Kudos to LinkedIn for implementing 2 factor Authentication. I really wish they had used Google's authenticator but I guess, like Twitter, they didn't want to try and teach people how to use it. 

Here is how to turn it on: http://www.slideshare.net/linkedin/two-step-verification-on-linked-in


LinkedIn gets a little safer with two-step verification
The new security measure makes it more complicated for hackers to get into your account because it requires access to your password and mobile phone. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is now seeking eveyone's help to save podcasting for a patent troll.

From the blog post: "The most likely procedure will involve a new legal tool called the “Inter partes review” introduced by the America Invents Act. If we are successful in this process, the patent gets invalidated and Personal Audio would be unable to assert it against anybody."

Some info the the America Invents Act which became law in 2011:

Help Save Podcasting!
We need your help to save podcasting. EFF is partnering with leading lawyers to bust a key patent being used to threaten podcasters. But we need your help to find prior art and cover the filing fees for a brand new patent busting procedure.

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These look really cool. 

From Kickstarter: "The Linkbot is a modular robotic platform that grows as your skills increase.  It's packed with a wide array of technology and functional right out of the box, but is open and hackable!"

Linkbot, Create with Robots
Why roll into your next robot project when you can walk! Loaded w/ absolute encoding, accelerometer, rechargeable battery and ZigBee.

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Do you read the online comic XKCD? If you do, you'll know there insights or additional info about the comic or its subject matter hidden until you hover the mouse over the image.

I was thinking the other day that is great but not too handy on a tablet or smart phone. What I wanted was an email with the latest comic and the hover over text as part of that email.

Fortunately, the hover over is just Alt text and is included in the RSS feed along with the comic. Using a bit of Yahoo! Pipes magic I created a new feed that grabs the text and makes it part of the description and thus visible in the feed.  Then I used +IFTTT to create a recipe to send me an email anytime a new item is available in my enhanced RSS feed.

If you are interested, the IFTTT recipe is located here: https://ifttt.com/recipes/96164
or you can use the RSS feed from here:

#xkcd   #rss  

Try this IFTTT Recipe: xkcd with hover text
This recipe will deliver new XKCD comics to your inbox and include the hover over text as part of the email.

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I've been taking the message from Google #IO13 to heart and trying to use Google as my darkroom. I have a metric ton of photos from some family vacations that I figured I'd upload and see what Google's Auto Awesome processing would do to them.

Google+ gives you a method to drag and drop photos onto the browser based uploader but that isn't really a great method for bulk uploading tons of pictures.  I tried lots of pictures at once and it froze up. Google Drive might be an option but the 2 services aren't connected that well. You can share from Drive to Plus but Plus doesn't treat your photos the same way. Photos stored in Google drive aren't part of your albums and don't get processed in the background.

As far as I know, the best method for bulk uploading from a desktop is to use Google's Picasa software. In Picasa you go into Tools –> Bulk Upload. From there you can choose your folders and upload straight into Google+ for processing.

This all seemed like a great idea. My upload speed at home isn't all that great but I didn't really care. Just get the process going and leave my laptop on for as long as it takes. Then it stopped working and I got the message saying "long term bandwidth exceeded." I was able to upload the picture seen here via the web based uploader so apparently I am not completely locked out. I can't tell you exactly how many pictures but I'd say a few thousand.

From some brief Google searching, I'll be in Picasa Jail for 20 to 30 days. So, use Google as your darkroom but be careful about how quick you expect it to work.

#picasa #google #photography

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We went to Australia in 2010. I recently uploaded a bunch of my pictures of Sunset at Uluru into Google+ Photos to see if it would do any Auto Awesome work on them. While it was definitely worth visiting, let’s face it, a big chunk of sandstone in the middle of the Australian outback isn’t the most exciting thing in pictures. .I’d say Google did pretty good job making something with these otherwise boring pictures.

Sunset at Uluru