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by Met

What's the oldest password you remember?
I'm sure we all had some pretty bad passwords when we were first introduced to the internet. What's the oldest password you still remember? Any other humorous ones you remember?
Oldest I remember: samaisthebomb (I was dating a girl called Sama at the time)
Humorous ones:
I went through a phase of making passwords for my work email (passwords expired monthly) that started with qwert or just qwe. Some of the more memorable ones include:
qwertle (was thinking of Squirtle, one of my fave Pokemon)... Read more →

by dave

Do you use a password manager?
That is a generic screenshot of 1Password. Fear not, it's not my data. :)
It seems like there's a new security breach at a different website every day. Besides being an inconvenience at best and a nightmare at worst, a particularly troubling is that all these leaked passwords floating around have given hackers better strategies for cracking passwords:
Everyone I talk to... Read more →

by TgD

I ditched iPhoto, and feel much better about it.
I have been an iPhoto user since I got my first Mac in 2006. Since then it has grown, and grown, and today it was sitting at a healthy 33GB. I used iPhoto as an album management solution as well as minor edits (rotation and red eye). I value my photos and have them backed up in time machine and in the cloud using Mozy. Thus it seems my requirements for a photo application could better be served by something more lightweight.
If you open up the file structure of the iPhoto Library, what you will... Read more →

by dave

What are some of the strangest games you've found on Steam?
I love Steam. I've spent countless hours browsing the library for good deals and just looking at new and interesting games. One thing I've noticed is that there are some very strange games out there.
Here are some that I've found (interestingly, they all seem to be simulators):
  • Bus Simulator 2012:
  • Recovery Search & Rescue Simulation:...
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by dave

Have revelations about the extent of NSA spying changed your internet usage habits?
One of the biggest tech, privacy, and political stories of 2013 has to be whiteseblower Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent of the NSA's ability to spy on both American citizens and foreign nationals, whether they're in the United States or abroad.
New reports that detail the NSA's abilities are seemingly released every day (and probably will be for the foreseeable future -- Snowden was able to snag something like 1.5 million documents before he fled the... Read more →

by dave

What is the most frustrating application that you still (begrudgingly) use?
There are some apps that are just miserable and rage inducing, but for some reason we still use them. Perhaps there just aren't any viable alternatives. Or maybe we just enjoy being tortured.
But whatever it is, we still use them. And make sure to let people know we aren't happy about it.
For me, the worst application that I use on a nearly basis is iTunes. It's just utter garbage. Beach balls all the time, slow, the interface itself is just horrible. Opening it up increases my blood pressure,... Read more →

by dave

Share your favorite productivity tools and apps!
I'm a big fan of the idea of productivity / get-things-done (GTD) apps. In practice, I spend so much time reading about them, downloading them, and trying to use them that I probably am not all that productive.
However, there are still some pretty vital tools I use every day. Here are two of my favorites as of late:
1. Alfred (OS X)
It's basically a super powerful launch bar and search tool that makes it incredibly easy to open up groups of... Read more →

by dave

Desktop email: Web interface or a native client?
Here in the Engadget West Coast offices, most of us use Gmail in one form or another (for both professional and personal purposes). An interesting debate happened this morning on whether or not people preferred a native desktop client (e.g.,, Airmail, Thunderbird) or were happy using a web interface (through Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook's webportals).
(And let's not forget those gross people who combine the two and use something like Mailplane. *Shudder*)
Anyway,... Read more →

by dave

A look at alternatives for cloud storage and management of photo libraries after Everpix shuts down
Sad news for fans of online photo storage this today. Everpix, a unique startup that specialized in storing a user's entire photo library in the cloud, announced that it was going out of business due to financial problems. The Verge has more details on the impending shutdown [1].
Some background for those who aren't entirely familiar with Everpix: after downloading a Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android app, it would automatically and continuously upload and sync their... Read more →
Apple OS X Mavericks (10.9)

by flackend

Having Mavericks issues?
I haven't upgraded to Mavericks yet. I want to give it a couple weeks. One of my coworkers upgraded and has since complained that app switching is slower for him. Maybe due to Compressed Memory or App Nap? That in itself sounds like a reason to not upgrade. It drives me nuts when computers act sluggish when I'm trying to work.
This article says that MacBook Airs seem to be having trouble (crashes):... Read more →