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WordPress 3.5.2 Security Release

WordPress security team resolved seven security issues, and this release also contains some additional security hardening.

This is the second maintenance release of 3.5, fixing 12 bugs.

Go to your Dashboard » Updates and do it with 1 click.

The security fixes included:

  • Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.
  • Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts, reported by Konstantin Kovshenin, or reassigning the post’s authorship, reported by Luke Bryan.
  • An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. Reported by mala and Szymon Gruszecki.
  • Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.
  • An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability. Reported by Wan Ikram.
  • Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting. Reported by Andrea Santese and Rodrigo.
  • Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails. Reported by Jakub Galczyk.

Download WordPress 3.5.2 or update now from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area.

DEVELOPERS : If you are testing WordPress 3.6, please note thatWordPress 3.6 Beta 4 (zip) includes fixes for these security issues.Download WordPress 3.6

 

Facebook introduces video on Instagram

June 22, 2013 5 comments

BaltNEW YORK: Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter’s growing video-sharing app, Vine.

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said on Thursday that users will be able to record and share 15-second clips by tapping a video icon in the app. They can also apply filters to videos to add contrast, make them black and white or different hues.

“This is the same Instagram we all know and love but it moves,” he said at an event held at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters.

Vine, which launched in January, has 13 million users and lets people create and share 6-second video clips. Instagram has 100 million users, up from 20 million when Facebook bought the company more than a year ago. If users like it, Facebook’s move could propel mobile video sharing into the mainstream.

To use the video feature, Instagram users can tap on the same camera icon they use to snap photos. A new video camera icon will appear on the right side. Tap it and a screen with a red video button will let you record clips of sunsets, kids running in parks or co-workers staring at their computer screens.

The app will record as long as your finger is on the red button or for 15 seconds, whichever comes first. Not unlike Vine, taking your finger off the button will stop the recording, allowing you to shoot the scene from a different angle or record something else altogether. Once you have 15 seconds of footage, you can play it from the beginning and post it on Instagram to share with others.

Given Vine’s popularity, “it is perhaps more surprising that Facebook has not introduced video for Instagram sooner. There is no doubt Twitter will move quickly to up the ante on Vine and this could undercut Facebook’s efforts with video on Instagram,” said Eden Zoller, principal consumer analyst at Ovum, a technology research firm.

WordPress Tips and Tricks

January 4, 2013 Leave a comment

I have some Wp tips and tricks

  • When you do a return in a post or page, you always get a double space. If you want it single, simply press on your keyboard.
  • Creating a powerful password for your admin login is the first step in making your site more secure. The second is to change that password monthly.
  • To get your readers to click through to your full post, stop it at exactly the spot where they will be most curious to read the next sentence. Every post has such a spot (or it should). To take advantage, stop the post there and insert the “read more” tag.
  • If you have unused plugins or themes installed, and have not activated, delete them. This greatly beefs up site security.
  • If you are looking for a WordPress developer to create your site, your first question should be: “Do you know php?” If they claim to be a developer (not a designer), but their answer is no,  run!
  • Don’t use a widget because it’s cool and shiny. Use it because it is useful to your reader.
  • Whether it’s your WordPress blog or website, make sure that people are able to contact you. Don’t hide your contact info in size two font in the footer of the page. Make a separate, highly visible contact page.
  • Remember, it’s WordPress. Capital W, capital P, no space between. If you land on a site and they call themselves a WordPress expert, but spell the name wrong, beware.
  • When inserting a photo into your post or page, don’t forget the alt (alternate) tag. This is what Google looks for when it’s indexing images on the web and the big G doesn’t like a site with alt tags missing.
  • If you have chosen to block search engines in your privacy setting during the construction of your blog or website, remember to turn it back on when you go live. Because that little sucker blocks them good.
  • Keeping your plugins up-to-date is just as important as keeping your WordPress version up-to-date.
  • Do you want to change your homepage to a static page rather than your blog? Can’t figure out what to do? Create a page for your homepage and one for your blog. Then go to settings >reading and change the settings on the “front page displays.”
  • If you are self-hosted, back up your database and all your files regularly. Hear that? Back up, back up!
  • Think about the theme you choose for your blog or website. Does it meet all your needs? Does it allow your site to grow as your business grows? Because if you decide to switch themes down the road, chances are it’s not a simple one-click process.
  • If you fly off the handle or rant in a blog post, remember, the moment you hit that publish button, it appears on the web and to your RSS subscribers. If you are angry when you write a post, it’s always best to save it as a draft and revisit it later for one last look.
  • Use a photo to provoke emotions in your blog post. Not only will you attract more readers, but they will remember your content longer.
  • If you have only one row of tools when you are creating a page or post, simply click on the far right button, “show kitchen sink,” and you will get a whole second row of tools.
  • If you are still using the default “admin” for your user name, it’s time to get rid of it. Create a new one, then delete the old one, assigning all posts and pages to your new user name. Otherwise you are giving hackers 50% of your login info.
  • If you cannot find an option on your edit post or page window, check the tab “screen options” in the upper right corner. That feature may be hidden.
  • To expand your editor window, grab the lower right, ridged corner and drag it.
  • Be careful when you underline text. Readers still have a habit of thinking any underlined text is a link.
  • Remember to turn off your comments on static pages. No one wants to comment on your about or contact page.
  • Remove or replace the default blog tagline under your general settings. Otherwise, people will see that generic message that says, “Just Another WordPress Site.”
  • And lastly, don’t be taken in by over-promises.  Like most worthwhile things, WordPress has a learning curve.

