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October 1, 2008
For those of you who have been downloading the nightly builds or contributing code to 2.7, youve noticed how quickly features are being added, small layout changes are gradually being implemented, and the application is morphing before your very eyes. For the most part, the response has been extremely positive, but even the people who love 2.7 have been wondering what its going to end up looking like. Though 2.7 is still a work in progress, weve put together a set of wireframes to illustrate how we think it will all turn out, so you can take a look under the hood of the design process, so to speak.
The PDF attached to this post outlines the navigation model, header elements, and important screens such as the dashboard, the new post screen, and list screens for posts, comments, and media.
Some things to bear in mind if youre not used to looking at wireframes:
1. These are a guide, not a dictate. Changes may be made by developers and designers as needed for technical, aesthetic and/or usability reasons. When you have a team of superfast developers like we do, sometimes wireframes can become out of date quickly. In the two hours since these wireframes were approved, for example, already there are a few things that have moved and a menu change or two. Tweaks will continue to be made over the next week or two before freeze. This is Alpha software, not Beta, and its not static. Thats part of what makes it exciting, that every time its updated theres something new.
2. These are all black/grey/white. Thats because we have a designer hard at work on visual styles for the new admin panel, including color palette, fonts, graphic elements, etc. When we have a new look to show off, we will. For now, the wireframes are lookless on purpose.
3. Not every screen is wireframed. We focused on creating wireframes for those screens that are undergoing the most change. For screens retaining largely the same functionality and layout, we have not included wireframes. In some cases, well be updating screens but havent decided how to do it yet, so those arent included either.
4. Some elements apply directly to wordpress.com or wordpress.org, so dont be alarmed if you see something that doesnt seem to apply (like multiple dashboards).
One of the things I love best about WordPress is the vibrant community full of talented developers and designers who care about the application and want it to be the best it can be. Despite the overwhelmingly positive response weve gotten when showing 2.7 at WordCamps and from the majority of the community, there will always be people who would prefer it to be structured another way, which is why we love plugins! The decisions that went into 2.7 were based on a combination of usability testing results from 2.5 and Crazyhorse (both including laser eye tracking, official report to be released soon, but slides from WordCamp SF available in meantime), community feedback, personal and professional opinions, and some thinking about where the next couple of versions will be going in terms of new features, so that we will have a design that scales to accommodate some the features we hope to incorporate in the future.
So, I hope you enjoy getting an inside look at how weve been organizing our thoughts around 2.7, and that when the community feedback starts flowing everyone remembers that we all want the same thing: the best WordPress possible.
September 28, 2008
October 1, 2008 Update: The survey is now closed. Thanks to all those who participated.
Another round of mini-mockups and multiple choice questions awaits the first 5000 respondents. WordPress 2.7 UI Survey #2 is now available to take your opinions regarding:
The survey (hosted by the good guys over at PollDaddy.com) will automatically close after receiving 5000 responses, which only took about two days for the navigation survey, so hurry over and cast your votes.
Note: when the survey has closed, these links will be disabled and this post will be updated.
September 15, 2008
Note: Survey is closed as of 9/18/08. Thanks for the feedback!
WordPress 2.7 is currently in development and as some people already know, it features a revised layout with a left-hand navigation column that was designed in response to user feedback regarding the use of screen real estate. Because the navigation came straight from the Crazyhorse prototype that was developed quickly for usability testing, it is still a work in progress.
Navigation sections and labels are being decided now, and as usual there are lots of good ideas floating around. As part of the mission to increase user involvement in design decisions, weve created a survey intended to give WordPress users the ability to play a part in deciding how the navigation options should be grouped and labeled. If you use WordPress and want to add your opinion, take the survey.
WordPress 2.7 Navigation Options Survey
September 8, 2008
Stefan Esser recently warned developers of the dangers of SQL Column Truncation and the weakness of mt_rand(). With his help we worked around these problems and are now releasing WordPress 2.6.2. If you allow open registration on your blog, you should definitely upgrade. With open registration enabled, it is possible in WordPress versions 2.6.1 and earlier to craft a username such that it will allow resetting another users password to a randomly generated password. The randomly generated password is not disclosed to the attacker, so this problem by itself is annoying but not a security exploit. However, this attack coupled with a weakness in the random number seeding in mt_rand() could be used to predict the randomly generated password. Stefan Esser will release details of the complete attack shortly. The attack is difficult to accomplish, but its mere possibility means we recommend upgrading to 2.6.2.
