iTunes App Store – Processing Orders

Well folks, it would seem that if you’re going to go buy an app or two from the Apple AppStore this morning that you might run into a minor problem… at least I did while trying to pick up MarsEdit this morning – alas I’m forced to use a demo version – le sigh.

So if you happen to mosey over to the store, you might see something like this:

We could not complete your request. There was an error in the App Store. Please try again later. (100)

followed by this:

The iTunes Store is unable to process purchases at this time. Cred card processing is temporarily unavailable. You may continue to browse the store. Please try to make your purchase later.

Guessing this is just a server or two rebooting or a network cable that needs to be plugged back in and fixed shortly but nevertheless, thought that it was interesting to see it happen.

Interesting to see that the AppStore for OSX is tied to the iTunes store 🙂

Must be a slow news day… email encryption? really?

Why You Need to Use Encrypted Email:

(Via blog.laptopmag.com)

Have you ever considered or wondered how it is that some articles get posted up on news sites? I realize that we can’t all have reporting bureaus across the globe like the BBC, FoxNews or CNN, but seriously it cracks me up when I read articles by media outlets like Laptop Magazine attempting to educate the public on the basics of e-mail security or the use of the Internet.

Yes, it’s true that the Internet for all intents and purposes is a decent system and yes it’s true that e-mail is a decent medium for transporting information in an electronic method rather than what we used to do through the US Postal Service… but having something like Laptop Magazine try to tell folks that they need to encrypt their e-mail is only going to cause further confusion and problems. I would think perhaps that they would want to include a disclaimer that states you probably shouldn’t include PII or information that is “sensitive” such as a social or a credit card number in an e-mail…

Anything beyond that in terms of mail encryption for regular mail messages seems a little overkill – fortunately the article calls out that it would require having a receiving system that has the ability to decrypt messages.

“Otherwise, the recipient could end up getting emails that he either won’t be able to open or will be random characters without any meaning,” Neylon said.

This tends to happen frequently when one party is attempting to use encryption of some sort and other party is just using a web based mail browser that doesn’t know how to interpret or parse a certificate out of an e-mail. Great way to get confused and ask them to send the information unencrypted.

The article fortunately does call out a few other resources such as jumbleme.com.

Nevertheless, consider this a public service announcement / primer from good ole Laptop Magazine… just wish that folks would “man up” and realize that perhaps the security of the Internet isn’t quite as secure as they might like to wish it were… ignorance is bliss, eh?

Panera Packet Size Limitation?

Has anyone had issues where you’re attempting to upload files through an HTTP interface web method of sorts while at Panera bread and hit a package limit of 500 kilobytes? Just curious as I’m attempting to upload a few pictures to Flickr.com through their web site and hitting a size limit – pretty sure it’s not Panera.

I’m curious if there’s a size limit which Panera has their wireless routers set to limit the size of files that are able to be transferred via HTTP based web methods. Anyone else run across this?

Blogging with Word 2007 Beta 2 TR

So after the long wait, Microsoft Office Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR) was finally released on Thursday, though with not quite the fanfare that I expected it to be released with. A week earlier it was released to Microsoft staff (according to blog postings) and so it was inevitable that it would be released to the public shortly there after. Nonetheless, I’m quite pleased with a lot of the bug fixes (though I’ve yet to confirm all 6400 of them ;)), the polished UI among other things and the fact that the crash rate has decreased ten fold (primarily thinking of PowerPoint when opening up files from a SharePoint site) or the flickering refresh issue I was having with InfoPath.

All in all, I’m a happy little kid with this upgrade 🙂 Fortunately it looks like it expires on May 15, 2007 which gives me ample time to procure the software once it actually comes out on market. So far as Kramer would say, “I’m lovin’ every second of it!”

Firefox 1.0.1 Released

Firefox 1.0.1 Released
homeobocks writes “Firefox 1.0.1 has been officially released by the Mozilla Foundation, with some important security fixes. An announcement and release notes are available.” Presumably this fixes the window injection vulnerabilities.
And much like my colleague over at GregNews.org might say, “And everyone said… amen”
According to Firefox Release Notes, the improvements in the ..1 update are as follows:

  • Improved stability
  • International Domain Names are now displayed as punycode. (To show International Domain Names in Unicode set the “network.IDN_show_punycode” preference to false.)
  • Several security fixes

To say the least, I’m happy to see the Mozilla Organization continuing to work on this fine product, enhancing it and fixing bugs in a timely fashion like other companies should.

[Listening to: Brave Words, Braver Deeds – James Horner – Glory (3:10)]