links for 2008-09-18

  • According to Wired, hacking VP-hopeful Sarah Palin's email account was easy: all the hacker needed was Palin's birthdate, ZIP code, and the name of her high school—all of which are no more than a Google search away. In fact, password security questions may have always been the weakest link in email security, since anyone with an acquaintance's knowledge or access to the internet can divine answers to most of your security questions within minutes. So how can you make sure your email account is secure?
    Obscure the Answers to Your Security Questions

    Password retrieval tools are there for a good reason, and most of them aren't going anywhere. You can do your best to choose the most obscure questions when you're signing up for a new account, but you still can't guarantee that that information is outside of the reach of anyone.

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  • The Giftag browser plugin lets you clip things and save them to lists from almost anywhere on the web.
  • The number of internet marketing tools launched over the past couple years has been staggering. Many of them are both free and highly valuable. SEO, which was once considered a bit of a seedy niche, has grown with search to become a mainstream marketing practice, with…

    1. Google providing Webmaster Central, a blog for webmasters, & many of the best free SEO tools
    2. Yahoo! offering a paid inclusion service & a webmaster focused tool by the name of Site Explorer
    3. Microsoft offering SEO services

    This article aims to highlight the best search engine marketing tools.

  • Digital art is becoming hyper realistic, not just in duplicating real scenes life but also in painting vivid pictures of what fantasy worlds would look like. Feature films and the exploding world of video games are beginning to show what talent, creativity and hard work can produce with CG… Expect even more mind blowing creations to be reaching you on the big screen and in your consoles soon.

    I love showcasing the work of creative people and the work below caught my eye as I was browsing the community over at CG Hub. As a COLOURlover, I especially appreciate how the use of color can dramatically affect the mood or energy of art…

  • After years of searching, astronomers may finally have recorded the first image of a planet orbiting a sunlike star beyond the solar system. The body, about eight times Jupiter’s mass, lies exceptionally far from its presumed parent star — roughly 11 times Neptune’s average distance from the sun. “If this object is a planet at such a wide separation it would challenge our conceptions of planet and companion formation,” says theorist Adam Burrows of Princeton University.
  • Most of us probably got our Internet connection somewhere 10 years back. It was also around that time we seen the sudden boom on Internet, thanks to Marc Andreessen and Netscape Communicator. Now that we are almost at the end of 2008, we thought it’s pretty interesting to look back at how some of the trend setters and the most trafficked websites were like 10 years back. Here are some of the top-tier brands of the tech industries and their websites have stayed on the Internet for more than a decade. Let’s take a look at how these websites look like 10 years ago, comparing with that it is now. Full list after jump.
  • Back in 1996 the Web was starting to gain some serious momentum, but it was still just a few years old. Now in 2008, looking 12 years back into the past of the Web can be a both nostalgic and entertaining experience. To give you some perspective, in 1996…
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