Walt Disney recently announced a new service called MoviesAnywhere, aiming to link all your purchased videos from other vendors into one streaming service. Yes, this is pretty much what Disney meant when it announced it would be making its own streaming service. They’re retiring the old “Disney Movies Anywhere” service (which maybe didn’t quite make it clear it includes PG-13 titles from Marvel alongside the G-rated talking animals). The roll-out isn’t exactly perfect but hasn’t been a disaster. My personal experience was one of annoyance when I couldn’t login to the website using my Google account. I tried on a PC with Firefox, and on an Android device with Chrome. Eventually I figured out I needed to have 3rd party cookies enabled. Disney made the mistake of not[…]

Passwords Suck Long ago I gave-up trying to remember all the passwords I use for websites. I used to be able to use the same few passwords everywhere (and they didn’t even have to be eight characters long). I didn’t use terrible passwords. Something like “v#kt0r!” was pretty good by standards in 2005. But cracking passwords, hash look-ups and brain-dead practices mean you can’t do that anymore. Did you have a super-secure long password on Sony’s Playstation Network back around 2011? Not anymore I bet. Many people in the industry started suggesting using password templates or patterns, where you’d have the same basic password but tailor it per site. Or use the same password across financial sites, a different one for social sites, etc. Yet the issue was[…]