An interesting security advisory appeared on Adobe’s support site this week:
The summary is as follows:
A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems, and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems. This vulnerability (CVE-2010-1297) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat. This advisory will be updated once a schedule has been determined for releasing a fix.
Now, the timing of this is mighty nice for Steve Jobs who’s under fire for not supporting Flash on the iPhone and iPad. But as someone who has to (try to) develop for Flash I can say I’m not surprised. Not by the security advisory nor by Jobs’ and Apple’s position. Flash player always crashes on me and it cranks up my CPU meters more than anything other than video conversion.
Should Jobs have allowed Flash onto Apple’s mobile devices? From a pure market-share perspective: yes. But I can see where he’s coming from and being able to see some Flash-based sites at the cost of having your mobile device crash or lock-up isn’t a trade-off I’d really want to make for people.
One of the first things I set about finding when I switched over to the iPhone was an outliner. As a developer-slash-designer-slash-consultant-slash-CTO I spend a lot of time making outlines of notes and tasks for things I’m working on. If it’s a “to do” I use a to-do manager, but if it’s something that’ll take weeks or months, I have to capture all of the steps and know where I am.
I settled on Carbonfin Outliner as it did everything I wanted and nothing I didn’t.
For starters, the outliner works great. It has all the standard means of moving things around. Items can be just an outline bullet or have a check-box on them, to mark off tasks as they get completed. Even cooler on the check-boxes is that the parent item turns into a disc which gets more complete as you check things off. I’ve seen outliners that have the checkboxes, but you always have to expand a parent task to see how far along you are.