Monthly Archive: November 2012

Ask LazyWeb: Google Authenticator Support

So, it turns out there are any number of things that support Google Authenticator and its spiffy Two-Factor authentication services. However, I can’t seem to find a page that lists them all, which is a shame. Help me track things down, will you?

What else?

For you (closet) lushes out there.

The closet bit is parenthetical because most of my friends who are lushes are very open about the whole thing.

Our friends at woot! have put up a pop-up store for the holidays, and they’re kicking it off right. There are a variety of drinking games up for sale, if you’re in to that sort of thing. (I know, I know, you don’t need no stinking game to help you drink, but it might be fun for a change.)

(Oh, and if anyone is looking for a custom -opoly board, we should talk. 😉

PSA: Dropbox & Two-Factor Authentication

Since I jump between computers (or, more accurately, computing devices) a good bit, I am a huge fan of Dropbox. (For the purposes of this post, I’m going to assume that y’all know what Dropbox is, and won’t go into a big long explanation. The short version is: It’s file storage in The Cloud™, accessible from any number of computers, phones, tablets, and probably secret decoder rings that you got in your breakfast cereal.) If you’re like me, you probably have a reasonable amount of paranoia about putting your Stuff out where other people could conceivably get to it, and it makes you somewhat twitchy. You’ve turned on all of the “email me when a new device (app, secret decoder ring) is linked to my account” settings, but still wonder if you could be doing more.  (more…)

PSA: National “I Love to Write” Day, and a plea.

Today is National “I Love to Write” Day. And by ‘write’, they mean actually taking a writing implement and applying it to paper or some other suitable surface, not moving your fingers over a keyboard.

Writing letters is a dying art form, and that’s kind of sad. Your kids are never going to be able to go through a box they found in the attic full of the love notes you and your significant other shared with one another. I don’t think it’s going to be the same to have them print out your old emails — or worse — read the archived SMSes in your Google Voice account. There’s just no romance in that.

So celebrate today by taking some time to sit down and write a letter to someone. It doesn’t have to be long. Just long enough to let someone know you’re thinking of them and wanted to share a few minutes with them. Then find an actual envelope and stamp, and mail it. Or, if that’s beyond you, write to someone in your household, and hand-deliver it.

We all like getting letters, but seem to forget that receiving a letter means someone took the time to write one out. Let it be your turn, and write a letter today.

The internet is awesome, part in a series.

I was joking with Cindy about needing to knit her a hat to wear during her running expeditions, and she asked if I could knit one of those hats with the attached beards, because they’re awesome. I knew exactly what she was talking about, and went off in search of patterns.

Turns out, there’s an entire web site dedicated to them. Check out, if that sort of thing interests you. (These are actual finished projects, not patterns, which makes me both happy and sad.)

PSA: More free music.

They Might Be Giants has another free song for you. Download “I’m Your Boyfriend Now” here.

Jenn is the awesome.

In case anyone wasn’t aware (and I’m not sure how that could possibly be the case, but on the off chance…) Jenn is absolutely awesome. She got me an early Christmas / birthday / lots of other things gift: a Tom Binh Brain Bag. (With the problems with my knees, I need to stop carrying so much weight in shoulder bags, and I had somehow managed to give away all of my backpacks. So, Jenn to the rescue.)

This thing is awesome. I’m packing up for a couple of days away, and have crammed a ton of stuff into it:

  • 15″ MacBook Pro in protective case
  • Clipboard with knitting patterns / agendas
  • Ginormous InDesign book
  • Knitting book
  • iPad
  • Kindle
  • 4 knitting projects
  • Colored pencils / sharpener / erasers
  • Cables and batteries
  • Camera
  • Meds

And there’s probably still room for a couple of changes of clothes, though I’ll probably throw that in another bag, since I don’t quite have the organization-fu down with the new bag yet. And it doesn’t feel heavy on my back, and rides perfectly. I am absolutely delighted.

PSA: Free TMBG song.

They Might Be Giants is sharing a free song in honor of the elections taking place in the US today. Download Vote or Don’t now! (Direct link to MP3.) You can also check out the video.

PSA: On voting.

Driving home this morning (having spent last night at Jenn’s), I intentionally drove past my polling place to see how long the lines outside were. To my surprise, there weren’t any. Upon arriving home, I double-checked that my polling place hadn’t moved due to some bizarre storm-related damage or something similar, and it had not. Armed with this knowledge, I grabbed my knitting and headed back out into the world.

I didn’t even get a chance to open the knitting bag. There was no line. I’m hoping that this is because all of my neighbors got their voting in early (and often, of course), and not because of a general lack of voter turnout. However, given the lines I was seeing at the early voting polling place (which is just across the street from my house), I tend to think it’s the former, and not the latter.

So, if you’re eligible to vote, get out there and do it.

A few days ago, I was talking with the son of a friend from high school. Today will be the young man’s first voting experience. He was asking me some questions about what he should do and how he could be prepared. Here’s part of what I came up with, in a more presentable form. (more…)

Ah, daylight saving.

I hope you all are enjoying your extra hour of sleep. For me, instead of taking that extra hour, my brain and body said, “Nope! 4 AM! Time to get up!” This, of course, means that I’ve been up since 3 AM, thanks to the time shift.

Still not king.