I bet you’re all wondering what I’ve been testing…
(crowd in unison: YOU BET YOUR ASS!)
I’m hip. 1
As everyone knows, last Friday Facebook announced that there had been a massive data breach and that the user data for 50 MILLION USERS was stolen. I have two-factor authentication on Facebook because of the last time this happened, but thought it a good idea to change my password anyway (and I encourage all of you who are Facebook users to do the same), which I did on Wednesday. And all was well and good and the world was made of donuts…
That is, until I discovered that the password that WordPress knows for Facebook no longer matched the new one, and I started getting a red box on the post page that effectively said that I wouldn’t be able to publicize on the blog’s Facebook page until I verified my password. I tried everything I knew to get rid of the box, finally figuring out that I had to delete what was there and re-add it. To test it, I created the first test post to make sure that things were now publicizing correctly. And they were, and the world was once again made of donuts.
Yesterday morning, I woke up and found a number of text messages from WordPress containing password verification codes. I drew the conclusion that someone was trying to break into my account and immediately changed my password and turned on two-factor authentication. All appeared to be well until I got a message from IFTTT saying that it could no longer connect to WordPress (because, silly me, I had changed the password and turned on two-factor authentication). I couldn’t figure out how to make IFTTT work with WordPress (which I still use to publicize to Pinterest and to create a backup copy of my posts in Evernote), so I set up identical applets in IFTTT that used the RSS feed rather than WordPress to do those two things. I tested them by sending the second test post to ensure it was working. And it was, and more donuts.
This morning, I went back to WordPress and figured out what I had done to make IFTTT pitch its cookies, did what I was supposed to do the first time, and this is the test post for that.
As for the content of the two test posts: As those of you in the US are aware, this past Wednesday was the annual nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.
This is a system designed to provide timely information in the event of a national or local emergency. It gets used a lot to deliver weather warnings and AMBER (missing/kidnapped child) alerts, and was also designed to allow the sitting President of the United States to address the nation in times of crisis. Once a year, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) conducts a nationwide test of the system, which freaks a lot of people out. This year’s test also included a test of Wireless Emergency Alerts, a way for the President to communicate with everyone with a wireless phone in the event of a national emergency. Being a TV and radio geek, I look forward to this annual event.
Anyway, to celebrate the occasion, I included videos of an old EBS test and last year’s nationwide EAS test, ’cause that’s just the kind of guy I am. Thanks for your patience.
1 Many of you will recognize this as a scene from Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles.