Just Do A Traceroute


More than once I've had to convert HTML/XML output to pcap. Setting port filters for 21 (FTP) and Telnet (23) produces low-bandwidth traffic with high return (admin passwords) within networks -- all you need is a script that can convert the packets into standard format to exploit this.

Robert Graham, writing his comments  EQGRP tools are post-exploitation 

Which you may find of value, because of finding equipment is undetectable, and your website is on the network. Specially useful for intranet lovers like you and me.

They aren't the sorts of tools you use to break into a network -- but the sorts of tools you use afterwards

Network Performance

Segonquart Studio
Segonquart Studio Website Performance Test
Some performances done, in the heat of this Summer.

World Wide Wait

In 1994, modem speeds doubled, and the interminable rendering of images on the Web — once dubbed the World Wide Wait — greatly accelerated. PCs began to be sold with these faster modems built in.

To anyone looking for a simple, even crude explanation for the Web’s rise, this is it: the ability to view a reasonable facsimile of a naked woman in the privacy of your own home.

“That’s what came to drive a lot of the internet,” Alberti says. “P0rn.”

Minnesota once ruled the internet. The Internet Gopher then, text-only menu and gloss-less, institutional mien, couldn’t keep up.

 Tim Gihring speak of the tools we had and still  have, in his essay The rise and fall of the Gopher protocol

Time for a change. kids.  Obsolescence is the new Black. And I am not referring to facsimiles of naked men.



Catch Me If You Can

These are par for the course in cyberspace, to be sure.

What is most concerning is that adversaries and opportunists—ranging from spies abroad to political aspirants at home—have learned to exploit the world’s interconnected communications technologies to sow fear, paranoia, and division among its people. Make no mistake: this is hacking, too.
Fortune reporter Robert Hackett at Data Sheet

News From Mars

First: 

Blogger ,this free weblog tool from Google, has revamped its entry page.

A revamping I find won-der-ful and less than excellent. This is pretty nice. Without a previous notice is even cooler than Jesus.

Second :

A quote this yours truly has found while reading
"You can't directly control where your thoughts drift. If you're controlling them, they're not drifting. But you can control them indirectly, by controlling what situations you let yourself get into. That has been the lesson for me: be careful what you let become critical to you. Try to get yourself into situations where the most urgent problems are ones you want think about."
from Paul Graham's essay The Top Idea in your Mind, circa 2010.

Still being the best digital botanist in this lonely planet. Copy.

Give Back Before You Get

"The web standards movement that began in 1998 was an attempt to make sense of what we now call front-end web development at a time when different browsers supported different proprietary technologies. (...)

We decided to label two W3C recommendations 'standards', and to demand that all browser and device makers correctly and fully support HTML and CSS (plus the newly standardised JavaScript) before adding support for proprietary features."
Jeffrey, speaking to Katy Cowan, on how the things were and how we lived , why we embraced a revolution, and why some of us fought for web standards.
And, while the heights of human knowledge and wisdom are now just a mouse click away, so are the depths of barbaric ignorance, racism, and misogyny.

Nearly twenty years ago. Still sailing.

Major Tom to Crowd Control

A quarter French, a quarter Hebrew, a quarter Spaniard and a quarter Hidden, this yours truly, one week older, celebrates the14th of July reading and listening among other anthems to "Le Chant Des Partisans".

Most of them were at a loss for an answer. What they knew, they did not want, what they wanted, they did not know, except, of course, more—more life, more love, more drugs, more celebrity, more happiness, more music.

Blue, White and Red. No special order. And today's summer day has been a rainy day here in this cell. It was unusual to see the rain in July until it happened. I still miss you grandmother. Happy 14th of July.

No country can preserve its political liberties unless its rulers know that their people preserve the spirit of resistance

Crowd Control., at Lapham's Quarterly

An excellent essay, written by Lewis H. himself, 

Doing Business Without Frontiers.


The web, a world wide system of communications between humans, becomes global de facto.
The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) in the US and the Equality Act of 2010 in the UK encourage companies to ensure web accessibility. The web, in its principles has to be accessible from a social justice perspective as a person with or without a disability.

