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5 months ago on Microsoft: People are too stupid to remember a bunch of complex passwords

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Rather, the password for "www.Pando.com" would be: "pPassw0rd2a"! Ha. Either way, you get the point.

5 months ago on Microsoft: People are too stupid to remember a bunch of complex passwords

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Quick tip for easy, throwaway passwords that you never have to remember: 

1.) Create a base password like: Passw0rd2

2.) Create a URL-based rule, like, "Take the first two digits in the URL and put them at the beginning and end of the base password."

For www.Pando.com, the password becomes: pPassw0rd2o

The key is step 2--make your personal encryption rule as easy or difficult as you want. It's not perfect, but it will supply you with a unique password for every site, and you won't have to remember it. 

5 months ago on Microsoft: People are too stupid to remember a bunch of complex passwords

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"journalistic music video."

6 months, 2 weeks ago on “Hold Your Loaf Up High”: Gluten-Free Diets, Explained

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Sorry, David, but knowing a few people who have had some truly horrific problems with wheat and gluten, this came across as a teenage opinion piece where the writer started with the premise: "God, I hate those people who won't eat bread."  The number of people with celiacs has grown alarmingly in the last few decades, and a lot of people now have non-celiac gluten sensitivity--this population is estimated to be six times that of those diagnosed with celiacs. So about 7% of the population should actually be on a gluten-free diet. And then there are a lot of people on a gluten free diet because they have some other health problem that they can't explain, but are hoping going gluten-free will help. So... I'm not sure what you added to the conversation, but it didn't feel like it rose to the level of journalism, not even for a "journalistic must video."

6 months, 2 weeks ago on “Hold Your Loaf Up High”: Gluten-Free Diets, Explained

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At any given point in time car mechanics probably would have given the same statistics for which age groups are least likely to pay attention to their car. As people get older, they pay more attention. Just saying, it's probably not unique to Millennials, it just their turn.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Survey: When it comes to car repairs, use common sense and don’t be a millennial

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Gattaca would make my top five, although I don't watch the classics as much.  For pure joy and laughs, watch the independent film "Juko's Time Machine." 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Cinema classics: Five of the best science and technology films

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Looking forward to the extra set of journalistic teeth in Silicon Valley.  Staying tuned.

1 year ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting

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I was just talking to someone about this the other day--nice summary! This time, I'm telling people that it's going to take a couple of years to get traction, then we'll see. Until then, it's just scrambling to get in front of people.

1 year, 2 months ago on What do you tell people who ask how your startup is doing?

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Great article, Sarah.

1 year, 3 months ago on Dick Costolo’s big moment and the revenge of the non-founder CEO

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@robhoare I was thinking the same thing. Seems like they created a Rube Goldberg contraction to solve a pretty simple problem--just have the customers forward the mail, then sort it when they get it.

1 year, 3 months ago on Outbox is taking on the Post Office, and if it’s not a total trainwreck, it will be awesome

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I think they're learning on gifts--there was a father's day offering that caused me to pause and consider it, which probably meant they sold a bunch.

1 year, 6 months ago on Whatever Facebook launches on Thursday, you’re going to hate it

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Maybe. Those are pretty bald lies you were told, and that would piss me off, too. I've often found that dealing with fascinating people involves a lot of second chances, and adjusted expectations. I have a friend who I can not rely on to show up for anything (even if he PROMISES this time!), so I always plan to do something else when I meet him. He's a great artist, however, and has a unique outlook on life, so I appreciate the time we spend together, when he shows up. I know people of questionable moral character who I wouldn't loan money to, but are nice to have a beer with. That said, I've literally broken up with friends for doing dishonest, hurtful things, so I can see what you're talking about. I prefer to leave room for forgiveness, however.

1 year, 6 months ago on Stop making excuses for people

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@cooldoods He said "the modern smartphone" -- and he's right. 

1 year, 7 months ago on How the iPhone and its “tick-tock” release cycle made consumers care about software

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Virgin Mobile! iPhone 4 for $350 upfront, $35/month no contract includes unlimited texting and data, 350 talk minutes (but who uses those?). Two year cost: $1,190. I actually just bought a Samsung droid for $150 to try it out--I saved enough in two months to justify the purchase, and I've discovered I love the service.

1 year, 8 months ago on T-Mobile’s iPhone is the first “cheap” smartphone to make sense in the US

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I'll admit I'm writing this comment before reading your article. You mentioned "MySpace," so curiosity got the best of me and I went and created a new account (using a Facebook login). Maybe it's because I knew what MySpace was, but didn't know what I was supposed to do once I got there.  They asked me what kind of artist I was, so I selected writer.  Then after I got bored trying to pick a few songs I liked, I clicked out of that feature and was presented with a profile that was this giant blank page, with no directions on how to fill it.  How is this a tool, or something I want to return to?  I'm going to read your article now. 

