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Security, Your On-Line Identity, and ZipRealty’s Poor Example

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Security Camera Fail

The purpose of this post is two-fold: First:  To stress the importance of preserving the security of your on-line identity Second:  Exposing a company who’s doing an inexcusably poor job of protecting your on-line identity Most of us don’t realize how insecure the on-line world can be.  You create an account on a website, give it a username and the password of your choosing.  That password is...

It’s the End of the World – Twitter is Down!

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Fail Whale

UPDATE 8/6 8.04am: It appears to be a Denial of Service attack that Twitter is currently combating. Back when Twitter was still just a method for geeks to spout off about whatever, seeing the Fail Whale was quite commonplace.  Multiple times per day, Twitter would get overloaded and the system simply couldn’t keep up.  Post venture capital, it’s finally come around that everyone from...

Controlling the Influx of SPAM on BlogEngine.NET

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UPDATE 01.31.2010:  The latest release of BlogEngine.NET (2.0) addresses a number of spam-related issues and includes some of it’s own CAPTCHA-type options, including reCaptcha. BlogEngine.NET implements an “Invisible CAPTCHA” solution that has worked quite well for a considerable amount of time.  As of the past few weeks, those of us using BlogEngine.NET have been pelted with numerous SPAM...

How to Organize Your Garage in Three Steps

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Clutter

I recently had the pleasure gutting and organizing my garage a couple weeks back, and thought I would share my story.  In speaking with friends, family, and strangers about my adventure, I know I’m not the only one out there who’s collected far too much stuff to keep organized. When I started, I had waist-to-chest high stuff all over the place and had to jump over items to get from one end of the...

Layar – Augmented Reality using a Cell Phone

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Layar

This amazing new technology called Layar is currently available on Android devices, but is supposedly being developed for the iPhone 3G S as well.  What is it?  Point your phone at a location and see what it’s all about.  For example, you’re on a city street and you want information about the 4 restaurants in front of you…point your phone at ’em and check out the info as...

CenterBeam Awarded Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence Designation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Highest Distinction within Cisco Channel Partner Program SAN JOSE, CA—06/16/2009—Today, CenterBeam, Inc., a leading managed service provider (MSP) to the mid-sized market, announced it has been awarded Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence—the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Program.  A result of Cisco’s independent client...

Video Game Controllers, or Lack Thereof

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A while back, I posted about some Amazing Human-Computer Interfaces.  Today, I’m adding a couple of big-name entries into this space. Microsoft and Sony both announced some new controller technologies at E3 a couple weeks back, and I’ve included promotional videos from both.  The PS3 motion controller solution appears to be a little closer to prime time and uses a hand-held device...

Nothing to See Here… #6

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Nothing To See Here

Yet another installment of links that are hopefully not indicative of the title… Google announced a few new search features last week, allowing you to further drill-down into your search results based on type (Video, Forums, Reviews), time (recent, 24 hours, week, year), style (standard, with images, more text), and view (related searches, timeline, and the “wonder wheel”).  Give it a shot by...

Wolfram | Alpha – What? Wolfram Research is Launching a Search Engine

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WolframAlpha

Wolfram|Alpha – Could it be the next “Google Killer”? Every so often, a new technology comes about that changes the way we do things.  Electricity, Television, the Refrigerator, the Dishwasher, the Internet, Google, Personal Computing, Microsoft, the iPhone…these are all fair examples of world-changing inventions. Looking at what Google has done to the many industries they’ve touched (Internet...

Integrate TweetMeme Button into BlogEngine.NET

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UPDATE: 5/26/2010:  As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve replaced this code with a Topsy.com button.  I like the system better, and it seems much more reliable and stable.  You can apply this similarly by checking out their APIs and sample code. UPDATE 5.13.2009:  Trying to find out why the counter is not incrementing, I know there’s at least two out...

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