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Why is your recovery email address

5 Feb

gmail.pngEach year I receive angry or confused messages from a person who  found as the recovery email address in their Google account.  This post is intended to explain why. Continue reading


When Can I Reuse This Calendar (dot com)

11 Nov

My wife dug up a 2008 calendar still in the shrinkwrap and it got me thinking… When can I reuse this calendar? Well, I had a spare hour and $6.99 to register a domain, so I whipped out this little site:

Now you can go digging through that chest of crap from the 1990s and pull out your favorite cute puppies calendar. In 2010, you can re-use calendars from 1999, 1993, 1982, 1971, 1965, 1954, 1943, and 1937.

Return of the Rum Runners

4 Aug

Liquor bottlesLast weekend Washington state just upped its liquor prices an average of 13% per bottle in a bid to help fill its 6 billion dollar budget gap. The estimated proceeds from the increase in liquor tax should cover about 1.3% of the budget shortfall. The problem is, I don’t think they will take in nearly as much as they have estimated.

It hasn’t even been a week and I’m already hearing several people talking about making booze runs down to Portland, Oregon. A casual web search reveals some insightful advice suggesting there is no peril in shuttling copious quantities of booze across state lines, but I remain dubious. However, with over 75% of the cost of a bottle now profits to the state, it will become harder for people to resist a little bit of sales and use tax evasion.

I hate to say it, but it will probably take a horse’s ass to spearhead an initiative to reduce state liquor taxes. It can’t be many more years before people start whining about the ever-increasing rates in general and I know someone will come riding in on their white horse to rescue the taxpayer’s hard-earned dollar once the general consensus agrees that the economy has sufficiently recovered.

Photo credit Thomas Hawk

Firefox's Refreshing Source View

25 Jun

Did you know you can trigger a refresh while viewing the source of a page? This feature has been around since the dawn of Firefox 2.0, but it is still unknown to many web professionals.

All the standard keyboard shortcuts work, including the F5 and Ctrl+Shift+R for a cache flush. Give it a try on your favorite dynamic page.

Me blog pretty

18 Jun

no_kubrickThey say clothes make the man, so it stands to reason that the theme makes the blog. After receiving several moans about my blog’s styling, I’ve finally decided to do something about it. No more Kubrik theme for me.

For those who don’t care for the WordPress default theme, I do hope this one is more appealing. For tech and convenience oriented folk like myself, this new theme was easily customizable to support multiple widget bars. Plus, I hear three column fixed width layout is in this year.

10 Rules to Protect User Passwords

1 May

loginformMost programmers take a pragmatic approach to security and scale their efforts based on an estimate of the sensitivity of the data they are storing.

The unfortunate truth is that password security is frequently underestimated, making it easy for credentials to be sniffed or stolen.  Users often keep a very small collection of passwords, with many people memorizing a small collection and using them on almost every site and service they use. A password compromise on one site can lead to a compromise on many.

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