Microsoft, Lay Off Yahoo!

This is not a business analysis. I am not using any fancy tools or statistical programs to calculate what might happen if Microsoft acquires Yahoo!. All I’m writing is straight opinion, with some links to other posts I’ve read on the subject. First, I’ll cut to the chase: I do not want Yahoo! bought by Microsoft. Ever. End of story. Obviously not really, or else I would have just tweeted about this. 😉 I used to use only Microsoft products several years ago, back when the Internet was a new thing to me. At twelve, I didn’t really care what…

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My Recent Posting Frequency

I know it’s been a week since I last posted here, and that I’ve been really low on post volume for the last month or two. I’m just getting busier with school and have also been getting distracted by Wikipedia (up to over 16,500 contributions as of right now). Also, there hasn’t been as much going on that’s really stirred an opinion in me, which is really why I blog. I considered blogging about Microsoft’s recent bid to acquire Yahoo!, but found I didn’t really have a strong opinion to write about. Blogging without an opinion to generate the words…

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Blogger as OpenID Provider

Hot on the heels of , Blogger is now testing support for using blog URLs as OpenID logins. Now not only can other people log in with their OpenIDs from elsewhere, but Blogger users can use their Blogger blog URLs as OpenIDs to log into other sites. I have now deleted the delegation code from my template (which has been working for a while; I just never updated ), as I enabled the beta feature from Blogger in Draft. For now, it’s only available from Draft, through a checkbox on the Edit Profile page (rather than in the blog control…

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Yahoo! Launching OpenID?

PC World says Yahoo! is testing OpenID support. I’d say, from the evidence presented (the content of the domain https://me.yahoo.com/, for example), that they’re probably right. The page title is currently “OpenID Provider 2.0 — User’s page”, with “The user’s OpenID provider is https://open.login.yahooapis.com/openid/op/auth” in the body. It seems primed to have nice, simple identity URLs like https://me.yahoo.com/voyagerfan5761. Of course, I delegate my OpenID from this domain (the delegation meta tags redirect requests to AOL), so a simple configuration change on my end can get me using Yahoo!’s system. And when Google eventually support OpenID from Blogger URLs natively (which…

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School Email Sucks

Today’s generation of Web servers can do a lot of things: Run a store, provide static information, publish random writings (like mine), host sites anyone can edit (Wikipedia, specifically, and wikis in general), bring news updates instantly (RSS/Atom), and run schools. That’s right, run schools. Built on the Apache Tomcat server base, the Blackboard Learning System has been adopted by many schools, including Augsburg College (which has since switched to Moodle, mentioned below) and the notorious Houston, MN, School District, better known as MCoOL (those are the ones I know). Other platforms like Moodle don’t seem to be as popular,…

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Freenigma: Free PGP Encryption for Webmail

At the beginning of the month, I about an Internet radio service called Pandora. Now, I’m going to blog about something completely different. I discovered a service called Freenigma, and it provides free PGP encryption for anyone with a webmail account from a major provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.). All you need is an account, one of these email addresses, and Mozilla Firefox (because Freenigma uses a browser extension to display the toolbar; IE support is under development). So, you sign up for an invitation at www.freenigma.com. You wait for a while, up to a few days. They’ll send you…

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