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Security Vulnerability in Py-Bcrypt 0.2

This blog post is probably only interesting to programmers. Regular SpiderOak users can safely ignore this article. (It is not related to the SpiderOak backup and sync software.) There’s a security vulnerability with py-bcrypt. The vulnerability allows an attacker (“Eve”) to login as any user by making a login attempt with a bogus password, overlapping […]

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PowerPC Mac Users: ATTENTION!

In the past three months, 0.13% of the SpiderOak clients that have logged in have done so from a PowerPC system. We certainly have every expectation that this percentage will continue its slow decline. It is rather sad, but unfortunately maintaining SpiderOak’s evolving functionality along with support for the PowerPC version is an increasingly taxing […]

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SpiderOak 4.8.4 release

We are sorry for the blog update delay, dear SpiderOakians. As of a week ago, in 4.8.4: Fix a bug causing upgrade from one version of 4.8.x series to a newer one to fail on Windows. See all release notes here.

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Git, clients, partners, and woes.

This post comes from the “hindsight is twenty-twenty department.” A few years ago when we started our White Label program, we were wondering how to manage the different client branding, GUI customization, etc. Our first thought was “I know! We’ll use git!” Then we had two problems. We used to use one branch in git […]

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HTML5 Mobile Client Open Development Project

I’m happy to announce that SpiderOak will be proceeding with its development of the new mobile client as an open development project. We are eager to arrange greater access to progress, as it proceeds, and to provide more opportunities for interested users to contribute, in various ways. This means that we will be continuing our […]

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Speeding up and running legacy test suites, part two

This is part two in a two part series on Test Driven Development at SpiderOak. In part one, I discussed ways to decrease the time it takes to run a test suite. In part two, I discuss two ways to run a test suite that are painful if the tests are slow, but greatly beneficial […]

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Speeding up and running legacy test suites, part one

This is part one in a two part series on Test Driven Development at SpiderOak. In part one, I discuss ways to decrease the time it takes to run a test suite. In part two, I’ll discuss two ways to run a test suite that are painful if the tests are slow, but greatly beneficial […]

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Top 5 Reasons You Need SpiderOak Now

That family picture you love will be safe forever. Back up the files that are important to you. Whether it is personal or professional, photos, music, movies, or documents, you’ll be glad you did. Your peace of mind is our priority. 100% Private. SpiderOak is for the privacy conscious. Only you can see your data […]

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GIMP – Quick Colour Correction

Some photos just need a little helping hand to ‘pop’ and really shine. Usually it’s to do with brightness and/or colouration. Here’s a quick and simple way to give your colours a boost. Here’s my starting photo. It’s a bit ‘flat’: To give this a quick fix, go to the GIMP menu and choose Colors […]

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GIMP : Quick Tilt Shift Effect

We would like to introduce Ronnie Tucker – a prolific editor for Full Circle Magazine – who graciously agreed to contribute to the SpiderOak blog. Ronnie’s true passion is graphic design; as such, today he’ll talk a little about GIMP. In the first of several GIMP posts, which I’ll be doing for SpiderOak, I’m going […]

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