My good friend, Scott Driza, from DocBuilder.com Incorporated recently wrote about password policy considerations.Â I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand changing my passwords at work.Â I’ve already run through all of my usual strong passwords, and I can’t go back to them until I’ve created 10 more passwords that I’ll never remember.Â What’s worse is that every single system at my current employer has its own password and password policy.
I am a big proponent of single sign on technologies because of all of the pain and suffering I have endured while trying to come up with a new password for a bazillion applications every 60 to 90 days.Â To avoid causing pain and suffering for your users, the first thing you should think about doing is tying all of your network and web applications together under one user name and password.Â I know this takes a bit of work when building or configuring the applications, but it is worth it in the long run.Â Secondly, make it easy for the users to come up with new passwords.Â Having a password at least 7 characters long with at least 1 capitalized letter and 1 number is strong enough for most businesses.Â Most of the applications are buried behind corporate firewalls anyway.
One user name, one password, one simple policy – Three things that will make your users happier and your network safer.
I use a web conferencing product at work called iLinc to do demonstrations and training from remote locations.Â iLinc makes it possible to provide visualÂ presentations instead of boring old audio conference calls.Â Like most applications made specifically for business communications, iLinc has not been available for the Mac.Â Until now, that is.Â With iLinc 9, meeting presenters and attendees will be able to use Windows or Macintosh computers to connect to meetings.
I don’t really expect to be able to use my Mac for work meetings very often, but I would love to be able to use Apple’s Keynote to show slide presentations.Â It knocks the socks off of PowerPoint any day of the week.Â I also have coworkers that need help with their Macs on occasion so it will be nice to be able to see the problems they’re having instead of just guessing what might be wrong.
I have been very impressed with the Windows versions of iLinc.Â Let’s see how good they are at making software for the Mac.
Last night, on the eve of our Independence Day, Keith Olbermann wrote a wonderful article for MSNBC stating all of the ways President Bush has failed us all in the last six and a half years. The final straw for Olbermann was Bush’s recent commuting of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence. In his article, he calls on Bush and Cheney to help Americans to regain the trust of the government by resigning a la Richard Nixon.
When I first heard the news of what Bush had done, I was speechless. I just didn’t know what to say. It has been so hard to be hopeful since the day of the Coup of 2000, and Bush continued to disappoint me and most of the nation by making sure his buddy didn’t spend any time in prison. I know it is every President’s right to issue pardons, and I fully expect Bush to issue his fair share prior to leaving office, but the Libby case was still going through the appeals process. The case hadn’t even made it through the court system yet, and here was Bush completely overruling the judicial system by saying that he thought the sentence was too harsh. What a slap in the face of everyone involved, and when I say everyone, I mean every citizen of this country. Every citizen that performs jury duty because it’s an important part of being an American. Every citizen that follows the laws because it is the right thing to do, and every citizen that pays their fines or spends time in prison because they didn’t follow the laws. Bush just told all of us that following the rules is not all that important as long as you have friends in the right places.
I am seconding Olbermann’s call for Bush and Cheney to resign. We’ve all had enough, and I think the rest of the world will appreciate it as well.
Well, it’s finally come down to this.Â I have been trying to motivate myself to write more in my blog about everything that is going on around me, but my posts continue to be few and far between.Â Now I am putting my intentions out here for all to see.Â I plan to write at least 31 posts in July.Â That’s one post a day, and I’m already a few days behind.Â Now, I may not post every single day, but I expect myself to have added 31 new posts by the end of the month.Â The reason I’m writing this is so people out there can keep me honest.Â If you see me slipping, send me a comment and let me know about it.Â I’m going to need your help to make this happen.Â Maybe by the end of the month, I will have hit my groove with this writing thing.Â Wish me luck!
My wife surprised me with a nice evening out for dinner and a movie for Father’s Day Saturday night. It was fun just hanging out and having a good time without the kids.
We saw Knocked Up, and let me tell you; it was a great movie. We’ll probably have to add it to our collection when it comes out on DVD. A lot of the same people that were in Anchorman and 40 Year Old Virgin were in this movie so if you found those two movies entertaining, you’ll really like Knocked Up.
If you have the means, check it out before it leaves the theaters.
While reading TechCrunch earlier today, I was reminded that Yahoo was closing down Yahoo Photos in favor of Flickr. I personally like Flickr so much that I paid for the pro account and try to post photos as time permits.
