Ideas and Thought-related blog posts for things that could be done with technology – or can’t, but should be.
However, with the downturn in the economy (and my slightly-better-than-arbitrary prediction of a <7,000 point stock market by the end of the month…Spring Break at the latest), I figure it’s time to start taking into consideration other possible sources of income. Not for fear of losing my job, but rather to help get my bills in check Credit Cards, primarily, who have decided it is time to raise the minimum payment – which is the only thing enabling me to devote a greater portion of my money to one in order to pay it off, while keeping the others at par until it is their turn.
I have this idea, ok? What I noticed while migrating some of the users from the Admissions Department at the University for which I work, was that it was tough to explain to them sufficiently that:
- Their passwords are going to have to change at some point, due to security policy.
- When they change it on their desktop, it’s not automatically done on their laptop.
- After changing the desktop password, they need to connect the laptop to the network and then login with that new password for it to be cached.
Now, it’s easy to write out, and easy for a tech to understand the scenario – but it’s not that easy for a 45yr old Hispanic guy who hates his laptop anyway to grasp. But what if they didn’t have to grasp anything? What if no matter where you were, the login process and the features available were as seamless in Wisconsin as if you were sitting at your desk in Texas?
What I’m proposing is this:
After using a flooble chatterbox from www.flooble.com, and trying to (unsuccessfully) hack it to get rid of the ads at the bottom, I have resolved to putting my newly developed AJAX skills to the test, to create an open-source version, with no ads. I’ll explain how you can make one too in this entry.