Monthly Archives: November 2007

Web 2.0 Security Fears Deserve Attention

I read at Innovations this article: Web 2.0 Security Fears Deserve Attention, about the potential harm can cause API’s to create a new harms in terms of spam and getting information of users and their friends.

But surely spam on Social sites is nothing new, I recently received a Philippine Scam on a books site based on the Nigerian Scam, even with their lowest rate of hit they are also harmful.

But in fact what is most harmful to process that social information and send emails / messages faking your friends ID, that kind of spam gets a great hit rate (about 72% versus 16% of not social spam), this is concluded on the article: Social Phising (pre-print paper), also the article points to several interesting results, among them Denial of the attack has been successful, this make phising very effective because of few reports which can be prosecuted.

I Agree on Innovations article (which also pinpoints the article of Social Phising) that the only prevention is not legal enforcement (which can help to prosecute) or close social sites but education about the problem.


Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Myth A Very Short IntroductionThis excellent book will provide you a good introduction to myths, is not about myths properly but to theories about myths: purpose, possible origin and interpretations.

The introduction states very clearly:

“Let me be clear from the outset: this book is an introduction not to myths but to approaches to myth, or theories of myth, and it is limited to modern theories”

The book do a research on the main authors which have provide some approach to myth after explain each one views about myth it provides also a critic.

The book is separated in eight chapters some of them are short due several myth approaches are reviewed earlier and only in the chapter are connected to other approaches.

The part of Myth and psychology (chapter 6) have a interesting information not only about myth on psychological terms but also on fathers of psychology’ main concepts.

Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)


Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning

Communicating Design - BookI recently finished reading this excellent book.

Even the first part not clearly explained like other books, the personas chapter is very good to present this good resource. It worth to keep in mind this phrase: “I think our users want this“, which is a common idea in developing / designing I’ve found between several people I know.

The second part keeps you engaged and the third part is very good since as the concepts are already explained the author can connect it through commonly used deliverables: Site Maps, Flow charts, Wireframes, Screen Designs.

The author try to advise some of the deliverables could be outdated in a short term due the fast developing in dynamic web sites, but I think rather to been outdated they will be adapted in newer models. The Software engineering field still using several techniques and ideas from the start of this field some decades ago and only have polish many of their techniques and models (of course also have developed new techniques and models like UML).

Without doubt a book to read and ground several concepts that are of daily use in usability working.



Last photos of Tochimilco Travel

At last I’ve uploaded the last Photos from the short travel to Tochimilco, I’m thinking into go next year a travel through several churches on Tlaxcala state and border La Malinche, and I hope to soon upload all the photos taken on this Day of the Dead.
Atlixco Church

Fireworks at Tochimilco's Sky

Fireworks at Tochimilco
Church in Tochimilco

Church in Tochimilco at Night