Plain text passwords…

Ok, It happened again. I registered at some website and they’ve sent me the password in plain text. Yes, this post was really written in 2015.

I won’t tell you, what website it was. This is not the point of this post, but rather the problem itself. And I want to give the developers of the website, whom I handled with my standard procedure of informing them about the problem, some time to fix that.

I just want to rant it out once more. How can a website that has 100k+ users make such a fundamental mistake? How can anyone, if every educated 12 year old knows better?

Some developers tell me in response “yeah but the data is secure with us”.

Sony said the same before playstation network got hacked. But luckily, as a matter of prudence, they actually hashed user passwords. Apparently, most websites don’t, even though every professional web developer knows how to do better. At least they should.

Even if they don’t get hacked, “it’s secure” is a plain lie. Sending the unencrypted plain-text password out from their servers is like printing your username and password on leaflets and throwing them out of a plane over Shanghai.

Even worse, nobody seems to care. The said website was featured on major news networks around the world.

Since I’m aware of this issue, I always use a throwaway-password when registering anywhere. Just as a reminder for everyone: don’t ever register anywhere with your “standard password” or a derivate of it.

It will ultimately end up in dictionaries used for hacker attacks.

And of course, generally use secure passwords. No, “banana” is not secure. Neither is “pineapple123″. “EeF1rJ7YiyrZazC09myJ”. is also not secure, since, due to the  the very fact that I posted it here, it most likely became part of a hacker’s password dictionary already.

Thank you developers! Thank you, security aware internet users.

Logitech K811 “Easy-Switch” Review

Often, reviewers writing for tech sites only get access to a product for a couple of days . In this short time, it’s impossible to find out about all the little quirks tech products like this keyboard have. I’ve been using the Easy-Switch for almost a year now and here’s a review that covers all the pros and cons about the Logitech EasySwitch in (almost) everyday usage and reveals very hacky implementation of just about any OS-Specific functionality that, at a first glance, works, but at the second glance, is simply awkward.

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LineFight released!

Today, I released my latest game: LineFight!

In this Mac game, up to 8 players (on the same Mac!) battle each other by drawing lines! Try to encircle your opponents and avoid crashing into their walls since the feature of a built-in break fell victim to the idea of simplifying controls to maximize accessibility and fun!

You can even customize the game play in many ways, tweaking almost any variable that contributes to the addictive game play. Oh, and the game looks awesome! :D

Get it now from the AppStore! 

New Glasses

Got new glasses yesterday :) Was quite some difference. Now I can watch blu-rays form the back of my room and read the tram  departure times from the other side of the road! And they’re really lightweight.

Pro software for Macs you can’t buy?

Autodesk doesn’t really seem to care about its mac users. A year after the introduction of Lion, Maya doesn’t officially run on Lion (it runs, though if you omit certain features during the installation) as Autodesk doesn’t support it. If you want to use hardware-acceleration, you need an nVidia card. That’s an interesting concept because you can’t buy a mac with an nVidia card nor can you buy a mac with snow leopard, the OS required to run Maya 2012, according to Autodesk. To summarize this: Autodesk makes software for computers you can’t get anywhere (except used). Of course, you can buy a mac pro, get a snow leopard disc on eBay and an nVidia Quadro card (that might cost more than the mac itself). Still, that’s not what i’d call customer-friendly.

While running on lion, a similar problem occurs with Adobe’s creative suite. They support hardware-acceleration through nVidia’s CUDA instead of the openCL standard. Sort of futile, given that there’s no mac that supports CUDA.

It seems like the developers of pro software are abandoning the Mac. The System integration of Autodesk’s and Adobe’s mac software is vestigial and they can’t keep up with current developments in mac OS. Apple recently started a beta program for Mountain lion and Adobe still doesn’t support many features introduced in lion. (Full-screen, versions…). You can’t even resize a photoshop window by dragging anywhere but the lower right corner.

Solution? Apple should make and market their own equivalents to Autodesk’s and Adobes major applications. Just like they did with Final Cut Pro. They didn’t invent it up but made it a well integrated standard software for the mac that made users love their macs instead of hating them for limitations originated from third party software companies that disregard the mac as a great platform for professional media creation.

Nokia BH-905i review

After trying the Sennheiser MM 550 and returning them, I continued using my good, old Philips SHB-9000 until they fell apart a couple of weeks ago. I tried the Philips SHB-9100 and was close to buying another pair of Philips SHB-9000 until I figured that there must be a pair of Noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones that satisfies my needs.

The Philips SHB-9000 were quite OK, but they didn’t cancel the outside noise and since they were neither covering the whole ears nor particularly soft, my ears hurt after a while.

After searching for a bit, I found the Nokia BH-905i that support A2DP as well as AVRCP and thus are compatible with any mobile phone – not only Nokia devices.

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