What happens to your digital life when you die?

My father passed away recently and it has made me think about many things. Among the many topics you might imagine, one very practical area of concern, but perhaps not so critical is wondering what happens to our online presence? Everything from email accounts to social sites can become troublesome for loved ones to deal with. First step, create a mechanism to pass along your passwords. I’ve happened upon some articles that may provide some useful information about tools and methods to ease the process for others after you pass on.

Techhive recently covered a new tool from Google called Inactive Account Manager.

Lifehacker has a very thorough article about how to prepare for the inevitable. It includes all the legal and financial advice one would expect in addition to tips for preparing your digital life.

I am having a hard time reading through the article in its entirety, but perhaps I will soon.

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Set Up Your Own Private Cloud Storage Service with OwnCloud

Create your own cloud storage service that you control with a service called ownCloud. With it, you’ll get syncing files, notes, calendars, and more. The best part: it only takes about five minutes to get it set up.

OwnCloud is free and open source software that operates as a very simple way to set up your own syncing, Dropbox-like cloud storage system on your own server or web site.

via How to Set Up Your Own Private Cloud Storage Service in Five Minutes with OwnCloud.

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Text-Based Adventure Game Built Into Your Macs Terminal

Thank you Lifehacker.com for this one. You wont need to download anything here. Just type the following into Terminal, and the game will launch automatically.

emacs -batch -l dunnet

If youve never played a MUD before, you’ll find that its actually pretty intuitive. For example, you start the game standing on a road with a shovel nearby. Type “take shovel” to add the shovel to your inventory, and “go east” to walk down the road. Typing “Inventory” will show you what youre carrying, “save” and “restore” let you play through in multiple sessions, and “help” gives you some tips if youre stuck. Id also recommend using some scratch paper to map out the area as you discover it. Check out the source link for a few other Terminal easter eggs to help you kill some time this weekend.

via Discover the Text-Based Adventure Game Built Into Your Macs Terminal.

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How to create iOS device home screen icons for websites — Apple News, Tips and Reviews

I find myself occasionally needing a quick reminder on this from time to time as friends of mine wish to add this feature to their person web sites. A handy guide can be found on Gigaom.com.

How to create iOS device home screen icons for websites — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.

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AnandTech – Bench – CPU

Very cool tool to compare computer hardware before making a purchase. I’m currently using it to rank video cards for a potential holiday purchase.

AnandTech – Bench – CPU.

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inSSIDer – Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek

An open source Wi-Fi scanner. A great tool for analyzing signal strength and improving your throughput and connectivity.

inSSIDer – Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek.

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A more productive desktop

I’m always looking for ways to simplify things I do on a computer. I also really like the idea of consolidating information to be more productive. This article from Lifehacker caught my attention as a way to present information on your desktop and reduce the time it would take to go get it (manually). Similar options include:

Geektool (for Mac)

Rainmeter (for PC)

There is also “Fences” for the PC. It has been recently updated, but is also now a paid app $9.95.

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Duplicati – Open Source Backup Client

Duplicati is a free backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on cloud storage services and remote file servers. It works with Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files or WebDAV, SSH, FTP (and many more).

Duplicati is unique in that it will encrypt your data prior to uploading to the cloud. Keeping your data safe from prying eyes.

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Some resources for developing for mobile

Some resources I’ve discovered lately for developing mobile sites and apps.


Android Developer Kit: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

iOS developer guide: https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#referencelibrary/GettingStarted/RoadMapiOS/Introduction/Introduction.html

iOS iAd producer: https://developer.apple.com/iad/iadproducer/

Kooaba image recognition technology platform: http://www.kooaba.com/en/business/techplatform


jQuery Mobile: http://jquerymobile.com/

Mobile Image Gallery Web App: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2010/05/27/awesome-mobile-image-gallery-web-app/

Sencha Touch: http://www.sencha.com/products/touch

WordPress Themes: http://slodive.com/freebies/free-wordpress-themes-for-2011/

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MySQL find and replace

Recently, I have been helping a friend with his new website using WordPress. We initially set up the site under one of his existing domains prior to purchasing a dedicated domain name for the site we were developing. He actually posted a lot of content prior to getting the new domain so when it came time to make the move, it was clearly necessary to perform a “find and replace” on the MySQL database to update the URL on all of the posts he had created.

After a little google searching I found this site – http://wordcastnet.com/2010/how-to-find-search-replace-and-delete-within-your-wordpress-mysql-database/

Everything I needed was explained. What a relief. After a few minutes of backing up and trial and error, I was able to run the query and update over 70 posts. I want to keep this query handy for the future. I’m pretty sure there will be a time when it is needed again and most likely for far more.

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