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Thanks to Jordan [Tell Ten Friends] for adding me to the Z-list and to Mack [Viral Garden] for starting it.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jeremy Latham

Wow, it’s been a busy week. On Sunday, Jordan Behan from Tell Ten Friends tagged me with the “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” meme and it’s taken me this long to get around to it.

Jeremy Latham with a bird in hand in Australia's Grampian mountains.
This is a picture of me taken in Australia’s Grampian Mountains in ’99 – the van in the background, “George”, was my home for 9 months of my year down-under.

Five things you didn’t know about me:

  1. Bonhomme Carnaval from wikipediaI was “Bonhomme Carnaval for our school’s winter carnival when I was in grade six. We had “Carnaval” at the skating rink and I got to wear the white outfit, the Carnaval belt, and a huge fiberglass Bonhomme Carnaval head that sat on my shoulders. I’m guessing the teachers asked me to be Bonhomme either because I was a good skater and they didn’t want to risk wrecking the nice Bonhomme mask, or because they knew wearing the mask would keep me quiet for a few hours.
  2. I originally thought I would be a teacher. My interest in marketing started while in Australia on a year-long working holiday. At Chapel Street Backpackers in Melbourne, a hostel I worked at, I found a marketing textbook on the bookshelf and I was immediately intrigued. A few months later, while in New Zealand, I met a traveler who was studying marketing and she spoke so highly of it (being a natural marketer herself) that I decided to look into marketing upon my return to Canada. The best thing about marketing is that I’m always learning – it never gets boring.
  3. I love playing games and sports – I don’t like working out at the gym. Some of my favorite memories are playing golf with my Dad, who still claims he can out-drive me.
  4. I spent six weeks in Ishikari/Sapporo, Japan, for an international co-op education exchange when I was 17.
  5. I’ve never had a hole in one at golf. I’ve been very close at Glacier Greens in Comox, landing the ball between the pin and the edge of the cup, but the ball ended up a few feet from the pin.

So now it’s my turn to tag five more bloggers…I’d like to learn 5 things about:

Have a great weekend!

Online Identity Management – Sxipper Beta Launch

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Sxipper’s Online Identity Management Tool Released!

Visit Sxipper.com and take it for a walk. It’s worth the two-minutes it will take you.

What is Sxipper?

This is from the Sxipper website:

Sxipper is a free plug-in for Firefox that lets you log into any website with a single click. Sxipper saves you time and brainpower by keeping track of all of your user IDs, passwords, and the personal data you share every day over the web. Sxipper logs you in securely and helps to prevent you from being victimized by phishing sites and phony logins.

Sxipper Pre-Release Party
A couple of weeks ago I attended the Sxipper (pronounced “Skipper”) pre-release party at Sxip in Vancouver. We were treated to beverages, appetizers, and smokies from the hot dog cart on the street. [Thanks to Jordan for the invite and to Lori and the rest of the Sxip team for the hospitality.]

Jeremy at Sxip Pre-Release PartyThey asked us not to post any screenshots or talk about the technology before December 5. Being relatively new to blogging, I just waited until the release date rather than tread the line between what was okay to talk about and not. Some other, more experienced bloggers attended – you can view their posts here:

Prior to attending the pre-release party I really didn’t know anything about Sxip other than having read a few articles about its founder, Dick Hardt.

More than food & drinks…

They took us into a room, in small groups, and asked us all sorts of questions about online identity management, how we track our usernames & passwords across the sites we visit… Then we installed the software on our laptops, while they watched the whole install and how we used the program. After the software trial they brought us back into the room and we discussed our experience. And it was a good experience. There were a few kinks during my install but once everything was sorted out Sxipper did pretty much what it was supposed to do – which is fill out all the online forms you come across and take care of your passwords for you. I upgraded from the alpha to the beta version today. Everything went smoothly.

I’ve used Sxipper since the pre-release party and have been quite happy with it. I turned it off two days ago to see if I missed Sxipper. Within two hours I’d turned it back on – Sxip just makes life easier.

Good news is whether you believe me or not – there’s now a public beta available, so visit Sxipper.com and try it yourself!

Let me know what you think!