select user from dual

“Seth” is just some first name.

So, I wanted to have a secret identity. Not that it, the true one, couldn’t be discovered. I use the same password everywhere, so a little

select first_name,last_name from gmail_users where password = (select password from wordpress_users where username = 'Seth Stymiest')

would get you pretty far down the path of discovering who I am. Along with access to my banking and credit card accounts, terse instructions sent from my wife, abusive emails from my wife after said instruction is not followed, emails from my NIT (Nerd-in-Training) son about rooting his Kindle Fire, emails from my daughter telling me what a dork I am and would I please set her up with free texting on her iPod Touch already, emails from my friends asking me for tech advice, and emails sent from me to me about cool developer, gadget or tech news stuff that I want to read about and don’t have a ubiquitous Instapaper capability across all my devices which is more a testament to my laziness than ineptitude.

You’d also find a fair number of emails calling me “wiseass”

select count(m.*) from gmail_message m,gmail_users u where u.password = (select password from wordpress_users where username = 'Seth Stymiest') and m.userid = u.userid and upper(m.msg) like '%WISEASS%'

Yes, I could’ve thrown in a regexp in there, but didn’t want to come across as such a know-it-all-tool in my welcome intro.

And before you criticize the implausibility of my SQL, let’s just say that my password is SO unique, there will only be one of its kind.

So here are things you can expect, from a guy who’s been in technology and software development for 20+ years, working for a variety of companies in a variety of industries, who went from BASIC on a TRS-80 to Smalltalk on a Mac and then a PC and then the web and CGI and Perl and then Java, who sold a pair of boutique software companies because they dug his cool software:

  • Links to cool technology
  • Thoughts about the cool technology
  • Development stuff that I find interesting:
    • HTML5
    • CSS3
    • JavaScript
    • Java
    • SQL

So, thanks for reading.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. swhiteman
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 17:25:55

    Bark, I’m really enjoying a dive into your blog — with one major exception, and one that isn’t related to content.

    That “scroll to top” prompt that slides in from the bottom is more obtrusive than useful, in my opinion. It obscures content that would otherwise fit on the page (one of my pet peeves) and it’s not like I don’t know know how to hit “Home” on my keyboard. More strangely, I see that it no longer appears once I scroll to the bottom using the keyboard: is this because you detect that the user is “intelligent” enough to not need the prompt anymore?

    Anyway, I think such prompts work better if they are where we expect the scrolling tools to be from native browser behavior, i.e. toward the right of the content being scrolled. Or even at the upper left as a synthetic “home” button. Anywhere, I think, but over the content.



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