Links for 2013-04-24

  • Archiving Gmail to Evernote

    Google Drive and GMail have a built-in scripting engine. I had no idea

    (tags: gmail evernote archival scripting coding hacks google-drive)

  • The Why

    How the Irish media are partly to blame for the catastrophic property bubble, from a paper entitled _The Role Of The Media In Propping Up Ireland’s Housing Bubble_, by Dr Julien Mercille, in the _Social Europe Journal_:

    “The overall argument is that the Irish media are part and parcel of the political and corporate establishment, and as such the news they convey tend to reflect those sectors’ interests and views. In particular, the Celtic Tiger years involved the financialisation of the economy and a large property bubble, all of it wrapped in an implicit neoliberal ideology. The media, embedded within this particular political economy and itself a constitutive element of it, thus mostly presented stories sustaining it. In particular, news organisations acquired direct stakes in an inflated real estate market by purchasing property websites and receiving vital advertising revenue from the real estate sector. Moreover, a number of their board members were current or former high officials in the finance industry and government, including banks deeply involved in the bubble’s expansion.”

    (tags: economics irish-times ireland newspapers media elite insiders bubble property-bubble property celtic-tiger papers news bias)

  • transparent DNS proxies

    Ugh. low-end ISPs MITM’ing DNS queries:

    Some ISP’s are now using a technology called ‘Transparent DNS proxy’. Using this technology, they will intercept all DNS lookup requests (TCP/UDP port 53) and transparently proxy the results. This effectively forces you to use their DNS service for all DNS lookups. If you have changed your DNS settings to an open DNS service such as Google, Comodo or OpenDNS expecting that your DNS traffic is no longer being sent to your ISP’s DNS server, you may be surprised to find out that they are using transparent DNS proxying.
    (via Nelson)

    (tags: via:nelson dns isps proxying mitm phorm attacks)

  • BitTorrent’s Secure Dropbox Alternative Goes Public

    As kragen says, ‘a decentralized way to sync a folder of large files, using BitTorrent instead of an untrustworthy central server’. Windows, OSX, and Linux supported

    (tags: bittorrent dropbox cloud storage filesharing sharing sync synchronization)

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