Daily Links and Deals: How to tell an explosive Galaxy Note 7 from a non-explosive one

daily_links_1Those exploding Samsung Note 7 phones have featured prominently in the news. Now, Samsung has devised a system so you know if the one you are buying is safe. In the meantime, the FAA want you to leave them turned off when on a plane. Also more news on the iPhone headphone jack issue, how Google Chrome intends to push websites to HTTPS and a critical update for WordPress users. In deals, and inflatable hammock lounger.

Daily Links for Friday, September 9, 2016:

Listen to wired headphones while charging your iPhone 7? It’s going to cost you (ZD Net) As Apple attempts to move the world to wireless audio, many will make due with the wired headphones they have on hand. You can charge and enjoy music if you purchase the right accessory.

Google Chrome to start marking HTTP connections as insecure (PC World) Given the fact that web host charge extra for a HTTPS connection, a lot of people are going to be unhappy with this.

How to tell an explosive Galaxy Note 7 from a non-explosive one (Ars Technica) A new labeling system and plans for an IMEI database site will help customers navigate the NOte 7 issue.

The FAA is urging flyers not to turn on or charge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on planes (Recode) They also don’t want you to check it in your baggage.

WordPress urges users to update now to fix critical security holes (ZD Net) The update fixes two critical errors, a cross-site scripting flaw and path traversal vulnerability.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries Series Book 6) by Jacqueline Winspear.

In Today’s Deals, the Twisted Root Design Inflatable Hammock. (The reviews are really bad and very amusing!)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is All In by Simona Ahrnstedt. The Romance Daily Find is Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is All I Want (An Animal Magnetism Novel Book 7) by Jill Shalvis. The Extra Daily Deal is Hitched (Imperfect Love Book 3) by Kendall Ryan.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Can we finally kill Hello Dolly?

1024px-Louis_Armstrong_restoredRight at this moment, I would love to writing new posts for this blog. Instead, I am going through each of my WordPress themes and deleting the plugins that get re-installed EVERY TIME that you update the software – most specifically, the Hello Dolly plugin.

In case you have never bother to activate it, all Hello Dolly does is display a random lyric from the song Hello Dolly. Yes, that’s it. But it has traditionally been included with WordPress since earlyin the software’s development.

A lot of blog posts have been written about this over the last few years (Google delete Hello Dolly plugin and see what I mean). One post refereed to Hello Dolly as “some kind of zombie plugin that would rise from the dead every time I updated WordPress.”

While some people have learned to write plugins through studying the Hello Dolly plugin, more people seem to be frustrated with its continual ressurection. In this 2009 poll from Digging into WordPress, 78% of those who responded voted to remove Hello Dolly from WordPress. And yet it is still here.

Hello Dolly was written by Matt Mullenweg, one of the co-founders of WordPress, and that is probably the reason it remains bundled with the software. In fact, this post from Webnovate suggests that we should keep the plugin installed as a thank you to Matt Mullenweg for WordPress itself.

But there are actually some very good arguments for deleting it, along with any other unused plugins:

  • Plugins use server resources. They also affect your pages’ load times.
  • Plugins can interact and cause conflicts and unintended side effects.
  • Plugins require constant updating, even if they are not active.
  • Plugins can be huge security risks. Sometimes, the risk is from the plugins themselves, sometimes, it is from plugins being out of date.  According to WPExplorer, “Out of date plugins are prime targets for those in search of security weaknesses and can also break when newer versions of WordPress and other plugins are released.”

I use security software to track login attempts on my blogs. Every time WordPress updates, there is a surge in bots trying to access sites, hoping to catch a new vulnerability or exploit a flaw brought about by the new software. Given the security risks that are out there, I don’t want any plugins installed that I am not actively using.

And that’s why I think it is time for Hello Dolly to finally stop being bundled with WordPress. It is too big of a security risk for the world we live in. I know the song says, “Dolly’ll never go away again.” But, hopefully, we are not taking that too literally. I’d rather spend my time doing something else….

Louis Armstrong Image from Wikipedia Commons