Digital Businesses and commerce require, more now than never, to strength their negotiation position, to be compliant with the laws. While these laws do not require compliance, there is the actual need of planning for future accessibility, even if your goods and services are considered to be “necessary amenities.” Business models offers gains and benefits.

At least, accessibility, including this concept a clear separation of presentation and content,  was too one of the principles that urged to the need for the use of XHTML documents, before your little doll surfed the web. We call them web standards. That's one of the reason why we abandoned flash web sites, remember? The last version of the Web Content Accesibility Guidelines is a recommendation ready to be used and implemented by you, since 2008.

Even if the IT and Legal teams at your company lack the expertise or bandwidth to handle the volume and complexity for web accessibility, it is time now to consider and have in mind that accessibility is a plus in your final digital product and service. I did it, and it worked well. Not just because I cared of our audience in the USA and the UK, from the basement at Segonquart Studio headquarters, but because the web removes barriers.

The Web removes barriers to communication and interaction that many people face in the physical world. The web is the medium your digital business  model or organization can offer a real benefit to all the persons, such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to agin.

In case you want to become a full professional, and learn on accesibility, this link is a good place to start

Do not worry on #Brexit and embrace the web accessibility. Your clients will notice it. Hurry up.

A Sound of Different Drummers

One might have the feeling and the conscience that it worked well.

One who like this your truly servant who may have been involved, embedded, in the production methods or as the non-executive management of news, fictional news, or mass media consumption products, is aware, and though in a moment of crisis does her/his job pretty well.

And those precious moments of crises are too those special moments in the world of mass-media communication, one can not miss or miss long. They just happen once; once you have a new product to introduce.Where it was a smile, now there is a cry. Things have changed a lot in four years.

So special are those moments in this field, so that even it may exist a perverse mind whose operation saw powered by the results or objectives of a good advertising campaign, this perverse mind would be able to promote or to propose, thinking in business terms and always with the intention of to publicise a brand new product, something shocking, the idea is for users to communicate using images that were explicitly short-lived, something never seen before, that's real advertising, men, to show the everyday's  tragedy of our lives, that intelligence tent in eyeglasses who everybody knows it is probably subversive

The sadness caused by the sight of these facts, to know the death of our pet, of or our best loved. That sadness that even becomes terrible pain only with a personal mental exercise to imagine may be happening, a death exposed but through the happening of the other, and Live. "Stories" are viewed in chronological order, and each segment is accessible for 24 hours.

Never seen before, viral and shocking. Remarkable. Welcome to Amityville.

And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talking coming in. Perfectly rehearsed, with an impeccable script, where, sadly and  unfortunately, one of the actors do not know that the end of the Othello character play is as true as a life and a death itself. In reality, scientists place the autoignition temperature of paper anywhere from high 440 degrees Fahrenheit to some 30 degrees hotter. An emotional drive. They were ready for what happened, really.Things have changed a lot in four years.
"You're supposed to know when you have a proof," he said.
Inspired by the pleasant read of Dave Winer's short essay and plea Wake up: News doesn't work

Blackbeard

Brands and branding have two traditional definitions, which are often confused:
  • A brand is the representation of the product: something that identifies it in a recognizable way. This could be a name, a logo, colors, writing style, or other media forms such as sound marks. 

  • A brand is the product’s reputation, which creates certain customer expectations about the product. In other words, once customers recognize the brand representation (definition #1), they also project specific attributes onto the product — maybe that it will be high quality, healthy, or allow them to be seen as trendy or fashionable.

Evolved definitions and the rehearsal of, visuals, tone and  your favourite brand, a story about pirates. Worth a read.

Brand is experience in the Digital Age, a short written essay by Kate, at Nielsen

Mood: Currently listening to

Coal Mines

Segonquart Studio 2016 on the sink
Imagery with Processing -- Segonquart Studio 2016

All unintellectual labour, all monotonous, dull labour, all labour that deals with dreadful things, and involves unpleasant conditions, must be done by machinery. Machinery must work for us in coal mines, and do all sanitary services, and be the stoker of steamers, and clean the streets, and run messages on wet days, and do anything that is tedious or distressing. At present machinery competes against man.

