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Work Smart Video: Easily and Securely Save Passwords

Work Smart Video: Easily and Securely Save Passwords

When it comes to storing passwords, I’ve been a KeePass fan and user for years now , but when Leo Laporte told me he uses LastPass , I had to check it out. I don’t love the idea of syncing my password file to a third-party web site–I’m that paranoid–but it is a total pain to cart around my KeePass database file. Now that I’ve tried LastPass, I’m sold–well, for my lower-security logins, anyway. This week’s Work Smart video covers the security vs. convenience tug-of-war you have to put up with when deciding on any password system, and why LastPass is a solid choice.

Interact with Google Apps at the Command Line

Interact with Google Apps at the Command Line

Having a ball playing around with the just-released GoogleCL tool , which offers command line access to Google Calendar, contacts, Docs, Picasa, Blogger, and YouTube. With Python-based GoogleCL installed, you can do things such as list today’s events on your GCal right in the terminal, like so: $ google calendar today title Coffee with Michael and Samir Dozing off Lunch at Flingers Instant use case: Add echo “Next 24 hours:”;google calendar today title to your ~/.bash_profile file to see what you’ve got scheduled for the day when you launch a new Terminal window. Some more GoogleCL fun inside. If you just type google at the command line, you launch an interactive terminal that lets you try all the various commands. In the interactive terminal, type command-name help to see its options, like help calendar . Each command has several parameters that aren’t immediately apparent. For example, in calendar, you can omit the long and hairy event URL by using the title parameter. You can list events for a particular day using the data parameter ( –date 2010-06-16 ), and you can get events from a particular calendar and by keyword search term. For example, to see all my trips to NYC on my TripIt calendar, I’d use the command: $ google calendar list –cal TripIt –query NYC Remember the beauty of the command line: you can easily chain commands together with the pipe, so you can sed , awk , and grep output to your heart’s content, and then write it to a file if needed, using > .

Android and Me Interview

Android and Me Interview

Thanks a million to Eric Weiss at Android and Me –one of my favorite blogs for keeping up on Android news and tips–for interviewing me about my own Android habit , space travel, cloud comforters, third-party ROMs, and my favorite gadgets.


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December Always Gets Me Reflecting

December Always Gets Me Reflecting

There’s a little failure in every success, and a little success in every failure. ‘Tis the season to take stock .

What Matters Now: Download the Free E-Book

What Matters Now: Download the Free E-Book

Author Seth Godin has compiled a free 80-page e-book entitled What Matters Now , a collection of thought-provoking nuggets from authors and technologists across the web. I’m thrilled that I had the privilege of contributing a page to it. Download the book for free. Each page of the book is authored by someone different, and contributors range from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert to Wired editor Chris Anderson to The War of Art author Steve Pressfield to 37Signals founder Jason Fried.* The assignment was to come up with a 10 to 200 word essay or picture on a big idea that matters now. I tackled the subject of personal productivity. Here’s a screenshot of my submission. When I put this together I was feeling like a slave to my to-do list and email inbox, but–cheesy as it sounds–personal productivity is about so much more than that. I hope that in 2010 we can all take the 20,000-foot view on what’s most important in life before we start checking our email.

Alerts Help You Stop Obsessively Checking Web Site Stats

Alerts Help You Stop Obsessively Checking Web Site Stats

One of the conditions I set for myself when I started this blog was that I would not, under any circumstances, spend too much time navel-gazing at web site traffic graphs. For a year now, I’ve been pretty successful–but I still want to know if some big spike or dip happens, and I don’t want to have to check by hand to see that. So, I’m pretty stoked about Google Analytics’ alerts feature . You set it to shoot you an email when something happens–like your traffic goes up more than 10% from where it was the day before–and you’re done. I like software that comes to me when something I care about happens. (That all said, Google Analytics is still a little too complicated and hairy for me at times; I’ve been meaning to try out Mint for awhile now , which looks simpler, but doesn’t appear to have alerts .) How do you track your site activity without staring at graphs every day?

