Passwords – Usability and tips to remember them

Sometimes you come across articles that make you go “Huh! Wish someone told me that earlier” . Here are two that will help you create highly secure, usable and easy to remember passwords.

Hope these help you to create usable, secure and easy to remember passwords ;-)

Audience Based Optimisation – The better way to SEO

You may have already heard or read on numerous blogs and online portals the various methods to increase ranking on search results. Most of these articles, if not all, focus on SEO and optimising pages or content for search engine spiders. While some of these do a good job on touching various aspects of SEO, they fail to address a key element – the User.

While optimising for these Search Engine Spiders or Web Crawlers or Google bots makes sense in the marketing world, the real ROI is driven by your users – your target audience. Here is what I call, Audience Based Optimisation (ABO), comes in.
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Installing lower version of Flash player

Finally succeeded in downgrading flash player from version 10 to flash player version 9. I had reached a point where I was pulling my hair out and then I found this gem on Adobe’s website – Technote kb402435 .

I tried the following steps to install a lower version of the flash player

  1. Uninstall all flash player versions using the flash player uninstaller
  2. Rebooted the computer
  3. Disabled access to the internet/network
  4. re-installed an older version of the flash player
  5. Rebooted the computer again

All browsers, except for Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7), accepted the flash player. IE7 as usual gave me a hard time. This was primarily because of the ActiveX used by IE.

To resolve this, all I had to do was type the following in the command line

uninstall_flash_player.exe /clean

A detailed explaination can be found at Adobe’s website – Technote kb402435 – Safe versions security restrictions when installing Flash Player (Internet Explorer on Windows).

Additional resource that may help

Technote 14157
How to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control

Technote 19166
Troubleshoot Adobe Flash Player installation for Windows

One day at a time

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. 

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday
and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring. 

Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.

Author Unknown

 

I came across this poem in our local church bulletin. It sure gave me something to think about.
what about you?

SixthSense – integrating information with the real world

‘SixthSense’ is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.

Quote from wired.com

Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they’re done.

Watch video of  student Pranav Mistry who is described as the brains behind the project. Mistry wears the device on a lanyard around his neck, with coloured Magic Marker caps on four fingers (red, blue, green and yellow) which helps the camera distinguish the four fingers and recognise his hand gestures with software that he created.

More at the SixthSense website.

iPhone 3G – Send a text message to multiple people

In my earlier post I mentioned that it is not possible to send multiple text messages from an iPhone 3G. I stand corrected. Sending SMS/Text messages to multiple contacts is possible on the iPhone. The user interface is not intuitive, leaving users perplexed when trying to send SMS/Text messages to multiple contacts.

Here is how you can send SMS/ Text message to multiple contacts/people:
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More iPhone 3G – SMS/Text messages

The iPhone 3G and what it lacks for SMS/Text messaging:

  • No Copy/Paste feature
  • No SMS/Text Forwarding facility
  • No facility to SMS/Text multiple recipients
  • No Character count
  • SMS Preview a privacy concern (can be turned off but a bit cumbersome to do so)

For the good parts, the iPhone 3G does have some pretty useful applications available. I have been using the Map application and Twitterific extensively. Also, the WiFi allows me to check emails, use Twitter, Facebook, download podcasts directly to my iPhone, all using my internet connection at home. This way I save on the data usage allocated by my service provider and can use it on the road the next time I’m lost again ;-)
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