Online voting is long overdue…

I can’t vote today.

1, I’m housebound, and simply too ill, and in too much pain and, 2, I’m a powerchair user and it’s pissing down – wrestling with waterproofs is beyond me (see 1).

Time was when I’d have asked for a postal vote, but this involves me, if I’m well enough, going out to post back a form confirming that yes, I did mean, when I asked for a postal vote, that I actually wanted one. Then there’s the postal vote itself, which has to be mailed a couple of weeks before the election, for which I usually have no information upon which to base a decision (well, OK, I’d probably vote Labour, I mostly do, but the lazy-arse candidates don’t know that).

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On passwords…

Lots of waffling in the Guardian lately about passwords – but they’re not really the problem they’re portrayed as.

Despite all the people offering horribly complex solutions to the problem, you don’t need to create long strings of letters, numbers, and random bits of punctuation which will get you a pat on the back from the Password Fairies (and IT geeks), who love such things, but which you will never get right unless you write them down, and that rather negates their purpose. Life doesn’t need to be so tedious to be secure.

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