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Photo: Copyright © 2009 Eelke Blok

Dangerous (and embarrassing) bug in macOS High Sierra

Yesterday, a dangerous - and quite embarrassing - bug was uncovered in macOS High Sierra. It is possible to authenticate with the user "root" and no password in situations where the OS asks for an administrative account. Apparently, there is also a way to do so when you have access to the system using a guest account, which adds insult to injury, because this is a default feature of the OS that many people will have enabled (I don't, but that's mostly because I don't like the extra login option on the login screen - but when you think about it, it makes sense from a security...

Bring back the keyboard shortcut for Responsive Design Mode in Safari 11

Yesterday, I tweeted:

Seems like Apple removed the keyboard shortcut for entering responsive design mode in the latest Safari update.

— Eelke Blok (@eelkeblok) September 21, 2017

Today, I wipped out my favourite search engine (DuckDuckGo, obviously) and found out you can actually define your own keyboard shortcuts from the macOS Keyboard System Preferences.

DrupalJam talk: Drupal 8 Configuration Management

Last week, on wednesday May 24th, the annual Dutch Drupal conference DrupalJam had its 2017 edition in "De Fabrique" in Maarssen. After having been an attendee for quite some years, this time I submitted a proposal for a talk, which was accepted. I'm now happy to report the slides are available online: Drupal 8 Configuration Management, Workflows for Site Development.

Star Wars: Machete order

If there's anything to know about Star Wars, it's that the very first film released, way back in my birth year of 1977, was amended with a rather confusing label, shortly after its first release (when it became clear there were going to be sequels): "Episode IV". Episodes V and VI followed only a few years later. When I first watched Star Wars (years later, I might add, I was proably ten or twelve), I figured it was a little gag, a way to make the story more mysterious and imply much had happened before it already.

Merry

John Gruber, 5 years ago:

A decade or so from now, when, say, I’m waiting for my son to come home from college for his winter break, and, when he does, he wants to spend his time going out with his friends — how much will I be willing to pay then to be able to go back in time, for one day, to now, when he’s eight years old, he wants to go to movies and play games and build Lego kits with me, and he believes in magic?