Synology's response to Synolocker

The folks at Synology have been emailing people about the recent hacking that's been going on.

Basically, it's an old hole that was plugged last year.

This is why you should update stuff!


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Synology falling foul of Cryptolocker-like hacks

I don't own a Synology myself, but I've been tempted to pick up one of the two-bay units for some time now. It seems that those already in possession of one may want to give it the once over and maybe pull its connection to the web though, because someone's on a hacking bender.

From what I've read, there's been a spate of Cryptolocker-like hacks that have left people with no access to their newly encrypted files unless they hand over 0.6 Bitcoins. Apparently that's about $600 in semi-real money, and £350 in real cash.

Not cool. Not cool at all.

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Is independent app development really so depressing?

It certainly seems so. From Jared Sinclair, the developer behind the seemingly popular Unread RSS reader:

Unread for iPhone has earned a total of $32K in App Store sales. Unread for iPad has earned $10K. After subtracting 40 percent in self-employment taxes and $350/month for health care premiums (times 12 months), the actual take-home pay from the combined sales of both apps is $21,000, or $1,750/month.

Certainly seems grim considering all the work and time that will have gone into making Unread.


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When is clickbait, clickbait? After all, aren't all titles supposed to get people to click them?

Always a thorny subject, but a great video regardless.


The Comixology debacle, revisited

If you cast your mind back to around a month ago, you might remember me writing this post about my new-found love of comics. As well as outing myself as a closet comic reader, I also weighed in on the hot topic of the day: Amazon's decision to pull Comixology from the App Store's in-app purchase system, meaning those wanting to buy comics have to do so via the web rather than the app like they used to.

At the time I said that it really didn't matter and that, in the long run, it's really no different to how the Kindle store works. You browse Amazon for the book you want, buy it, and download it on your reading device of choice. Rocket science, it is not.

I still believe that, and I honestly still don't think it's a problem in the long run.

In the long run.

I've been having a great conversation - as much as you can on Twitter, at least - with Jeff Gamet and David Chartier, both of The Mac Observer fame amongst others, about the subject. They both feel somewhat aggrieved that they now have to venture out of the Comixology app to buy their favourite comics. Which got me thinking.

Why do they see it as such a problem?

As far as I can see, the only difference between us is that I'm brand new to the idea of buying comics. As some of you will know, I'm not averse to getting wound up about things, but this Comixology brouhaha doesn't phase me one bit, when it probably should.

Jeff, who's probably one of the more difficult to upset, is positively foaming about it. But he's spent years being able to buy comics on his iPad without having to think twice about it. Apparently the process of buying a comic now consists of browsing in-app, adding new comics to his wishlist and then buying from that wishlist on the Comixology website.

As well as being a bit of a pain, Jeff points out that "the spontaneity is gone & I don’t impulse buy. Multiple purchases a week before, almost none now." Which is a problem, for Comixology as much as for Jeff.

Me? I browse on the website, buy on the website and then download inside the app. I'm happy with it, but then it's all I've ever known. Which is where I think the rub lies.

It all comes down to expectations. Jeff and David expect to be able to buy in-app because that's what they're used to. It's how it's done. Until it's not.

I, on the other hand, had no expectations because I'm new to the game. Going in, I knew that there was no in-app purchasing option and that meant that normal, to me, was using the website.

The problem that Amazon and Comixology now has is that they built up a loyal customer base that is used to doing things one way, and is now being forced to do something else. Those of us new to the app won't care, but we're not the ones that got Comixology into a position to be attractive enough for a buyout.

They say you don't know what you've got till it's gone. Luckily I never had it in the first place.

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