Watch Thuppakki Movie Online HQ (youtube)

November 19, 2012 4 comments


Vijay’s Thuppaki Review – First Day First Show Report


One of the key reasons for Thuppaki’s sky high expectations is because the movie marks the beginning of Vijay’s strategy to working with top rung directors (barring Shankar’s Nanban which was a faithful remake of 3 Idiots). This is probably the best line-up of crew members and technicians for a Vijay movie. On the casting side, Kajal Aggarwal, Vidyut, Sathyan, Jayaram have provided the required support for Vijay to showcase his talent.  Does the script keep you engaged throughout the running time of 2 hour 45 minutes? Will Thuppaki uplift the festive mood this Diwali? Definitely, Yes.

The story opens in Mumbai with a bomb blast in a public bus. Jagdish (Vijay) is on a mission to find the terrorist gang and people behind the blast. There are twists and unexpected turns along the way. The story has enough ammo to fire up Vijay’s fan base.

Thuppakki is Vijay; Vijay is Thuppakki


Vijay has carried the movie from start to finish with his self-assured confidence and trade-mark style. The script makes frequent switch-overs from intense sleeper cell scenes to commercial love/comedy scenes. Vijay was able to make some bumpy transitions look convincing with his acting abilities. As always, Vijay dances effortlessly and comedy comes to him naturally. Vijay’s costumes, pleasant looks and mischievous expressions will surely win him more female fans. Vijay looks fit and younger in his toned muscular physique.

Story, Direction and Screenplay


AR Murugadoss’ engaging story is narrated in gray tones balanced with commercially colourful compromises. The movie may have minor similarities to Ramana which has worked out well again. Murugadoss has done his homework by consulting ex-CBI chief Karthikeyan and the details are blended in nicely while dumbing it down for audience. AR Murugadoss has intentionally slowed down the pacing and narration in critical scenes (e.g., Hospital security chief conversation in the terrace) to get the message across. The dialogues about common people’s (un)willingness to put their life at risk to fight terrorism are well written and delivered by Vijay. Also, the hero putting his sister in a high-risk operation provides the impetus and emotional connect with the audience.

It is interesting to note that the villain (Vidyut) tracks down the hero instead of other way around, which is usually seen. Another aspect which is told subtlely is Vijay’s undercover act passing off as a common man similar to the way terrorist sleeper cells operate. Vijay’s exterminating the sleeper cell operations in Mumbai is not revealed to his lover, family or others (except his cop friend Sathyan). This aspect could have been underlined a bit for additional impact and stronger appreciation for Jagdish’s character.

