Security Updates available for Adobe Acrobat Reader v7, v8 and v9-

Adobe has published security updates  for versions 7, 8 and 9 of Adobe Reader (which allows you to view PDF files) as well as the full versions of Adobe Acrobat to address security vulnerabilities that “would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”.

This means a malicious PDF you download from the web or receive via email or given to you on a flash drive could  allow malware to be installed on your system and allows attackers to control your machine. Read a related Security Fix blog post by Brian Krebs at the Washington Post for more information about this vulnerability.

Read the Adobe Security Bulletins APSB09-04 Security Update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat and APSB09-03 Security Update available for Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 for full details.

(Note : updated at 9.45am to correct version typos and corrected Adobe Reader v8.1.4 update link – it was pointing to the full version of Adobe Acrobat and not the reader)

How to apply word wrap to text files viewed in Mozilla Firefox

As mentioned before, many of the public ICANN meetings have transcripts available within hours after the meetings as text files. However, a disadvantage with viewing the ICANN New Delhi 2008 meeting transcripts with Mozilla Firefox such as the transcript for “Workshop: Update on Internet Governance” held on February 11th, 2008 is that the length of the lines of text are too long for the browser window requiring you to scroll left and right to read the transcript which gets confusing with the likely result that you stop reading the transcript online or try to insert the text in a word processor or text editor to word wrap the text.

If only there was a way to word-wrap the text in the browser window…………..

Well, there is an easy solution for Mozilla Firefox users which I discovered, thanks to Tero Karvinen’s article “Making preformated <pre> text wrap in CSS3, Mozilla, Opera and IE”

To word wrap text in text files displayed in Mozilla Firefox :

  1. Locate the sub-folder called chrome in your profile folder. See http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/edit#profile on how to find where Mozilla Firefox stores the profile folder for different operating systems.
  2. In this chrome subfolder, edit the text file “userContent.css” with a text editor (such as Notepad). Typically, this file does not exist by default. There is a userContent-example.css in this chrome sub-folder which you can rename to userContent.css
  3. Add the following line to userContent.css :
    pre { white-space: -moz-pre-wrap !important; }
  4. Save the file, and restart Firefox for the changes in userContent.css to take effect.

With this change, any text files you view in Mozilla Firefox will automatically be word-wrapped so that you don’t have to scroll left and right to read the text file.

TTCS submission for Software Freedom Day 2007 receives “highly commended” award

The Software Freedom Day (SFD) Competition 2007 results have been announced by the Software Freedom Day organisation and the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s entry for SFD 2007 received a “highly commended” award from the Software Freedom Day organisation!

Tux Paint v0.9.18 released

Tux Paint v0.9.18, the fun open source drawing program for kids is available from New Breed Software for Windows 2000/XP/Vista and PowerPC based Macs (versions for older Windows 98/Me, Intel based Macs will be available soon).

A key feature of the new release is the ability to write and add your own “Magic Tools” plugins. Read the Tux Paint press release for more details.

Screenshot of Tuxpaint

Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.9 to be available soon

Was thinking of pushing out a TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.82 release in time for the weekend, but just saw the Mozilla Firefox Developer News talking of Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.9 coming out very soon. Release Candidate builds of Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.9 are available for testing.

As such, TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.82 will be published soon after Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.9 is released, hopefully early next week.

TTCS Software Freedom Day 2007 video

At the recent Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) Software Freedom Day event on September 15th, 2007, Mike Tikasingh recorded some video footage with a camcorder. Thanks to Mike’s hours of editing, we have a 18 minute video of the TTCS Software Freedom Day 2007 event which also features the TTCS new logo!

The video is available in three formats :

TTCS Software Freedom Day preparations update – meeting on Sept 9th, 2007

Meeting on Sept 8th, 2007 went well and the TTCS will be having a meeting on Sunday 9th, 2007 at ENCO from 10am to continue preparatory work for Software Freedom Day on September 15th, 2007.

You can read a summary of what happened on Sept 8th, 2007 and other TTCS SFD preparations at the TTCS SFD wiki page.

TTCS Software Freedom Day event on Saturday September 15th, 2007

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS), will be having a tech meeting on Saturday September 15th, 2007 from 1pm to 6pm at Hand, Arnold (Trinidad) Limited, El Socorro Road Extension, El
Socorro, San Juan (View satellite image at http://tinyurl.com/knbef)

We will be celebrating Software Freedom Day 2007, a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the benefits and availability of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Anyone interested in computing and related technology are welcome to attend this event. While stocks last, attendees will receive the TTCS OSSWIN CD and Ubuntu CDs (or any Linux distro) free of charge. Additional linux distros can be obtained for $5 TT each.

Some of the activities planned at this meeting include :

  • demoing open source software (OSS) for Windows from the TTCS OSSWIN CD .
  • demoing Ubuntu , a popular Linux distribution.
  • how to install Ubuntu on your Windows PC (dual booting).
  • how to use a Linux “live” CD (no need to install Linux on a hard drive).
  • how to do common computing tasks using Linux and open source software.

Please let us know via email at admin at ttcsweb d.o.t org if you are attending and what distros you may be interested in getting) so we can prepare the venue accordingly.

See you there!