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TIP: Manage Infinite Passwords

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2007/12/04/tip-manage-infinite-passwords/

Problem: You have logins to a bajillion things and that is too many unique passwords to remember. Maybe you remember a half dozen passwords, if you’re lucky, but you would prefer to have a unique password for each account so the hackers can’t get you.

One approach is to always generate a new password when you get access to a new account, and store that somewhere safe. Sticky notes on your monitor? A GPG-encrypted file with a regularly-changing hash? Either way, you have to account for what happens if someone else gets access to your password list, or you yourself can not access this password list. I am not fond of this approach.

My Tip: I suggest instead of storing passwords, you come up with a couple of ways to “hash” unique passwords depending, on say, a web site’s name.

For example, if you were really lame, and you used the password “apple” for everything, you’d make things better if instead, say, you replaced the the ‘pp’ part with the first three letters of your web site’s name.

For example:
Yahoo: “apple” becomes “ayahle”
Google: “apple” becomes “agoole”
Amazon: “apple” becomes “aamale”
MSN: “apple” becomes “amsnle”
Apple: “apple” becomes “aapple”

Now, you can get a lot more creative than that, like using a non-dictionary word, mixing up letter cases and punctuation, etc.

Try a more advanced hash:
– Start with a pass-phrase “apples are delicious, I eat one every day”
– Take the last letter from each word: “sesiteyy”
– Capitalize the last half of the passphrase: “sesiTEYY”
– Stick the first three letters of the web site’s name in the middle: “sesi___TEYY”
– If the third letter you insert is a vowel, follow it with a “!” otherwise, add an “@”
– Change the first letter that you can from the substitution: a becomes a 4, e becomes a 3, i becomes a 1, and o becomes a zero

Now you get:
Yahoo: sesiy4h@TEYY
Google: sesig0o!TEYY
Amazon: sesi4ma!TEYY
MSN: sesimsn@TEYY
Apple: sesi4pp@TEYY

It is best if you have a few different schemes you can use: some web sites reject strong passwords, so having a really bad password handy is good, and some places you’ll want extra secure. For example, use a different “hash” for your bank passwords, just in case your “every day” hash is compromised.


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Hello World

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2007/12/07/hello-world-2/

Hello World

I acquired a scanner at work, for $25, minus the $1 I still owe a co-worker. Now, I too may dream of being about .01% as awesome as XKCD!

I have this season’s flu, or something. It is rare for me and rather nasty. Hopefully, after two days sleeping in and getting a little work done from home, tomorrow I can make it in to the office.

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Outlook Hazy

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2007/12/07/outlook-hazy/


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Another Bubble!

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2007/12/08/another-bubble/

Friday afternoon. Sick two days this week, but got important stuff done today in preparation for a little work on Saturday. Drinking a beer. At work. Before heading home. It’s Friday!

And then this comes across the work IRC channel:


For the record, I am these days working at a once-startup that has already sold out to a larger company. Decent hours, good pay, and an awesome team. No complaints here!

Shalom and Happy Weekend!


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Paris: Vigilante Cultural Restoration

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2007/12/10/paris-vigilante-cultural-restoration/

A priceless article floated in over IRC (thanks, Dave!) about a French group that clandestinely repaired a national monument. Apparently it is part of a larger secret group:

But the UX, the name of Untergunther’s parent organisation, is a finely tuned organisation. It has around 150 members and is divided into separate groups, which specialise in different activities ranging from getting into buildings after dark to setting up cultural events. Untergunther is the restoration cell of the network.

The idea of a secret network with a “restoration cell” just makes me grin. In a way, very French . . .

I remember reading a description of Paris as a “Museum City” and then an explanation that that is not necessarily praise: if the culture of Paris is stuck in the past and not dynamic, that implies that the city is not vibrant. It is good to see that there is some vibrancy to the “Museum” culture.

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Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2007/12/28/ambulances/

Dave sent me a link on IRC, with the words “reminds me a lot of your writing style.”

Well, it is a well-written piece, and the sort of style I occasionally manage to pull off once in a very long while.

So, in case you might be dropping in to catch some good writing, take a gander over here.

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