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Techy Tuesday: Password Mistakes To Avoid

Go ahead, try and be clever about your passwords.  You are likely making predictable choices, according to Jeff Fox, leaving yourself vulnerable.  How smart are your tricks?  Consider this:

In a 2013 study for DARPA (the Federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) called Pathwell, security consulting company KoreLogic found that, among the thousands of users within an unnamed Fortune 100 company, roughly half had relied on just five patterns to compose their passwords and 85 percent had relied on just 100 patterns.… Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Let’s Encrypt the Entire Internet!

Free and easy security certificates – what a dream come true for webmasters and lovers of privacy!  Let’s Encrypt was announced this week (but won’t be ready to use until the second quarter of 2015)  “a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit.” It’s the product of years of work from engineers at Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan.… Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Solar Power Cloth

Forget bulky solar panels, new solar cloth can be used on carports, tents and other places that won’t hold up much weight.  A British company has invented lightweight photovoltaic fabric that can be stretched across parking lots or on buildings that can’t hold heavy loads, such as sports stadiums with lightweight, retractable roofs.… Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: All Our Patent Are Belong To You

Elon Musk says steal our technology … please!

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

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Tech Tuesday: Password Gestures

Steve shares this news story from NPR about using swipes and gestures to get at your password protected stuff.  Sign your name, or just make a pattern you can remember and swish – you are in!  What kind of squiggle would YOU make? … Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: Dr. Who’s Tardis Goes Solar?

London’s iconic red telephone boxes are being transformed into free solar-powered mobile phone charging stations painted green according to this story I totally scraped from Good News Network.

The first “Solar-box” was unveiled Wednesday on Tottenham Court Road, with support and funding from the Mayor of London, as a pilot before turning more traditional phone boxes green early next year.… Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: Battling for Bees

Surely you have heard about the mysterious disease that is killing off bees?  There has been a lot of concern about colonies of bees simply disappearing.  Now it seems the disappearances have stopped.  But, the bees are still dying by the handfuls! … Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: Playing God With De-Extinction?

Last night’s PBS documentary on the 100th Anniversary of the demise of passenger pigeons touched briefly on the idea of bringing them back from extinction by cloning their DNA.  Is that playing god?  In a recent National Geographic cover story on de-extinction Michael Archer, a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales says “I think we played God when we exterminated these animals.”

The idea of restoring animals bumped out of existence by human greed and avarice is gaining interest, as evidenced by an articles in Smithsonian on passenger pigeons and EO Wilson’s efforts to restore wildlife corridors aver. … Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: Hey, you, get out of my cloud!

Why use a pass phrase instead of a password?  How do you really remove photos from the cloud and what can you do to keep your phone from sending everything to a hacker?  With recent celebrity hacks in the news, Truthloader has a new video with the latest ways to keep your privates private the rest

Act Today On Net Neutrality, please!

Geoff forwards us this request to take action before July 15 to prevent cable companies from destroying the most important invention of our time–an invention you are using to read this email–the internet.

Net neutrality has been the underlying principle of the internet since its inception.… Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Kids React to Old Computers

Today we expose old floppy discs to young children and see what happens when the innocent must cope with DOS and PRINT commands.   It’s been a mere 30 years but everything has changed with the internet and miniaturization.  Watch this video and see if you remember the day when the mouse first came out to play.… Read the rest