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Disclaimer: This post is a post about my opinions and experiences with the pipeline portal application, Cocoon. This disclaimer is included to disclaim any possibility that I may be wrong about this. Period. :-P
On paper its an impressive framework to construct a web application around practically any source medium, dynamic or otherwise. Cocoon is largely based on the XML philosophy (that everything has to be extremely complex and difficult to use to store simple information ([citation])).
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You've found this site because you most likely like technology, computers, coding, learning or Jack Daniels. You may be interested in coding as a hobby, or perhaps you're interest is professional. Perhaps you're just bored. In any case NEVERFEAR! This site is here.
This site is the work of a few e-friends who wanted to try and light the social fire of a technology community. It is as much a website as it is an IRC network. As it is a group of friends.
Most Linux distributions have great package managers like apt or portage. But installing programs when you don't have root access can be a pain. You need to find, download and install all the dependencies and their dependencies, setup a prefix somewhere in your home folder and hope that everything works.
Prefixed portage is perfect for those kinds of situations. It's a modified version of portage, the package manager of the Gentoo distribution. I am using it on a computer running Linux, but you can also use it on OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris to install applications and libraries from the portage repository.
Currently, most websites log you in the same way: You enter a username and password, the web-server hashes the password (generally via MD5(), or SHA1()). This hash is then compared to the one stored in a database - if it matches, the user knows the original password, so it logs them in.
This method has numerous problems, such as the password being sent unencrypted to the web-server, and the fact many users reuse passwords, if an intruder works out a users password (though any means), there is a good chance they can log into the same users email account, online banking etc etc..
The whole username/password login method has many flaws, most are down to the fact most people struggle to remember a single 5-6 character password, let alone multiple random messy looking passwords such as "Xm2K?pdT&av", as most "good password guides" suggest.