The Best Android Apps are Made by Google

The Best Android Apps are Made by Google

Right now, Android is the phone OS you want only if your whole life is already tied up in your Google account. All of Android’s can’t-get-this-anywhere-else applications are made by Google. Android’s Gmail client, Google Voice, Google Goggles, Google Maps, and even Google Sky and Google Listen are Android applications that either have no exact parallel on other platforms like the iPhone, or do things that their counterparts on other platforms can’t match. Let’s break this down. Android’s Gmail client is one of the two primary reasons why I went Android . If you live in Gmail in the browser, you’ll swear by the fact that the Android Gmail client supports threaded conversations, labels, muting conversations, marking as spam–all the advanced Gmail goodness you get in the native webapp. The second primary app I use Android for is Google Voice. Being able to text via Google Voice for free as if it were the phone’s native SMS application and get voicemail transcription in-app is awesome.* Beyond the Gmail/Google Voice two-punch, Google Maps gets updates on Android faster than on the iPhone or anywhere else, like turn-by-turn directions and What’s Nearby . Finally, the brand new Google Goggles app looks like a search application I will use as often as search-by-voice.

My Latest, Favorite Google Wave Tips and Updates

My Latest, Favorite Google Wave Tips and Updates

Been hard at work readying The Complete Guide to Google Wave for its PDF debut this month. The Wave team has been making it more difficult with (welcome) changes to the app on the final days of copyedit. I’ve been updating a book-specific Twitter stream, @gwaveguide , with Wave news and tips, but wanted to round up three of my favorite must-know items here. You already know that public waves are a great way to interact with people on Google Wave (especially if your friends and co-workers haven’t been invited yet). But the problem with public waves is that they were opt-out instead of opt-in: the moment you opened a public wave, you got added to its participants list. Today the Wave team fixed that madness. The “mute” button, which you would have to press to keep an active wave from constantly popping up in your inbox with new content, has been replaced with “unfollow.”* Instead of getting automatically added to a public wave’s participant list by just opening it, it’s now opt-in: you click “Follow” to get a wave’s updates in your Inbox. Follow/unfollow works for any wave, too–not just public waves. For now, unfollow is a stop-gap solution for the inability to remove yourself from a wave

My SXSW Interactive Panel Proposal and Picks

My SXSW Interactive Panel Proposal and Picks

Voting for SXSW Interactive panel proposals closes end-of-day tomorrow, and your little green thumbs-up counts for 30% of a panel’s chance of actually happening. Here’s the panel I proposed, the one I’ll be on (if it’s voted through), and others I’ve voted for. My panel proposal: How’d They DO That? Secrets of Web Superstars –a thinly-veiled excuse to interview my online idols and mentors Adam’s panel, which I’ll be on: Coding for Pleasure: Developing Killer Spare-Time Apps –in which the hows and whys of spare-time apps like MixTape.me, Texter, the Better Webapp extensions, Todo.txt CLI, and Twitalytic will be discussed danah boyd: Understanding Lies, Deception, and Truthiness in Social Media Jim Coudal and John Gruber: Online Advertising: Losing the Race to the Bottom Andy Baio: Gaming the Crowd: Turning Work Into Play Jen Bekman: Inbox Hero: Why Newsletters Matter More Than Ever Josh Clark (creator of the Couch to 5k program ): Nerds on the Run: Tech and Casual Fitness Post your picks for panels you’ve given the thumbs up in the comments, so we can help make the good stuff come to fruition in Austin this spring.

La macchina enigma da provare

La macchina enigma da provare

Per chi non sapesse che cos’è la macchina enigma è una delle prime macchine di cifratura a chiave variabile ed era in servizio all’esercito tedesco nei tempi della seconda guerra mondiale. O come meglio dice wikipedia: Enigma fu una macchina per cifrare (e decifrare) elettro-meccanica, al servizio delle forze armate tedesche. La sua facilità d’uso e Post correlati: msietri dlela mnete uamna…

Firefox 3.5 Now Available–Google Gears, Tab Mix Plus Not Yet Compatible

Firefox 3.5 Now Available–Google Gears, Tab Mix Plus Not Yet Compatible

The official release of Firefox’s latest version 3.5 is available for download by the non-beta-testing public today. The folks at Mozilla Add-ons do a great job of nudging their extension authors to make their work compatible with new versions. Still, a few add-ons aren’t there yet, notably Google Gears (not hosted at Mozilla Add-ons) and Tab Mix Plus . Update: Testers tell me a developer build of Tab Mix Plus is Firefox 3.5 compatible. Thanks all! Luckily when you install Firefox 3.5 you get a warning upfront of which of your installed add-ons aren’t yet compatible, like the one I got today, pictured here.