If you have a “forgot password” feature that sends password reset links via email, then you should be putting auto-login tokens in every single link URL you send to your users via email.
When you build a product you would like to use, you are sure to have at least one person willing to use your product.
How Safari became my Main Browser
Firefox has always been my favorite browser -and most used application- since 2004. Beside Photoshop, it is the only application I kept using even after switching to Mac 3 years ago. Security, speed and a plethora of extensions made the Mozilla browser a clear winner over IE and, to some extent, even Safari.
Then came Chrome.
It had all the things that made Firefox a great browser, and then some. Extensions, multi-process tabbed browsing and decent speed were a game changer for many.
Not for me.
While the interface was refreshing and innovative in some areas, I couldn’t get used to it enough to ditch Firefox (I am not a fan of top-tabs to say the least). Add to that unstable versions of my favorite extensions and Chrome is a no-no for me, at least for the time being.
Then Apple updated Safari.
The last time I was excited about a Safari update was the release of 4.0, and that was a big letdown. As a devoted Firefox user (my DeviantArt gallery is a witness), my expectations were rather low for this release.
It’s all history now.
After having spent one evening installing the must-have extensions (ALL of which were available overnight without the stability issues of their Chrome counterparts!!), the brand new Apple browser was able to do everything my Firefox and Chrome did, only better and with style. And as if this wasn’t enough an incentive to switch, Apple threw in a gem that is powerful enough to make Safari a clear winner: Reader.
Reader strips all the distractions -read obtrusive ads- and leaves you with a clean layout for an efficient and pleasing reading experience. It even supports multi-page articles, adding insult to injury to advertisers and publishers relying heavily on ad revenues, while making internet a better place to be.
In the lapse of 3 days, Firefox had already lost its top spot as my most used application. The furry fox icon had to leave my dock, for the first time in six years.
10 Things you Can Do to Not Hear about the iPad
Amidst all the iPad frenzy, it comes to no surprise that most of us are tired of hearing about the latest creation from Cupertino. Here are 10 things you can do to get a break from the iPad news:
- Send an digital postcard to someone you care about: Making others happy without added costs, thank you internet!
- Start a blog: Long gone are the days when you had to sit through long set up sessions to start sharing your thoughts with the world. Simply email your post to firstname.lastname@example.org and have fun!
- Declutter your life: Be it a messy room, a jumbled downloads folder or a chaotic Google Reader account, it is time to restore some order and start anew. It feels good, believe me.
- Join a cause on Twitter: You hate Flash? You are an animal rightist? You can’t stand politics? Make the world know about your cause by adding a Twibbon to your Twitter / Facebook avatar. Me? I think I’ll join the No Flash cause…
- Restore your scratched CDs/DVDs with Vaseline: I haven’t used my optical drive for ages, and I guess many of you haven’t neither, but this trick could prove to be a lifesaver when you want to restore important files from that 5 years old DVD laying around…
- Convert those unwatched videos for mobile devices: If you have any (videos / devices), that is.
- Play Plants Vs. Zombies for free: This game is a masterpiece, take my word. And best of all it can played for free in your browser. Now, enough whining about Flash…
- Make Money Online: Think of something you can do for 5 bucks and head to Fiverr to start making money!
- Visit Microsoft.com: The only place where you can be 100% sure you won’t hear about the iPad.
- Have a nap: Seriously.