New school year, new password

Hello, Monday (Wednesday — actually, Friday)!

As we all get ready for the new year, and then again 90 days from now, and in yet another three months, ad nauseum — the computer system will ask you to pick a new password to access the information you so desperately need right now.

Although this may seem like a burden — and by all means, maybe it is — you should take a couple of minutes to take care of the computer’s request to change your password and pick a secure code that is hard to decipher and easy for you to remember.

There are applications available that will remember passwords for you (like LastPass or KeePass) although some of us (not me) have survived for decades writing down passwords on small pieces of paper and storing them somewhere “safe.”

When considering your new password, be sure to read the system’s requirements for new passwords, choose a strong passwordbased on those specifications, and make sure your new entry key is not one of 2015’s worst passwords. Here’s the top 10:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball

It’s the new style

It’s new to me, anyway.

Starting with the Spring 2016 semester, I’ll be moving toward more open-source software options in my classes, ergo my Photoshop may include some GIMP, my Dreamweaver will have some bootstrap, etc.

Gotta get some reading done.

2018 EDIT: I can’t believe I never saw these guys live:

The Day Github Came to Town

So Python is now in the books; by which I mean, we got it into the dual-credit curriculum, we have it on our machines, and we had a lot of fun making it work.

Next, CSS frameworks will replace Dreamweaver in Web Design II. And what better way to implement them than this?

Python or bust!

And so after months of harping about how great it would be to switch from DarkBASIC to Python in my game design classes, the time has come to put up or shut up and start designing the class itself. It will be split in two, starting with Python and ending with JavaScript.

Now to figure out how all this is going to work…

Once upon a time

I always wanted something. And at one time, that meant I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t know what that meant. Not one bit. But then, there came the time when the keyboard was faster than my mind. And it all changed.

The Digital Calculator Blues

Last night, as I was tippy-tapping on my ipad and retweeting weather updates and listening to voicemails and reviewing information about the next day I thought about how mundane the whole experience was. I was suddenly reminded of that time in 1973 or 1974 when my father showed me what was then an absurd purchase, a pocket calculator with bright green digital numbers, that could add, subtract, multiply and good grief, divide with the push of a couple of buttons.

From TV and movies I hear that the first heroin high is the best and probably the only one you’ll ever enjoy. Other than the first 10 hours of “Combat” on the 2600 and the joy of BASIC programming, I’m not sure technology will ever again excite me as much as that little box with glowing numbers.

The Story of the Race to Develop the Pocket Electronic Calculator

The intercom

  1. 300 baud modem? Check. 
  2. Compuserve? Check. Forget that — bulletin board services (BBSes)!
  3. Watched Wargames at the theater? check. (Also Top Secret!, Real GeniusRaiders of the Lost Ark, etc.)
  4. Teenager in the 80s? Check.
  5. Atari 2600, TRS-80 Model III, Commodore 64, Tron. Activision — for crying out loud!
  6. Internet Relay Chat at the Tech library basement in 1987. Mac Plus at the Carpenter computer lab the same year.
  7. Wasted youth, check.

Good grief, I’d do it all over again.

Tuesday is the new Monday

… and February is the new January. And what I mean by that is that if I told you last week that I would be doing something next week, then I meant I’d get to it by Tuesday. Oh, I’d be thinking about it all Monday long, so even if when I finally get around to doing it on Tuesday, I’d have already put a lot of thought into whatever it is I was doing.

So this past January I’ve been giving a lot of thought about what needs to be done this year. And February is still as early in the year as Tuesday is in the week. And even if half the thinking process went into deciding what would be sloughed off to March, at least that decision was made.

Week of Feb. 4-8 tasks

I’ll be sure to get all this started on Tuesday.