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Tweets As Prose Haiku

I like simple English. Long words and complex sentences only obscure meaning. Our goal should be to express ourselves in as few words as possible.

Have you ever tried to write a Haiku? It’s a Japanese poem form which contains seventeen syllables in three lines. Its brevity imposes discipline. Try writing a Haiku. It’s not easy. 

Twitter imposes a 140 character limit on tweets. It’s sufficient to express one or two thoughts — but only if you distill your idea into a few simple but powerful words. It reminds me of writing Haiku — but without rhyme. (Reason only.)

(Haiku and illustration credit Kelly R Fineman)


Speed Up Twitter On Android 

I’ve been using Twitter on my Android phone and noticed that over a period of days or weeks it slows to a crawl. A simple way to kick Twitter back into high gear is to exit Twitter and just delete all of its data, and then restart Twitter.

On my Android 5 phone, I go to Settings, Applications, Application Manager, and scroll down to Twitter, then press the Clear Data button. You’ll be asked to confirm. Click CLEAR – you do wish to clear all data.

Exit Settings and Restart Twitter. It should find your profile(s) and download your tweets. Now it should be faster.

Try this at your own risk. It works for me, but your mileage may vary.

Microsoft and Twitter add Multifactor Authentication

Yesterday Twitter and Microsoft added multifactor authentication, which is a good thing for the security of users. Microsoft has used the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)’s RFC-6238 time-based one-time password algorithm, which is also a good thing. I’m not sure what method Twitter chose.

Two-factor authentication, in addition to requiring a traditional static password, requires a time-sensitive password to authenticate a user. This may be delivered via a cellphone. With RFC-6238, new time-sensitive passwords are created every 30 seconds.

RFC-6238 Advantages
The beauty of RFC-6238 is that it’s a standard that’s well-documented and tested. Google already uses RFC-6238, so you can use Google Authenticator for Android to log into your Microsoft Accounts, and vice versa. Because they also use RFC-6238, you can use Google Authenticator to log into Dropbox, Facebook, Bitcoin, WordPress, et al.

Let’s hope that more websites that store our data hop aboard the RFC-6238 multifactor authentication train.

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Don’t make an appearance on PleaseRobMe.com!

Here’s a handy tool for burglars.


It was inevitable that someone would publish “I’m not at home now” information in one easy to find place: http://pleaserobme.com/  Very handy, if your profession is burglarizing homes.


When twits use Twitter, Foursquare, etc. to announce that they’re away from home, they invite burglars to rob their home. Read why: http://pleaserobme.com/why


Thanks to CrankyGeeks for the tip.

Web-based threats continue to grow

Bad guys love social networking sites.
While listening to Sophos’ July 24th security update, I noticed that:
  • Social networking (My Space, Facebook, Twitter, et al) sites are favorite infection points for malware writers.
  • Most Facebook, My Space, and Twitter infections begin with a message from a friend with an invitation to view a video.
  • Facebook and My Space do not scan messages for infections or other malicious content. They must fix this.
  • Bad guys use social networking sites to gather information which helps them guess passwords and compromise users’ accounts on other sites.
  • Apple Macs are no longer “immune” to infections.
  • 70% of Macs have no antivirus software.
  • Social networks are forcing themselves into business networks, raising threat levels to those businesses. Businesses will need to secure their networks even more.
  • Sophos sees about 40,000 infected files per day and a new malicious webpage every 4 seconds.
Download and listen to this security podcast: http://podcasts.sophos.com/en/sophos-podcast-041.mp3 (5.5 minutes)
Read about the very real threat posed by Koobface. I know a woman whose bank accounts were debited following an infection that began on Facebook with a message from her husband that asked her to view a video. She was then asked to update her Flash player, which started the infection . . . About a month later, mysterious bank account debits appeared.
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