Look At All These Passwords!

If you use any number of popular web forums or even some commercial services like classmates.com, amazon.com, netzero.com or your provider’s webmail service, you may not be aware that you’re sending your credentials over the internet in the clear.Some sites appear to secure your credenti als, but they really don’t.

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Internet At The Speed Of Digg…

One thing that I’ve always found interesting with the internet is the speed at which information becomes available. I’ve seen a slow and progressive change to mainstream news outfits like CNN and MSNBC over the past decade (or more) to provide breaking news and to have constantly scrolling ‘tickers’ at the bottom of the screen to keep us up-to-date. I attribute this to the internet and the information age. All this being said, Digg is changing the availability and durability of information even more.

I’ve noticed an increasing trend on Digg and I’m not sure how they can change it, or even if they can change it. That’s the constant moving on to the next story. The Digg homepage will hold 15 top stories. These 15 top stories constantly shift out as new stories get top diggs ad infinitum.. I don’t have exact statistics and I’ve got better things to do than to sit and time the stories, but I’m willing to bet that a story that makes it to the homepage, only stays on the homepage for about 3-4 hours. If that. The trend of moving on also extends to the comments of each story. I would love to see some comment threads go on for days. But that never happens because people have moved on.

An example is this story on Digg that was submitted (at the time that I wrote this) 1 day 22 hours ago. It made it to the front page sometime yesterday and has 300 comments. I asked some legitimate questions regarding macs in the enterprise and got one person to actually answer some of my questions in the comments on Digg. However, another Digger by the name of David actually took the time to answer the rest of my question here on my blog! Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the fact that David went out of his way to do this, but it’s interesting that he did it here and not in the comments on Digg.  Is this because David felt as if everyone had moved on?

I’d love to see Digg come up with a solution to make the stories have more staying power.  I know that they have it in them to come up with something progressive with regard to the comments and the ability to talk about submitted articles.


Buying a home…

So my wife and I are buying a home. Since I grew up around construction (my mom’s husband was a contractor), I never considered anything other than a stick-built home. I get a visit from my brother and my dad several months ago because my brother is considering moving to this area and he and his wife want to buy a home here. Having said that, my brother and my dad were on a mission to look at manufactured homes.

My first thought was “oh…double-wide trailer”. It turns out that my first impression wasn’t at all accurate. My brother and my dad convinced my wife and I to go look at them…..and go look at them was what we did. The first place that we visited was Palm Harbor. Get this, the house that my wife and I love, 4 bedroom over 2000 square feet, is around $140,000. Now when you consider the property that you have to put it on, the improvements like foundation, water, sewer, etc., we figure about $200,000 total on a nice piece of property.

This is a turn-key home folks…top notch appliances, fixtures, carpeting, everything. The biggest obstacle to overcome, at least for me, is the resale value if we move.  But I figure that if we had to move, the worst that could happen, is that we break even.  How do I figure that?  Location, location, location.

I’ll post pictures of the actual model homes when I have a chance and I take some.


More Small Changes Come To Digg

After a brief downtime at approximately 06:30 Pacific Time, digg is back up. Some small changes that I’ve noticed are the Friends button in your profile. Any other changes that you’ve noticed?

Edited to add: Digg’s very own blog states that they were pushing some bug fixes too….