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Passwords, Passwords Everywhere…

And not a single one that I can remember. This was the problem facing me not that long ago. On one hand it’s not a safe practice to use the same password for every website you use. Obviously I wouldn’t want to use ‘password’ on a random forum as well as for my internet banking website! But on the other hand making up and remembering ultra secure passwords containing letters, numbers and symbols for every website out there that I use is also not quite my cup of tea. Here’s how long a hacker would take to crack your passwords wide open:
So what’s a geek to do? Find an app for that of course. After my usual extensive research, I finally narrowed down my field of candidates to two: Roboform which is paid software and Lastpass which is free. Both not only let you create unique and secure passwords, they also help you to store them all in one place so you don’t have to remember.
Apart from the price, the major difference between them lies in the way they handle your passwords. Roboform funct…

Stubborn Little Penguin

Ubuntu 10.04 a.k.a Lucid Lynx dropped right round April but I didn't get the time to test drive it till now. So the other day, I downloaded the.iso file (which took just over an hour by the way, a remarkable feat for my little photon+), installed it and thought I was ready to go. I even said a long heartfelt goodbye to my Windows 7 (my exact words were f*** off M$ but lets not quibble). I mean Windows 7 was nice and all but Linux is something special especially when it looks as good as the Lynx.
Let’s compare shall we? Here are the two side – by – side:

But alas this too was not to be. The last time I had to drop the penguin as it refused to work with my wi-fi connection, this time it wouldn’t detect my Tata Photon+. What is it with Linux and my internet? Without the ‘net my laptop is just a plastic box anyway. Unusable. So once again Windows wins. For now. You might have won the battle Microsoft but I’ll win the war yet!