Other PHP apps are susceptibleto this class of attack. To protect all of your apps, grab the latest version of Suhosin. If youve already updated Suhosin, your existing WordPress install is already protected from the full exploit. You should still upgrade to 2.6.2 if you allow open user registration so as to prevent the possibility of passwords being randomized.
2.6.2 also contains a handful of bug fixes. Check out the full changeset and list of changed files.
August 15, 2008
With 2.6.1, were continuing our trend of releasing a maintenance release shortly after a major release in order to get fixes for the inevitable dot zero bugs into your hands without a long wait. If youre happy with 2.6, however, keep on using it. You need not upgrade to 2.6.1 if 2.6 is getting the job done.
2.6.1 offers several improvements for international users. Styling of the admin for right-to-left languages is much improved thanks to the efforts of the Farsi and Hebrew translation teams, and a mysterious gettext bug caused by certain PHP configurations is now fixed. For IIS users, 2.6.1 fixes several permalink problems. Image insertion problems in the Press This feature experienced by IE users are also fixed. Of note to everyone is a fix for a performance bug in the admin where those with a lot of plugins would experience slowness on some pages.
Check out the full list of over 60 fixes to see if 2.6.1 has something to offer you. A full diff and list of changed files is also available. Download 2.6.1 and enjoy.
July 18, 2008
Its been a long time since themes.wordpress.net stopped accepting new themes.
Since then most theme authors have been distributing their themes from their own sites, without a good centralized place for people to browse, search, comment on, and rate themes.
With the success of the plugins directory, weve wanted to have those same benefits in a theme directory.
Today is the day we start making that happen, with the introduction of wordpress.org/extend/themes/.
Bringing the new theme directory under the WordPress extend umbrella allowed us to take advantage of all the infrastructure that has already been built up to support WordPress.org.
If youve browsed through the plugin directory, youll feel right at home in the new theme directory.
Weve gone through great lengths to make this as painless as possible for theme authors.
You dont need to know anything about Subversion (our back end magic takes care of all that for you), just login with your WordPress.org username and password and go to the upload page.
From there you upload your regular theme zip file and we take care of the rest.
Once you upload your new theme we do a few automated checks for some of the requirements for each theme.
If we find one that you missed well provide you an error and description of what needs to be fixed.
When a theme upload has been accepted well send you an email and put it in the queue to be reviewed, to make sure we didnt miss anything.
After the theme has been approved youll get another email letting you know that the theme is now live.
That catches you up to where were at today.
When you finish that theme youve been slaving over, upload it to the new directory and let us know what you think. Since so much has changed since the old theme directory were starting fresh from zero. If youve got specific questions or suggestions contact us and well do our best to get them answered.
July 15, 2008
Im happy to announce that version 2.6 of WordPress.org is now available, almost a month ahead schedule. Version 2.6 Tyner, named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post and page and easily post from wherever you are on the web, plus there are dozens of incremental improvements to the features introduced in version 2.5.
Weve prepared a brief video tour of 2.6, if you have 3 minutes and 29 seconds to spare, its worth a watch:
If youd like to embed the tour video in your blog, copy and paste this code for the high quality version:

And heres a smaller version, 400 pixels wide:

Heres a more textual overview of whats hawt in 2.6:
Post Revisions: Wiki-like tracking of edits
With the power of modern computers, its silly that we still use save and editing metaphors from the time when the most common method of storage was floppy disks. WordPress has always respected the importance of your writing with auto-save, and now were taking that to another level by allowing you to view who made what changes when to any post or page through a super-easy interface, much like Wikipedia or a version control system.
This is handy on any blog in case you make a mistake and want to go back to an older version of a post, and its super handy for multi-author blogs where you can see every change tracked by person.
Press This!: Post from wherever you are on the web
A few months ago on my blog we started a conversation about the posting bookmarklet in WordPress and which systems we should look to for inspiration, like Flock, FriendFeed, Facebook, Tumblr, and Delicious. From these suggestions and the Quick Post plugin by Josh Kenzer, we developed a Press This bookmark you can add to your toolbar that provides a fast and smart popup to do posts to your WordPress blog:
For example, if you click Press This from a Youtube page itll magically extract the video embed code, and if you do it from a Flickr page itll make it easy for you to put the image in your post. On my blog Ive been experimenting with using different categories and the in_category() function such as video, quote, aside, et cetera to create a more tumblelog-like format.
