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  • Web 2.0 in China?, by Ben Ramsey
    amazing that bloggers are continuing forward even despite recent news of censorship attempts What s more Web 2 0 seems to be catching on like wildfire in China and that s even more astounding in light of what I ve been discussing about information sharing and collective ownership One would think that collective ownership would be an ideal of a socialist government but totalitarian rule and blocking and censorship of services seems more often than not to be the norm Needless to say this is a bold move for the bloggers and technologists of China I think it s another step towards opening up China From the China Web2 0 Review China Web2 0 Review is a blog dedicated to track and review web2 0 development in China We will profile and review web2 0 applications products services and business in China and track the buzz about web2 0 in China s internet industry as well Though the definition of Web2 0 is still controversial we believe web2 0 is not only a buzzword or bubble2 0 but an inevitable evolution of the web And in China one of the most potential and mysterious internet markets web2 0 evolution is

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/11/web-20-in-china/ (2016-04-26)
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  • A Fortune Cookie for Web 2.0, by Ben Ramsey
    to find relevant data There is no obfuscated taxonomy or nomenclature that one must figure out like with most category and folder based systems and with the way most tag based applications now work i e del icio us Flickr others may add their own tags so the overall value of the description increases thus making it easier to find Flickr even assigns a ranking to this value which also adds in other attributes such as number of views etc so you can find your most interesting photos All of this works together making it easier to share information So you can see that I ve been giving a great deal of thought to this so it s no surprise that Web 2 0 was the first thing that sprung to mind when I broke open my fortune cookie tonight after dinner This was the fortune Doing little things well is a step towards doing big things better If Web 2 0 has a motto then this is it A typical Web 2 0 application is one that picks one thing and does it well Then it provides or should an open API for others to share in the information

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/11/a-fortune-cookie-for-web-20/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Are We Ready for Web 2.0?, by Ben Ramsey
    0 as I understand it not only embodies the Web as a platform but it philosophically seems to represent an opening up of information and the free share and exchange of ideas This almost smacks of Gene Roddenberry s futuristic vision of Star Trek The Next Generation I m not sure that we re culturally ready for such an open some might say Socialistic approach to information The governments of our world are undergoing tremendous growing pains at this point in history with regard to information and intellectual property On the one hand we see the traditionalists and the corporations who wish to maintain a firm grasp on IP copyright and patents Why shouldn t they These modes of protection have brought them to where they are and have made them very profitable On the other hand are the neo copyrightists who philosophically advocate for open information and free exchange of ideas In the middle is a government trying to appease both sides but more often than not the traditionalists have the money and thus the power of influence Can the ideals of Web 2 0 survive in this environment I think the technology is definitely there We can create extremely usable Web sites for the masses and more and more people are buying computers primarily for the business of being online and not because of software Indeed the software is now online for many things and the computer is a client to reach it Yet therein lies the problem information is everywhere Technology is forcing us to rethink our traditional approaches to information and IP Traditionally he who holds the information wields the most power and control With Web 2 0 everyone collectively holds the information So I followed along that lengthy tangent to come back to this is

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/10/are-we-ready-for-web-20/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Essential PHP Security and MD5 Reversing, by Ben Ramsey
    very concise and easy to read guide to Web application security The language is clear as are the examples For anyone who s ever attended one of Chris s talks on PHP security this is the ultimate companion For those who haven t had the privilege of sitting in on his talks this book is everything that you re missing It s available on Amazon Now for some fun I used the Rednoize MD5 database mentioned in Chapter 3 of Essential PHP Security to create a little AJAX application to create MD5 hashes of strings as well as check for the existence of a hash in the MD5 database According to the Rednoize blog there are over 2 million MD5 hashes stored with their counterparts in the database In addition I m using Paul Johnston s JavaScript MD5 library to handle the string to MD5 conversion on the client side rather than sending an extra request to the server Now on the Rednoize MD5 site when you enter a string as opposed to an MD5 hash that does not exist in the database it automatically creates a hash of that string and adds it to the database Thus you should beware if you enter your own passwords for then your passwords and their corresponding MD5 hashes will be in the database My implementation does not do this however If the string entered is not exactly 32 alpha numeric characters then it will not try to retrieve a value for it from the MD5 database If you want give my little MD5 reversal application a try UPDATE The MD5 database does not appear to store string values longer than 32 characters it appears to truncate strings at 32 characters and save the MD5 hash of the truncated string So be sure

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/10/essential-php-security-and-md5-reversing/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Tips & Tricks: Input Filtering, Part 2, by Ben Ramsey
    the introduction You ve heard a lot of buzz about security in PHP lately but you re still confused about this input filtering thing Ben Ramsey lends a helping hand in part 2 of his mini series on this technique By Ben Ramsey Posted on 11 Sep 2005 Filter Input Escape Output T Shirt What s Good for Zend is Good for PHP Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please enable

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/09/tips-tricks-input-filtering-part-2/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Filter Input, Escape Output T-Shirt, by Ben Ramsey
    a picture I took of Chris Shiflett during his talk at OSCON I decided to create PHP s very own security mantra T shirt bearing none other than the likeness of Chris Shiflett I hope I don t owe him money for this maybe just a beer but no money Chris You can get your very own at CafePress By Ben Ramsey Posted on 20 Aug 2005 The Merge Has

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/08/filter-input-escape-output-t-shirt/ (2016-04-26)
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  • The Merge Has Begun, by Ben Ramsey
    parts of the codebase during this time says Zmievski will suffer painful consequences e g memorizing the entire Unicode character set in binary Sebastian Bergmann however suggests removing karma from those who don t need to be making changes and this is probably a good idea PHP 6 0 here we come By Ben Ramsey Posted on 12 Aug 2005 Tips Tricks Input Filtering Part 1 Filter Input Escape Output

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/08/the-merge-has-begun/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Tips & Tricks: Input Filtering, Part 1, by Ben Ramsey
    is good for the language developers and business community One phrase that comes to mind when discussing secure coding practices is Chris Shiflett s mantra of filter input escape output While we know what this means in a general sense practical examples elude us Ben Ramsey provides part one of his input filtering series chock full of code examples By Ben Ramsey Posted on 22 Jul 2005 Tips Tricks CAPTCHA

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/07/tips-and-tricks-filtering/ (2016-04-26)
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