Important: Twitter Updating Authentication Methods

Twitter fail whaleI honestly have no idea when this was announced, but Twitter will start disabling its “Basic Auth” on Aug. 16, 2010 (the system will be completely unavailable by Aug. 31). For Twitter users, this doesn’t really mean anything. However, for Web developers that use various interfaces and plug-ins to share information on Twitter, this is big.

The majority of API libraries and classes that were (and, as of this writing, still are) listed in the official Twitter API documentation will stop working. This change, as far as I can tell, will effect the way tweets are sent and the way tweets are received. Therefore, whether you’re trying to post tweets from an external source, or you’re simply trying to list your latest tweets, if the interface uses the old system of Basic Auth, it’s going to stop working on Aug. 31.

Fill Your WordPress Blog With Fake Content

I realize the concept may seem kind of silly to most people, but I recently needed to fill one of my WordPress sites with a bunch of fake content in order to do some testing. Rather than going through the tedious process of trying to create a bunch of fake posts and pages myself, constantly switching back and forth between lipsum.com and my test WordPress site, formatting the content in different ways; I headed to Google to see what I could find.

One Awesome WordPress Plugin: WordPress File Monitor

As many of you know, this site was hacked several times over the past year. Upgrading to WordPress 2.8.4 seems to have calmed the attacks. One of the things I do every day is to verify that the templates in WordPress haven’t been hacked or exploited.

Last week I installed a new plugin that monitors the file system and sends an email anytime there is a change. It’s called WordPress File Monitor and should be acquired by WordPress and provided by default.  You can select how often the plugin should check for changes, whether it should email you when there is a change, choice to check based on modify date or hash, and paths to exclude (like cache directories). The WordPress File Monitor can monitor files outside of the WordPress install as well.

Just one word of caution as my friend and uber programmer Till notes…it’s a WordPress plugin so if someone gains access to your admin, they can just disable the plugin and have their way with your system. So consider the plugin one level of security for your blog.

Flash Enabled in Chrome on Linux?

I downloaded and installed the latest version of Chrome for Linux on my copy of 64-bit Linux Mint 7, today. Thinking nothing of it, I went on with my normal procedures. Then, Michael Klurfeld posted a Digg link to one of TechGeist’s stories. At the top of the story was an embedded YouTube video. Fully expecting it to show a big blank space as Chrome on Linux always has where a YouTube video should appear, I went on with reading the story.

I then looked up and noticed that the YouTube player had loaded and was showing the first frame of the video with the standard “Play” emblem in the middle of it. “This must just be a screen shot or something, like YouTube uses on their home page,” I thought, at first. Just for kicks, I decided to click the video anyway.

Much to my amazement, it started playing.