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  • Beyond 1PasswordAnywhere

    I'm glad Rui Carmo mentioned this, because I'd not been aware that AgileBits are dropping support for using 1PasswordAnywhere from Dropbox: 1

    In the coming days, 1PasswordAnywhere (the 1Password.html file within your Agile Keychain folder) will stop working for 1Password data stored in Dropbox. We know that this feature was important to some of our customers, so we want to lay out your options and help you figure out a way forward.

    It's all very well for AgileBits to argue that most users will have access to a phone or a tablet that supports the 1Password app, but having to look up a potentially quite complicated password on your tablet or phone and then type it in on the desktop's web browser to get access to a site is destined to be a real pain.

    This isn't a big enough deal to make me consider dropping 1Password - not least because most of my desktop computing is done on my Mac Mini and that has a nice OS X client for 1Password installed - but if I was, say, at work 2 it was always nice to have the option of secure access to my password data on any modernish PC/browser setup you came across.

    [Via Michael Tsai, via Tao of Mac]

    1. Or, from another angle, any day now DropBox will roll out an update that will no longer support the way 1PasswordAnywhere operates.

    2. Doing personal web browsing whilst on my lunch break, obviously!

  • Fantasy User Interfaces

    Khoi Vinh has posted a transcript of a thought-provoking discussion he had with Google UI engineer and student of computer user interfaces in film and TV Kirill Grouchnikov about, among other things, how fictitious user interfaces both reflect and influence real-world technology:

    [Khoi Vinh]: It's a fair point that there's always been bad writing. I guess the difference though is that in the analog age, very, very few people ever actually had to defuse a bomb. Whereas today, everyone uses phones, laptops and who knows what kind of screens on a daily basis. So a screen as a plot device is much more familiar, yet it seems like the way a lot of movies overcome that quotidian nature is by trying to make them seem more fantastical, rather than trying to make them seem more believable.[…]

    [Kirill Grouchnikov]: [Screens…] themselves are just a skin-deep manifestation of the information that surrounds us. They might look fancy and over-the-top, as you say, but that's a pixel-level veneer to make them look good for the overall visual impact of a production. I think that most of what those screens or plotline devices are trying to do is to hint at the technological capabilities available to people or organizations who are operating those screens. That's where it goes to what I was saying earlier: the incredible advances in technology in so many areas, as well as the availability of those advances to the mass consumer market.

  • Look-See

    Look-See is positively hypnotic…

    [Via swissmiss]

  • Oscar dances

    It's Oscar Isaac's world, we're just living in it: @oscardances

    Oscar tearing up the fucking dance floor to your song requests

    [Via kottke.org]

  • Did you ask about the estimate to clean up afterwards?

    The Bouletcorp, on complicated contraptions to kill the brave explorer.

    [Via @cstross]

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