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  • BadWolf Is A Minimal, Privacy-Oriented Web Browser

    BadWolf is a minimalist and privacy-oriented WebKitGTK+ browser. I've been looking for a good minimal web browser for a long time now. And BadWolf might be the best one that I've tried. BadWolf is available on Linux and BSD (not available for Windows and Mac).

  • WordPress file permissions: the guide to configuring secure website & web server permissions
  • Updating the Git protocol for SHA-256

    The primary force behind the move from SHA-1 to SHA-256 is contributor brian m. carlson, who has been working over the years to make the transition happen. It has not been an easy task; the original Git implementation hard-coded SHA-1 as the only supported algorithm, and countless repositories need to be transitioned from SHA-1 to SHA-256. Moreover, in the time this transition is taking place, Git needs to maintain interoperability between the two hash algorithms within the context of a single repository, since users may still be using older Git clients.

    The problems surrounding that transition are complicated. Different versions of Git clients and servers may or may not have SHA-256 support, and all repositories need to be able to work under both algorithms for some time to come. This means Git will need to keep track of objects in two different ways and seamlessly work correctly, regardless of the hashing algorithm. For example, hash values are often abbreviated by users when referencing commits: 412e40d041 instead of 412e40d041e861506bb3ac11a3a91e3, so even the fact that SHA-256 and SHA-1 hash values are different lengths is only marginally helpful.

  • Security updates for Thursday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium and firefox-esr), Fedora (chromium and ntp), SUSE (ntp and unbound), and Ubuntu (libvncserver).

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Why I still love tcsh after all these years

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