Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Muse video-contest winners

Two Portuguese were the winners of the world-contest to create the music video "Animals," by the British band Muse, according to their official page on Facebook: "Your votes have been counted, the band decided and we all agree that the excellent version of 'Animals', by Inês Mendes and Miguel Freitas from Portugal, is the winner".

Speaking to TSF radio, Inês Freitas explained that the video is unique in the history of Muse, for being an animated video and it is focused on the theme of the music, which is intended to be a strong critic to the unbridled capitalism and greed.

The two Portuguese are students of Animation and Multimedia Design of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, that has also reported the news in its official website. The award ensures to the two Portuguese 3,000 pounds (about 3,500 euros), according to the announcement by the Muse when the contest launched last December.

The video will also be displayed in one of the Muse concerts next summer. The Muse will perform in Portugal on the 10th of June in the Dragão Stadium in Oporto.

source: @Lusa, 20 of March, 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Obrigado or Obrigada?

The word "Obrigado/a" (Thank you in Portuguese) is a participial form of the verb "to oblige" and, as such, admits flexion in the feminine, as with "Agradecido/a" (grateful), of the verb "Agradecer". Thus, a woman can legitimately say she is, or how she feels, "muito obrigada" (thank you so much / much obliged) for a favor that someone has done to her.
However, in the case of an interjection, it is also natural that many people resist the idea of ​​flex it in the feminine, since the interjections are invariable.
From this point of view, being a man or a woman, they both can simply say "Obrigado" with the same ease they say "hello", "goodbye" or "hi".

There is therefore room for some ambiguity in the interpretation of the term, as this is seen as participle as verbal or interjection.

The problem is that consulting a dictionary does not always help us to decide what to do (in this case, to say "Obrigada" or "Obrigado"). The Dictionary of Contemporary Portuguese Language Academy of Sciences, for example, presents "Obrigado" (in the masculine) as interjection (accordance no. 3) and at the same time, presents its example in the feminine ("Obrigada, she said"), contrary to the principle that interjections are invariable.

In short, the bending is legitimate, for etymological reasons, but perhaps it will be lost due to the class of which the word is now affected when it is used as an expression of gratitude.

by S. Leite
Superior Institute of Education and Sciences, Lisbon

In nowadays, and according to my experience as a Portuguese fellow, the difference between masculine and feminine versions of the word has lost its importance as it is used in an aleatory manner with no problem at all. Yet, the difference between "Obrigado" and "Obrigada" has been pointed in many sites and forums, specially in Brazilian ones, which do state its use as "Obrigado" should be used by men and "Obrigada" by women.

by Flashopen
Journalist and blog owner, Eindhoven

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

New first stop for hacked site recovery


We certainly hope you never have to use our new Help for hacked sites informational series. It's a dozen articles and over an hour of videos dedicated to helping webmasters in the unfortunate event that their site is compromised.

Overview: How and why sites are hacked

If you have further interest in why cybercriminals hack sites for spammy purposes, see Tiffany Oberoi’s explanation in Step 5: Assess the damage (hacked with spam).

Tiffany Oberoi, a Webspam engineer, shares more information about sites hacked with spam

And if you’re curious about malware, Lucas Ballard from our Safe Browsing team, explains more about the topic in Step 5: Assess the damage (hacked with malware).

Lucas Ballard, a Safe Browsing engineer, and I pretend to have a totally natural conversation about malware

While we attempt to outline the necessary steps in recovery, each task remains fairly difficult for site owners unless they have advanced knowledge of system administrator commands and experience with source code. For helping fellow webmasters through the difficult recovery time, we'd like to thank the steady members in Webmaster Forum. Specifically, in the subforum Malware and hacked sites, we'd be remiss not to mention the amazing contributions of Redleg and Denis Sinegubko.

How to avoid ever needing Help for hacked sites

Just as you focus on making a site that's good for users and search-engine friendly, keeping your site secure -- for you and your visitors -- is also paramount. When site owners fail to keep their site secure, hackers may exploit the vulnerability. If a hacker exploits a vulnerability, then you might need Help for hacked sites. So, to potentially avoid this scenario:
  • Be vigilant about keeping software updated
  • Understand the security practices of all applications, plugins, third-party software, etc., before you install them on your server. A security vulnerability in one software application can affect the safety of your entire site
  • Remove unnecessary or unused software
  • Enforce creation of strong passwords
  • Keep all devices used to log in to your servers secure (updated operating system and browser)
  • Make regular, automated backups of your site
Help for hacked sites can be found at We look forward to not seeing you there!

Written by Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead