weak password woes

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Passwords are still too weak for the most part.Well, here we are in the 21st century – the second decade of the 21st century, even, and Internet security, specifically the problem of weak passwords, still plagues our society.  A new study, based on analysis of 32 million passwords, shows that the most popular password is – can you guess? – “123456″.  One in five users leaves a key under the virtual doormat with obvious passwords like “qwerty”, “password”, “iloveyou”, or “princess”!  (original story here).

Why is it that we can’t pick secure passwords?  It seems it’s just human nature.  A password that is secure is, by definition, hard to remember for a human.  Here are five tips that will help your passwords remain secure. (more…)

movie science

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Oh, man, I laughed when I saw this:

How true that is!

endoora artist opportunity

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Just got this in my email the other day:

CASTING – MUSICIANS

Casting for a reality docu-series for the formation and journey of an international teen band. Record deal with major label already secured. Looking for 5 band members ages 18-22 (18 – 22 that can play younger). Must be extremely camera friendly, an idol in the making. Must be very comfortable in front of the camera and have real ability to play instruments and/ or sing. We’re looking for musicians with their own unique style and sound who absolutely live for music. International travel required. This is a rare and very special opportunity to turn your dreams into legitimate international stardom.

Singer: 18-22 male.

Bassist: 18-22 male or female.

Guitarist: 18-22 male or female

Keyboardist: 18-22 male or female

Drummer: 18-22 male or female

Please contact Matt or Dana at 323.460.5658 or via email:

matt@liquid-theory.com or dana@liquid-theory.com to schedule an audition time (Los Angeles)

Auditions are being held from 1.20.10 – 2.5.10

It’s a great opportunity for musicians, share it with your friends! You have to have an Endoora account to apply. If you don’t know what Endoora is, click here to find out!

cool mermaid makeup

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Mermaid Makeup

My wife is so creative!  She made her sister into a mermaid for a school activity using just makeup.  She created the pattern on the face by using a mesh bag that originally held mandarin oranges to create the pattern as she applied makeup to her sister’s face through it.

Mermaid Makeup

Yup, she’s pretty cool!

Mermaid Makeup

that’s my dog

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

So the other day I was shocked to find my normally-well-behaved dog Miko up on a chair in the living room…


Silly dog!  She had just been groomed and when she saw the clippers coming out again, she panicked!

what does bing stand for?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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‘Nuff said. (link to original image)

why chrome is my new favorite browser

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Recently I started using Google Chrome. I downloaded it, tested a few things, and before you know it I was using it every time I wanted to go online, leaving my old standby FireFox unused and un-clicked.  I will attempt to organize the reasons for my switch into a bulleted list below:

  • It’s fast. You open the program, it displays.  The quicker I can get to my webpages, the quicker I can get to work.
  • It maximizes screen real estate.  I hate having my usable browser area cluttered by a bunch of toolbars I don’t want that came bundled with other stuff I did want. (Internet Explorer, I’m talking to you).  Chrome even goes so far as to use the top window bar (which is normally not used for anything except the program’s name and window controls) to put my tabs in when maximized.  I love that!  Every little bit of usable screen real estate helps when developing websites on my small laptop screen and I appreciate having those 20 or so vertical pixels back.
  • It comes with great developer tools.  FireFox has an add-on called Web Developer that I truly love for debugging websites, especially CSS.  But the built-in developer tools that come with Chrome blow it out of the water!  You can change CSS properties on any element and watch how the rendering changes, without re-uploading the CSS file.  And you don’t have to download an add-on to do it.  While I was writing this post, I used the real-time CSS modification abilities of Chrome’s developer tools to fix a problem with my WordPress theme that was chopping off the title of my posts if they got too long.
  • Did I mention it’s fast?
  • It’s simple.  It shows me what I need, and hides what I don’t.  It doesn’t bury clearing the cache in some tab in some dialog box, under the heading Temporary Internet Files (again, IE, I’m talking to you).
  • It has all the keyboard shortcuts I loved in FireFox and had gotten used to as a Web Developer.  Things like CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE to clear cache and cookies (essential for web development), CTRL+T for a new tab, CTRL+SHIFT+T to re-open the most recently closed tab (handy when you just closed something and realized you weren’t done with it yet).
  • Did I mention it’s fast?

Anyway, that’s all I can think of for now.  The list is in no particular order, and is not terribly thorough, but there you have it – my unofficial list of why Google Chrome beats the pants off of any other browser out there.  I still keep the other browsers installed on my machine to make sure the CSS I’m crafting works across browsers and doesn’t break my nice site layouts, but as far as day-to-day heavy lifting goes, Chrome is my new best friend.

kodak easy share nightmare

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Attention, Kodak EasyShare Wireless Digital Picture Frame users! Kodak has made it extremely easy to share what’s on your picture frame with everyone on the internet! Each picture frame has a unique RSS feed that includes its MAC address, and the frames have wi-fi capability built-in, so anyone on the Internet that has your feed URL can see ALL the pictures on your picture frame. There is even a chance that someone could modify the RSS URL of your picture frame and load pictures of their choosing on it – even before it gets out of the box. Read the original post here. Kodak, you need to think the security implications of a wifi-enabled digital picture frame before releasing it to the public!