Archive for June 1, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

ATPM 15.06

The June issue of ATPM is out:

Why Palm’s WebOS ‘Media Sync’ iTunes Integration Can’t Be Legit

John Gruber:

But it seems risky and unbecoming for a company of Palm’s stature. It’s a hack, and if they’re really using Apple’s USB vendor and/or device IDs, it’s a duplicitous hack. It could well break with a future iTunes upgrade. (For all I know, it’s already broken with the iTunes 8.2 update released earlier today.) If Apple finds a way that Palm’s iTunes integration hack differs from that of the actual iPod it is masquerading as, Apple could change iTunes to block it. At that point, an advertised Pre feature would be broken. What does Palm do then? Start a cat-and-mouse game? Advise Pre users against updating their copies of iTunes?

Pass Phrases, Not Passwords

Vincent Gable:

What authentication code do you think is harder for a bad guy to hack, the 7 character strong password “1Ea.$]/”, or the pneumonic for the first 3 characters, “One Elvis Amazon”? Certainly “1Ea.$]/” is harder for a person to remember. It feels like it should be harder to break. But a computer, not a person, is going to be doing the guessing, and all it cares about is how big the search space is.