Just for kicks, I logged into Yahoo Photos to see if I had ever posted anything in there, and sure enough, I found a great photo of my brother playing guitar back in 2001. Jeff was an incredible musician and played guitar and tenor sax from a very early age all the way through his 20s. Just like me, he’s kind of gotten away from playing as other priorities have taken over, but I’m hoping we’ll play together again some day. There’s nothing quite like jamming with your brother on stage while the crowd goes crazy. Good times!
Anyway, when I logged into Yahoo Photos, I was asked to transition my photos to Flickr or another service, and the whole process went very smoothly. Of course, I only had one photo to move so I guess it would be tough to mess that up. Now that Yahoo has finally decided that having two photo services doesn’t make a lot of sense, I hope they continue to put resources into Flickr to improve an already great service.
OneTrip is a great little shopping list application written by Neven Mrgan. It works great in Safari on my Mac, and will presumably work on the iPhone when it comes out at the end of this month. It is a very good example of what is possible when you combine the latest web standards with high quality visual design. If OneTrip is the start of things to come, I’m going to need to figure out how to justify to my wife that I need an iPhone. Great job Neven!
I’ve been meaning to blog about this video I first saw early last week.
This has to be one of the coolest offices ever. I’d love to work there, but I’m afraid these guys would think I was an old fart at the ripe old age of 33. From all of the comments on CrunchNotes, these guys work for a company called Connected Ventures in NYC. If I were 20 something and in New York, I’d be busting down the door to work for this company. Enjoy!
From CrunchNotes and Internet Business Daily.
For anyone who has read my blog for a while, you know I usually write about how great Apple’s latest and greatest hardware and software are because in most cases, they usually are truly great.
Yesterday’s release of the Safari 3 Public Beta made me take a step back and really think about the quality of Apple’s Windows applications. I installed it on my Windows XP and Windows Vista machines with no problems, but the performance is sluggish at best, and there clearly needs to be some performance tuning before Safari is officially released in the fall.
The thing that really bothered me about Safari was the blatant disregard for Windows development standards. The user interface matches the Mac version of Safari instead of taking advantage of the look and feel of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Apple did the same thing when they released iTunes for Windows. If they truly want to create the best Windows programs available, they need to embrace and take advantage of the underlying technologies in the platforms in which they develop. Just imagine the uproar that would occur if Microsoft released Office for Mac using the Windows Vista look and feel. The Mac community would go crazy for good reason. Oh wait, this happened already with Office 6.0, and the Mac community did go crazy.
I am lucky enough to have both Mac and Windows machines at home to play with, but if I were purely a Windows user, I would be confused and frustrated by the iTunes and Safari user interfaces. They would seem foreign and sluggish to me. The applications clearly take a performance hit by trying to look like a Mac program in Windows.
It is time for Apple to recognize that if they really want to be in the Windows applications business, they need to embrace the platform and make the best looking, easiest to use, and fastest applications that take advantage of the foundation that Microsoft provides. Why try to reinvent the wheel? Apple needs to create Windows applications that look and feel like Windows applications.
RapidWeaver is a great web design tool for Mac OS X. I have been using it a long time for my personal websites and will continue to do so because it is, by far, the best web design software I have ever used. The only thing that I don’t like all that much is the blog functionality. After much debate, I finally switched over to WordPress so I could take advantage of the latest and greatest blogging technology. I did this in spite of my desire to keep the look and feel of my site consistent. I know I could always create a template in WordPress that would match my RapidWeaver site, but quite frankly, I don’t have the time to spend on something like that.
Now, it looks like Dan Counsell and crew over at Realmac Software are working on a nice update to the blog features in RapidWeaver. Just looking at the image posted on their blog, I can’t wait to check out the new version. The only bummer is that you can’t post to the blog remotely. That is a big thing for me because I use multiple computers and I have to travel for work.
What I would really like to see is some kind of integration with a mainstream blogging application. It would be cool if Realmac would integrate WordPress in some way. What might be even more impressive is if they would integrate Blogger by using the Blogger API. Users could take advantage of the great look and feel of RapidWeaver while still having the opportunity to use Blogger to post remotely. Now, that would be the best of both worlds. Dan, if you’re listening, put this on your list of things to do.