“The Dog ate my twitter account”

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Another day, another ‘celebrity’ or official twitter account claiming they were hacked in response to some poorly chosen posts.

For those whose claims were valid, I can only ask why you haven’t turned Twitter Using login verification yet?

For those who are just making shit up to hide your poor judgement, maybe try something like Bleeply to help you stop screwing up?

Previous guidance to review your connected applications and try changing your Password more often still stands.

Headline with thanks to Gary Stark.

WordPress Blog cross-posting

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It’s not often you can assume trust in relationships. It needs to be earned after all.

However, when I link to one of my other blog posts on this site, I don’t expect to be asked to approve the link. You’d think even if WordPress didn’t automatically trust incoming links from other WordPress.com blogs, it would at least trust links within my own domain.

There has to be a way to do this right?

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Excellent article from Glenn Fleishman at TidBITS Safe Computing on how Elcomsoft Criticism of iOS Password Apps is Overblown.

The core point I took from the article is that there is a four factor authentication process before you can get to individual passwords:

  • Get the Device (or the data file)
  • Get the Security code on the Device
  • Get the Security code or password for the app
  • Get the Master Password

Which doesn’t preclude a user of an application like 1Password from;

Disclaimer: I user 1Password on my Mac and on iOS and have done since I originally got a free install  about 3 years ago. I have since then purchased both the Mac software (currently 3.8.17) and 1Password Pro for the iPhone. Both of which I use daily on both devices.

Ducking out of Google Search

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When Google were just a search company, they made the web one of the most usable things ever. Life was great and everything was a Google away.

Today, as they face the challenges of Facebook, Apple and potentially Microsoft in the turf they made their own, they’ve changed their search algorithms so much that finding a good result can be a challenge at the best of times on a desktop browser. Though surprisingly in the Safari browser on iOStheir results are more like the “good old days”.

So like many other companies who either fail to disrupt themselves or whose attempts at disruption are less successful than expected, they’ll do whatever it takes to maintain their lead. From next week they will make your Google Web history available to it’s other products. A bit like when Microsoft integrated Office into Windows, perhaps?

Because they still have a lot of soul, they at least make it very easy to prevent them from gathering said web history.

Well before the recent discovery Google were compromising, without permission, the privacy setting I had chosen in my browser, I’d already mostly stopped using them for search in the last 6 months. There will still be the odd time what is still the best search engine on the planet has to be used. But, for now, I prefer the growing ability of DuckDuckGo and other services to answer my queries.

DuckDuckGo sounds like they don’t want to be evil after all.

Making things easier with Tweetbot and Tweetie

When I use Mail on my iPhone, I always drag down to update. It frustrates the hell out of me that Mail doesn’t support this great feature. After all, it seems like it was in the dawn of time that Loren Brichter first implemented it in Tweetie 2.

Similarly, if the system supports an ‘Open in Safari’ feature, why would you hide it behind multiple steps? Tweetbot, by far the most usable app on iOS implements this and other functions as a one click action. Long Press on any link, hashtag, username etc. and the user is presented with a list of applicable options.

It’s great to know these things, and it’s great to share them so people can remove their frustrations. They’re happier, I’m happier and the person who did the hard work of designing and implementing the function gets their just reward.

Is there a little known function on your platform of choice which others might benefit from that you’d like to share?

A More Honest Path

Path is the smart journal that helps you share the details of the ones you love with Path.

Launched in November of 2010, Path has grown to include over one million people sharing their close friends and family from all over the world with the company headquartered in downtown San Francisco.

Our Values

Simple

Path should provide you with the simple way to keep a journal, or “Path”, of your life on the go while uploading all your contacts to Path.

Personal

Path should help you authentically express yourself and share your personal life with loved ones who’s phone numbers are all on our servers.

Quality

Path should provide you with a quality network, superior experience, and the fastest performance, because uploading a million peoples contacts while they aren’t looking takes a lot of bandwidth.

Joy

Path should delight you through design, information, and communication. Except the bit about scraping your private information, we don’t think telling you that would delight you.

Smart

Path should learn about you as time goes on. It should help you see interesting patterns in your life, and the lives of your loved ones. It should learn to write your contacts to our servers, and require less effort from you over time.

Private

Path should be private by default. Forever. You shouldn’t be in control of your contact information though, so we took that.

Our Product

Path

Keep a personal journal, or “Path”, of your life.

Home

Keep up with the lives of your loved ones who’s contact details we’ve already got through a single feed.

Chooser

One button to post beautiful photos and videos, who you are with, where you are, what you are listening to, what you are thinking, and when you go to bed and wake up.

Camera

Capture beautiful photos and videos using world class mobile camera technology. Including 8 free and 4 premium Lenses to filter your photo and video moments in real-time into beautiful works of art.

Automatic

Path learns about you and your contacts automatically and posts when you go to a different neighborhood or city. More posts in your Path, without your effort.

Friends

Path was designed with the people you love, your close friends and family, in mind. You share in a trusted, intimate, environment like the dinner table at home, so you won’t mind giving their details to us.

Activity

Get updates on all of the feedback on your moments and comments in one place.

Comments

Respond to moments with comments.

Emotion

Respond to moments with any one of five core emotions: smile, frown, gasp, laugh, and love.

Seen

Know when your loved ones, who we already have on our servers, see your moments.

Visits

Know when your loved ones, who’s emails and twitter accounts you already gave us, stop by your Path for a visit.

Customize

Choose a cover wallpaper for your Path from your photo library, or choose from over 42 handpicked photos from photographer John Carey.

Sharing

For the occasional moment you’d like to share in public – in addition to all your contacts who you have shared with us, you can share to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr.

Pages

Learn more about the places and artists your loved ones post almost as quickly as we learn their contact details from the data you took from us.

Menu

Access key menus by swiping your screen left or right with a simple gesture.

Settings

Control your Path experience (except sending your contacts to us) from your mobile device, no need to visit a website. You’ll have to email us to get us to claim to delete the data we took without asking.

Privacy

Except for the contacts on your Phone, Path is private by default. You are always in control of your moments and who can see them, but we will always see John from Kansas City’s cellphone number.

Security

Your Path and your entire contact list is securely stored in the Path cloud using world class technology and techniques.

Mobility

Path is available for iPhone and Android.

Disclaimer

If you haven’t guessed by now, this isn’t the real Path About page. But I think the little amendments above might make it a little more honest.

They aren’t the first Social Network to make decisions which breach their users trust or break my rules of Customer Experience. And, sadly, they are unlikely to be the last.

Are your contacts personal details available to anyone else but Path?

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I’ve been looking at this Zac Holman presentation on github for about 3 weeks now. Each time I come back to it, I think; this is worthy of a blogpost but have been unable to decide how.

But I kept coming back to this slide. You might agree it needs no more words

5 years ago, I’d be saying but, but, but…

Now all I can do is nod furiously. Don’t you love it when Process is more important than working.