Still using HTTP Basic Auth?

 

Great article by Steve Graham about why you should stop using HTTP Basic Auth immediately!

 

As well as being tremendously simple, HTTP Basic by itself is also tremendously insecure, i.e. it is implemented by simply Base64 encoding the username and password concatenated with a colon “:” character. It then follows that HTTP Basic should only be used, if at all, over securely encrypted connections.

 

Original article: WHY THE HELL DOES YOUR API STILL USE HTTP BASIC AUTH?

 

Do small experiments, often

A Rainbow of Tubes

A long time ago, I realized that every successful business was a continuous process of small experiments that operated in the context of a long-term vision. When an experiment worked, you did more of it. When it didn’t, you ended it and moved on. — in The $100,000 Experiment, by Brad Feld

Deliver on your promises

So if I can give entrepreneurs a single piece of advice for 2013 it would be to deliver on your promises. Not just to your investors but also to your team and ultimately to yourself. This is no time to be in denial. That is a lethal attribute in times like these. — in Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises by Fred Wilson

Is the World socialist?

Ayn Rand

Revisiting an old story by Dave Winer:

If you want to go back to the point where we decided to be socialist and try to undo it, you’re going to have to kill most of the people on the planet who depend on the current system for sustenance. And like it or not, that probably includes you. It certainly includes most of the idiots running around preaching Ayn Rand these days. — in The World is socialist

It’s funny how most people can’t understand that everything is interconnected to a point where it’s impossible to live without depending on something.

AsciiDoc

AsciiDoc

AsciiDoc is a text document format for writing notes, documentation, articles, books, ebooks, slideshows, web pages, man pages and blogs. AsciiDoc files can be translated to many formats including HTML, PDF, EPUB, man page.

via AsciiDoc Home Page.

AsciiDoc is a text document format for writing notes, documentation, articles, books, ebooks, slideshows, web pages, man pages and blogs. AsciiDoc files can be translated to many formats including HTML, PDF, EPUB, man page. — via AsciiDoc Home Page.

Very interesting because it lets you export documents to DocBook and from there you can easily generate HTML and PDF.

Some books written using AsciiDoc:

Advertising’s bumpy transition

Advertising’s bumpy transition

Until advertisers start to value the focused, memorable, impactful opportunity they have in buying the right ads in the right place for the right audience, web users are going to be stuck seeing irrelevant ads on sites that don’t respect their time and attention as much as they should.

Advertising’s bumpy transition

Until advertisers start to value the focused, memorable, impactful opportunity they have in buying the right ads in the right place for the right audience, web users are going to be stuck seeing irrelevant ads on sites that don’t respect their time and attention as much as they should.

Black Swan Farming

Black Swan Farming

The total value of the companies we’ve funded is around 10 billion, give or take a few. But just two companies, Dropbox and Airbnb, account for about three quarters of it.

Black Swan Farming

The total value of the companies we’ve funded is around 10 billion, give or take a few. But just two companies, Dropbox and Airbnb, account for about three quarters of it.