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Protect your Flex/Flash (SWF) files with encryption

If you develop for the web using Adobe Flex or Flash technologies, your end product is a SWF file that is run in the browser with the Adobe Flash Player.  This allows the development of rich internet applications (RIA) with very dynamic interfaces.  By definition, any time you are running  your application on the client side like this, you expose your application to reverse engineering.  There are tools available that allow unscrupulous developers to decompose the SWF file into its source code (typically FLA format).  This allows them to copy, edit, and do what they will with your code.

Although you can never protect yourself at 100% when running code in the client, there are solutions out there that let you to obfuscate and encrypt your SWF files that will thwart standard attempts at decomposition.

As a Flex developer I have searched through and tried many of the different tools out there and my preferred choice is SWF Encrypt from Amayeta. This allows you to encrypt pretty much any SWF file very quickly.  I have exposed my Flex enabled site to a security test by a third party that attempted multiple approaches to decompose my SWF with no luck.

If you are creating SWF files using the Flex SDK you may run into some errors after encryption.  If you do, set change the setting for “Encrypt Names” to “False” and it should work better for you.

SWF Encrypt Settings

Change "Encrypt Names" setting to "False" for Flex apps

There is a slight overhead in the encryption that results in a slightly bigger SWF file.  As an example, here is the result of the last Flex app that I encrypted using SWF Encrypt 6.0:

------------------------------------------------------ Encryption Completed Successfully! ------------------------------------------------------ Size Before Encryption: 679984 Bytes Size After Encryption: 753037 Bytes ------------------------------------------------------

For me this is an acceptable trade off for the peace of mind that comes with having a protected SWF online.

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Ushare No Longer Supported

I have been using UShare for years for all my Media Streaming needs. I just updated my system to Ubuntu 10.04 and installed Ushare. I could not see any media listed on my PS3. After doing some checking I found that with DLNA enabled in the Ushare config file. Ushare does not work at all. If you disable that setting Ushare once again works. I spent a couple of hours search for a solution. I did however find this  “By lack of spare time, motivation and interest, uShare development is currently discontinued (this may change though). Don’t expect release anytime soon 🙁” at http://ushare.geexbox.org/.

I could not get Ushare DLNA server working, no matter what I tried. So I started the search for a new solution.

I went through a lot of media servers until I found MediaTomb. It seemed to have everything I needed and got my streaming media back online quickly and easily.

Sorry,

Security or MPAA, Why Did Sony Update?

Sony says that the reason for removing the feature is “security reasons”. This is not the real reason that they are dropping the feature. Sony and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a very close and integrated relationship. With Linux installed on the PS3 you have the ability to use the PS3 to Rip Blu Rays. The MPAA has not been happy with this for quite some time. They have been putting pressure on many other hardware manufactures that have the ability to stream or copy DVDs and Blu Rays. This is just another example of the MPAA teaming up with other large companies to take away our rights.

Read the full article at http://ps3mediaservers.com

What’s New in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Found this great article on the new Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Ubuntu 10.04, aka Lucid Lynx, is the result of years of continuous work from the open source community and Ubuntu corporate sponsor Canonical. A new version of Ubuntu is released every 6 months, but version 10.04 is a special “long term support” (LTS) release which will be supported for an extended period on both desktops and servers. Lucid Lynx also brings us an incredible amount of changes in both the look and functionality of Ubuntu. Here is a list of the most noticeable changes and new features that you’ll find in desktop edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Read the full article at www.starryhope.com

PS3 as a Media Server

The PS3 is more than just a game console it is the controller for all of your home media. Ps3mediaservers.com will teach you how to utilize your PS3 to it’s full capacity.

Take a look at the PS3 media server guidethat will serve your data to the PS3 and the Media Server Comparison Chart.

There a huge amount of media server PS3 software out here we will help you make the right choices to pic out the best media server for ps3.

The best PS3 media server for you must run on your Linux, OSX, or Windows operating system. Media server software is becoming less complex to set up and much easier to use. There are also many free ps3 media servers out there for you to use.

Digital media servers are available  Linux, OSX, or Windows operating system. They are called DLNA servers.

Check out the full article at http://PS3MediaServers.com

DVD Playback for Ubuntu 10.04

DVD playback in Ubuntu has always been a little bit of a pain. Here is how to do it in a couple of easy steps.

First you need to make sure you have all the goodies that were not included in Ubuntu 10.04.

# sudo aptitude install ubuntu-restricted-extras

This will give you the codecs you need and some other goodies. Next you have to manually set up the ability to read DVDs.

# sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Now just pop in your DVD and you should be all set.

I am also working on my Things Ubuntu 10.04 Forgot Post. Look for it soon.

Enjoy

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