After I tried to set this blog as my own OpenID provider using the OpenID WordPress plugin, I got a weired error message:
“This is an OpenID Server, Nothing to See Here… Move Along”
I could not find what as wrong, as all prerequisites were fulfilled, until I find this nice post. The patch there works very well, thanks to the author (it is a shame that it wasn’t yet included in the trunk).
This and the lack of active open-source development around OpenID seems to show that it is not really popular. It is a shame because it is a pretty good solution against the multiplication of passwords. I wouldn’t want to use OpenID for my bank account access, but it is just right for many sites, forums, etc. Unfortunately, no many sites are yet OpenID enabled and the choice when you want to become your own provider is very limited (most of projects listed in the official wiki are dead, with no update for the last 2 years).
Deleteyouraccount.com is a very convenient website if you consider deleting your account from one of these social networking sites that are everywhere now. Of course, they all do their best to make it difficult, trying to hide it and discourage you. Here Deleteyouraccount comes to help.
I will still take a few days of thoughts, but I am seriously considering deleting my Linkedin account. I once got invited to it and got trapped.
My private data are certainly useful to Linkedin, but all this stuff has been totally useless to me so far. One of the things I really hate is that it tends to increase the number of contacts artificially even though the relationship is not sincere.
I have a number of “contacts” that I barely know or keep in touch with, whereas I don’t need Linkedin to communicate with the people I truly appreciate.
Less social networking, more human reliationship, more freedom, more privacy : sounds good.
No, it is not a computer this time. And yes, it is off topic, but I wanted to thank a Japanese friend for his gift and, at the same time, promote his work :
He owns a small company in Hokkaido producing a number of wood toys. He is an artist and designs them, which are all hand made and from the local wood.
In our industrial society, where all toys are made of plastic in chinese factories, it is refreshing to see such authentic and nice wood toys.
So think about it for your kids. His website is only in Japanese for now but if you are interested, drop an e-mail and my friend will certainly answer to you shortly (last link in the menu page).
A big change on Security Focus is going to happen. Except the vulnerability database, most of its content and resources are going to move to Symantec. RIP.
I just discovered the BugMeNot service today.
It offers a database of logins shared by the community to login to free websites that require free registration.
This is usually annoying to subscribe to such a website just to download a freeware or read an article, and it often makes people choose unsecured or random logins.
They even provide an extension for Firefox. Thanks to this great website, you are probably going to save a lot of time.
That is exactly why I have never used – and will never use – Facebook or anything like that.