Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061002

Hi, A quick one this week

Jools is responsible for finding this one. Read the hype “The project was conceived of by a diverse group of experimental musicians communicating through the Internet. Inspired by the recent addition of spoken word audio clips to the Merriam-Webster and Microsoft Encarta online dictionaries demonstrating the correct pronunciation of each word, these artists have used the samples to create artificial vocals that “sing” karaoke. James Brown’s “I Feel Good” (reworked by Jim Allenspach) was the first song to be rendered in the dictionaraoke style, and many more tracks were soon to follow. Covering a wide range of hits from yesterday and today, the site now has over 30 different songs available for download. Many different styles are represented, featuring everything from the Beatles to the Beastie Boys. New songs are continually being added. In addition, the site offers features like the Song Of The Week, links to related topics, and all the information you need to start creating your own Dictionaraoke.”

In the infamous words of a certain movie ” I have a bad feeling about this”

Here is Jools message… I toyed with using this for a duggup post but I thought about it and after one of those light bulb moments knew where it would it would fit. Have an impedimentia. May I suggest? *AQUA* “barbie girl” *The Buggles* “video killed the radio star” and my personal fav….drums please *Gary Puckett* “young girl”
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Password Exporter

Oh Dear… More Firefox zealotry.

Following up on I sent you WHAT!!, today lets look at the reverse, How do you move your passwords, to a different PC.

The answer (assuming you are using Firefox… and of course you all are) is a Firefox extension called Password Exporter. This nifty little extension allows you to export and import your saved passwords and rejected sites between computers.

You can find your passwords in Firefox under Tools -> Options -> Privacy tab -> Passwords tab -> View Saved Passwords button -> Import/Export Passwords tab

The extension allows you to create either an XML or CSV text file of your password information and if you are paranoid ( remember “trust no-one”) you can encrypt it. If you are like me and are moving from computer to computer it is incredibly handy. The Password Exporter is also great for anyone who’s using Thunderbird, too. The Password Exporter extension is a free download, works everywhere Firefox does. And as a bonus you can save the exported file using Kee Pass.

So What is KeePass?
OK how many passwords do you have? There’s a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your other email account, the Gmail account, your home-page’s ftp password, online passwords for just about every second website you visit, etc. etc. etc. It’s a mind bogglingly large list. And because you are using different passwords for each account (because if you use the same password everywhere and someone gets this password you are going to have a major problem).

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using serious encryption I taleked about this last year

Welcome to the 21st century, it turns out George Orwell may have been an optimist.