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A-Z, 0-9 Only for Passwords?

tcr! · Aug 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Whenever I get errors like this I always shake my head in disgust:

Alpha Numeric only

Seriously, what field type is this in their database table? They can’t use a simple varchar 255? Are they stuck with 64K of memory?

Next there’s this when I accidentally type in my username wrong:

Invalid username, twice

Say it twice because, ya know, I’m an idiot. I do, however, notice that one is in all lowercase.

Now that I’ve created an account and logged in, I try to connect the site to my Twitter account so it can find my friends:

BadAuth: http code: 401

I get the feeling that the developers are the ones being serviced and not the user.

Update: So I tried to “Stumble” this article (or whatever it is you do there) but StumbleUpon, yes I’m talking about you above, wouldn’t let me. They told me they couldn’t find Heebee geebee.

I deactivated my account. Funny that bit worked without a hitch.

#fail #webdev


Anonymous · Aug 27, 2011 at 12:56 am

It shouldn't be a varchar(255) in order to store "255 characters password" it should be a FIXED char and use a proper hashing method.

This means they probably store passwords in plain text, and that's probably just one of the major security faults in their system, I bet ya!

tcr! tcr! · Aug 27, 2011 at 7:11 am

See, I'm not a database guy either. Maybe they should be tinyblobs instead.


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Steve Jobs - Ex CEO

tcr! · Aug 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

It’s amazing “teh lamentation” coming from the fanbois.

He’s a good guy, did some amazing stuff but I worship no one. There are zero human-gods here on Earth.


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What’s a webOS to do

tcr! · Aug 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’m a little sad, a little disappointed. I’ve been mulling this over for a few days and finally decided to publish something.

It’s Official: HP Kills Off webOS Phones And The TouchPad

webOS is the best mobile operating system out there, bar none. I’ve had the original Palm Pre since it came out and the experience is far better than any other smart phone I’ve seen or used.

There’s true multi-tasking, none of this fast app switching crap. The instant messaging app is to die for. The notifications are both functional and usable. Best of all, there’s no bloated iTunes required to just put music on the damn thing. In fact, I don’t even need a computer to use it. ;-)

The default apps for email, calendar and contacts just work. I don’t ever think about them, I just use them. They stay out of my way and I concentrate on the data. That’s what apps are for.

Even developers loved it.

I’m still a webOS developer and I’m still a webOS user and that will not change until my phone breaks

I agree that the number of 3rd party apps is no where close to the iPhone or Android but I’d wager that most of those are worthless shit.

See it’s like, it doesn’t matter how many visits you get on your website, it’s how many connections and/or sales are come from those visits. Net figures, not gross figures.

Late Friday night, HP slashed (like really slashed) the price of the TouchPad. I made an attempt in the gold rush to order the 32GB model but sadly I received an email from HP this morning:

An item in order H118927537 is not available and we are unable to fulfill your order as placed. We have cancelled your entire order and credited your selected payment method(s).

Why all the fuss? I’m passionate about technology - even more so when something I use everyday, is always with me, is more or less dead.

Of course HP says there’s hope for webOS:

It doesn’t mean — in any way, shape or form, at all — that we are abandoning webOS. In fact, we’re allowing webOS to fulfill the vision that I think everyone in the industry wants to see, and that is a viable alternative to other tablet or mobile operating systems that are out there that have their own baggage.

But only if partners come on board.

And finally, this is why I’ll never develop for a particular OS or platform again. True mobile web development is the future.


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tcr! tcr! · Aug 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

HP’s changing lanes and still doesn’t know where they’re going ..


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An Intimate Conversation Between Friends

tcr! · Aug 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

F1: Im gonna drop a dos. That is spanish for take a poop.




_underscore _underscore · Apr 25, 2012 at 2:42 am

what I hear most often is 'hacer el numero dos', which, honestly, is kinda spanglish and a point of contention in my line of work. I prefer 'movimiento intestinal' or 'ir de cuerpo' … 'hacer excremento' is okay by me, too. If it looks like a pony, so much the better.

_underscore _underscore · Apr 25, 2012 at 2:46 am

I'm not sure why 'I'm gonna go take a crap' doesn't translate well to Spanish, but it doesn't. Life is weird.

tcr! tcr! · May 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

How about "Voy a ir a cagar" ?


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I Want Real Tattoos

tcr! · Aug 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Mine are all jailhouse-ish, steal some ink from the art club, teenage non-sense. One is a pot leaf. I never even liked marijuana.

These are good and maybe they rang a bell with me because he walked through them one by one. And it looks like he photographed them himself. 2 extra points for that.

The tattoo below pays homage to Metroid – a game I’ve always had a soft spot for.

tattoos, explained by jeremy mendonsa on August 17th, 2011

Metroid tatto

tattoo 10 - a metroid eating a pie, left forearm, underside



tism tism · Aug 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Those are nice tatts.

I know my choices took a lot of thought. My art is definitely worthy of staying with me forever. The whole process of getting the work done is quite addictive.


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tcr! tcr! · Aug 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

> I know my choices took a lot of thought

This could be why I've never gotten any real ones, I would never be able to make up my mind.


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Need a Street Bike? Try Mission Bicycle Company.

tcr! · Aug 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

While eating lunch and perusing my feeds, I came across this: “Great customer service from the Mission Bicycle Company.”


I wanted to share a great experience I had when something went wrong. Shit happens — how companies deal with the shit is what sets apart the great ones from the other ones.

They called up a local shop (On The Route) and arranged to ship a new frame to them. Then one of their bike techs would drive down to my office and swap the frames and reassemble the bike for me while I waited. All of this at Mission’s expense.

Wow, talk about above and beyond the call of duty. Makes me want to order one just so I can experience some of their awesome.

Christmas is coming up.. I’d take the one pictured above if you haven’t shopped for me yet. ;-)

Boatloads of photos here:

Anyways, if you’re in the market for a new bike, check out Mission Bicycle Company first.


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About Firefox Sans Version Number

tcr! · Aug 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

As you may have heard, Mozilla is removing the version from the About Firefox window. Reasoning includes:

“we concluded that most people don’t need to know what version number they’re using”

I’m glad that Mozilla is deciding what I need and don’t need to know. I’m all for streamlining UIs but I personally don’t see how the version number is hurting anything in the About window. Even more so because it’s more or less a standard in apps.

And there’s this:

“I’d say at least 75% of users have no idea about the about: pages or that they even exist.”

Erm.. On Mac for the Firefox menu (and all other apps I can think of) the first item in the first drop down is “About Firefox.”

About Firefox link

I’d like to know where people get their data.

“One More Thing…”Nightly’s on First; Aurora’s on Second



Tony_M · Aug 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Hrmm… not buying it. By that reasoning, why not just get rid of "About Firefox" altogether? Surely we don't need to know any of that other stuff either.

tcr! tcr! · Aug 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Not buying what? My reasoning for keeping it or Mozilla's for removing it?

tcr! tcr! · Aug 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Never mind.. After another look at your comment, I see where you're coming from.


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Art in Your Eye 2011

tcr! · Aug 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Art in Your Eye banner

Art in Your Eye 2011 Always a good time.. Plenty of oils, water colors and a little bit of food outside at the fine art show. If I’d have picked up some cards, I would post artist links. D’oh. Plus live music in the background and a “juried exhibit featuring the work of local artists in a variety of media” inside City Hall.

We were there a little less than two hours and the temperature was perfect. M. got hands on in the “Instrument Petting Zoo” by Music Matters and our favorite Water Street Studios were on hand making ceramics on the pottery wheel. Not a bad way to spend Sunday afternoon.

Learn more about the annual festival - Art in Your Eye on Batavia’s beautiful Riverwalk.


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Ban the Chimp Tests

tcr! · Aug 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

Stop Using Chimps as Guinea Pigs

Nim Chimpsky At the time, I believed such research was worth the pain inflicted on the animals. But in the years since, our understanding of its effect on primates, as well as alternatives to it, have made great strides, to the point where I no longer believe such experiments make sense — scientifically, financially or ethically. That’s why I have introduced bipartisan legislation to phase out invasive research on great apes in the United States.

Today is the start of a two-day public hearing convened by the Institute of Medicine, which is examining whether there is still a need for invasive chimpanzee research. Meanwhile, nine countries, as well as the European Union, already forbid or restrict invasive research on great apes. Americans have to decide if the benefits to humans of research using chimpanzees outweigh the ethical, financial and scientific costs.

Coincidence that Rise of the Planet of the Apes is playing at your local theater?


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Christianity, as Practiced by Many, is a Disease

tcr! · Aug 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

it’s paticularly amazing to me how few people appreciate the show business aspect of the modern gospel.

—jimi the saint

“Christianity, as practiced by many, is a disease, characterized by an inability to mind one’s own business, and an all consuming fear that somewhere, someone, is having a good time.

In advanced stages, the only solace available to the stricken is the thin hope that if this suspicious activity truly exists, then it can be interfered with now, or punished later.”

—The Saint James Version


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