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On fun with passwords, and mysterious profile changes from somewhere near Seattle

With some websites, you need a password to help it remember how you like its content being presented to you. With others, you need it to use an app, checkout online or read and write e-mail.

Some of these websites do a good job helping to keep your password safe. They help you to pick a string password and they store it salted and scrambled, leaving others who might break in unable to make use of it.

For some time I’ve been collecting screenshots from websites’ registration forms, taken whenever they blow things up. See this Flickr Album.

There is all kinds of craziness to be found. No or only some non-latin characters allowed, sending your password in clear in a confirmation mail and so on. The latest addition to the album is a screenshot of Microsofts Office 365 for Business, kindly asking you to not use a password with more than 16 characters. Storing it in clear text, huh?

No more than 16 characters

 

And there is more strange stuff in how Microsoft manages profile data. After this weeks announcement about the availability of OneNote for Mac OSX, being a sucker for this kind of announcement, I went ahead and installed it. After signing in with my Microsoft Account (or whatever they call it right now - name seems to change every so often), I receive an e-mail from MS informing me about a change to “name, birthday, country-region” done to my profile from someplace near Seattle. The mail also tells me to ignore it if I did so changes myself. Well, I did not.

“Locked & Chained” by Bala Sivakumar, CC-BY-SA. Screenshots by yours truly.

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Let me use my devices, will you?

Mac OSX 10.7 introduced AirDrop. It was followed up by AirDrop in iOS 7. Until this day, both cannot talk to each other.

In 2012, Apple introduced AirDrop for Mac OSX and with iOS, brought it to iOS, too. Unfortunately, AirDrop != AirDrop and you cannot use both together. While sending something from one iOS device to the other, and from one Mac to another, you cannot send a photo from your iPhone to your Mac. Because AirDrop for iOS is compatible with AirDrop for OSX.

Mind you, this incompatibility is most likely not due to technical issues, but rather a product decision Apple took. Why? The heck I don’t know.

Since the emergence of computers in your trouser pockets, we started to increasingly see usage patterns where one user would use more than one device at a time. Well, not AT THE SAME time, but near enough. Working on your notebook to quickly switch to your phone to take a photo of the mind map your team created that you want to include in the document you are working on. Stuff like this. There is many more of these patterns out there, and they include the whole lot of computerized gadgets that make up our surroundings.

So why, why, can I not send a photo from my phone to my notebook? What is the reason for Apple taking the decision to restrict multi device usage in this way?

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37balls

You don’t have to like Jason Fried, you don’t have to like RoR, and heck, you don’t have to like Basecamp (the product). I’m certainly not overly enthusiastic about any of this.

Regardless how you feel about it, head over to the retired 37signals website and read what Jason has to say about the future of his company.

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Never stop delivering, they said

Spot the error.

What is wrong with this diagram?

See www.perforce.com/continuous-delivery-report for the full report.

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Building blocks

When I first read about this project in the Netherland two years ago, I found it hard to believe, too good to be true. Luckily it became reality, and it is a pretty impressive achievement.

Learn more at 3dprintcanalhouse.com.

More exciting 3D print news from the last days include:

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