Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Link: Clark's Tech Blog: iTunes 11
Link: Video: The Video Toaster 4000
Hat Tip: Wil Wheaton
Saturday, November 24th, 2012

In our house, our biggest holiday tradition is watching a Christmas-themed movie or television show every day. Each year, I prepare a schedule which leads up to the new Doctor Who Christmas Special. This year, I’m publishing our schedule on this very website.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Right now, my Windows Live password is a bunch of gibberish that the excellent 1Password handles for me. This has been mostly great.

But then I updated my Boot Camp partition to Windows 8. Windows 8 is a fine OS but they made some questionable decisions that reach throughout the system. One of those is that they integrate your Windows Live account throughout the system: to the point that Microsoft strongly encourages you to use your Windows Live account instead of a local user account.

That’s right. To log into Windows 8, they want my Windows Live password. The gibberish password. This has proven frustrating.

It’s been so frustrating, in fact, that I decided to change my Windows Live password to something I can more easily remember. And whenever I need a memorable, yet still secure, password, I turn to Diceware.

I love Diceware. I’d recommend it to everyone. But it is a very manual process. And I just couldn’t bear the thought of pulling out my dice and spending ten minutes generating a password.

I thought, “Shouldn’t my computer be able to do this for me?”. And then I thought, “Well, I guess I’ll have to make it do it for me.”

And, by the end of the day, I’d written Shashti: The Humane Password Generator. It’s rare that I finish one of my personal projects at all: rarer still that I do the entire thing in a day1. I was so excited about it that I had to share it, even though it’s in a bit of a rough state.

Hopefully, I’ll clean up the code a bit and put it into proper source control and all of that. But, even if I never do, it’s usable today. If you’ve ever needed to generate a human-memorable password, why not take a look?

As for me, I am going to go to sleep now.

  1. This isn’t quite true. I’d had the idea before and even got so far into making an Xcode project and creating a class with some stub methods. But it wasn’t until today that I filled in those stub methods (and then added a whole lot more). I’m still claiming this as a one-day project. ↩

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Link: Outside the Beltway: America’s Dysfunctional Election System