Protect Your Passwords

passwords are like underwear

Passwords are part of our culture. They are everywhere from your first logon screen to your Internet service provider. If you have a user name, you have a password.

Many casual users of the Internet (and plenty who should know better) have a tendency to take passwords for granted. To conserve a few brain cells, they may create a simple password that is easy to remember and use it for anything and everything that requires registering and protecting with a password. The key word here is protecting. Weak passwords can be as bad as no passwords at all.

If you are using an online service to access the Internet, one of the first things you did was choose a user id and password. Treat your passwords with respect. Anyone with casual access to your user identification and password information can, in effect, be you, with all the rights and privileges you have on your account. Your account could be used for anything and everything, including unauthorized purchases and other illegal activities. Here are a few tips to protect yourself.

  • Don’t be lazy … Change your password frequently, at least once a month.
  • Use longer passwords … Make your password at least 7 characters long – preferably 10 or more.
  • Mix it up … Have at least one character that is uppercase, lowercase, a number, and a symbol like $, %, or &.
  • Symbols … Have at least one symbol character in the second through sixth positions.
  • Be different … Be entirely different from previous passwords.
  • No names … Make sure your password contains no names or usernames.
  • Uncommon … Do not let your password contain words or names found in a dictionary.

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‘SixthSense’ Potentials

This is one interesting idea. The presenter, Pranav Mistry came up with this idea and hoped to bring the technology to the masses. Let’s just hope greedy companies aren’t planning to rope this all in,comes up with expensive products and suppress the potentials of this genius device.

If you’re unable to see the video, it’s about a demonstration on how a mobile device can have two-way communications between the digital world and the real world, using gestures of your hand. Think, you can copy and paste everything you see. Think, you don’t need LCD screen to play you favorite games.

Thanks to Bro Nik Azmi of  ’68 for his post in the MCOBA GoogleGroup
Source of video

Another geeky post… hehe.

Bad News IT Enthusiasts, Prices Are Going Up!

If you’re planning to buy a PC sometime later this year, then expect a ridiculously high price because prices of PCs are expected to hike. During the recession last year, manufacturers have reduced capacity and delayed building additional plants, causing a component shortage this year. The reason behind this is the price hike is due to the transition from DDR2 to DDR3 memory components, which are up to 23% more expensive. The overall cost of semiconductor components is expected to increase by 2.3% this year, and this is the response from semiconductor suppliers. The prices of LCD panels and hard drives are also expected to cost 20% more. Right, now that the manufacturers are recovering from the recession, it’s our turn to suffer the post-effect!
(source Lowyat.NET)
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If you’re planning to buy a PC sometime later this year, then expect a ridiculously high price because prices of PCs are expected to hike. During the recession last year, manufacturers have reduced capacity and delayed building additional plants, causing a component shortage this year. The reason behind this is the price hike is due to the transition from DDR2 to DDR3 memory components, which are up to 23% more expensive. The overall cost of semiconductor components is expected to increase by 2.3% this year, and this is the response from semiconductor suppliers. The prices of LCD panels and hard drives are also expected to cost 20% more. Right, now that the manufacturers are recovering from the recession, it’s our turn to suffer the post-effect!

(source Lowyat.NET)

Restoran Benteng Kuala Kangsar

I already went to this place once. Few months later I found out that Wawan94 was one of the founder (his Dad owns it) from the 9094 foyer. So in the spirit of BMO/SBB as referred by Morky, let us all drop by this place if we are in Kuale. The food is good, there might also be some stalls selling shoes, caps, hphone accessories nearby. The place also got this blog, on http://restoranbenteng.wordpress.com/

A few days ago, during the 2008 Old Boys Weekend, a few hungry and impatient oldboys (me included) decided not to join the dinner event in the dining hall. We thought that the food might not be enough, or good enough or both, and yet we had to wait and queue and sit in the hallways (the arrogant lot! haha).

