A site that Anthony showed me recently was Meebo, basically its a web version of IM services. Yahoo, AIM, Facebook, and Windows Live. All you have to do is sign in on the website with your username and password and you are all set to go. Have fun, *hears the PING sound in the distance*.
Mary Jane Heider is the Director of Academic Computing at Genesee Community College. She inspired this blog post and gave me permission to write it. The point of this post is to give you some good tips on making passwords that meet the qualifications they need to while still being easy to remember.
Student passwords for the University at Buffalo have to have the following qualifications
- At least 8 characters in length
- At least one letter must be capitalized
- At least one character must be a number
- At least one character must be a “special symbol”
- No three continuous characters can match three continuious characters in the username
And, to be honest, I think I’m missing a few! So, how do we make a password that fits all of these qualifications?
First, pick a relatively long word. For the sake of argument, since there is a picture next to me that says persistence on it – let’s use that.
- the word persistence is at least 8 characters so try to find a word that has at least 7 or 8 characters in it
- capitalize either the first or last letter that way it is easy to remember where the capitalized letter goes
- replace letters that look like they could be numbers with numbers e’s become 3s, the letter o becomes a zero, s becomes 5, you get the idea
- special symbols are usually @, #, %, & things like that – put this as your last character
- the last bullet is simple they don’t want your password too similar to your username but usually if you use this pick a long word technique that’s not an issue
The book From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is about a girl that runs away from home and goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Read this book and find out what hidden “passwords” she has to uncover in the museum. Don’t worry, this isn’t a techy book I promise!
I found today that Google has released Notebook. Notebook is similar to del.icio.us in that it will store information that you find online and has the ability to share with others. I like the feature that allows you to hide a link from everyone, anyone not on your contacts, or make it visible to all. I also enjoyed the fact that it went right to the Firefox extention page when I asked to download it, and that the extention is very very easy to use.
SkypeOut (the service that allows for Skype-to-landline calls) is now free. This means that if you download Skype, it will be free to call anyone in the United States and Canada on a regular telephone. I see my Skype use going way up!