Apple Will Spend $848 Million Building A Massive Solar Farm In Monterey | TechCrunch

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Apple’s continued commitment to Green technology: Apple Will Spend $848 Million Building A Massive Solar Farm In Monterey | TechCrunch

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Apple’s North Carolina Solar Farm

App Santa

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Just in time for the holiday season. There are some very good deals on programs that I use all the time (and several more:

  • Drafts 4
  • Day One
  • Scanner Pro
  • Soulver
  • TextExpander Touch
  • MindNode

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Nearly 40 Years Later, Steve Wozniak Still Brainstorms Ways The Apple II Could Have Been Better | TechCrunch

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As I tell my engineering ethics students – the sign of a a good engineer is to always view a design solution as contingent: A design can always be better.

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Nearly 40 Years Later, Steve Wozniak Still Brainstorms Ways The Apple II Could Have Been Better | TechCrunch

Tim Cook says he’s ‘proud to be gay’

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From Engadget:

“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”
-Tim Cook, CEO Apple
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Tim Cook says he’s ‘proud to be gay’: ""

Review: 1Password

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1Password

I spent much of the last several months fighting with 1Password. Well, that isn’t entirely true, I have spent months fighting with my own laziness when it comes to password creation and management. Like many others I had a hierarchical set of passwords. There are those that are extremely cryptic and are reserved for highly sensitive sites such as online banking or credit cards. The next set are medium strength, for sites that it would be inconvenient if they were compromised in some way but wouldn’t be a major disruption. Finally, there are the ‘I could care less’ passwords. These are the ones I use when some site requires that I create a password to read an article. Should someone crack these passwords they could—at best—use up my article views on the New York Times website.

Recently, I was informed that my university was moving a to a twice a year password rotation. This wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t also included the provision that you could not reuse a password for three years. As someone that is not exactly creative with the creation of passwords, it was time to give 1Password a serious look. I’m really glad I did.

As the name implies, 1Password is an application that allows you to create, store and control all your passwords with one master password. For example, let’s say you have separate (and hopefully different password) for your GMail, university email, bank account etc. 1Password will automatically fill in your user name and password (after you have given it you master) when you launch your mail program or go to website login page. It will also generate a unique password up to 50 characters in length when you initially sign up for a new service.

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1Password

Not only can 1Password store passwords it can generate them as well. Since you only have to remember a master password, you can create extremely secure logins that are unique to every site you visit. But, there is a cost to this security, namely, if you access sites with your phone or iPad you are going to want to buy the mobile version of 1Password as well.

Another side benefit to this application is the ability to store secure notes and credit card information. These features allow you to store sensitive information such as social security numbers and passport information on your computer. You can also put your credit card information in a secure vault and use the information to fill web forms without ever having to grab you wallet.

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1Password Vault

As with many applications in the Apple ecosystem, 1Password has iPhone and iPad apps and allows you to sync all your passwords across all your devices. This is particularly handy if, like me, you often find yourself logging into services while on your iPhone or iPad.

The best way to use 1Password is to ease yourself into it. Each time you log into a website 1Password automatically asks if it should save your username and password. Once the password is saved, you will automatically be asked if 1Password should fill in your username and password the next time you visit the site.

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1Password Menu Bar Menu

While it took me awhile to adopt 1Password, after doing so I can safely say I will never go back to my insecure ways. I have placed the application on all my devices, and use it everyday. I also no longer worry about forgetting one of the myriad of passwords I used everyday, nor am I concerned with creating a new password every 6 months at the behest of the university. Given the recent social hacking of iCloud, the ability to create extremely strong, secure passwords that aren’t tied to my dog’s name, first school, city of birth etc., gives me a little more piece of mind.

Education Price $39.99


[For a really nice overview of 1Password, check out Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online 1Password Video Tutorial

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