Learning a language on tape: An inverse “memory palace” effect

January 27th, 2018

I've been learning Spanish with free lesson "tapes" from Language Transfer (which I highly recommend.) The lessons are a collection of short audio MP3s and take the format of conversations between a teacher and a student; he introduces the language a bit at a time, and asks her questions; the listener is supposed to pause the track and answer each question, then hit play and hear her answer (which is sometimes wrong, of course.) It's a great format, but the only time I listen to the tapes is when I am walking somewhere. And this has produced an interesting effect.

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Identity and findability on the web—some personal-historical notes

November 25th, 2017

A little meditation on how it has changed for me to be a person on the web.

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Proposal: Default scheme-less URLs to HTTPS

October 27th, 2017

It's 2017. Most sites that I visit now support HTTPS, and even redirect to it from insecure HTTP. What does this change? I have one suggestion: Software that autolinks bare domain names as URLs should default to https:// instead of http://.

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An informal security assessment of Imzy (part 2)

October 25th, 2017

Welcome back. If you missed the first in this two-part series, you may wish to read the intro to that post first, because I'm just going to dive right in.

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An informal security assessment of Imzy (part 1)

July 6th, 2017

One of my hobbies is finding security vulnerabilities in websites—it's a relaxing way to unwind in the evening. A few months ago I asked a friend at Imzy if they'd like me to poke around. Imzy was intended as a place for online communities that don't suck. The community was in fact super nice, but unfortunately this was one of the many startups that Madeth It Not. They're shutting down soon. In any event, I had a good time and found some fun bugs.

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