-- Oscar Wilde
Someone is playing with fire at Segonquart Studio HQ.

More soon.

Safety Net

...But most companies do not innovate around safety or push for tougher safety standards; they merely comply with existing requirements. Because extra safety pushes prices up and can't be marketed, there's no point in investing in it until a tragedy requires you to do so...

...If anything, safety is downplayed as pre-flight instructions to airline passengers are now routinely presented in a comedy format. Safety is viewed as a "must have" but not a differentiator....

...The range of safety risks has expanded and consumers everywhere are trying new products and experiences they aren't familiar with. Marketers must do more to educate consumers about safe behaviors and not worry so much about putting them off. Consumers will appreciate their honesty.
The ugly truth is safety, until now, does not sell, says John in his essay. But neither did it an electric car ten years ago, nor a web standardised project.

Safety is implicit into a good design. And must be present, but invisible. At whatever price it costs. That means good design in our days.

Read Companies Need to Start Marketing Security to Customers by John A. Quelch, at hbs.edu

Play it safe.

Welcome Back

macOS 2016
macOS


MacOs is back, diminished. Welcome Back macOS

Still in: while not authorized for hardware or software packaging, Apple does encourage developers, user groups and "partners" to use this logo on their Web sites.

How Problems Can Occur


In the early days of computing, people were content to simply run programs on their computers. Usability was closely tied to functionality and understandability.
The infamous MS-DOS error message, “Abort, Retry, Fail?” once represented the quality and limitations of our conversations with computers.

An excerpt. A quote. Defiant, comprehensive, incisive yet relevant and necessary from a written essay by Susan Farrel.

This week at Nielsen via AlertBox.

Do Companies Make Bad Decisions?

Whether a paper gets accepted often depends on who the reviewers are, whether they've had enough coffee in the PC meeting, whether they are confident enough to stand up for the work, and so forth. Above a certain threshold, the objective merit of the work has little to do with the outcome.

Matt Welsh, brilliant as ever.

Read his essay, Death by peer review, or thoughts on how the process of peer review could be improved, here

Vegetables

"Russell asked (in a letter written to Frege in 1902), if the set of all sets that are not part of themselves (ie, that set that includes all those sets that are not included in themselves, such as" books ") is part of itself.
 The paradox is that if not part of itself, belongs to the type of sets that are not part of themselves and therefore part of himself. That is, will be part of itself only if no part of himself. "

This unnecessary verbiage described above exemplifies what the greengrocer lady, when I am located at the grocery store, tells me she knows as 'metadata'. I guess this composed word may sound familiar to you because the term is very fashionable in our days.

Besides I can take with me for the home a pair of lettuces from the grocery store, it let me have a brief and interesting exchange of words with the greengrocer lady. For some of us, this composed term is even up in the air you breathe. Thereof is made in the lettuce.

All the lettuces from the grocer's are not included in itself, but wrapped and delivered inside a plastic bag. Better if its made of recyclable paper. The bag, I mean.

Metadata is not bad in themselve, but rather the opposite. Metadata is needed.

Please two lettuces and a bunch of fresh parsley too. How much is it ? Thank you.

Quick Fix

“People assume today’s consumer has to make a deal with a marketing machine to get stuff for ‘free,’ even if they’re horrified by what happens with their data.”

“We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.”
Quoted excerpt from an essay wriiten by Matthew Ingram featuring Sir Berners-Lee.

Tee-Hee. I could not resist to exchange this pleasantry, yes my fault sir.  I know I owe you a round of drinks, Tim.

Via Fortune.

As It Was In 2009

Paul Ford: Like, “I need to publish pages.” Well you should probably just use WordPress and it will cost you less than a dollar a month if you find a certain plan. The cost to produce and deliver content is basically zero or approaching zero. The tools to upload all kinds of rich media and do all that stuff are widely available. You have to ask yourself, “Why?” If it’s for an intellectual exercise it makes a lot of sense.

