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Advanced Internetting: Password Managers

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Did you know that your LinkedIn password is on display in a German Museum? Is your password “123456?” How’d I guess?  Well, it’s the most common password in use today. Scary isn’t it? Here’s something truly terrifying: for 20 years, the US secret nuclear launch code was “00000000.” Even if you aren’t launching nukes, your passwords are important. Why are they important? Unless you want someone you don’t know to have access to your Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter accounts, you need to care about your passwords.

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Advanced Internetting: Two Factor Authentication

Earlier this week, I discovered that GitHub supports two factor authentication, and I emailed all my coworkers, explaining what it is, why it is important, and how it works. Since I’ve already done the leg-work, I figured I should post it here, too.
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Advanced Internetting: RSS

UPDATE: In the post I say that I say that I am too lazy to separate feeds out into more categories than “comics” and “everything else.” But then I was on vacation for a week and had several thousand items to read.

Now it’s split into the following:

  • comics (same as before)
  • pay attention (stuff that I want to make sure I pay attention to)
  • bullshit (stuff that I don’t care if I blindly mark as read, but is actually really fast to blast through – typically these are sites that post single images as the sole post)
  • too many posts (these have good content, but they’re first on the chopping block, because they post too often; eg hacker news and fark)
  • subscriptions (my catch all, which needs a better name)

Ultimately, the point is to be able to prioritize which categories I really care about if I have too much stuff to read, and I need to mark an entire category as read, so I don’t have to declare complete RSS bankruptcy.

There was a pretty big dustup when Google announced it was shuttering Google Reader earlier this year. If you were using it, you’ve almost certainly found a replacement by now. But if you weren’t, and you aren’t familiar with RSS, now is probably the best possible time to get familiar. Google Reader replacements have started popping up all over the place, but they won’t do you any good, if you don’t know what they do.

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Advanced Internetting: The Bookmarklet

tl;wr: bookmarklets are awesome, and you should use them.

When I was home for Christmas, I discovered that my brother didn’t know what bookmarklets were. This sort of blew my mind, because he is a pretty savvy internetter. I use bookmarklets more than any other bookmark I have. The fact that he had no idea what they were made me realize that maybe they aren’t commonly known and used. Which, frankly, is a shame.

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