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Friday April 13, 2007
01:25 PM - Security?

I just signed up on to use for a personal blog. I picked Vox because my impression was that it is MySpace done right. Six Apart+Danga have been around for a while, they know what they are doing. Plus they like Perl (and some Perl folks seem to like them).

So, after I sign up, I get a welcome email with my password, the one that I entered (not a random system generated thing), right there in the plain text of the email. WTF?

Ok, so it is just a blog, not a bank or something but sheesh! Mailman does the same thing but at least it warns you about it.

Am I overreacting or should I look elsewhere for my personal blogging needs?

Update: I also used tried the "forgot password" function and it again emailed my password in plain text. This means that they are either storing the passwords with two-way encryption (unlikely) or simply plain text. This is bad on top of bad. Storing passwords as a salted hash is not hard and pretty much standard best-practice security!

Wednesday March 28, 2007
09:54 AM

#perl on Freenode

After reading somian's journal entry on the #perl channel on Freenode, I decided to check it out.

The discussion at the moment includes Jewish lesbians vs. vampire cowboys and emacs vs. vi.

I've decided not to repeat the discussion on Randal's autographing policies.

Wednesday March 07, 2007
01:34 PM

Oh what fun!

The Boss sends me an email today detailing my next project. He starts out by saying, "you should have some fun with it. Be creative!"

What's this exciting new project!? Generating error messages. Tedious? yes. Fun? no. Creative? Does he want me to write the messages in haiku?