6 Things You Need to Do Right Now to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Sometimes it feels like the Internet owns us. Practically everything we do we can do online–our shopping, our interaction with friends, our research… We have accounts everywhere and could feasibly live almost our entire lives without ever leaving the house. (Not that it would be healthy to do so. But it would be possible.) With … Read more

How to Create a Secure Password

Creating secure passwords doesn't have to be hard. Here's how to create strong passwords and remember them, too.

Creating secure passwords is annoying, right? Like, how am I supposed to create a secure password with the right number of letters, numbers, symbols, and length… And then actually remember it, and the other one-hundred-thousand-million passwords I have, and every other little aspect of life that I’m supposed to remember as a mom?  I mean, … Read more

The Fault in Our Stars, Or, The (Non-) Meaning of Oblivion

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves” William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” Recently I’ve been hearing about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The title intrigued me and the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation even more so. And so it was that, armed with a Barnes and Noble gift card … Read more

Book Review: Mistborn Trilogy

As a friend (hi, Amy!) so astutely observed Wednesday, I have not blogged at all this month. I may or may not have a valid excuse. On June 20, Jordan left for Canada for a reverse-engineering conference. I was originally supposed to go with him, but funny things happened with employer budgets and plans, and … Read more

How Assemblers Are Like Children

Jordan has a way of saying things that are eminently quotable. Today, for example, we were discussing assembly language and compilers and how sometimes you don’t really know what a program does until you look at the assembly. He said, “Compilers and preprocessors will lie to you. Assemblers won’t. Assemblers are like the little kid … Read more

Minority Report

Recently people at work have been talking about the movie Minority Report in reference to this story. In a nutshell, Nordstrom is using your phone’s attempts to connect to WiFi access points in order to pinpoint which departments you’re spending time in–rather like the personalized ads that bombard the inhabitants of the Minority Report world. … Read more