New User Registration
Registration is required for new users to access some of the software listed on this page,
and also to vote on any poll. The registration form consists of a few tables
shown below, with comments on how the different pieces of
information are going to be used. Contents of the sidebar
explain in a little more details how we are using the image based authentication system.
We invite you to take a peek at the
to see how the information set up during this registration is going to be used.
Some other expected questions are answered preemptively at the end of this form.
Frequently Asked Questions on New User Registration
- Why do I need a User-ID?
You do not, that is why the field is optional. But imagine yourself having to
log in to our site (or for that matter, any other site on the internet) with
as the user id vs. Alpha Centaurion. Many web sites ask you to use the email address
as the only login id. We give you the option to use some other cool name, as long as
it is not insensitive or offensive enough to land us into legal troubles.
- How would you use my date of birth?
We will determine if you are an adult physically, i.e.,, 18 years old or older.
If you are not, and at some point we get adult contents
on our site, we will restrict your access to it. We have no way to figure out your mental age,
so we will not even bother. Please do not expect a Happy Birthday card from us, those
should be from your dentist and real estate agent.
- Why do you want my e-mail address?
Firstly to communicate with you. Secondly, as an indication or you being a living, breathing
and kicking human being who can be held accountable for his/her actions and/or words. This is
why we want all our users to have at least one active e-mail account, and we lock down the
account until it is validated through that e-mail account.
As a general rule of thumb, we do not ask for the identification as long as you are using the
site for browsing purposes and downloading stuff. The situation changes when you are using
certain resources at the web site, e.g. uploading files for your prospective employer
or secret lover to download, or publishing articles for the world to read. While we are not
interested in the specific contents unless you define it as public, we would like to
keep an open channel of communication with you, whether we use it or not.
- May I use my work e-mail address at this site?
Yes, absolutely. We do not plan on sending spams or any other offensive material. However, keep
in mind that if that e-mail account is deactivated for some reason (e.g., you finding a better
opportunity and moving on) and you need our help to reset the account with us, it may not be possible.
If you need to change the e-mail address on your account, the change request must be routed through
the old as well as the new address.
- Can I use different e-mail addresses to set up multiple accounts?
Uh huh. We live in the 21st century and in a world of free software, we are all entitled to
multiple e-mail accounts and online personalities. We just restrict one e-mail address to one account.
Our purpose for this is to restrict voting to one vote per person for the online polls we plan
to have. Other than subverting this, you really do not have any reason to use multiple handles, since
we are not promoting any product or services. However, be warned that if we detect multiple votes on
a poll from the same IP address from different accounts trying to promote anything, we would notify
all the account holders and cancel all such accounts and associated privileges.
- How is a pass phrase different from other passwords?
Standard passwords have many restrictions, e.g., no white spaces, should be so difficult
to guess or remember that you write it down on a piece of paper and carry it around in your wallet,
etc. Some demand special characters, some do not allow it. Others have strange rules and
policies in place. We do not have any of that. For us, examples of valid passwords are "et tu",
"wuvmaluv", "Pac1f1ER", "New Yorker", "don't4getMe", etc.. This is why we call them
pass phrases (they can contain multiple words).
- Why pick 6 images and not more (or less)?
We found a nice strategy or algorithm to save the artifacts for 6 images in a compressed and space
efficient format. It will not work for 7 or more, and will be redundant and (spacewise) wasteful
for 5 or less. picking 6 out of 22 gives a user more than 74,600 combinations, very unlikely that
it would be the same as another user. Even if it is the same as another user, it really does not
matter, because the collection is checked against the e-mail address or user id, which are unique
for every user. It is the same situations as 2 users having the exact same passwords.
At the time of login, trying to pick 6 images out of 24 has more than 132,000 combinations. After
3 unsuccessful attempts, the system locks down and will not process any more requests. We feel it
is safe to assume that a password cracking system cannot figure out the combination in 3 attempts.
The system can be thought of a collection of 6 passwords, where each password is dynamically
altered at every login. Because of dynamic ordering of the images, it will take a human being to
watch the image and note down its corresponding code even to figure out what the obfuscation
algorithm is doing. This is highly unlikely, and using 6 such images makes the login mechanism more
robust and secure.
- What if I forget the set of images I am picking now?
We need to validate the account by making sure you receive the e-mail sent out by us. We will include
the images in that e-mail for you to save. Just save the e-mail and it will refresh your memory if you
ever need it. Remember that the order of the images does not matter, it is the collection that counts.
- Who are you people?
A bunch of geeks, or nerds, if you prefer. We are gainfully employed, mature, law abiding, active,
legal and overtaxed citizens,
financially responsible, culturally compassionate, spiritually open minded and politically independent.
We are software professionals,
building this web site in our spare time as a hobby for having fun, solving technical challenges
(read the article to your right), and upgrading our skillset, exercising a modest dose of
creativity while living a balanced life in a capitalistic economy. If you happen to like that description,
feel free to join us and share your own ideas.