the proxy with your server there are many FREE third party apps that will allow u to do this like PUTTY(windows) or SSH Tunnel Manager(OS X). If you are not familiar with a command line then i recommend you use a third party app as apposed to the command line. i will right another post on one of the apps soon. Since I got a mac I have really gotten into the terminal so I will also show you a nice and easy way do it with one shell command see bellow:

ssh -D 1081

Breack down:

ssh – is the base for any ssh comunication

-D – sets up the tunnel so that it will DYNAMICALLY forward on the ports as specified in the original applications.

1081 – is the port the proxy listens to on your localhost you can change it as u see fit – this is where you specify your user-name to your site and your your server url.

Then it prompts you for your for a password. Enter it and your done. Now as long as that terminal window stays open then your proxy connection will stay up and all your connection will run through it.

Now if you are anything like me you will probably want to go on line to see how u can customize the connection and boy are there loads of things out there. 1 thing I thought I would mention just in-case 😉 if u need to end the connection due to the fact u set the proxy to run in the background in a terminal wind type “kill ” and the connection id you find the connection id by typing “ps” in the command line that will list it. Take the id from there say it was 475 and type “kill 475” and the proxy connection is gone. This may only be relevant if you customize the ssh command I gave you.