The love/comedy scenes and songs definitely stick out like sore thumb since they are not integrated well with the story line. It is understandable why AR Murugadoss had to make these compromises. We are pointing this out without really complaining since such intrusions have become essential to satisfy the fan base and common audience with diverse set of expectations.

Highlights 


  • Stylish portrayal of Vijay in anti-terrorism operations have a perfect closure with mass elements. For instance, scenes such as simultaneous execution of 12-for-12 sleeper cell killings at precisely the same minute, sister rescue scenes with sniffer dog, and the final scene where he symbolically blows up the ship with his hand gesture and subsequent punch dialogue before villain killing are sure treats for fans.
  • AR Murugadoss seems to have taken a tip from his association with Aamir Khan in Ghajini Hindi remake. Upon Aamir’s insistence, some emotional scenes involving Asin’s memory were added after climax action sequences in Hindi version. AR Murugadoss has used similar finish in Thuppakki giving a nice emotional touch and meaning to the movie by extolling the virtues of army.
  • Kajal has done her role exceptionally well in perking up the lighter moments with her expressions, dance moves in songs and chirpy love scenes laced with humour. Kajal has good scope in both “Antarctica” song (interesting concept) and “Alaika Laika” (showcasing her dance moves). Kajal’s presence enlivens the scenes and songs for people looking for relief from action scenes.
  • Santhosh Sivan‘s Cinematography and Sreekar Prasad‘s editing keep the narration tight despite relatively long running time. The candid capture of Mumbai adds to the style and character of the city. Santosh’s fast working style is critical to the successful shooting of scenes in real locations in Mumbai. Harris scores big in the final minutes with his song (“Poi Varavaa“) dedicated to army jawans which is sure to leave a lump in your throat. Harris’ BGM keeps up the pace and makes the operations look convincing with his theme track.

What could have been better?


  • Song picturizations look low-budget. Almost 4 out of 5 songs solely rely on Vijay’s dance moves, which gets a bit repetitive for general public. AR Murugadoss and Santhosh Sivan have pulled out some of the old tricks of picturizing the songs in big stadiums, by using bright incandescent lights in the background to make it look richer. Vijay’s introduction song “Kutti Puli Kootam” and opening fight scenes are speed breakers right after the word “go”.
  • Screenplay could have been tighter. Even though the individual scenes were riveting, the bigger purpose required to latch the audience interest lacks full conviction. The objective of killing the head of sleeper-cell (Vidyut) lacks macro-connection resulting in lack of depth for Vijay vs Vidyut’s clash. Some of the lengthy climax fight sequences in the ship could have been trimmed. The final 10+ minutes of man-to-man combat scenes with Vidyut led to some chatter among audience.

Bottomline


With right promotions and word of mouth reaching out to neutral and family audience, Thuppakki is well positioned to get tagged along with Ghilli and  Pokiri.

Reviewer Rating – 

 

2011 in review

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

7Am Arivu Movie Review.

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Aamir Khan with director A. R. Murugadoss

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ஏழாம் அறிவு திரைவிமர்சனம்:

சூர்யாவின் அசத்தலான நடிப்பில் நடிப்பில்  எ.ஆர்.முருகதாஸ்சின் அதிரடி இயக்கத்தில் உதயநிதி ஸ்டாலின் தயாரிப்பில்  வெளிவந்திருக்கும் இருக்கும் படம் தான் இந்த ஏழாம் அறிவு.

தமிழ் சினிமா இதுவரை பார்காத திரைகளம் இது வரை பார்காத ஆக்சன், இதுவரை பார்காத  தொழில்நுட்பம் என இதுவரை அனுபவிக்காத ஒரு அனுபவத்தை தந்து இருக்கின்றார் நம்ம  எ.ஆர்.முருகதாஸ். படம் ஆரம்ப முதலே பரபரப்பு. அதுவும் முதல் அந்த பதிநைந்து நிமிட  காட்சிக்கு நாம் படத்திற்கு குடுத்த பணம் முடிந்துவிட்டது.

