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Google Hacking Class

04 May 2010
May 4, 2010

Google CodeHey, did you know that there’s a Google Code University? I didn’t until today when I saw the “Do Know Evil” post at the Google Online Security blog (a good blog to follow, btw).

They released a “codelab” today on Web Application Exploits and Defenses. Fun stuff and if you’ve been looking for a good primer it looks like a good hands-on way to learn.

Jarlsberg logoWe’re releasing this codelab, entitled “Web Application Exploits and Defenses,” today in coordination with Google Code University and Google Labs to help software developers better recognize, fix, and avoid similar flaws in their own applications. The codelab is built around Jarlsberg, a small yet full-featured microblogging application designed to contain lots of security bugs.

I’ve been through just the first few pages of the lab and like how it is laid out. Glancing at the outline shows that it covers a lot of territory: XSS,  privilege escalation, cookie manipulation, XSRF, XSSI, DOS, path traversal, codex execution and much more.

Big Google Week: Docs, Draw, Drag ‘n Drop

15 Apr 2010
April 15, 2010

The folks at the Googleplex have definitely been busy this week. All sorts of cool announcements going on!

Google Draw

Google Draw is no longer just for adding drawings to Google documents. It is now a full-fledged member of the Google Documents suite. When you first enter Google Docs, you might see an announcement:

Drawing Announcement Drawing Shapes

The Learn More link just takes you to the help article which describes some of the features. Among the features are collaboration, real-timesharing, a big pile of shapes along with the ability to add your own images. Pretty cool stuff. The announcement post offers more examples and a video.

I look forward to experimenting with it soon. I can’t help but wonder how it will compare to Gliffy (a web-based diagramming app). [past Gliffy mentions]

Updated Google Docs

The preview edition of the newer, faster Google document and spreadsheet editors was announced at the beginning of the week. Real time collaboration features are a big deal, along with better document formatting and such. But you know what new feature really makes me happy?

We’ve also added a host of often requested features, like a formula bar for cell editing, auto-complete, drag and drop columns, and simpler navigation between sheets

A formula bar! Finally! Man, I’ve hated the in-cell editing of long formulas. so this is a big deal. And I’ll tell you what, the spreadsheet is definitely faster.


The new versions won’t show up by default, but you’ll easily spot the New Version toggle link once you’re in the document or spreadsheet editor. Try ‘em out.

Gmail Drag and Drop Attachments

Saving the best for last :-)

Announced earlier today, Google Mail users – using Firefox 3.6 or Chrome browsers – can now drag and drop attachments to email messages. Yeah, this isn’t for everyone or every browser, but if you use one of those two you can save a ton of time.

Start a new mail, then drag a file from an open folder/file browser (or the desktop) and you’ll see a drop target show up. Drop the file on it and bob’s your uncle.

Drag and drop Gmail

I love the feature, really I do. But I do wish it would also work for adding images to the body of an email as well… perhaps that will come in the future?

Farewell Google Gears

20 Feb 2010
February 20, 2010

Remember Google Gears? (previous mentions) As a way to run web applications when not connected it sure seemed like just the ticket. Well, don’t get too attached — Google will be dropping support for it.

And yeah… that about sums it up. Hello HTML5.

If you’ve wondered why there haven’t been many Gears releases or posts on the Gears blog lately, it’s because we’ve shifted our effort towards bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards like HTML5. We’re not there yet, but we are getting closer.

Funny thing is, as much as I’ve always been excited about getting Gears enabled web applications, I’ve very, very rarely actually ran any of them offline. I’m just not offline, or traveling, enough to have personally ever been part of the target audience.

Ah well, read the article, there are some interesting links to follow.

Google Reader in Netvibes – Solved

11 Dec 2007
December 11, 2007

Last January I mentioned how cool it would be to have a Google Reader module that I could add to Netvibes, my start page of choice. I’ve had some great comments on that post that have proven to be helpful.

Beej had mentioned using Bitty Browser in Netvibes to run Google Reader. I was intrigued but hadn’t ever actually tried it.

After a few more exchanges, Rob mentioned that you can add a full web page into a Netvibes tab. Bingo! There’s the answer I’d been looking for, cleverly hiding under my own nose.

This is very simple to do, here’s a quick walk through.

First, create a new tab and give it a name (I named mine GReader). Now, in the properties for that tab, set it to single column.

Setting Netvibes tab to single column

image Now, at the top right of your Netvibes page, click on the “Add Content”. Move down a bit and expand “External Widgets”. From there, you’ll click on “Web Page”. (until today I never knew that was an option!)

The rest is pretty straight forward

Click “Edit” on your new widget. Set the URL field to http://www.google.com/reader/view.

Click on “Add to My Page”.

You’ll probably want to experiment a bit with the height setting, that’s pretty dependent on your monitor resolution.

The final result is a Netvibes tab running a complete Google Reader.

Thanks Rob! Based on the options available and a bit of experimentation I do believe you’ve shown me the light on the best way to integrate two of my favorite web apps. And a big thanks to everyone else who also participated in the discussion — lots of great ideas. :-)