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Password guidelines from NIST preview major changes

Passwords still don’t work. Even after years of thinking up ways of making them harder to guess but still easy enough to remember, people still have passwords that are easily guessed and abused. A draft guideline from the National Institute of Standards and Technology...

QR Codes and URL Shorteners – Beware

We've all probably used them because they are so convenient. The full URL for this blog post is http://www.bruceabernethy.com/2017/05/qr-codes-and-url-shorteners-beware/ The bit.ly shortcode is only http://bit.ly/QRShort Which would you rather share with someone to...

Circle with Disney

The internet is a wonderful resource – more information, ideas, resources, entertainment, etc. at our fingertips than ever before in history.  It can also be a huge distraction.   The Circle with Disney is a Budgetting Helpful log of where time is going Setting...

Thought-Ending Cliches

"Because I said so." "We'll have to agree to disagree." "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion." We've all heard them. Some even end up on bumper stickers.  These common phrases that seem intended to end debate and conversation. And I noticed lately that the...

Ninja, Master Chief, Snow Speeder–Travel Around The World

About four years ago we got back into Geocaching - which is basically the high-tech world-wide scavenger hunt using GPS devices or smartphones. The main goal of geocaching is to find caches/boxes that are hidden just about everywhere – these boxes don’t move...

EBook Innovations Needed

I have had my Nook eBook Reader for a few month, and I am really hooked – so hooked that it bothers me when I have to resort to “paper solutions” for anything.  It is so nice to be able to carry the Nook around with all kinds of books, news feeds (ala Calibre), PDFs...

Quit Bowling, and Start Digging Ditches – WCAGLS Day 1

“Quit Bowling” and “Start Digging Ditches” – two memorable quotes from the first day of the Willow Creek Leadership Summit (Seth Godin and Steven Furtick respectively).  My mind is still processing and thinking through all that was presented today in the presentations...

Maker Faire Detroit 2011

I was able to attend Maker Faire Detroit 2011 this last weekend at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. It was an amazingly full day from 9:30 in the morning to 5:30 at night (with a 2.5 hour drive on either side of that), but well worth it. Maker Faire is a...

Losing 70 pounds

Today I "graduated" from my medical weight loss program - down 70 pounds in 17 weeks.  All my "stats" got better - losing 10 inches on my waist, blood pressure much lower (dropped meds), and similar drops across the board.  Since this success was largely because of...

Silverlight Certification Test – Passed

Microsoft released it's long awaited (very long awaited) Silverlight Certification (MCTS 70-506) earlier this year.  It was reportedly held up several times as Silverlight transitioned from version 2->3->4.  There was enough new in Silverlight 4 that the wait...

TalkTimer app for WP7

I have been part of the Toastmasters for Techies  group in Grand Rapids since starting with the group about a year ago.  In fact I am Vice President in charge of Public Relations, so let me mention now that everyone should attend if they communicate or present ideas...

Nook Simple Touch Reader – First Month

For Father’s Day this year I got a new Nook “Simple Touch Reader” so I have had it for about a month – time for a review.  I figure it was time when the “battery warning” came on yesterday and it told me I was down to 20% of capacity, so I decided to charge it up. ...

Rebooting the blog in WordPress

  I had a goal to get my blog up and running again by the end of June – so I figured I’d get a head start today I’ve been away from blogging for a while – first because of a major technical snafu at my previous hosting provider (WebHost4Life – ironic name), but...

Why I make a fuss over the release of Visual Studio 2010

It is no secret that most of my friends and family are non-programmers.  When a group of us get together “in real life” and I do find someone to talk technology with, we usually get the look of “oh they’ve gone off into the fantasy world of acronyms again, give them...

iPad Hands-On Impressions

I headed over to the Apple Store over lunch to see the new iPad, and I was really happy they had about 12 of them out for people to try out.  I did not become an iPad owner, though it would be very tempting if I didn’t have to pay off my surgery (could actually...

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