1 year, 9 months ago on Consider Myspace: What a comeback could look like

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Aw man, I can't believe he went to Breaking Dawn.

1 year, 9 months ago on WTF: Giving everyone the “Undercover Boss” experience

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Some late-night thoughts: Tony seems to be trying to attract people `into` the community (from what I can see).  Is he investing in the education of the community so that he has a base that can support innovation? Cities with innovation centers often have powerful university systems.  I don't know what Nevada has for a university system--are they able to sustain any of the growth Tony wants to see? Is he working with them?

1 year, 9 months ago on More bad news for Vegas Tech Fund: Star company Romotive is moving to the Bay Area

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@timrpeterson oh, I don't think that's being fair to Sarah--this is a pretty good piece that confronts the prodigal founder narrative, which was heavily influenced by Steve J.  Sarah gives her thoughts on why this comparison isn't warranted, says where SJ went right, and why she's hesitant about M. Dell.  It's a pretty well documented opinion piece--and Sarah has some serious chops reporting Silicone Valley, so it's worth reading what she has to say.  I honestly was going to pass on this post until I saw that she was the author.  

1 year, 10 months ago on Michael Dell hopes he’s Steve Jobs, but is he really just Jerry Yang?

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@timrpeterson I can't make heads or tails of what you just said.  

Not sure why I'm commenting so much on this article.  Boring day, I guess.

1 year, 10 months ago on Michael Dell hopes he’s Steve Jobs, but is he really just Jerry Yang?

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My limited study of Michael pins him as a conservative both in politics and business--he'll do anything to avoid a true, radical change. It's not in his nature.  That's a valuable quality for a commodity good, but not when your commodity turns into a buggy whip. I don't see any new ideas, only a desire to defend an old business practice.  But hey, who knows? Might be exciting.

1 year, 10 months ago on Michael Dell hopes he’s Steve Jobs, but is he really just Jerry Yang?

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@KenG way to end a fairly intelligent comment with an misogynist rant

1 year, 10 months ago on Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death

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Hi Sarah, I've been working in this field for two years and you're completely right--these tracking apps don't have a chance.  And I say this as someone who has helped create them.  America's problem is an environmental design issue. Our environment is designed to reduce our physical work. Society has poured itself into that mold, and no amount of willpower (says all the latest research on behavioral economics) will get them to act differently than the environment dictates (mixed metaphor, I know).  City planning--brick and mortar planning--is a necessary component. I live in Minneapolis and we have the best bike trail system in the country.  Not surprisingly, we all bike, and we're one of the fittest cities in the country.

A company that wants to truly make a difference has a tough nut to crack: they need to reinvent that environment.  Can a web app do that?  Probably not by itself.  Google glasses (version 3.0) has the chance to change how we see the world, and that could make a huge difference.  If you program the glasses so McDonalds looks like a giant potted plant, you probably won't be as tempted to go in. A company has to think how they can physically limit the unhealthy options, and physically encourage healthy options, to reinvent the way users interact with the world.

Great post--most insightful thing I've seen someone say on the subject.

1 year, 10 months ago on All the fitness apps in the world won’t make us thin

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Swype (the new beta version) is all I need to like Android over iPhone.  The keypad is the most important, potentially time consuming interface on your phone, and nothing beats Swype.

1 year, 11 months ago on A layman’s review of the Nexus 4 – and how it compares to the iPhone

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Thanks Hamish--this was my favorite forward-looking article this year. There is a lot of pessimism out there.  This should actually be a very exciting time for tech fans--and tech journalists.  This is the lull when you get to go find and champion the next greatest thing.

1 year, 11 months ago on Apps aside, has the tech industry ever been more exciting?

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I totally disagree with the ticker logic--I'm curious enough with what's going on in the world that I'm going to find these articles by myself.  I thought you originally installed the ticker because you wanted to ensure you had a lot of new content, and that it would go away after you got up to speed.  Please make it go way--it takes up space and I don't want to read it.

2 years, 1 month ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!

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This one, obviously, did.

2 years, 1 month ago on PandoHouse Rock: A Musical History of Voting Technology in America

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Hey Guys, some of the article links on the new homepage don't work.

2 years, 1 month ago on PandoHouse Rock: A Musical History of Voting Technology in America

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Look forward to the book Farhad.

