Whew…long day @HarrelsonAgency. 119 Basecamp project todos crossed off. 21 more to go!
I was really excited to be on Merianna and Elisabeth’s podcast Thinking Out Loud to talk about reading and writing in the 21st cent (and beyond). Great podcast they have going.
Amazing that we are still discovering important aspects of our solar system that totally change how we look at our cosmic neighborhood.
I’m extremely interested in the digital dark age we’re producing, especially when it comes to link rot…
Eight years later, the site still exists, essentially frozen in time. That provides an interesting window into the phenomenon of “link rot,” or hyperlinks that used to work but now point to dead pages. Our analysis found that 22% of the Million Dollar Homepage’s pixels now fail to load a webpage when clicked.
Watching the new Cosmos on Fox (Newton episode) and really miss being an 8th grade science teacher now.
Redeem us from the prequels, Disney…
Star Wars: Episode VII will release in theaters on December 18, 2015.
It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.
If you like to read and love books, you should be listening to Elizabeth’s and Merianna’s podcast. Good stuff.
I love that @pocketcasts now has Chromecast capabilities. I live by podcasts so this is very welcomed.
No one likes to take the time to make passwords online. When you’re setting up your CBSSports account to fill in your March Madness brackets, you just want to get to work. No one’s going to hack you, so you just use the same password there as you do for your Bank of America account and GMail. Who cares, right? You’ve got nothing to hide.
And then you get “hacked” and it’s no fun.
Being a “techy” person, I get lots of questions about how to avoid being “hacked” (it’s fascinating to me how that word has changed its usage as geek and tech culture has become mainstream).
My response is normally:
1) Never use the same password twice. Ever. Use a service such as LastPass if you’re into that (I am).
2) For each of the online services you use, make unique and long passwords that include random characters and even nonsense strings that only you know (I know, I know… this isn’t completely foolproof but it helps prevent the script kiddie hacks). Try to avoid common terms such as “password,” “changeme,” or “123456.”
3) Never use the same password twice. Ever.
4) If you can, enable 2 Factor Authentication.
5) Never use the same password twice. Ever.
Step 1 is usually when the person loses interest in my advice. But you should really enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) as soon as possible if you’re at all concerned about your online accounts or just want to have a good lock on your doors to keep honest people honest.
TwoFactorAuthor.org has a nice list of major services that we all use, with links to relevant instructions, such as Google Accounts, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, even Steam or Etsy etc.
There’s no reason for you not to do this today.
Two-factor authentication! In this age of endless massive hacks we seem to be in the middle of, it’s one of the easiest ways you can dramatically boost security on your online accounts.
But which sites actually support it? It can be a pain to keep track. Fortunately, a new, community-driven list keeps a running list of all the big sites that have some form of 2FA enabled (and encourages you to nag at those that don’t).