Monday, November 10, 2014

Spring-like Weather

While the midwest and the northeast brace themselves for a winter storm, interior Alaska is warming up. There was a Chinook wind in the forecast earlier but that's been removed from the forecast. There was a breeze from the south but not really "Chinook worthy". As you can probably guess, the roads have been on the slick side as the surface of the road is still below freezing. A hazy layer of frost builds up on the road.

Last week, I had blogged about a new gadget for two factor authentication. I went ahead and picked up another device for two factor authentication made by the same manufacturer, Yubico. It is much smaller and is designed to be left in the USB port and sticks out only about 1mm from the port. Once the token has been added to your account, you simply log in as usual, select "U2F Token" from the list of second factor methods, the token blinks and you simply tap. This is the Yubikey Neo-N and like the Yubico Security Key, it is only supported on the Chrome browser with the appropriate extension.

The Neo-N supports other authentication methods besides U2F (Universal 2nd Factor) such as one time passwords (OTP) but the additional functionality is limited by the browser. Once the browsers have the capability, additional capabilities are planned to be added. Or more accuratly, you can enable multiple methods to be active at the same time.

10 comments:

Martha said...

Congrats on the springy warmth! That's your Indian Summer, I guess! Up to one inch of sleety snow on the way here today.

I remember the first time I experienced Chinook winds. I was not expecting to feel warmth from a winter wind. I think everyone should enjoy Chinook winds- just not so powerful! They take roofs off!

Martha said...

Oh, and I love your new header photo.

RichardM said...

I was thinking that it sort of still fit the "Indian Summer" definition. Unseasonably warm temperatures after a hard frost. Maybe the below zero temperatures qualify as a hard frost.

Have fun with your snow. It may be good for business...

redlegsrides said...

Nice header pic! 9:15, crack of dawn....hah!

RichardM said...

Thank you. And in a month or so you can sleep in a couple more hours and still beat sunrise. In anoher week and a half Barrow will have it's last sunset of the year.

RichardM said...

Thank you. Getting up at the crack of dawn is getting easier. This was taken at 9:15am.

Trobairitz said...

Glad to see you are getting above freezing during the day. Must seem positively toasty.

RichardM said...

It does seem toasty. Don't even bother with heated anything it feels so warm.

Bluekat said...

I too like the header. 9:15 dawn. That's a dawn I might actually be awake for.

RichardM said...

It's nice to be able to say that I've been up before dawn (for a change)...