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December 2, 2009


Blaine Cook’s demo site for “WebFinger”, the much-needed open way to turn email addresses into portable IDs, and actually turn OpenID into a usable technology. GMail addresses all work with WebFinger for now.

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January 29, 2009

Plaxo's Personal Card: Introducing Two-Click Signup, an initiative to improve the user experience of OpenID; first test now live with Google

This is good: The underlying goodness of OpenID, used in a way which completely hides itself from the user.

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October 14, 2008

Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research

Spoiler: OpenID usability SUCKS MASSIVE DONKEY COCKS IN HELL FOREVER. The mental model is completely broken. Its one use that I can see: an open backend for “Login to this site with your foo.com account” style buttons

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January 17, 2008

Yahoo! OpenID

Yahoo embraces OpenID, acting as a identity provider for now, and promising consumption to come. Unfortunately, it uses the new OpenID 2.0 spec, so I don’t know of a single site where you can use it yet, but hey! It’s a start.

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August 19, 2007

VeriSign's OpenID SeatBelt Plugin

Firefox extension to bring OpenID into the browser’s chrome. (Also, Verisign’s OpenID provider now support using their PayPal Security Keys as a second-factor for authentication)

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August 16, 2007

Pibb: Lets Get Ready To BarCamp!

BarCampBlock’s IRC backchannel is going to be web-accessible. If it works, it’ll be a pretty impressive feat!

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May 8, 2007

ongoing · OpenID at Work

Sun are launching their own OpenID server, and plan to use it to allow other sites to authenticate users as “Sun employees”.

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April 24, 2007

Turn your Django application in to an OpenID consumer

Simon Willison’s OpenID consuming middleware for Django. I’ll probably have a stab at mixing this with my blog comments shortly.

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March 26, 2007

Beginner's guide to OpenID phishing

Good overview of the phishing risks inherit in OpenID — Is it essentially doomed by providers limiting authentication to easily stealable usernames & passwords?

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March 18, 2007

BarCampBoston - DayOneLinkDump

BarCampBoston2 got of to a roaring, if less-busy-than-planned-due-to-weather, start today.

First of all, the most important link—the one that I was asked for repeatedly throughout the day—is the source of the lolcats that I used to help time the 10-Second Introductions. You can find all the anthropomorphized cats you desire at I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?.

Onto less important matters… OpenID! If you want, you can grab a copy of my slides (though they are hopefully relatively useless if you didn’t see me present). Useful OpenID links:

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to exhume the presentation I gave last year, as I’ll be giving it again tomorrow morning due to “popular demand” (ie. one person asked me).

February 22, 2007

prooveme.com: strong authentication for openid

OpenID provider which uses SSL client certificates, not passwords, to authenticate. Doesn’t work terribly well (I haven’t successfully logged in anywhere with it!), but a clever idea for an unphishable OpenID. [Update: I’ve got it working a couple of places now. Not clear at whose end the remaining bugs lie.]

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February 19, 2007

BBC NEWS | Technology | Net giant supports open ID scheme

BBC covers Open ID. Shame that the number of places you can sign up for an Open ID now outnumbers the number of places you can *log in with one* by about 10 to 1.

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February 6, 2007

brad's life - Microsoft & OpenID

MS are announcing CardSpace authentication for OpenID. Of course, five bucks says this goes the “embrace & extend” way of Microsoft “supporting” SPF two years ago.

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January 31, 2007

Announcing Jyte: Claims, Cred & Contacts

“Jyte is a simple service that allows you to associate claims, credibility and contacts” Not quite sure what to make of this yet. It’s like a reddit for opinions, rather than URLs.

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January 20, 2007

The South African XMPP Federation OpenID Server

OpenID server which uses Jabber for authentication. Give your Jabber ID and a temporary token, and it will IM you and ask for your permission to login. Very clever.

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January 7, 2007

DjangoID - Trac

Django-based OpenID server. It almost seems daft *not* to be running that here.

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December 23, 2006

How to use OpenID (a screencast)

Simon Willison does a screencast explaining the howtofores of OpenID. I had only a basic grasp of it before (despite implementing the plugin on this here blog), but now I understand the magic of it, I’m a convert.

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December 17, 2006


Self-hostable OpenID server in a single PHP script.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.