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Don’t be forced to reset your (online) life
Apr 30th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Avoid a digital nervous breakdown: Protect your passwords

The view from the cockpit of SWIL-icious Global Enterprises. Both feet on the ground, hands on the keyboard, the passport, Powerball ticket and cigarettes at the ready. And of course, “Black Monday” plus my birthday party invitation. Life is good!

Do you know how many passwords you need to run your online life?
Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t. I still haven’t had time to count because I am so busy re-setting them all.
We are so all connected these days, over time we forget just how dependent we have become on access to the online world. Banking, email, stock quotes, movies on demand … the list is endless and growing exponentially.
Yes, there may be apps that help one manage the many user names, passwords and answers to secret questions, but if you are like most, it is a low priority to learn how to properly secure your data.
Would you leave the front door open at night, with the car keys sitting on the porch table?
That, in essence, is what I did. The result has been traumatic.


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Souvenirs!

Carbajal caricature from 1994 is my all-time favourite (sic) Of all the memorabilia adorning the walls of my home office, the “Smooking toon” is my favorite. Ed Carbajal, the who drew it, was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Glendale News-Press in 1994. I was the “Community Forum” (what we called the Opinion pages) editor, and […]


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Brewery Artwalk: A feast for all the senses

Rarely is a press release so understated: “The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the world’s largest art complex,” says the one for the April 27 event in downtown Los Angeles. “With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists’ studios.” This just doesn’t do justice to the wealth of stimulation for ALL the sense available to participants at this unique festival of sights, sounds, smells and stories.


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Hands off private enterprise

The City of Pasadena has absolutely no business competing in any way with private enterprise. In fact, the reverse is true: It should be doing everything it can to encourage it,


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THE POSTER: Marvellous Marsha

When you let it go, it finds its way back to you We were on our way out of the Museo Regional de Guadalajara on April 21 when I stopped at the gift shop to find a souvenir. I was looking for a T-shirt or other wearable item with the museum’s name or identifying symbol […]


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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS AT 37,000 FEET

Finding a new soul mate aboard a Boeing 757 high above the southwest U.S. is a personal experience worth sharing with the universe.


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They made us: NatGeo special on The 80s

With all the breaking news, the best TV show got lost See it here With all the breaking news two weeks ago – starting with the Boston Marathon bombings, then the explosion in Texas and ending with the dramatic capture of the second bombing suspect on April 19 – you may easily have missed the […]


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Budget crisis an excuse for colleges’ mission shift

Taking the “community” out of two-year schools This op-ed, with a sightly different headline, was originally published in the Sacramento Bee on April 13.  Read it here.   The California budget crisis of recent years – which mercifully seems to be lifting – has been an excuse for many fundamental changes in the way our […]


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