On password reuse & password collection.
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
After 12+ years of collecting passwords, I have found a few interesting facts: Although my list contains about 6 million username/password combos, the list only contains about 1,300,000 unique passwords. Of those, approximately 300,000 of those passwords are used by more than one person; about 1,000,000 only appear once and a good portion of those are obviously generated by a computer. The list of the top 20 passwords rarely changes and 1 out of every 50 people uses one of these passwords via How I Collect Passwords ยซ Xato.

Linus on openSUSEโ€™s security settings
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
I first spent weeks arguing on a bugzilla that the security policy of requiring the root password for changing the timezone and adding a new wireless network was moronic and wrong. I think the wireless network thing finally did get fixed, but the timezone never did - it still asks for the admin password. So here’s a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace “my kids” with “sales people on the road” if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now.

Best Birthday Present For a 7-Year Old
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
He loves [Edge]. The game, the puzzles, the music, the levels, everything. He knows which music belongs to what level, what secret passages can be reached when traversing through the level a certain way and when his gaming time is over he tends to his lego and builds his own Edge levels. โ€ฆ I sent a tweet to Edge creatorย Two Tribesย where I asked if they had any promotional material such as a poster, flyer or business card perhaps.

Hackershelf: A curated collection of legally free books
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
Hackershelf is curated collection of legally free books. Check it out. On a related topic of programming books - check out Stack Overflow’s tag wiki on books. Related: HN-Books: aย listing all the books that hackers recommended to each other from the siteย HackerNews.

Troubleshooting Oracleโ€™s ORA-01017 errors
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya

Was writing this for Stack Overflowโ€˜s tag wiki on ORA-01017, thought I’ll post it here as well.

ORA-01017 is the error code shown my Oracle when a login attempt to the database was not successful.


10 minute bug fixes & web conference bloopers
· โ˜• 3 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
Came across this article via HNย and I’m pretty sure most who work for Enterprise companies would’ve come across this at least once. Incredibly detailed post. Boss: Hey Ed, Sue in Detroit says that sometimes, the wrong Invoice Part Number is showing up on the Product History Screen. Can you help us figure this out. Ed: I’m busy with something else at the moment. Put the ticket in my queue.

SSH into your servers from Unity using unity-sshsearch-lens
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
I love Unity, especially the lens feature. While going through the Ubuntu store, found this neat little lens for initiating an SSH connection. The lens parses your ~/.ssh/known_hosts & ~/.ssh/config files and provides you with a list of servers that you can connect to. Just install the lens, logout & login back to your desktop and you're good to go. To search, just bring up Unity dash by hitting the Super (aka Windows) key, type either the username or host and just hit enter to initiate the connection.

Ubuntu Unity Development Does a IAmA on Reddit.
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
Q: What does Linux need to be if its going to be a real contender to Windows? What are you guys doing about that? A: It needs support from the major players. Personally I think we need to lure: Steam Adobe (all their stuff) Autodesk (all their stuff we don’t have) We also are going to need to increase the buy in from hardware vendors. Nvidia/AMD/Intel all need to care about 2x what they do right now about.

Wallpaper Showing Keyboard Shortcuts And Mouse Tricks For Ubuntu Unity
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
Going through Ask Ubuntu, found a nice answer on keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu Unity. Now if that’s too much for you to remember, Octavian Damiean has created this sweet wallpaper with the shortcuts and gestures overlayed on it. Click on the above image for a full size version, or a here’s a SVG version if you prefer the same.

Saving Gmail Attachments in Android
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya

I have no idea why, but for some reason the Gmail app on Android doesn’t allow you to save files. How stupid is that? Recently, I needed to send a document from my Google Apps account to my work account.