30 July 2009

Beware of the inactive email security loophole

This article on TechCrunch details how the personal accounts of Twitter employees were hacked. The moral of the story is that when it comes to security, you are as week as your weakest link.

After reading the article, I searched all my email accounts for passwords. It's really stupid how companies will send you confirmation of your password in cleartext over email.
Lifehacker followed up with an explanation of how inactive email accounts on Hotmail can easily be hacked into. The problem is that Hotmail accounts are recycled. Gmail and Yahoo are no better. The lesson to take away is that if you use an email account for passing sensitive information, you should log into it periodically so that you don't lose the account.

Social sports

I was reading a New York Times article which mentioned a multiple-sport complex in Brooklyn called Aviator Sports. The Aviator Sports website had a link to dodgeball and I started searching for dodgeball which brought me to the New York Social Sports Club. They offer kickball, inner-tube water polo, broomball, and ultimate in addition to dodgeball. It sounds like an awesome concept. Playground sports and drinking/hanging-out afterwards. I wish there was something like that around where I live.

09 July 2009

Link of the day: Yahoo search pad

This looks like a fantastic way to compile research and share it with others, especially for travel plans. To see what I mean, check out the demo video. Great job, Yahoo.

02 July 2009

Link of the day: Photographic eye

I went to Allan Weitz's talk called "As Seen Through the Lens" and he mentioned that he's a frequent contributor to the B&H newsletter. There, I found a great article he wrote called "The Photographic Eye". The article explores the idea of the human eye as a "digital camera." What would be the focal length, f-stop, etc of such a "human eye" camera?