Welcome! I am Jason Nguyen, a graduate student in ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, and this blog is where I make observations about music, culture, and academic life.

Clipperz and Other Password Management Options

Clipperz LogoIf you’ve kept up with web news, then you might have heard about the hack of the Gawker website, which exposed a ton of user’s password information to unsavory elements.  Such an isolated incident wouldn’t be a big deal–except people tend to use the same password everywhere.  We’ve all done it.  You might be using the same password for your sensitive email as your Facebook.  It’s convenient, and with so many web services and applications to work with, it is impractical to have a unique one for each site.  On top of that, those folks working on corporate or otherwise sensitive sites might be used to changing your password every month or so.  How to be secure while not creating a hassle?

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Talking about work is more fun than work: A glimpse at my toolbar

Computer technology is increasingly moving to a point where everything can be done inside the Internet browser.  In terms of my workflow, it means that you can get a pretty good idea of the tools I use by looking at my bookmarks bar:

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A quick run-down of the programs/apps:

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Tech for Scholars #2: Build Your Online Presence Part 1, Domain Names and a Basic Blog

Wordpress IconTech for Scholars is a weekly series of articles with tips and thoughts on leveraging technology in academic scholarship. This week, I take a look at the costs involved in building an online presence and introduce you to getting your own domain name and a simple blog with WordPress.

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Tech for Scholars #1: Backup and sync your data with Dropbox

Dropbox LogoThis is the first in a weekly series of updates with tips and thoughts on leveraging technology in academic scholarship. This week, I take a look at a Dropbox, a free service that synchronizes files across multiple computers in real-time and also allows you to access them online on-demand.

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