WordpressGrowlWow! I really gotta have this.
The Binary Bonsay has set out a competition to code a Growl plugin that notifies you of events happening at your WordPress install. This is a great idea. I hope the guys working on it can sort out the NAT issues somehow and will deliver a working implementation.

If you wonder what Growl is:

As described on the Growl website, Growl is a global notification system for Mac OS X. Any application can send a notification to Growl, which will display an attractive message on your screen. Growl currently works with a growing number of applications.

Seems like the digital fortress that is OS X is finally starting to crack. Andrew over at the Ambrosia Software Web Board writes about what he sees as a Trojan for OS X which was postet at the MacRumors.com website.

It’s a little compressed file pretending to include screenshots of the next OS X version. When decompressed it appears to include a JPG file which in reality is a UNIX executable that performs several malicious functions.
From what he found out the Trojan tries to send itself via iChat to all your buddies, there is also code that tries to spread the Trojan via eMail but it looks like it’s not entirely finished.

Read more about the dissection in the original thread ยป here. Included is also a disassembled version (textfile) of the Trojan.

Here is the thread at MacRumors.com (link to the original file deleted).

So maybe it’s time for us Mac users to start running a virus scanner in the background while working?

Update: robg of macosxhints.com examined the Trojan a little further for Macworld at Digging deeper into the Leap-A malware. His resum??is the following:

I am now officially very sick of Leap-A, having spent probably 18 hours on it over the last two days. The short summary is that it’s a bad piece of malware that could have been worse but it’s far from the self-propagating internet-spreading virus/worm that’s been described on other sites. At the end of the day, it’s really just a good reminder to be very careful about what you download and install on your Mac.

GreyBox I just stumbled upon a great way to do overlay popups on a web page. It follows the way Mac OS X opens popups that stick to the top of the parenting window.

With GreyBox you can now have this sort of overlay easily implemented on your own page.

WIGA22I returned yesterday from a wonderful week of snow and fun in the Austrian mountains. Over the next few days I’ll upload a bunch of photos to Flickr for your viewing pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

The blog should also receive a few updates again when I’m done with digging through my eMails and newsfeeds.