TECHNOLOGY: Do you use the same password for different accounts? No!

Do you use the same password for different accounts?

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A UN agency reports that the explosion of usernames and passwords required for web sites puts users at risk – because folks use the same password for lots of different accounts.

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Do you?

I use the “generate password” function of RoboForm to get a nice long random string.

Then, when I setup the website, RoboForm steps in and saves it for me. Then when I revisit the site, it “suggests” my logon information.

Now it’s NOT free. Unlike what you usually find me advising you, here’s the rare instance when I think you should actually buy something. Do you really want to trust your security to a free utility? To me, thirty buck is cheap insurance.

P.S.: If you wonder how I created those great email addresses, that I DARE an alpha spammer to find, like A9355A8E7B32583A58D8, F2F967D552AF5A8278AD, or D94BAE6E7FBDBCADC888, then you can guess that I generated them with RoboForm. Since most people reply to email or will click on your mailto:name@isp.nnet, no one cares what you call yourself.

TECHNOLOGY: Scan, copy and fax with your camera phone or digital camera

Scan, copy and fax with your camera phone or digital camera

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scanR is a service that helps you capture information contained in whiteboards, documents and business cards. scanR lets you use your mobile camera phone or digital camera to clean photos of whiteboards, documents and business cards, extract the printed information, and get a digital file in your email, contact manager, or fax.

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trying it, but my first attempt didn’t work.

TECHNOLOGY: 30 Essential Pieces Of Free Open Software for Windows

30 Essential Pieces Of Free (and Open) Software for Windows

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Recently, I received a fresh new laptop from Dell. Upon receiving it, I did the traditional “installation of Windows from scratch” on it to remove a lot of the garbage that is preinstalled on Dells. Then I got really busy installing tons of great software that takes care of pretty much every software need I have. Not only was all of the software free, every piece of it was open source, which means that the code is peer-reviewed; no spyware here!

What follows is a list of thirty pieces of software that are the cream of the crop of open source software for Windows. Not only is every piece of it free, almost all of them directly replace expensive software packages.

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use five. But, I’m getting weaned from the Dark Side.

JOBSEARCH: LinkedIn — A MySpace for grown-ups


A MySpace for grown-ups
Social networking has been great for the kids, but not of much use to business – until now. With Reid Hoffman’s MySpace-for-grown-ups at a tipping point, these days you’re either LinkedIn or left out.
Business 2.0 Magazine
By Michael V. Copeland, Business 2.0 Magazine senior writer
December 3 2006: 2:38 PM EST

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LinkedIn is a three-year-old service that takes your personal business network online. People don’t use it to discover new bands or track down a date – there’s nothing social about this network.

LinkedIn is all about business: recruiting, sales, investment. It’s not exactly a marketplace or a job site but rather a community of more than 8 million people who rely on one another to get things done.

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IMHO it’s a better resource than Monster, Yahoo Jobs, or any “job” site.