Security can be easy

It’s often the case that security is an inconvenience and gets in the way of usability and ease of use. There are exceptions though and for a number of weeks I’ve been playing with the Yubikey (thanks to Schack) from Yubico.

It’s a small device, which plugs into a USB port, and to the computer acts as a keyboard. It has some advanced security build-in with the ability to generate one-time verifiable passwords, but is incredible easy to use – plug it into the USB port and press the single button when you need to sign in to services supporting the Yubikey.

I’ve been useing it with OpenID sign-ins and WordPress logins, and it’s worked flawless everytime. The only important thing is to remember the Yubikey – without the little hardware token, you’re lost. If you need a secure sign-in solution, listen to security now to get the technology explained and contact Yubico, it’s seems to be as affordable as it is easy to use (and no, the post isn’t paid or sponsored, nor do I know anyone at Yubico).

A Premium look

Welcome to a fresh look on I’ve never been quite satisfied with the old look, and stumbled across the WP_Premium theme which looked quite nice. It’s now live in a lightly hacked version.

Therre are quite a few things I’d like to hack further but in the spirit of the Internet Way of doing things, it’s probably best to release something slightly broken – and let updates happen “when I find the time”(tm).

Top 3 features for mobile phone innovation

The iPhone (3G) was launched in Denmark today. I’m not quite sure how great a success it was, but Telia was apparently sold out here on the first day. While I probably should be urging for an iPhone, I’m not – I’d like one, but frankly I wouldn’t spend money on one currently. It’s a cool phone, but it seem to suffer from many of the same problems other smartphones has.

I’d like to suggest a 6 month feature freeze to all smartphone developers, and suggest they stop inventing new features, and poor resources into fixing existing features already available in the existing phones – and the first three issues they so focus on are:

1. Battery lifetime.
Any phone should last at least 72 hours with “reasonable use”. Sure reasonable use may be a though term to define, but the iPhone reviews seem to suggest an expected battery lifetime well below 24 hours. My current SonyEricsson P1i can usually last about 48 hours (if I don’t use the Wifi at all).

Most specifications define an expected stand-by time and an expected talk time. I’d like to suggest the stand-by time is with all features enabled but no active – GPS, Wifi, bluetooth and 3G. I’m not sure how to replace the expected talk time with a better figure, but the standby time is certainly not 440 hours with wifi and bluetooth enabled (but unused) – it’s more likely 20 hours.

2. Faster.
Every time I’ve gotten a new phone (the P800, the P900 and now P1i), it’s become slower for every “upgrade”. It’s not just an SonyEricsson issue – the Nokias, HTCs and other brands I’ve tried seem to suffer from the same problem.

I’d like the software optimized or a more powerful CPU in the phone thank you.

3. Improvement on existing features

Most phone has a legacy, but sometimes you need a clean slate and a fresh start – and on most of the current smartphones it’s long over due. New features are cool, but it’s been happening way to fast, so the features (how they work) has far to often become a mess.

.. and to make matters even worse – with the explosion of new features and available applications on mobile phones, the user interface (where the features are located and how they look) has also be come a mess, and often it seems large parts of the software was slapped together in the last minute.

Please so making new features. Work with what you’ve got.

Outsourcing blog parts

It seems to be very modern to outsource thse days, and I’m trying to keep up. A while back I switched my RSS feeds from WordPress Build-in services to FeedBurner. It was a win-win. Has a lot less load and feedburner does a lot of work to make sure the Feeds are in top-notch shape.

Yesterday another little change happended. All the website commenting were outsourced to Disqus. The signup procedure was a breze and they had a nice plugin available for wordpress making the switch a 5 second job. So far it seems to work well and once again the server hosting the website should have a smaller load in the future.

A note on Tinyurl and security

It seems some websites produce horrifically long url’s and others (such as twitter) imposes some strict boundaries, which has created the need for sites such as With tinyurl you can post a long (even really long) url on the site and have a short (redirect through tinyurl) instead. It’s pretty smart, but I really don’t like being redirected to a secret destination.

On they luckily have an option (if you have cookies enabled) which allows you not to auto-redirect. Instead you reach a page on, are shown the destination and must click proceed to go on to the destination.

While I’m not using internet explorer, and shouldn’t be receptive with too many browser bugs, trojans and other malware, it’s quite nice to be able to check the destination when being redirected through a popular redirection site.

Google and the iPhone

Appleinsider has an interesting little story. It reports how the iPhone usage shocks Google – being far above the expectations. I don’t have any expectations, have so far not used nor touched an iPhone, but frankly you shouldn’t be too surprised.

Sure I’ll probably get blamed as an Apple fanboy, but I hardly know any other company who is able to – so successfully – match the possibilities of technology with consumer desires.

Just spend a few minutes comparing the 4 iPod lineups with the current Creative mp3 offerings (10 models  – some with additional options) – Where would you fell most confident, that you picked the right model for you?

With the iPhone I guess Apple has managed to make a technology device accessible and understand how their customers might use it. It’ll be damn fun one day to try it out and see what makes it so special.

Backups, WordPress & GMail

Backups seem to be a constant pain for just about everyone. It’s something we know we should do, but somehow never get around to actually doing. Since switching to WordPress on this site, things have been different though.

One of my many installed wordpress Plugins is the WordPress Backup plugin. It runs once a day and makes a complete backup of my wordpress database (with all these precious posts) and sends it in a mail to my Gmail-account.

On my gmail account I have a filter, which sees these mails – it attaches a dedicated backup label and archives it (thus removing it from the inbox). Leaving a me with a backup of all the important data off site.

I have been checking the mailed files (that they actually are unzip’able and restoreable) and every once in a while I do delete all backups more than a week old (though I don’t need to with all the space available on the Gmail account).

It’s so easy, that there really wasn’t any reason not to have a current backup of the site, right?