Oh, Skype…

For the past two years or thereabouts, every time I’ve attempted to change my password in Skype I’m greeted with the following error:

Skype character error

No matter what OS, browser, or client I use, I still get it.

If memory serves (and I might be mistaken) Skype itself suggested you use special characters like !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), _, etc, to make your passwords more complex and help increase the security of your account. They wanted you to use the sort of password that is bloody hard to remember and easy for a computer to steal or crack or for another human to guess.

My guess is at some point (probably after being acquired by Microsoft), they updated their password code to disallow such characters. Which means I am now screwed as their systems literally don’t know what to do with my current password.

Maybe at some point I’ll be able to change my password, but with the migration from Live Messenger to Skype, it’s unlikely.

Oh, before I forget. If you want to use a password, it’ll have to be less than 20 characters in length. You know, for teh future lulz.

C’mon, now

I’ve been trying to get the damn Debian Wheezy installer to work via USB on a Thinkpad T60 for the past three days without any success. Sure, it works like a charm when put on a CD or a DVD and booting from there, but that is beside the point.

I’ve tried various methods I’ve found on the web and on the Debian wiki without avail. To use any of them, you need to fuck around with the terminal, or installing things (as in the case of unetbootin). As it is right now, most Linux installers still can’t easily be put on USB drives without fucking around on the command line and getting things wrong a few times.

I realize I’m just venting, but… really, it is now past mid-2012. Apple is selling its OS X via digital delivery. Microsoft is about to do the same with Windows 8, and did sell Windows 7 installers on USB drives.

Linux should have gotten there years ago, to make it easy for people to try it out and keep their files around with them. Instead, we have lots and lots of guides for “the perfect $LINUXDISTRO USB install”, all of which are outdated within a few months. This would have led to Linux spreading virally among the common user, instead of just staying in the nerd ghetto.

Combine this with motherboards implementing UEFI and Linux installers not supporting it, and the future is getting ever dimmer for “Linux on the desktop.” Next time someone says “This is the year of Linux on the desktop” I will laugh at them on their face.