Shift Gears: Turbo-speed your blogging
Gears is an open source browser extension project started by Google that developers like us can use to give you features we wouldnt normally be able to. There are a lot of things we can do with Gears in the future, but in this release weve stuck to using whats called a Local Server to cache or keep a copy of commonly-used Javascript and CSS files on your computer, which can speed up the loading of some pages by several seconds (they just pop right up!). You can install Gears for Firefox or Internet Explorer, with support for Safari and Opera pending. WordPress works just fine without it, you just get a little extra juice when you have it installed.
Theme Previews: See it before your audience does
Now when you select a theme it pops up a window that shows the theme live with all your content, instead of immediately making it active on your site. This is great for just test driving themes before making a switch over publicly, and it is also helpful when you are developing a theme and need to test it but dont want everybody to see your ongoing mistakes development.
Here are some of the smaller features and improvements in 2.6:
Developer Notes
WordPress.org had over 75 people contributing code to WordPress 2.6. In addition to the core commit team we had contributions from Dion Hulse, Austin Matzko, Otto42, Benedict Eastaugh, and pishmishy. AaronCampbell and Marco Zehe provided more than a few patches. Back among the top code contributors is Jacob Santos. Alex Concha continues to have WordPress back. Joining bug reporting and gardening elite are hakre, Simon Wheatley, mtekk, and Matty Rob. Finally, congratulations to our Peter Westwood on your recent wedding! Im also proud to announce were adding a new core committer to the team: Andrew Ozz (azaozz) has been a huge help to the core team this year, particularly around TinyMCE and making the WYSIWYG something that works for you, not against you.
Because of the new capabilities to make WordPress a clean SVN checkout, plugin and theme authors should do their best to handle forms and posts through WP rather than trying to post to their files directly, heres a quick Codex article about how to do it using our forward-compatible APIs.
Upgrading
2.6 is pretty much identical to 2.5 from a plugin and theme compatibility point of view, so upgrades from 2.5 should be pretty painless. The 2.5 branch will no longer be maintain so everyone is encouraged to upgrade. Our standard 3-step upgrade instructions apply to this release. There were at least 1,984,047 downloads of the 2.5 series, the fastest growing release weve ever had, and I think all of those people will find 2.6 adds a level of polish that really makes WP a pleasure to use every day. (At least I do. :))
Easter Egg
There have been rumors and allegations that there was a so-called easter egg added to 2.6 early in its development. These rumors and allegations are completely false!
P.S. If youre a fan of WordPress, consider joining our fan page on Facebook.
May 25, 2008
On Tuesday, May 27th, WordPress will turn 5 years old. Weve come a long way from that original 0.7 release.
To celebrate were throwing a party in San Francisco at 111 Minna, starting at 9PM. You can get the full details and RSVP on Upcoming.org or on Facebook.
I hope you see some of you there, should be a fun time.
If you host a party in your area for WordPress 5th, let us know and well post it here.
Update: Party in Sydney! Blog post, Facebook.
May 20, 2008
April 30, 2008
WordCamps are my favorite events to go to because theres something about the core WordPress community that attracts smart folks with good philosophies that are fun to hang out with. In this post Ive collated the upcoming WordCamps we know about, including the one in San Francisco. Hopefully there will be one nearby so you can meet other WordPressers in your area.
WordCamp San Francisco will be August 16 at the Mission Bay Conference Center.
WordCamp Paris will be on May 3rd. Heres their official site.
WordCamp Italy in Milan will be May 10th. (And I believe Ill be there.)
WordCamp Birmingham UK will be July 19-20.
WordCamp Toronto will be October 4th.
There are people in the planning stages in Australia, Philippines, Beijing, Utah, Hawaii, UK, NYC, and possibly others, so if you live in one of those areas and would like to help set up a WordCamp in your area Google around or connect with bloggers in your area.
You can always find out more at WordCamp Central.
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Compromised SSH Keys Lead To Linux Rootkit Attack – Slashdot

What it means is that there are apparently some administrators not running Debian that have naively thought that the issue didn’t affect them.
