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The world of the desktop is already radically different than it was a few years ago. Apple really started this trend with the iMac, but the brick and mortar stores are awash with these fancy new "All in One" computers that are still sporting Intel i5-i7 processors. That's about as powerful as my current gaming rig, made out of mobile components, lacking a giant tower, and using a fraction of the power. What a world.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2012 on The PC is Over at Coding Horror
@Jeremy Young: Correct on several counts, but I'll point out that sending an email to yourself is never sent anywhere, and never touches the internet. It's already at its destination when it's penned. :D That said, I agree with you. I never write my passwords down or email them to myself. They are *long* and complex, but they are also memorable, usually nonsense phrases with mixed case and numbers. (my email password is 20 characters right now, and when I change it on my birthday (a habit I'm getting myself into) I'll probably make it significantly longer.) @Lucky: If you're truly paranoid, yes you should absolutely do this. That's assuming you can afford an SSL certificate to be able to access your email over https of course. It also assumes you have the know how to set all of that up. For the rest of us? I trust Google with my cell phone number long before I'd trust most other sites. They have some privacy issues with their social site, but they're not completely mental. For people who don't know how to set up their own servers and don't want to hire someone else to do it, I think Jeff's advice is quite sound. I do agree on some of your other points, especially about GPS. I turn my GPS on my phone on when I want navigation directions, and promptly turn it off while I'm done. Happily Android shows me an indicator when the GPS is being accessed, which tells me that Facebook *is* accessing my location even though I've asked it not to. There's a complete lack of trust there. :D I don't really have anything to hide, but I still don't want my physical location in the hands of a potential hacker; that's extraordinarily dangerous.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2012 on Make Your Email Hacker Proof at Coding Horror
Absolutely true. I've been using SlickGrid for data display clientside for a while now. It's an amazingly capable library, but it has nearly no documentation. Fortunately for me, the source code is very well written; I learned more digging through the source than I ever would have found through Google.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2012 on Learn to Read the Source, Luke at Coding Horror
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