Rich Ziade: Yeah.

Paul Ford: Anyone who would come to us today and say “I want to build a new CMS.” They need to really know why they’re doing it.

Rich Ziade: Exactly.

Paul Ford: Why would you? What would be your reason to build your own content management tools top to bottom?

 An excerpt from Track Changes, with Paul Ford, that caught my attention.

 A conversation that puts the hit in the nail, presenting serious arguments and inquiries on the following subject: The real need and the objective reasons required to start from the ground and , with this action, to reinvent the wheel.

 A subject, this yours truly, was advocating for time ago. There is no reasonable fact to re-invent the wheel. But, there is the need to polish it. The answer to this plea, now in the year 2016, is the same as it was in the year 2009. Or it was 2010. Who cares.

 There is, however, a subtle difference whether in the talk, whether in the transcript: In those savage years, during the past decade, one still had the option to deliver a fresh new product by putting her/his hands on work. But nor Mom neither the Milkman invested in fresh new delivered products. It was not did then, neither now. Open the bottle and fill me with its content. Mom and the Milkman can make use of the WordPress to accomplish their purposes and objectives. To publish content. Why they should not? WordPress is easy to learn, and it’s more fun to use.

 This yours truly still does not see, now in June 2016, there is any logical reason to start to build a new CMS from the bottom. Except for testing purposes. Or for vanity. Or both. Who knows.

"If it’s for an intellectual exercise it makes a lot of sense."

Rich, Of A Relationship

And maybe the biggest truism that I’ve discovered about software products is they are the direct result of the people who work on them in the beginning, those very early formative stages.

Paul Ford and Rich Ziade sit down with designer Khoi Vinh, who is currently the director of product design for mobile at Adobe, and former Design Director for The New York Times.

Worth a podcast, worth a read.

Handwrought Design

As to frameworks like Bootstrap, they’re great if prototyping is part of your team’s design process—and in the world of apps, it surely should be. Such frameworks make it very easy to quickly launch a working design and test it on real human beings. But after a few iterations have improved your design, it’s time to dump Boostrap and code from scratch.

That’s because launching sites and applications based on Bootstrap or any other heavy framework is like using Microsoft Word to send a text message
Jeffrey, brilliant as ever. Read his last approach on what really matters, here.

Currently listening: 

Deadlines

You are good, you are confident, you are brave.

The Web Marketing Association's 20th annual international WebAward competition for website development, has extended its entry deadline to June 10th. So you have two additional weeks to submit what might be the best website in 98 different industries. Its easy to enter and feels great when you win!

There is still a chance to prove your braveness: what might be the best website 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: June 10, 2016

See you there. No dogs and kids allowed.

Guten appetit, kinder!

Are melodies out of fashion? Not with the public, which enjoys them more than ever. But the tailless foxes known as Futurists or cacophonists are doing their darnedest to create the impression that they are building up a new musical art, far nobler than the music of the past, into which so puerile a thing as melody cannot be allowed to enter.

Stravinsky Provokes A Riot
, via Lapham's Quarterly





Currently listening The Universe is A Big Place by DR

Nuages

Unless an IT system is indeed providing a mission critical and core capability for the business, there is very little, if any, justification for an IT organization to develop or customize that system.
Daryl hits the nail and writes what we all have in mind.

This yours truly, ruling that Segonquart Studio played with this solid idea as a foundation of  a business model. Did we need to invent a software to write code? Not really. Do we have to design a brand new typography to express the content of a personalized website ( or app) ? Not now.

So, why, except if it is a core need for the business, do we or our selected friends and clients must depend solely on the IT system?, Tell Siri. get an answer.

Will Cloud Kill The IT Star? on Forbes. Well spent six minutes.

It Wasn’t Always That Way

Call me cynical, but every time I read about a new app launch, all I can think is, “Not gonna happen.”
Erin Griffith hits the nail.

Why apps are not the common trend, and why -vieleicht -  there is a space and a need for traditional websites in your business world.

Via Fortune. Worth a read.

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