However, if they haven’t blacklisted those keys, they will undoubtedly have some users that generated their keys on Debian, which are vulnerable.The worm will exploit this to obtain local non-root user access, and through local privilege escalation exploits will obtain root.
Then, they will steal the keys stored on the host that might be used to connect out to other hosts.
The last part of this is the deadly part, because those keys are not blacklisted, and will thus connect to and infect the hosts that don’t have vulnerable-old-debian keys.What this means for me, as the administrator of a web hosting company that has patched their servers, is that we will undoubtedly see illicit login attempts.
With some really bad luck, one of those login attempts might work, despite our patching.
Then, we are at the whim of how well we’re secure against local privilege escalation.

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Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Whats the score?
Your credit score is a figure lenders use to decide whether or not to give you
credit or a loan, to determine your credit limit, and sometimes the interest
rate you will pay. Landlords may also use it to decide whether or not to rent
you an apartment. Services such as gas, phone, and electric may require a
higher deposit if you have a lower score. It pays to get and keep your credit
score as high as you can.
Video: Insider Techniques to Raise Your Credit Score FAST!
Whats your score?
If you are having trouble obtaining credit or a loan or renting, or if you are
being hit with higher interest rates than others you know, your credit score
may be to blame. To find out if this is the case, you need to get a copy of
your credit report. The three nationwide companies that produce credit scores
are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The
Fair Credit Reporting Actrequires these agencies to give
you a free credit report once every 12 months if you request it. This can
only be done through a central facility (by website, phone or mail) they have
set up. Get a copy of your credit report from each of the three companies (they
can vary) and go through them carefully. If there is anything you believe is
inaccurate, contact both the reporting company and whoever provided the company
with the incorrect information.
Video: Six Effective Ways to Improve Your Credit
When is enough enough?
As far as credit cards are
concerned, the fewer the better.
There can be very good reasons for
having a number of credit cards, but
using them to increase your overall
credit limit is not one of
themespecially if you take out a
number of new cards over a short
period. The rating companies do not
like this. They see it as risky
behaviorand theyre probably right.
Pay your bills on time
Paying all your bills in full on
time is the best way to get and keep
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cant pay the full balance of your
credit card, at least make the
minimum payment on time. This can
actually be better for your credit
score than paying the full amount
even a day or two late, which can be
penalized in your credit score as
well as costing you an exorbitant
amount in fees.
Dont transfer balances; pay them off
Dont fall into the trap of transferring balances to a card promising a
low introductory rate without very carefully reading all the fine print.
Believe me, theres almost always a catch, and the credit scorers are
prone to see transferring balances as a bad sign. It is far better for your
credit score to pay off your balances as fast as you possibly can.
Make a fresh start
Having paid out your outstanding balances, take out a few new cards that really
suit your needs and offer the longest billing cycle. Then pay the outstanding
amount each month on time. Your credit score will soar. If you cant do
that, look for cards with the best compromise between long billing cycle and
low interest rate and pay off as much as you can of the balance each month on
time.
Dont spend to your limit
Credit rating companies start to get
concerned if your balance is
regularly more than about 25% of
your limit, and will lower your
score, which will lower the credit
limit you can get, and so on.
Dont go bankrupt
You may have seen ads suggesting the way out of all your financial difficulties
is to go bankrupt. Dont believe it!
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and you must avoid it like the plague.
Dont be foreclosed
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bankruptcy. Dont let it happen! Act fast and act earlyas soon as
it looks like you may have trouble making repayments. Talk to your lender and
try to work out a solution. Explore all avenues of government assistance.
Contacts
Annual Credit Report Request Service
1-877-322-8228
Fair Isaacs Corporation
http://www.myfico.com
Equifax
http://www.equifax.com
1-800-685-1111
Experian
http://www.experian.com
1-866-200-6020
TransUnion
http://www.transunion.com
1-800-888-4213
Relevant Webpages
FCIC: Your Credit Scores
Federal Trade Commission
Improving Your FICO Credit Score Tips from myFICO.com

Free WordPress Themes, Free WordPress Templates, View & Download

Written by Jai on December 3, 2008 7:27 am – 600 views
Most of the coders like to write CSS manually, but sometimes the availability of useful tools can make coding simpler and easier. These tools can prove to be helpful if you want to do some rapid CSS development. I have tried almost all of the following tools and found them to be useful in my projects.
