Sunday, September 28, 2008

Blogging irritations

I don't know if this is Blogger's fault, or if it's in the HTML spec, but I can't seem to nest lists, or put multiple spaces between words.

Link dump

Some cool links:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Guess Sarah Palin's mother's maiden name, win her email!

So, someone broke into Gov. Palin's Yahoo email account. A good summary of the incident is here. Apparently, nothing particularly scandalous was found, other than the fact she was doing government business on a non-government email account (this sort of thing is one of the reasons that's a bad idea).

The cracker apparently got access by asking for a password reset, and guessing the "secret question" using her Wikipedia article. I hope the media report on this bit, leading to companies abandoning this terrible, terrible  idea.

He also apparently wasn't careful enough covering his tracks, and will likely be arrested soon. If it was anybody else's account, he would be free to go and would be the new owner of the account, with nothing the original account holder could do about it.

Thanks to Evolved and Rational.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

On the dangers of pyramid schemes

Apparently, Albania almost underwent a civil war a decade ago when several large pyramid schemes collapsed. Financial regulation in the US may not be perfect (viz the credit crunch), but it could be worse.

I heard about this, oddly enough, on [WARNING! This site is a worse time-suck than even Wikipedia! I "lost" an hour and a half reading it this morning, and was almost late for a job interview.]

Saturday, September 13, 2008

New comment system!

Commenting is nice now, thanks to Intense Debate Comments. Unfortunately, I seem to have accidentally erased my existing comment while upgrading. I think I could get it back, but it would be a bit of a pain, and it's only the one. Sorry David.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my CPU.

The last few days I've noticed my laptop making a rattling sound when I move it, like a small bit of plastic had broken off and was loose inside. It was bugging me, so I opened it up today to remove whatever it was. When I got it all apart, I found an inch-long metal straight pin (think a small needle without the eye) on the motherboard. So, I'm very thankful my computer is still working properly. It couldn't have been on the motherboard before I took it apart, or else I would have seen worse symptoms than a rattling sound. I can't imagine how it got in there in the first place. In short, I don't know if I'm very lucky, or very unlucky. I'm just glad my computer still wor+σéQRPÿ

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Frist post!!!!1

So, I have a blog now. Just sort of on a whim. It's awesome that you can do that now: anyone with a couple minutes to spare can, for free, start publishing their own little newspaper column. No effort required.

Don't expect me to post often.

If you don't understand the title, I envy you. The internet contains far too many people like this.