2 years, 2 months ago on Why the fall of 2012 will determine Microsoft’s fate

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We have Coborns in Minnesota. My fiance and I use it when we go on vacation and want to have food available when we get home.  Organics is a nice angle, however.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mile High Organics Raises $1.2M to Reinvigorate Online Groceries

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 @eringriffith much better! 

2 years, 4 months ago on Don’t You Forget About.me

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Oh, Erin, the headline needs to be "Don't You Forget About.me"--totally killed it with the extra "about".

2 years, 4 months ago on Don’t You Forget About.me

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On a related but much-less-horrible note, I was watching my young nieces get photographed (over and over) this weekend during a camping trip and I realized that they had developed the smooth personas of movie stars--they're so accustomed to being photographed that they immediately flash radiant smiles, or clown at command for the cameras which instantly emerge from a dozen pockets. 

2 years, 4 months ago on Lights, Camera, Reaction: When Did Eye-witnesses to Horror Become So Disturbingly Articulate?

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What about Yahoo? And AOL? Total turnaround success stories...

2 years, 5 months ago on Can Betaworks Make Digg into the Web’s First Ever Turnaround?

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 @jebbdykstra99 Read Steve's biography--he was just about on his death bed, openly declared his hate and desire to kill android, and he met with Larry Page to give him some sincere advice about how he needed to focus to run google (a conversation that may be a direct reason for Google's struggles to shut down so many side projects, just as Jobs did when he rejoined apple). 

 

I can't remember which two companies I heard this about, but the founders had an agreement such that whichever succeeded and conquered the market would buy the other. I think it's far more common for good entrepreneurs to help those who come to them for help.

2 years, 5 months ago on What To Do When Someone Copies Your Startup

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I can't stop laughing at that guy over Ben's shoulder who's totally sharing the stage with him. He's like a ghostly Where's Waldo.

2 years, 5 months ago on Couldn’t Make It To PandoMonthly with Ben Horowitz? We’ve Got You Covered!

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Cheers Andrew, and good luck!

2 years, 6 months ago on Andrew James Joins the PandoDaily Team!

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Not to be negative, however--they're just getting started!  Good luck to them.

2 years, 6 months ago on Rock the Post Unveils Crowdfunding Platform for Small Businesses

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Looks cool but none of the projects on their site have any real funding--there's only one listed with over $100.

2 years, 6 months ago on Rock the Post Unveils Crowdfunding Platform for Small Businesses

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Welcome to how history is written.

2 years, 6 months ago on Can You Handle the Truth? Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie is Going to be a Disaster

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Snicker

2 years, 7 months ago on How to Understand Silicon Valley Speak

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Thank you for shopping at NASDAQ. The stock market closes in 10 minutes.  Please bring your shares to the front of the store to complete your transaction.

2 years, 7 months ago on IPO? What IPO? Here’s a Liveblog of Everything You Need to Know About Facebook Today

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And DO NOT click that link, FYI.

2 years, 7 months ago on How NSFW Corp Dodged the Newsstand Bullet and Lucked Into HTML5

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Congratulations on the launch!  I totally just typed in "www.NSFW.com" while AT WORK, and God did that raise a ruckus, Invite me please!  I'd be happy to pay for your content.

2 years, 7 months ago on How NSFW Corp Dodged the Newsstand Bullet and Lucked Into HTML5

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Sarah, did Roger contradict himself in the last ten seconds by stating that we need a Craigslist for content? It seems that he spent most of this talk concentrating on the idea of the "do over" (your words) where content could now be charged for.  Then he seemed to switch over to Napster for content right at the end.

2 years, 7 months ago on Roger McNamee on the New Web: “Everything That Mattered Over the Last Eight Years Won’t Matter Anymore”

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Oh thank goodness.

2 years, 8 months ago on Hey, Look! We’ve Got A Shiny New Mobile Site

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You guys can't put info like this on the Ticker.  It's gotta' go front and center.  Doesn't matter if you're just reposting.

2 years, 8 months ago on Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1 Billion

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April fools? A day late?

2 years, 8 months ago on Oh. Wow.

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Hi Fancisco, check out www.altsie.com.  You said that we need to find an alternative to Hollywood distribution, and that's exactly what we're doing, working with alternative locations to show films, but still keeping intact a viable financial model.  What we also do is allow for a stratification of the current distribution model, allowing smaller films a chance to stretch their legs without everyone having to worry they've spent a million  just putting the film in the theater.  There are awesome films that don't cost nine figures to make.  Altsie wants to show them to you.

2 years, 8 months ago on What Happens After We Kill Big Media?

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