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Month: June 2005

Password Guide

Fellow Mid-Michigan blogger, Logtar, posted a nice guide for password management and selection. I think it’s important to inform people of ways to choose good passwords because so many people pick easy passwords that are simple to crack. It used to be that someone could just compromise a system if a user selected a bad password, but now with online banking and stores like Amazon storing your credit card information by default, there is a lot more to lose.

I try to change my passwords every 6 months, but with the number of servers I would have to go through and change, it doesn’t always work out that way. 🙂

Gumby and Pokey's New Tank

Gumby and Pokey have grown so much since we got them last year that they were kind of uncomfortable in their old 20 gallon tank. A few weeks ago we ordered them a new tank, and the final pieces arrived this past Wednesday. The new one is a 90 gallon tank, so that should give them plenty of space. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that the bigger tank won’t be too much more maintenance. 🙂



Check out the other photos here.

Dear Steve…

James Duncan Davidson: “Push onward. We’ll be ready. Let’s get on with it.”

Definitely agree with this posting…bring it on!

WWDC Wrapup

Funny how when you attend a conference like WWDC, everything outside the conference just disappears until the conference is over. Of course I had the best of intentions when heading out on my flight last week to SFO to keep the blogging up throughout the week. That just didn’t happen. Anyway, I thought I would take an opportunity to reflect on stuff that has happened this week.

The obvious mention goes to the Apple Intel switch. When Steve announced the switch at the keynote, it was like getting a slap in the face. Fortunately, as the week went on and I got a chance to work on some of the new development Intel boxes, I think this change will be good for the Mac. Now I just need to recompile my app and it’s libraries… 🙂

Monday at lunch was the MacSB Gathering, and I think it went pretty well. There definitely seemed to be a lot of cool ideas floating around, and I hope some of the attendee’s felt the meeting was beneficial. Also on Monday (night) was the blogger meetup, which Buzz put together again this year. While there, I got a close look at Dan Wood’s new app, Sandvox. It looks pretty promising, and I hope it’s a great success.

Wednesday evening was the Apple Design Awards. I didn’t come home with a prize, but there were some really good apps this year, and I congratulate everyone who won. After the awards ended they showed a slideshow of some other notable contest entries, and Dash Monitors was shown for a second or two. That was pretty cool.

Thursday, of course, was the Apple Campus Bash. The Wallflowers were playing in concert, and I got a chance to see Dave, a friend from college. We were of the last ones out of the Apple Store that evening, and I took the last bus back to SF so it was a late night. Overall, that was a lot of fun.

WWDC wouldn’t be what it is without the developer interaction. Of course it was great to see Gus Mueller, Brent Simmons, Mike McCracken, Buzz Andersen, Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch, and Joe Pezzillo again. This year I also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Biggus, Jiva DeVoe (also helped plan the MacSB gathering, thanks!), Joe Maller, Luis de la Rosa, Dori Smith, and Mike Zornek. It was great spending time with everyone. If I forgot anyone, let me know in the comments.

Overall it was a great week… can’t wait for WWDC 2006!

macCompanion Review

Dash Monitors reviewed by Derek Meier at macCompanion…


“While not being free like most widgets, Dash Monitors is well designed, laid out nicely and is customizable. It is one of very few useful widgets that I find myself going back to time and time again.”

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