Here is the list :-
Rapid Form Builders
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Written by Jai on November 28, 2008 3:38 pm – 962 views
The Premium Themes contest is officially closed and the winners have been chosen through a lucky draw. All the eleven winners of this contest are entitled to one single-user license from any one of the following themes :-
There were a total of 71 entries in the contest and out of those, 11 have been chosen as the lucky ones (I use my own custom made PHP script to choose winners. You can download it from here if you want to test it for fun).
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Written by Jai on November 19, 2008 6:19 am – 2,266 views
This plugin enable admin to put up a splash page to show that the site is down for maintenance. Come with a timer to tell how long the site is down. User can customize their own splash screen or get a list of splash screen from authors site.
By using this plugin you can resize all your images when you upload them to your WordPress installation. It lets you specify the maximum width according to which it resizes your images keeping the aspect ratio proportional.
This plugin lets you display the images uploaded through the WordPress gallery option in different albums. By organizing your galleries as multiple child pages of one parent page, you can use this plugin to see a preview thumbnail and description of each gallery.
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Written by Jai on November 10, 2008 3:19 pm – 13,697 views
Following the footsteps of the much successful theme Statement, comes another free WordPress theme from Blog Oh! Blog called – Digital Statement. This can also be called as Version 2.0 of the Statement theme because it takes all the code and converts it into a modern, more visually appealing, and with better functionality.
This version of the theme has been created by the owner of Neowster.com who gladly gave it to me for a free public release. With neat stuff like featured posts slide show, a nice navigation (for both pages/sub-pages and categories), content tabs, Twitter posts, site navigation, this theme is a winner
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Written by Jai on November 3, 2008 2:49 pm – 5,161 views
The last post that I had made on 10 WordPress Hacks to Make your Life Easy got a good number of comments and views. Based on the success, I have decided to make another WordPress Hacks post to make your life EVEN easier. Here is the list of 10 new hacks ready to be bookmarked :-
How to make a Sticky Post
A sticky post is one that will always be on top of all your recent posts and stay there until you change it. You can use a sticky post as a notification, reminder or something that you want to emphasize to your readers. Here is how you can make a sticky post :-
First, decide on a category name that will hold all your sticky posts. For example, you can create a new category and name it Stickies and later use this name to call the posts from this category. Now, if you have ever opened the index.php file in any blog styled WordPress theme (Just install the basic Whiteboard theme for this tutorial), you will notice that it has a loop which is used to call your posts.
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Written by Jai on October 27, 2008 12:35 pm – 4,554 views
Its been a long time since we had any contests on Blog Oh! Blog. To add to your winter happiness, I am announcing a mega contest where everyone gets a chance to win not one, not two, but 10 Super Premium WordPress themes made by the coolest theme designers from all over the Internet.
I am not including any of my Premium themes in this contest so that recent buyers dont feel cheated (And yeah, that doesnt mean I am not cool
).
Here is a list of the Premium themes (Single-User Licenses) that you can win by entering this contest :-
Update: One more Premium theme has been added to the contest. The theme is called WpShowcase
from Gabfire.com
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Written by Jai on October 16, 2008 6:01 pm – 8,926 views
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone – George Elliot
Blog Oh! Blog is pleased to offer the community yet another free WordPress theme called Angel. The theme uses a soothing White color base with subtle Grey, rounded corners and a lovely tiled background which will appeal to anyone who cares about beauty
Salient features of this theme :-
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Written by Jai on October 12, 2008 11:36 am – 3,303 views
If you are looking forward to excellent opportunities as a freelancer or permanent designer, online presence in front of the employers is very important. The online portfolios are the only means to catch their attention. Now it is pretty tough to impress a person who cannot see your skills practically or you in person. They might chuck your name out of the list looking at the high payment rate you mention on the portfolio without knowing the quality you can produce. So cite the finest samples at the beginning and make sure that the portfolio is performing its best to impress the employers. As I have been a freelancer myself and now am into hiring them, I have few tips up my sleeve that can let you know about the employers perspective.
Who is going to look at it?
