And Steve Gillmor forgot his Yahoo account password

Ahh, Steve Gillmor (who forgot Yahoo’s password, among other things) do you have any idea how many times I’ve forgotten my Yahoo password? Too many. Just today it is asking me to do something to start getting the Videoblog Mailing List emails working again. Sigh. And people wonder why Yahoo doesn’t have a better brand name when compared to Google.

Funny, I’ve never forgotten my Google password (even for things like Gmail). Look into it Yahoo and figure out why that is. There’s a reason: Yahoo forces its own passwords on me by default and I always forget them.

Second Life has my credit card and won’t let go

OK, OK, I’m partly at fault here. But, hear me out.

Last year at Gnomedex I had my son demonstrate Second Life up on stage while I was hosting a panel discussion. Someone from Linden Labs (the folks who make Second Life), Beth Goza (she now works at Microsoft), saw that, and told me and my son to knock it off. People under 18 aren’t allowed in Second Life.

So, what did I do? I just told Patrick never to go into Second Life and I didn’t go back into Second Life either.

Problem was, my credit card was being charged $9.95 per month by Linden Labs. I didn’t bother stopping it cause I thought I’d go back at some point.

Well, I just tried to get back into Second Life to cancel my credit card. Problem is, I can’t get in. Someone changed my password.

The other problem? I can’t get my password. I think I signed on with my Microsoft address.

I hate how hard it is to cancel accounts like these. Companies are perfectly willing to charge you forever, even if you don’t use the service one bit.

I think I’ll just call my credit card company and change my card number by saying I lost my card.

Sigh.

UPDATE: I guess banging on Second Life is in vogue this weekend. Valleywag did it too and has tons of comments.

New blog software to watch: habari

What is Habari?

It’s a new group that’s building new blog software. Why do I care? Because it’ll be interesting to see what a new group comes up with and because I saw several blogs (especially on Chris Davis‘ blog) mention it today.

I’ve seen this happen several times and new companies almost always result out of the effort.

Interesting that at least some people feel that Automattic’s and Six Apart’s things aren’t good enough and want to run in a new direction. I wish them luck and will be watching them.

More on Steve Jobs’ education advice: from a former teacher

Alfred Thompson taught high school computer science for eight years and done other academic-related work (he now is in such a role at Microsoft).

I knew he’d have something to say about Steve Jobs’ advice for the school system and he didn’t disappoint. I don’t even mind the little “leave this to an expert” barb in his post aimed at me. He’s right, which is why you should read his post.