Open, sez you

Julie R. Neidlinger contemplates OpenID:

I went to my files to see if I actually had an OpenID account, and had the fortune to personally discover one of the reasons why the concept of a universal login is the Holy Grail of the Internet: I didn’t have an OpenID account, but a MyOpenID account.

Seriously? What is the point of that? I wondered, forseeing some kind of GoDaddy-esque domain seller explosion of OpenID offerings, such as MyOpenID and OurOpenID and OpenIDs andOpenedID and IOpenedMyOwnOpenIDBusiness.

The idea of a universal login is nice for personal convenience’s sake, and also so that Tim LaHaye can have additional material for his Left Behind series. However, I’m not willing to pay $25 for the privilege, which is what OpenID asks. Using Google everything, at this point, has worked well enough for me, though I know I’ll be in a world of hurt the day Google removes the “Don’t Be Evil” mask and reveals themselves to be the sulfur-infused Internet Beelzebub that they likely are.

No one’s asked me for $25 for an OpenID account yet, but I can tell you what my Web host thinks of it with regard to WordPress installs:

As described in a blog-post, this plugin can be misused and you will be a target of CPU overuse spam. Your server will be instructed to initiate numerous (and continuous) PHP instances to pr0n/3rd-party websites, in order to extract the fake OpenID user’s name & email information, which will consume CPU minutes and slow down your website.

And spammers are at least as sulfurous as Google on the Internet Beelzebub scale.



  1. Mark Alger »

    3 January 2010 · 12:58 am

    Um… Is that spam? Or is that just the Word Press updates?


  2. CGHill »

    3 January 2010 · 1:04 am

    If you saw something weird in the sidebar, I was trying out a statistical widget.

  3. Pergelator »

    3 January 2010 · 10:56 am

    Quote of the Day…

    I feel pretty much the same way about Google. They had to accept certain restrictions when they expanded into the PRC (China). Whether they are helping to support the Communist regime, or helping to destroy their foundations is a matter of conjecture…

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