The first task for you is to identify who all are the potential viewers of your portfolio. There can be two types of visitors -Your employers and new clients. Sometimes your existing clients might also refer to your portfolio in order to find some more information or simply to refer you for another client. Now the most important thing that you need to know about these potential viewers is that they are very much efficient themselves and probably know all the small details of designing. Moreover they even get to see a number of portfolios everyday; hence they tend to find out an easy trick to shortlist the profiles. So make sure you win the game at the beginning because no one is going to give you a second chance as there are many competitors available to outperform you.
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Written by Jai on October 6, 2008 6:46 am – 5,811 views
Blogging is more than just posting your views and any serious blogger would agree to that note hands down. There are many specialized tools available on the Internet that can enhance your website to a whopping extent and the only way to know what is going to work to your profits is to just try them out! Here is a list of 50 useful blogging tools (other than brains, creativity and the will to work!) that will help you in picking up your bet.
Lets kick off with Hosting, DNS and domainname- thats the first step anyways!
1. Domainscour: This is a website which helps you to find all the available domains in your niche within a span of few seconds. Powered by web 2.0.
2. MyIPneighbours: Snooping is always fun, right? This IP search facilitates in finding out how many other websites your shared host is hosting! This information if handled appropriately can be useful in web analytics and SEO.
3. WhoIshostingthis: A simple tool that enables you to find out the hosting company behind any website! Looking for a change in website hosting?
4. You Get Signal: This is a collection of various network tools and has in store, some of the best tools in the internet community. A treasure of useful resources!
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AMACO Shopping – Purchase Brushes, Tools & Supplies and Tools/Accessories products and accessories online!

Banding Wheel/Sculpture Turntable An adjustable banding wheel/turntable with a height range from 29″ to 45″ for use while standing or sitting.
T Tools Eight different tools (sold individually or as a set) designed for specific clay working tasks.
Hardwood Modeling Tools Twelve different hardwood tools, seven with wire ends,.
Hardwood Tool Set No. 711 This set of five fine quality, polished hardwood modeling tools, can be used to shape moist clay during modeling.
Hardwood Tools A-B-C Modeling tools A-1, B-2, C-3 are made of
hard maple and have different tip shapes.
Hardwood Tool No. 8 This pottery tool is specifically designed for trimming the bottom of pots while still on the wheel.
Pottery Tool Kit Set of eight basic tools for working with clay.
Clay Cutter (wire)Stainless steel wire clay cutter with 3″ hardwood handles.
Wooden Throwing RibsWalnut throwing ribs serve as templates and for shaping, curving, smoothing, and opening wet clay.
Lace Tools Wood and steel tools, for intricate lace work, sgraffito and clean-up.
Flexible ScrapersFlexible scrapers for smoothing and trimming pottery shapes.
Finishing RubbersPliable rubber rubber shapes for smoothing and finishing pottery.
SpatulaDurable steel spatula for mixing glazes, underglazes, and engobes.
Fettling Knife A knife with a thin flexible blade for removing mold marks, carving and other clay work.
Mold Trimming KnifeA 4″ plastic knife that trims all molds quickly, easily and without damage.
Mold Maker’s KnifeAn excellent knife ideal for mold work and general carving.
Slip Trail ApplicatorApply engobes or casting slips with this syringe-type applicator.
Slip TrailerA handy 2 oz. bottle with nozzle tip for aplying glazes, casting slips and engobes.
Potter’s Needle Tool This tool has a heavy sharp needle that makes a clean, smooth cut with minimum drag.
Scoring ToolCreates many fine lines for joining clay with one stroke.
Ceramic Carving Spatula Made of a very strong plastic, this multi-purpose tool has a blade for cutting and carving, a point for incising and, and can be used as a spatula.
Polyethelene BagsStrong and durable polyethylene plastic bags for keeping unfinished pieces moist and to cover finished pieces for slow safe drying.
Mini Clay Extruder Constructed of sturdy die cast zinc alloy. Approximately 4″ long. Furnished with a set of 19 discs.
Ceramic TilesWhite bisque or glazed tiles for use in a variety of tile ceramic projects.
Sponges Choose from five different types of sponges to meet all of your ceramic needs.
Double-Ended Clay ShapersTwo double-ended rubber-tipped tools for carving shapes into clay.

