Sanjeev Sabhlok's notes on technology, hardware, gardening

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You use boxbe.com and bid me goodbye

I've had enough of the fools who aren't able to organise their email systematically and expect me to fill in forms to be their guest on boxbe.com

Eg, such emails is a kiss of death – begone anyone who expects me to fill out STUPID FORMS simply to send you my email:

Hello Sanjeev Sabhlok,
Your message about "xxx" was waitlisted.
Please add yourself to my Guest List so your messages will be delivered to my Inbox. Use the link below.
Thank you,

DO NOT EVEN DARE WRITE TO ME HENCEFORTH SHOULD YOU USE BOXBE!

This is the most disrespectful system I've come across.

YOU ARE SPAM AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED if you use boxbe

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The nuisance of captcha

One of the worst designed features of the internet is called Captcha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAPTCHA

This is a ridiculous feature that combines letters and contorts them in such a way that I can never get them right the first time around. And the stupid "registration" software that accompanies ensures that half the data entered is lost each time one has to do this captcha thing again.

If captcha designers are listening, please note that this is without doubt the WORST DESIGNED feature of the internet.

 

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Accessing gmail without mobile phone (through backup verification codes)

There are two choices:

Either turn off the 2 stage process at: https://accounts.google.com/SMSAuthConfig
 
OR
 
make sure you have your backup codes with you. 
Each time you sign in from an unverified computer, you will be required to verify your identity with both a password and a verification code. Some applications that access Google data do not accept verification codes. Your account now requires both a password and a verification code for access. If you lose access to the phones you configured for retrieving codes you can lose access to your account. Please keep your backup codes (the codes you printed out when signing up for 2-step verification) in a safe place. You can use these in place of your verification code. If your phone or mobile application is unavailable, these codes will be the only way to sign in to your account. If you have questions about how 2-step verification works or want information about additional
steps to keep your account secure, you can learn more at the Help Center:
http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=180744&hl=en

BACKUP VERIFICATION CODES
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Date: October 19, 2011 1:46:05 AM PDT
Running out of backup codes? Generate new ones:
https://www.google.com/accounts/SmsAuthConfig
Only the latest set of backup codes will work. Keep them someplace accessible, like your wallet. Each code can be used only once. MARK IT OFF AFTER USING IT.

This is how you enter the codes: http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=1187538

 
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I suggest mailing your backup codes data to an alternative email account. AND a password protected file you carry around in a USB. That way in case your wallet is lost you can retrieve these codes.
 
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