Carrier IQ: How to Disable Tracking on Your iPhone

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Business | 3 Comments

There has been a lot of news surrounding Carrier IQ recently.

Is Carrier IQ on your iPhone?  Yes.

Apple has said that it’s not on every device, and while that might be true, it’s probably running for a lot of us.  If you have Diagnostics & Usage turned on, then it is running on your iPhone (that’s how Apple dances around it, iOS 5 asks if you want to turn it on).

iPhone: Disable Carrier IQHow do you turn off Carrier IQ?  It’s very easy on the iPhone:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Location Services
  3. Scroll to the bottom and go to System Services
  4. Turn Diagnostics & Usage off
It sucks that Carrier IQ is on our iPhones, but it’s nice that we can turn it off

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Chrome beats Firefox in Global Usage

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google Chrome LogoAccording to statcounter, Chrome overtook Firefox globally for the first time.

My traffic still has Firefox at 25%, Chrome at 22.6% and Safari at 28% for overall traffic (most likely due to the high number of iPhone visitors, 25% of seangw.com traffic is mobile).

Good to hear folks around the world are abandoning Internet Explorer.

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Logitech Media Keys and iTunes 10.5 working again

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | Business | 4 Comments

LogitechThree months ago, I posted an article on how to get your Logitech keyboard’s media keys to work with iTunes 10.4.

The fix has worked since I posted the article … until upgrading to iTunes 10.5.

The Fix

If your keyboard isn’t working, you have to reverse the steps, so you should:

  1. Open C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPointP\players.ini
  2. Find the line under the [Players] section that starts with iTunes
  3. Your current line should look something like (if you modified it):
    iTunes=wac,iTunes.exe,ITWindow,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,0,1,iTunes
  4. You want to replace it with the following (just change the highlighted text):
    iTunes=wac,iTunes.exe,iTunes,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx,0,1,iTunes
  5. Save players.ini
  6. Restart SetPoint (if it’s in your taskbar, you can right click the icon and click exit.. then launch “SetPoint.exe” in the same directory you found players.ini in)
Thanks to “The Joe” for commenting this fix on my previous post.

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WordPress: Story of a Hack with WSO

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

WordPress is great, but the more people that use it, the more “criminals” out there that will target it’s vulnerabilities.

Alex has a detailed write up covering his site being hacked, in My website was hacked – yours could be too!  You won’t know until it’s too late.

From the article (read the whole thing):

Yesterday I found out that my website had been hacked. Not only that, but it had been hacked months ago, and I hadn’t even noticed. How did this happen?

I only found out about it because somebody was kind enough to email me to let me know that they saw this on Google

Even the best of us get hacked when we use any “standardized” platform (Windows, OS X, WordPress, Drupal, etc.).

What is WSO?  It’s an environment hackers can upload to your server when they find a vulnerability, and use it to access everything on your site.  When you’ve been hacked, this is the payload that a hacker wants delivered.  It could site dormant for months before being activated.  Ever hear about those “Zombie Computers”?  WSO is like a bite from a zombie, it can transform your website into anything they want at any time, all they have to do is wake it up.

Did Alex make any mistakes?  Maybe … he should have been aware of the TimThumb vulnerability, as most WordPress developers were.  Is it his fault?  Not really.

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YouTube’s New Design

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

You haven’t seen YouTube’s new design yet?

It’s not your fault, it’s hidden from the public.

If you want to see YouTube’s new design, open up Google Chrome:

  1. Launch YouTube.com
  2. Make sure you’re logged in (most people are by default)
  3. Copy the following line:
    document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU”;
  4. On the YouTube window, hit Ctrl+Shift+J (Developer Tools)
  5. Put your cursor in the console (at the bottom)
  6. Paste that line in, hit enter.
  7. Refresh the page, and you’ll see it!
New YouTube Design

 

YouTube's new design video

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Google Analytics: Get Your Profile ID

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I was setting up a WordPress plugin, and it was asking me for my Google Analytics Profile ID.

This shouldn’t be hard.

Well, it is.  Your GA Profile ID is NOT your “UA-xxxxxx-xx” number.  Actually it is a 9 digit number unique to your site profile.

To get it you need to:

  1. Log into Google Analytics
  2. Access your site’s profile (get to the dashboard)
  3. Your URL should look like:

    https://www.google.com/analytics/web/#report/visitors-overview/a1234b23478970p987654/

  4. That last part, after the “p” is your Google Analytics Profile ID, in this case (this is a fake account) it is “987654″

A lot of search results will tell you the old method (copy the “id” value from the URL) but that isn’t valid anymore.

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50% of Websites use a JavaScript Library

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

W3Techs published an update to their JS library monthly usage trend, and says that 50% of all websites now use a JavaScript library.

jQuery is the top (by a considerable margin) at 41.7% of all websites.  Wow!

Javascript Library Usage

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Slow page load? Check Your Tags

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Ghostery released information regarding the top ten “elements” that slow your website down.

We all add them, the “Google Analytics” and ad network tags to our sites.  Anytime you paste a script from another site (including Facebook) you are slowing down your page load time.  Sure some of them are asynchronous, but it still slows your website down.

From the article:

Thanks to our awesome GhostRank Panel volunteers, we can (as most of you know) monitor the internet and most of the 3rd party content on it. Out of the nearly 800 companies we watch, we pegged these guys as the ones that lag your browsing experience the most if you live in the USA. To this extent, we’ve dubbed them “Lagtags.” Yes, they’re not all tags – many of them are analytics scripts or widgets – but it just seems to fit.

Everything you add to your site isn’t free.  Sure it’s easy to paste all those scripts to get functionality, but you need to know … you will pay in milliseconds.

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jQuery 1.7.1 Released

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery 1.7.1 was released yesterday, with many bug fixes.

You can read about the fixes at the official announcement on blog.jquery.com.  Most fixes are standard bug fixes, with a few memory leaks addressed.

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:

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iOS 5.0.1 Update to fix Battery Life Problems

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

iOS 5To fix some iOS 5 battery life issues, Apple released an update.

According to the update it:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for the original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation (I’d love to hear the problems with that)
It isn’t yet available as an OTA (over the air) update, but is available as an iTunes update.

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