பலமான படத்திற்கு பலமே அதில் நடித்த நடிகர்களின் நடிப்பும் அவர்களின் ஈடுபாடும்  தான். அதிலும் சூர்யாவின் நடிப்பு நாம் எதிர்பார்காத ஒன்று. இத்தனை ஈடுபாட்டுடன்  ஒரு நடிகன் அதுவும் தனது 26வது படத்திலே ஒரு நடிகனால் நடிக்க முடியுமா? என வியக்க  வைத்திருக்கின்றார்  மனுஷன்.

இரட்டை வேடம்: சர்கஸ் நாயகன் மற்றும் குங்பூவை உருவாக்கிய ஒரு துறவி என இரண்டு  சவாலான கதாபாத்திரம். இரண்டிலுமே மனதில் நிற்கின்றார் நம்ம சூர்யா.

அதுவும் அவருடைய அந்த குங்பூ சண்டை தமிழ் சினிமா வரலாற்றில்  சண்டைகாட்சிகளுக்கெல்லாம்  முன் மாதிரியாக இருக்க போகின்றது.

கலக்குங்க சூர்யா…. இனி ஒரு வருடம் உங்கள் நடிப்பைதான் தமிழ் சினிமா பேச  போகின்றது.

அப்புறம் அறிமுக நாயகியாக ஸ்ருதி கமல் ஹாசன். தமிழில்தான் இது இவருக்கு முதல்  படம். அதனை உணர்த்துவது போல் அழகான அளவான நடிப்பு. கமல் ஹாசன் நிச்சயம் பெருமைபட்டு  கொள்ளலாம்.

அப்புறம் அனய்யா இரண்டாவது சூர்யாவுக்கு ஜோடியாக வருகின்றார். மனதை விட்டு  மரையாத கதாபத்திரம் அவங்களுடையது.

வில்லனாக வரும் அந்த ஹாலிவுட் நடிகர் யப்பா சண்டை காட்சிகளில் அப்படி ஒரு  ஆக்ரோஷம். சண்டை கட்சிகள் உயிரோட்டமாக அமைந்ததற்கு இவருடைய பங்களிப்பு ஒரு முக்கிய  காரணம்.

ஹாரிஸ் ஜெயராஜின் இசையில் ஏற்கணவே பாடல்கள் ஹிட்டாகி விட்டன. பின்ணணி  இசையிலும் மிரட்டி இருக்கின்றார். ஆனால் ஏற்கனவே கேட்ட பீலிங் வருவதை தவிற்க்க  முடியவில்லை.

இப்படி ஒரு கதையை யோசித்தற்காகவே எ.ஆர். முருகதாஸ்சை எவ்வளவு வேண்டுமானாலும்  பாராட்டலாம்.
தமிழர்கள் எல்லாம் பெருமைபட கூடிய வகையில் ஒரு படத்தை தந்ததற்காக  ஒரு மிக பெரிய சல்யூட்.

தாங்ஸ் முருகதாஸ்.

கதையை கூறிவிட்டால் படதின் சுவாரஸ்யம் குறைந்துவிடும் என்பதால் அனைவரும் படத்தை
திரையில் பார்த்து தெரிந்து கொள்ளவும்.

நான் இந்த படத்தை இரவு 2:30 மணி ஷோவில் வீட்டில் இருந்தவாறு டிரீம் லாண்டில்
(அதாங்க கனவு) பார்த்து ரசித்தேன்.

படத்தை பற்றிய என்னுடைய கமெண்ட்: தமிழ் சினமாவின் இரண்டாம் அத்தியாயத்தை தொடங்கி
வைத்திருக்கின்றார் எ.அர்.முருகதாஸ்

விமர்சனம் பிடித்து இருந்தால் தயவுசெய்து  உங்கள் ஓட்டை பதிவு  செய்யவும்.

உங்கள் கருத்தை ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்கின்றேன்

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