{kun´ēzē}
01Oct2019

Preparing for the social media maelstrom

Information
39 hits Updated: 02 October 2019

How to prepare yourself for the social media storm that is Twitter

If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him.  If he is in superior strength, evade him.  If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.  Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.  If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.  If his forces are united, separate them.  If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them.  Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”, 5th century BC

Do not be deceived—social media is a battlefieldWhen I created my first website on the internet, some twenty-plus years ago, it was a fairly nerve-racking experience.  I had dabbled with HTML and Javascript for a couple of years before that but I knew nothing about cross-browser capable websites or CSS or all the other features we take for granted these days, and this internet thing was a whole new experience.  Suddenly my work would be on show for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people to seeI still have a copy of my first website stored on a CD somewhere..

Over time, as I practised my webcraft, I became more confident and adventurous—exploring the opportunities of DHTML, client-server applications, etc.—and, by the time I left the workforce, I was in a good position to use my experience … perhaps to make some spare change.  Who knows?

My first experiments with Joomla! were a shambles.  I must have created forty or more test websites before I came to terms with it.  I spent entire days just reading:  books, online tutorials, forum discussions, anything I could lay my hands on.  Fortunately, I stumbled onto a group of people who were willing to offer me their help and things just snowballed from that.

It’s probably no surprise that, for the first few years of my involvement with Joomla!, I really had no sense of purpose about what I could do with it in my retirement years.

As nerve-racking as it is to put yourself “out there”—spending whole weeks or months preparing for the journey into the unknown—Twitter comes along and it's life-or-death in 280 characters

18Aug2019

How to embed a Facebook feed on a Joomla website

Following my earlier article—how to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website—there’s a similar technique to add Facebook feeds to your websites.  It’s true that many extensions exist to achieve the desired effect but, before you spend your time (and, in some cases, a lot of money), you may not need to use them at all.  This article shows how to embed a Facebook feed on a Joomla website without using any additional software.

The process is as easy as 1-2-3:  obtain the URL of the Facebook feed; copy the URL into the Facebook “page plugin” site; copy the generated code into your website  It’s really that simple.

13Mar2019

How to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website

How to limit the number of timeline entries displayed

There are many extensions that people can install that will add a Twitter timeline to their websites.  I don’t want to deprive struggling software developers of their profit but do we really need additional software (some of which costs money) in order to do something quite simple?  This article shows how to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website without using any additional software.

The process is as easy as 1-2-3:  obtain the URL of the Twitter timeline; copy the URL into the Twitter publish site; copy the generated code into your website  It’s really that simple.

04Mar2019

Mythbusters: Do you need to change htaccess.txt?

Information
460 hits Updated: 05 March 2019

You do not need to modify the contents of htaccess.txt

Some people think that it’s important to edit (that is to change the contents of) one, or the other or both of the files htaccess.txt or web.config.txt. That’s a statement of fact. Some people really believe that!

The reason that this issue has recently become a hot discussion topic is because of the advisory notice that shipped as part of J! 3.9.3.  The notice says in part,

Since Joomla 3.9.3, Joomla is shipped with additional security hardenings in the default htaccess.txt and web.config.txt files.  These hardenings disable the so called MIME-type sniffing feature in webbrowsers. The sniffing leads to specific attack vectors, where scripts in normally harmless file formats (i.e. images) will be executed, leading to Cross-Site-Scripting vulnerabilities.

The security teams recommends to manually apply the necessary changes to existing .htaccess or web.configJ! 3.9.3 announcement, Joomla Forum, 13-Feb-2019
Trending now