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Python trademark in danger

A bit off topic: The Python foundation that is behind the Python programming language posted a call for help because of an legal issue involving their trademark "Python". 

There is a company in the UK that is trying to trademark the use of the term "Python" for all software, services, servers... pretty much anything having to do with a computer. Specifically, it is the company that got a hold on the python.co.uk domain 13 years ago. At that time we weren't looking a lot at trademark issues, and so we didn't get that domain.

This hasn't been an issue since then because the python.co.uk domain has, for most of its life, just forwarded its traffic on to the parent companies, veber.co.uk and pobox.co.uk. Unfortunately, Veber has decided that they want to start using the name "Python" for their server (...)

New Zenphoto.org Server Launched

We've upgraded the Zenphoto server to a much higher capacity, which should mean that the site will be faster, more reliable, and more stable.

We couldn't have done this without your support and donations! Thank you to those of you who have donated to keep the site running and enable us to upgrade.

Please let us know in the support forums if you find any issues or problems since the migration.

Haven't donated yet? Donate to the Zenphoto project here and help us keep the server running. Thanks!

externalLink

Provides extensions to the image utilities to crop images.Adds fields to the image utilities that will let you specify an image size and will provide a link to the image in that size that you can use outside of your Zenphoto gallery.

Zenphoto 1.4.4.1b

Sorry for the inconvenience but we had to release Zenphoto 1.4.4.1b which is an update to 1.4.4.1

It corrects the check_for_update plugin so that it does not improperly report that there is a newer release and prevents lowercasing the default database handler name. 

As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes. For more detailed info about the fixes please review the GitHub issues list.

singleAlbum

This plugin will intercept the load process and force references to the index page to the the single album of the installation.

Zenphoto 1.4.4.1

Zenphoto 1.4.4.1 is a bugfix release. Multiple minor errors are corrected.

As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes. For more detailed info about the fixes please review the GitHub issues list.

Extension section cleanup January 2013

Once again we did cleanup our listed third party extensions. One or two we could update but ten are apparently abandoned because the sites are generally not acessible anymore. 

You can review those ten plugins here: http://www.zenphoto.org/page/search/tags/extension-abandoned

If you are the author of one of these plugins and still provide it somehow let us know on the forum so we can update the entries. Otherwise we will delete their entries sometime later.

thumbsZoom

A plugin that shows a magnified picture whenever the mouse stops over an image thumbnail, in album and (or) search results pages.

ipBlocker

The plugin provides two services:

  • IP address filtering
  • Detection of password probing attempts

IP address filtering:

Allows/Denies access to the gallery to specified IP address ranges. Detects repeated failed login attempts and blocks access to the IP address used in these attempts.

This does not block access to validated users, only anonymous visitors. But a user will have to log on via the admin pages if out of the IP ranges as he will get a Forbidden error on any front-end page including a logon form

Password probing:

Hackers often use probing or password guessing to attempt to breach your site This plugin can help to throttle these attacks. It works by monitoring failed logon attempts. If a defined threashold is exceeded by requests from a particular IP address, further access attempts from that IP accress will be ignored until a timeout (...)

reCaptcha

reCaptcha handler (http://www.google.com/recaptcha)

This plugin lets you select from one of Google's reCaptcha themes (Red, White, Black Glass, or Clean) or from a custom reCaptcha theme such as the lt-blue theme included.

The lt-blue theme is intended as an example of how to create a custom theme. You can create themes and place them in the plugins/reCpatcha folder. The folder name will be the theme name. The only required file is reCaptcha.html but you can include other items like images, etc. in the folder.

Your custom reCaptcha.html will be processed at runtime making substitutions of the followng "definitions":

  • __GETHELP__ => localized text for "Help"
  • __GETIMAGE__ => localized text for "Get an image CAPTCHA"
  • __GETAUDIO__ => localized text for "Get an audio CAPTCHA"
  • __RELOAD__ => localized text for "Get another CAPTCHA"
  • __WORDS__ => localized text for (...)