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Technology

Proposed new password metric: typability

It’s pass­word renew­al time at work, and it’s got me think­ing about the best pos­si­ble pass­word. All the tips, tricks, lit­er­a­ture, guide­lines, rules, and auto­mat­ic gen­er­a­tors are obsessed with cre­at­ing strong pass­words. And that’s fine, I gave up easy-to-remem­ber pass­words a long time ago. But there’s anoth­er char­ac­ter­is­tics of a good pass­word that nobody has […]

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Rants Technology

The problem with Google

I do love me Google. A lot. I use it exclu­sive­ly, and when­ev­er I present to the hoi pol­loi on “Search­ing teh Intar­webs” I use Google to do it. But there is one thing they need to fix, between adding more one box­es and putting lit­tle arrows at the end of my cus­tomized search results. […]

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Technology

The WiFi button

I have a sug­ges­tion for Apple. Yes, I know they are (not) lis­ten­ing. I think the next iPhone/iPod touch should have a WiFi but­ton. Like the pow­er but­ton on the top, maybe on the oth­er side of the device, it should glow a light blue when it is on. You’d use it to turn WiFi […]

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Culture

Matchmaking service for students buying Macs and others wanting iPod touches

No, it does­n’t exist, not that I could find. But it should. And quick. Any­one? Lazy­web? Bueller? Make a ser­vice that match­es peo­ple buy­ing Macs this sum­mer via the .edu dis­count, and peo­ple who would be will­ing to fork over $20 for the “free” iPod touch the first par­ty will get. Make it and they […]

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Culture

I want to pre-order a book that doesn’t exist, but will

Here’s the deal.  I’m read­ing a tril­o­gy by Robin Hobb.  It’s a fan­ta­sy series, yes, and the books are actu­al­ly a bit of a trudge, but sure­ly worth it in the end.  I have the first two in paper­back.  The third—and final—book is now out in hard­cov­er.  I don’t buy hard­cov­er. So, I would very […]

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Powered by Gravity: Hot Wheels and Line Rider

While on vaca­tion in Flori­da, we passed a bill­board that had a very cool car on it, at a down­ward angle, and the tag line read, “Real Cars are Pow­ered by Grav­i­ty.” In the cor­ner was a Hot Wheels logo. I thought that was awe­some. Then, a few days lat­er I saw some­thing pass by […]

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Technology Thoughtful

Remote sensor for thermostats

This is one of the Mil­lion Dol­lar Ideas. Please, take this idea, and make it a real­i­ty, so I can buy it. And if you know that this exists now, please point me to it! You know those weather/temperature sta­tions you can buy every­where now? The ones with the 2, 4 or 16 remote sen­sors, […]

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Technology

Advanced online banking features

Here’s an awe­some idea, if I do say so myself. I was look­ing at our bank account online, at our check­ing and our sav­ings accounts, when I thought to myself, it should­n’t be this hard to save for stuff. If I can see my sav­ings account online, why can’t I des­ig­nate some of it as […]

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Me and my life Technology

Buzzer the Washing Machine

Buzzers on clothes dry­ers are ubiq­ui­tous, but nobody seems to be putting buzzers on the wash­ing machines. I under­stand that the dry­er buzzes because of all those cloth­ing care labels that say, “Tum­ble Dry Low. Remove Prompt­ly” But frankly, we use it to remind us that we have to switch loads around. But there are […]

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Me and my life

Single-use superglue

Every so often I wish I had some super­glue. I prob­a­bly do have some, in some tool­box some­where, but it is sure to be rock hard, or the cap is super­glued on, or you need a jack­ham­mer to get through the dried bit in the tube. Most­ly, I wish I had it, then I do […]