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?

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…)

Returning to my roots.

I’ve spent some time over the last couple of days wrangling with Dreamweaver. I started to write up what Dreamweaver is, and what its alternatives are, and why those pieces of information are pertinent to the story. But then I realized that, if I have to explain these things, you’re not really going to get the story, which is ok. Not everybody has to get every story. Instead, the story shall stand on its own.


Calling all vim geeks.

If you don’t know what vim is, don’t worry about it, you probably don’t need to. Also, you’re pretty safe in skipping this post, or any other post with this subject.

Still here? Righto.

Assuming you use color syntax highlighting (and if you don’t, you can stop reading, too), what is your must-have vim color scheme? Do you have different favorites for :set bg=dark vs :set bg=light?

Back to the Googles.

Rebellious teenaged domain names.

As many of you know, my primary domain name is I’ve been using it for about 16 years. In fact, that would be exactly 16 years, yesterday.

It seems that yesterday was also the day that expired. I swear I remember getting email notifications of such things in the past.

If you tried to send me email at at any time after midnight, chances are good that the message bounced. If that is the case, I’m terribly sorry. Things should be working now, and please resend the message.

Cranky teenagers. Hrmph.

iOS 6 Tip: VIP mail notifications.

In case you haven’t run across this on your own yet.

You can identify VIP contacts in iOS 6. If you do so, when you receive mail from someone on the VIP contacts list, a notification will pop up and be added to your Notification Screen. (Assuming you have mail notifications turn on, of course.) Unfortunately, it does not look like they have yet split out the concept of VIP mail notifications vs standard mail notifications when it comes to things like audible / vibrate alerts. Baby steps.

Kind of neat, kind of handy.

Sale Alert: The Pragmatic Programmer for $2.99

I’m not sure how long this sale will be going on, but I saw it this morning, and thought I’d share. I’ve often seen The Pragmatic Programmer paired with The Mythical Man-Month as must reads for new programmers. It’s normally $50 in print, and $40 on the Kindle, but is currently available for $2.99. Quite the bargain.

Good to know I’m not completely insane…

Thanks to everyone who provided input (<Johnny5>INPUT!</Johnny5>) to my question yesterday about how one pronounces the final word when expanding the TCP/IP-centric initialism ‘TTL’. The results were, as expected, unanimous, and in favor of a short i, as in the first syllable of the word ‘livid’ and not as in the second syllable of the word ‘alive.’

While I knew this, there were a few things that caused me to doubt myself.

  • I’m often incorrect.
  • The author in question, Robert J. Sawyer, is a pretty net-savvy guy.
  • The mispronunciation persisted through all three of the books in the trilogy in question (the WWW: (Wake|Watch|Wonder) series. I would have thought that, after the first book, someone would have waved their arms and corrected the narrators (multiple) as to the proper pronunciation of the word. But, it seems that either didn’t happen, or an executive decision was made to keep on keepin’ on with the standing error.

Anyway, I thank you all for confirming that I’m not completely off my rocker. It’s always good to have some external validation of that.

A query for the TCP/IP geeks.

I’m listening to an audiobook which has a lot to do with the Internets. It’s a pretty good book, and part of a pretty good series, but there is one consistent mispronunciation that’s driving me nuts. However, upon further reflection, I realized that it’s remotely possible that I’ve been saying the phrase incorrectly all these years. I’m fairly certain that, if I am, I’m far from alone. But, it’s always good to check these things. That’s where you come in.

The mispronunciation in question comes about when the acronym TTL is expanded and the component words are said individually. Do you say the last word as:

  • the last syllable in the word ‘alive’, or
  • the first syllable in the word ‘livid’

Like I said, I’m pretty sure I know which way this is going to go, because the term just doesn’t make sense to me the other way. But I never underestimate the ability of the world to surprise me.

Ask the Interweb: Favorite RSS reader?

Once again I turn to the wonders of the Interweb to ask for guidance, this time regarding RSS readers.

I’m playing around with the various readers out there, and am feeling both over- and underwhelmed by the options at my disposal. So, I figure I’ll provide my requirements, and see if any of you have any suggestions (or anti-suggestions) to throw my way.