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Raspberry PI Pool controller upgrade

My Raspberry PI-based pool controller has been running our pool pumps faithfully for the past 18 months. Every morning, it switches the two pumps on (first one, then the other), and runs them for a few hours (switching them off in reverse sequence). It is really nice to sit out on the deck, go to…

Marcus Povey and PGP-based login

Marcus Povey is proposing to use PGP/GPG to log into personal websites such as Known. Where have I heard this before? ;-) Oh, yes, LID, circa 2005, before OpenID etc. Here is how a digitally signed LID requests looks like, broken into separate lines for better readability: http://example.com ?lid=http%3A%2F%2Fmylid.net%2Fjernst &lid-credtype=gpg%20--clearsign &lid-nonce=2014-05-30T16%3A54%3A57.016Z &lid-credential=SHA1%0AVersion%3A+GnuPG+v1.4.11+%28GNU%2FLinux%29%0A%0AiEYEARECAAYFAlOIt%2BEACgkQsIOiz0BhWYZ9MACcCelf5T6XyywOZ5jVq3eyMw9m%0A8C4AoJ6Vz47PKR2%2FEvNqDkv7OWFyHdSU%0A%3DpVzh%0A where: lid:The URL…

IndieWebCamp San Francisco this Friday and Saturday

Last June, I went to IndieWebCamp Portland, and had a blast: a few dozen alpha geeks were demonstrating their latest projects, most of which have to do with wrestling control of their own data from various on-line silos, and using that data in innovative ways on their own site. In other words, right down my…

On Mozilla’s Persona Post-Mortem

There's a great summary on the Mozilla wiki about what did and didn't work about Persona, Mozilla's attempt at a new identity protocol for the web. (Given the existence of that page, I'm not sure the project continues to be actively pursued? Techcrunch reports that Persona is dead.) Having been in the middle of the…

“Own your own words” or they will disappear in 5 years

Gregory Ciotti gets it exactly right:  Today, Svbtle gave me a great reminder of why I hold this opinion. In their “Open for Everyone” announcement, they let slip a paragraph that should frighten writers everywhere: We’re working on a way to guarantee that your written content will remain available on the web for at least…