Deep Thought

Don’t vet Passwords!

I've designed loads of forms in my time, some for collecting random data, some for logging in, and some for user sign up. I usually employ form validation to make sure it's a valid email, and a valid phone number etc, but I never check the password (unless it's for length). I myself like to sign up to each and every service I come across and generally I'm satisfied with what I get in terms of form design. However there are some websites that tell me that my password can only contain letters and numbers! Most of my passwords are 17 characters or longer, with letters, numbers and symbols, so when a site tells me I should effectively make my password less secure I get really annoyed.

Companies like Google and Microsoft never stop telling up to make our passwords more secure, Facebook and Twitter say the same, so why on Earth should websites be asking us alter them? I for one cannot see why developers are intent on doing this? MySQL Injection - no! Unless of course they've never heard of mysql_real_escape_string(), but I doubt that.

So what I really want to say is this - don't ask users to exclude certain components from their passwords! And if you know the reason for this travesty, please feel free to comment and make me look like an idiot 😉

Tips & Tricks

You have 100s of Gmail Addresses!

Never a day goes by when I don't use Google's fantastic emailing service. But did you know that you have access to many different addresses. If your email address is, you could give someone the address of Oh my gosh! I know, try to dissipate the hysterics, because although this seems like a waste of your time you may be missing the point. Think about it - when you create websites with contact forms you may be inclined to include a clue in the subject line so you know when the email has come from you site. Well hows about using a new method, something like so you know where it's coming from.You might want to set up some kind of alert when you get such emails through.

You could even use it to prioritize clients' messages to you. You give them the address of so that you can respond to them faster! I'm always interested to find out about new and undiscovered features of Gmail, but I think this one is really rather interesting. What do you think?


Back Online

Well it's been a long time since I posted on this lovely blog, but I wanted to start again before the new year! Well sooner rather than later I always say. So all the old content has gone to be replaced with fresher, more up to date, and generally better content. My blog will now focus primarily on web design and on some technology news. Overall I will be blogging about the subjects that interest me, usually technology related. I hope to drop in the odd tutorial as well.

The tutorials I create will be wide-ranging - from After Effects to Photoshop, from design to PHP. I hope you will find it interesting and enjoy the ride!

Oh and I know I was going to build a theme of my own but when I found this one I felt it was better than something I could have achieved anyways. In the future I suspect I will build my own, but at the moment I don't have the time to be focused on such things, so I decided to leave it to the professionals!