What Affects My Credit Score… Positively and Negatively

Uncovering the Secrets of Your Credit Score
When it comes to credit scores, some things just don’t matter and others
matter a whole lot more than you may expect. Although the exact calculation
used to determine your credit score may never become public knowledge, patterns
have emerged which provide clues to the
mysterious calculation based upon the whims of big-wig financial gurus.
Unfortunately, this calculation changes often without notice, and
without much clue as to what, why, or how it changed. As a result, there are a
lot of credit score myths floating around, so make sure you base your actions
on the most current information available.
Video: Raising Your Credit Score
Bad News For Your Credit Score
Some of the biggest negatives to a credit score are bankruptcies,
foreclosures, and
tax liens. Each can take 200 points or more from your score, so be very
careful to avoid these situations at all costs. Bankruptcies are the easiest to
recover from, as these only stay on your report for 10 years. Although
foreclosures last just 7 years, your chances of getting a loan are much slimmer
than if you declared bankruptcy. Worst of all is a tax lien if you pay
it late, a tax lien stays for 10 years, but if you don’t pay it stays for 15
long years. Otherwise, if you pay a tax lien on time, it just hangs around for
30 days.
Credit Score Myths
Sorry to say it, but paying that electric bill on time every time
won’t do a thing for your credit score but if you’re more than 30 days
late, the electric company might report it to a credit bureau. The only thing
bills can do to your credit score is harm it if you don’t pay on time, and the
same is true for almost any payment history. Another common myth is every credit
request inquiry hurts your score, and that isn’t true either. In all actuality,
employer and personal credit request inquiries don’t harm your credit score at
all only when creditors and lenders put in the request does it take a
few points off of your credit score. Although factors such as your current
income and employment history do not directly affect your credit score, lenders
and creditors often use this information in determining your credit-worthiness.
Good News For Your Credit Score
Video: Insider Techniques to Raise Your Credit Score FAST!
Also contrary to popular belief, having a balance on your credit
card is actually a good thing. The trick is to keep your balance lower than 30%
of your total available credit line every month. The closer to zero balance you
maintain every month, the higher your score will climb, but a zero balance is
just as bad as a balance over 30%. It also helps a great deal if you have the
same credit cards and other credit-based accounts for a long period of time,
since your credit age also affects your credit score. The
older you are, the better your score. Basically, those big
financial gurus are trying to make an accurate system to judge your
credit-worthiness. So all these picky tricky rules are in an attempt to make
something solid, static, and simple out of a human being’s actions
which are very obviously not solid, static, and simple. Just think for yourself
what would make good business sense to a lender, and helping your credit score
will become second nature.
Points of Contact:
Debt Free America
888-225-5332
AFS – Non-Profit Credit Counseling
(866) 851-4305
Rapid Services
(516) 216-1421
Reduce or Eliminate Your Credit Card Debt
(866) 764-8079
Coastal Credit Solutions, Inc. – Credit Management
(866) 415-9649
Free Debt Counseling – MMI and CCCS
(866) 264-6103
Mark A. Zirogiannis, PC
(516) 333-6200
Lexington Law Firm – Credit Repair
(866) 906-1265
Solve Debts
(866) 905-9656
Credit Care
(866) 462-1636
Bruce C. Bridgman
(888) 890-7379
Genesis Financial Management
(866) 496-2651
DTS Financial Debt Settlement Company
(866) 432-1466
Successful Solutions Financial Services
(866) 404-8464
Express Debt Settlement
(888) 771-3328
Rausa D J Attorney At Law
(800) 422-3328
A Professional Credit Services
(800) 645-2190

How the NSA Took Linux To the Next Level – Slashdot

An anonymous reader brings us IBM Developerworks’ recent analysis of how the NSA built SELinux to withstand attacks. The article shows us some of the relevant kernel architecture and compares SELinux to a few other approaches. We’ve discussed SELinux in the past. Quoting:
“If you have a program that responds to socket requests but doesn’t need to access the file system, then that program should be able to listen on a given socket but not have access to the file system. That way, if the program is exploited in some way, its access is explicitly minimized. This type of control is called mandatory access control (MAC). Another approach to controlling access is role-based access control (RBAC). In RBAC, permissions are provided based on roles that are granted by the security system. The concept of a role differs from that of a traditional group in that a group represents one or more users. A role can represent multiple users, but it also represents the permissions that a set of users can perform. SELinux adds both MAC and RBAC to the GNU/Linux operating system.”