So, the immediate thought was of course, the Lembah. We were about to park in front of the food court when I remembered about the place. Pissed at first, but then they finally agreed to try out this Restoran Benteng. The Hyundai Sonata owner was not too happy having to drive through the poorly lit alley behind the Aked MARA. “Mana ni Cikun?” I don’t really remember how to get there. Then – there was light. “There is hope.” Mafia thought. haha! Luckily (for me) the place is still there. It is situated behind the Yut Loy, I guess there’s another way other than the dark alley.

The restaurant was not packed like the ones in Lembah. Plenty of tables around. The others were only happy about the big screen TV, I guess that was their first impression la. We ordered our dinner – the usuals express dinner – nasi goreng (except for Adiq – I can’t even pronounce the dish). A few minutes later, the waitress put a plate with sambal belacan, some sliced cucumber. Dayat said it was the appetizer while we wait for our food. Soon after, the drinks arrived, then the food. Even the hard-to-pronounce one Adiq ordered! So we can scrap the ‘Sabar Menanti’ tag. The food tasted as good as the last time I went there.

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Heroes and Villains

In the spirit of the Season 2 premiere on StarWorld last Tuesday, I would love to share with you a little something most Malaysian viewers don’t know, or at least my circle of friends. It was said that prior to any episode release of Heroes, or every Tuesday, (maybe this is only applicable during the Writer Guild strike) NBC releases a short comic as supplement information about the series. Some calls this Graphic Novels, I just think fans will run away when they hear the word novel. I think most of the series explain more on the character building of each hero/villain.

The best compiled list of the comics can be found on a wiki page, here and here. The list might not be up-to-date, (1 or 2 days) but the list is more organized if you want to download all at the same time (say FlashGet). Otherwise you can look for them in NBC’s official website, here. Note that the comics for season 1 starts from 1 to 51, while season 2 starts from 52. Currently they (NBC) are still publishing the comics, latest addition was number 69.

Enjoy the comics!

p/s:  watch out for the new Knight Rider this February on NBC!

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GMail tips

You guys remember when we were forced to change notes or articles on our classroom notice board every week or so? It’s been almost 2 months since the last post! hahaha! Come on, guys!

Don’t you just love using GMail? I first got my invitation from ‘Pembunuh‘ (thanks bro!), thinking that it’s on ‘invitation only’ basis, I accepted and completely forgot about it. Not until I realized the ‘group-by-subject’ feature eased the pain of going through ‘thread-like’ discussions, in conventional email inbox, that I thought of moving on to GMail. The rest is history.

There are lots of neat features embedded in GMail, but they are useless if we do not make use of them. I’m not getting into all of the features, but I’ll start with the not so common ones I usually use. These will also work with your @mckk9296.com email account (provided you use the webmail version).

1. Your GMail account alias
The alias (or call it what ever you want) I’m talking about here is like an alternative email address for your original profile. No, it is not like you create another email, because it will go to the same inbox. For example, abc123@gmail.com is the Abu’s email address, I can send an email to abc123+cikun@gmail.com and the email will still be sent to Abu. (Note the bold +cikun after the abc123)

What the f@#k is this feature helping me? There are many helpful ways you can benefit from this. One of them is tracking your source of spam. For instance, if you register in Friendster, you put abc123+friendster@gmail.com as your email address, you can easily apply a filter (and automatically assign the filter to label Friendster) without the hassle of identifying the source of email – because you know the email sent to abc123+friendster@gmail.com will always be from Friendster.

So what does this got to do with spam management? GMail has a good spam filtering, yes, but this way you can identify the culprits giving away your email addresses.

2. Search function
On the top left of the screen, just beside the GMail logo, there is a textbox for search. The common search will give you messages that contain whatever it is that you put there. However, you could also add advanced operands to minimize the scope of your search.

is operator
I don’t really know the full function of this operand, but I always use this to view unread messages. Available commands, is: unread, is: read and is: starred

from operator
This will return the message sender. For example, from: pembunuh

label operator
Only applicable if you have labels added to your inbox. Will return every message in that particular label. For example, label: mckk9296

The rest of other search operators are list here. You’ll get the idea how it will benefit you.

More babies!

Congratulations to Zen and Shariza for their newborn baby girl, on the 8th of Oct 2007.

Congratulations to Shahman and Farah for their newborn baby girl, on the 27th of Oct 2007.

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