How to Deal with HeartBleed

Ever feel like the whole entirety of the inter­net has been com­pro­mised and all your infor­ma­tion may have been stolen by hackers?

Me too.

Here’s what you can do about it.

Step 1

Buy 1Password for your Mac. It’s on sale for 50% off right now in the Mac App Store.

While you’re wait­ing for it to down­load and install…

Step 2

Watch Don Mcallister’s free tuto­r­ial video on using 1Password 4.

Don does a great job of explain­ing details of an appli­ca­tion from the very basic to the advanced. I’ve writ­ten about Don and Screen­Cast­sOn­line before and even inter­viewed him on a pod­cast. Don’s a great teacher and it’s worth look­ing into a mem­ber­ship on his site if you need some Mac and iOS training.

Step 3

Gen­er­ate new pass­words for your val­ued accounts on Face­book, Geoc­i­ties, Minecraft, Friend­ster and of course MySpace. Oh, and your bank, email address(es) and Ama­zon account.

Optional Step 4

Pick up 1Password for iOS so you can have all your fresh new pass­words on the go on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The built in 1Password browser makes it super easy to use really long, com­pli­cated pass­words on your mobile device. Much bet­ter than ‘password1234′.

Don McAl­lis­ter has a tuto­r­ial video on using 1Password for iOS as part of his mem­ber­ship pro­gram that you can check out.

Now you just have to remem­ber one pass­word instead of 10 — 50 passwords.

A Request

If you’re too lazy, cheap or scared to try the above — at the very least change your email pass­word to some­thing secure and not eas­ily fig­ured out. If a hacker gets your email address, they can prob­a­bly get into pretty much any­thing else doing sim­ple pass­word reset requests.

If you use a Gmail account, con­sider enabling 2 fac­tor authen­ti­ca­tion which means you have to enter a code from your smart­phone before log­ging in.

Here’s a list of a bunch of other sites that, as of Decem­ber 2013, sup­ported two fac­tor authen­ti­ca­tion as well. Don McAl­lis­ter has a great tuto­r­ial video on this as well.

Win­dows User?

Are you a Win­dows user look­ing to improve your secu­rity? You’re in luck — 1Password has released a ver­sion for Win­dows. Using Drop­box you can keep the pass­words in sync across Win­dows, Mac and iOS.

Deckset for Mac

Via Brett Terpstra’s ReCap — this looks like a great app for cre­at­ing pre­sen­ta­tion that’s try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent than your typ­i­cal Powerpoint/​Keynote style build:

Con­cen­trate on the con­tent and sim­ply write down your thoughts and Deck­set turns them into awesome-​​looking slides.

Great look­ing default themes and writing/​support for Mark­down. Awesome.

Deck­set is $19.99 in the Mac App Store


Goodstuff Official Launch

Yes­ter­day was the offi­cial launch day for Good­stuff — the broad­cast net­work that Adam Clark, Tim Smith and myself built.

It’s a replace­ment of sorts for SSKTN, though there’s still a cou­ple pod­casts that will live there for now until we decide what to do with them.

For our launch day I came up with an idea (on Mon­day no less) that it’d be neat if we could try and stream live for the whole day — 8 hours of it any­way. Think­ing that between the three of us co-​​founders and the var­i­ous hosts of other shows we have it wouldn’t be that hard to fill up the day.

At 1am the night before while I was con­vinc­ing my daugh­ter that it’d be a good idea to go back to sleep I started to feel a lit­tle pan­icked that we had promised more than we could deliver. I envi­sioned a straight hour of just heavy breath­ing and lots of “uhms” and “ahhhs”. A deer caught in the vir­tual head­lights of a Heil PR40 microphone.

Goodstuff Live Stream Schedule

A look at our sched­ule for the day.

When we finally turned off the live stream at 5pm CST I real­ized we had actu­ally done it. 8 hours (with a few potty breaks) of always on broad­cast­ing for our new pod­cast network.

While some of the day’s con­tent may have been rough at times and there’s cer­tainly lots to improve on, I’m immensely proud of how the team of peo­ple work­ing on Good­stuff came together and did it.

It was also great fun to see all the folks who tuned in to lis­ten live and par­tic­i­pate in the chat room — giv­ing feed­back, sug­gest­ing and vot­ing for show titles and cheer­ing us on.

There’s excit­ing times ahead for Good­stuff and I’m pumped to be get­ting to be a part of it.

The Shows Recorded Dur­ing the 8 Hour Live Stream

We didn’t record every­thing we streamed out — that’d be insane! Maybe for the ver­sion 2 launch party next year? Here’s a list of the shows we did record:

Buy a Shirt and Get Some Good­stuff On You

Want to sup­port Good­stuff? Buy our launch spe­cial t-​​shirt:

Goodstuff T-shirt

If you do buy a shirt, please drop me a line with a photo. I’d love to see it out in the wild. And thank you tremen­dously for lis­ten­ing and read­ing along with all the weird stuff I do. It means a lot to me and the other folks involved in Goodstuff.

Thanks for read­ing and have a great day!

David Letterman Announces His Retirement

Direct link to video

Hap­pen­ing some­time in 2015. Still my favourite all-​​around talk show host even if it’s felt like he’s been phon­ing it in at times in recent years.

I don’t agree with Andy Inhatko’s assess­ment of Jimmy Fal­lon, but his write up on who he prefers to watch in late night TV is spot on with regards to Let­ter­man. He wrote it a week ago but maybe he sensed (or knew?) some­thing was happening:

I con­cede that this kind of tra­di­tional desk-​​and-​​chair show is old-​​fashioned and I doubt that the con­cept will sur­vive long after Dave chooses to retire. But night after night, Dave deliv­ers the goods and proves why this time-​​worn for­mat is a killer with the right per­son behind the desk.

New iOS Games Available

There’s been a cou­ple of new games released for iOS this week that all the nerds are talk­ing about. Or at least a lot of the nerds I fol­low on the internets.

Mon­u­ment Valley

Beau­ti­ful design and smart game­play with art­work inspired by M.C. Escher’s work.

Direct link to Mon­u­ment Val­ley trailer

From Mac​sto​ries​.net review:

Although it may not last for weeks or force you to think over indi­vid­ual stages for sev­eral con­sec­u­tive hours, every chap­ter is enjoy­able and delight­fully real­ized. Mon­u­ment Val­ley is an ele­gant and fun iOS game that offers a beau­ti­ful expe­ri­ence with no equal on iOS.

Mon­u­ment Val­ley is avail­able on the App Store for $3.99

Hearth­Stone: Heroes of Warcraft

Don’t be turned off by all the orcs, wiz­ards and what­nots in this game. It’s a great card/​battle game (think the old game of War with fancy clothes on) that you can now play on your iPad.

I’ve been play­ing it on the Mac — avail­able on the Mac or PC for free — and it’s fun and easy to get into but there’s a lot of depth to the game if you’ve got the time (I don’t) or know how (I also don’t).

Direct link to launch trailer

Hearth­Stone: Heroes of War­craft is avail­able for free in the App Store with in-​​app purchases.

What games are you play­ing on your iPhone/​iPad these days?