Windows has a nice option labeled
Show characters right below password input fields:
Useit.com recommends it:
It’s time to show most passwords in clear text as users type them. So without further ado, here’s what it looks like on the web: unmasking the password field This is the HTML code from the example:
I personally think showing passwords in clear text is better than the iPhone method of showing only the last typed character, because well… when using a real keyboard I type my passwords faster than I’d be able to read them letter by letter. Which means I type too fast or read too slow. Either way this would be a better solution than having to type a password two times in order to confirm it.