Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Posts on computer science and the web, rants about OS:es, Window Managers, Platforms for almost publishing content on the web, and the like.

Microsoft “Authenticator” and the Cautionary Tale of the Seven Doorstops

So, Microsoft “Authenticator” seems to want me to authenticate about four times a day now.

I think someone in security should call Microsoft and tell them the cautionary tale of the seven doorstops.

It goes like this:

Once upon a time, there was a government agency that had a room that was so secure it could only be reached by passing seven doors that required seven different managers to come and open them with seven different keys.

Unfortunately, this room contained the fax machine, so it was a huge inconvenience because whenever someone wanted to send or receive fax they had to get the seven different managers with their seven keys to open the seven doors.

All this extra administration soon brought the government agency to the brink of collapse!

And then, a resourceful employee went out and bought seven doorstops…

So now, whenever I need to send or receive fax I know where to go…

That final twist is actually based on true (but unverified) events (rumors?)

Back in the day, I heard of someone that used to troll for unprotected WiFi nets… apparently, it happened that he found one in a convenience store (PressbyrÃ¥n) and would print something on their printer, walk into the store and tell them to fetch his printout.

The employee was usually so caught off guard/unaware they just went and got the papers.

I expect that expectation to be wrong…

Checksum validation failed, expected <html> but is aa163ea9976e95abbdfd985fd6fd239297c14ff3 from sonatype-nexus-snapshots for https://oss.sonatype.org/content/repositories/snapshots/com/google/guava/guava-parent/23.0-android-SNAPSHOT/maven-metadata.xml

Yeah, Maven, if you expect “<html>” as a checksum… I bet something very special is going on…

Macass

Macass. What you feel like when your computer mysteriously allows a music player app that should remain unnamed (although the name suggests a frequent need to do laundry) total control over your OS and the only thing you can control is the mouse pointer. The journey ends with a cold boot, a panic boot, and all your Chrome tabs lost and gone forever. However, in rare cases, when Lady Luck doesn’t shine you on, she’ll allow your Office programs to recover unsaved changes… but that’s a coin-toss-land-on-the-side chance…