We need a common password management API May 22, 2014

Note: On May 22 I spoke on this topic at Ignite Seattle 24. If you're familiar with the Ignite format, you'll realize that it demands conciseness, so I wanted to expand on my talk.

This is part one of the expanded write-up.

Background

A few weeks ago, a pretty nasty vulnerability in the OpenSSL software that's used by many popular websites on the internet was discovered. It quickly became known as the Heartbleed bug, and a security company called Codenomicon compiled a fantastic write-up on...

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Adding the Delicious bookmarklet to Opera Dec 2, 2012

If you use Delicious with the Opera browser like I do, you might have found yourself frustrated because the official Delicious bookmarklet just shows up as a blank icon when dragged to the Opera toolbar. I was, too, so I decided to tweak it for my own purposes.

If you just want the fixed-up bookmarklet…

I reused the Opera icon used to bring up the Bookmarks menus. You can simply hold down shift, then drag and drop this button to your toolbar:

Add to Delicious

You'll end up with something like...

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Keep your identity broad Apr 2, 2012

Or, figuring out what I want to be when I grow up

In Jostein Gaarder's remarkable novel "about the history of philosophy," Sophie's World, the plot kicks off with the title character receiving an anonymous postcard in the mail, asking a seemingly simple question: "Who are you?"

The simplicity is, of course, a deception. It often seems the more important something is, the more difficult it is to articulate, not to mention fully understand and apply. This is true of everything from scientific concepts, where the theories that come closest to explaining...

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Fighting the contrarian urge Mar 10, 2012

A few weeks ago I was chatting with an acquaintance who wanted to learn to code. He was stuck in a bit of analysis paralysis, trying to decide on the "best" programming language, IDE, framework, etc. to learn was. I've been there too: at one point in my life I literally flipped a coin on whether I was going to go learn Ruby or Python.

My advice to him was simple: just pick something and run with it. As Teddy Roosevelt supposedly said, "In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the...

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Music on the web Feb 26, 2012

Why is YouTube so often the best option?

Anyone who's ever traveled in my car will tell you that I have a pseudo-quirky taste in music. While many contrarian people listen to indie music for their I'm a unique snowflake fix, my preference is to listen to popular music produced in other countries. The result is that my music collection is an incredibly eclectic mix of languages: plenty of English and Russian, languages I actually understand, but also everything from French and Japanese to Kazakh and Indonesian.

You can probably imagine...

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Accomplishments require action with intent Jan 4, 2010

I took a roughly two-week vacation this holiday season. It was my first real vacation since starting my job back in May, and the first time that I ran out of reasons to push off reflecting on how my life has changed since leaving college and, perhaps more significantly, leaving AIESEC.

While I have a number of reasons to be happy with my year, my self-evaluation was mixed, largely because of one reason: I found myself falling back into an old, familiar trap. I've been fighting it for much of...

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