When someone wants to share logins and passwords with other team members, freelancers, or family members, they often put them in a Google Doc or Sheet. It’s super convenient to share and have access from any device or location. But are Google Docs really a secure place keep your passwords?

In my opinion, No. There are too many easy to make mistakes that create security risks to call this secure.

Any account that can be reset with a new password sent to your email address is never more secure than your email system.

If someone were to gain access to the email account you use with your various other logins they could easily reset the password to accounts. They click “Forgot password?” on each site they want to try and get into, and then from your email account complete the reset.

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When talking to people who have made the switch from Outlook to Google I’ve heard a couple concerns regarding the calendar reminders.

Outlook’s popup meeting reminder had an easily customizable snooze function.

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Chances are you’ve been at an airport, on a bus, or some other public space and your smartphone’s battery was about to die. More and more of these spaces offer convenient and free USB charging jacks. Before you reach for your charging cord, you should understand that there are security risks with these free power ports and learn how to protect yourself. Read more

Black Friday is almost here and the sales have already started, so I thought it would be a good time to suggest a simple and very inexpensive holiday gift idea- stick-on webcam covers.

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If you have ever used Trello you have used a Kanban board. Kanban boards originated at Toyota in the 1940s and spread to all kinds of manufacturing, then software development and now project management in various industries. Read more

It’s like checklist but with a “v”.

Checkvist is my favorite piece of software ever. At its most basic it’s a hierarchical list, but if you take advantage of the full feature-set it can be used by a team for simple project management. I love the light, minimal interface of this tool- it meets my needs really elegantly.  Read more

I don’t remember who suggested it, but I first picked up David Allen’s Getting Things Done in 2013. It offered a very simple framework for managing work, reducing inefficiencies, and increasing productivity. Read more

This is just a quick post to share the excitement of my first 3D printout from Shapeways. This was just an experiment to try the process of digitizing a clay sculpture and getting the print.  I’m not quite happy with the results and am still learning, so once I feel more comfortable about that I’ll go into detail of the process in another post. The material is plastic, btw.

face front  face side

Here it is next to the clay original:

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While traveling in India we took government buses to get around the southwestern state of Kerala. The buses are uncomfortable, and pretty bare bones- imagine a US school bus with bars on the windows instead of glass, and instead of a mechanical lever to open and close the door, they have a rope.

Each bus has a driver in front and conductor in back. The conductor communicates with the driver via a bell located on the ceiling above the driver. A string runs the length of the bus to the back. The conductor pulls the string once to stop and let people on or off, twice when it’s ok to go. The conductor also acts as the driver’s eyes in the back ringing the bell continuously to back up.

I was impressed with this system. The driver was able to backup into very tight spaces with no problem.

India bus bell

From my journal:

Sketchbook bus

 

There are 4,300 car parking spaces at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.  When we first arrived in India and were in the parking garage I saw red and green lights above all the spaces.  This was the first time I’d ever seen a Parking Guidance Systems (PGS), and when I looked it up I discovered it works pretty similarly to how I imagined.

I found a manufacturer on Alibaba that describes the system thusly:

The system guides the driver from the roads around the facility, through the process of selecting which parking area to use, to the floor with available parking, then to the aisle with the available parking, and finally to the empty parking space.

Essentially there’s a digital display board at the entrance indicating where there are available spots, then there are led displays throughout the garage enumerating the number of open spaces in a given direction. Each space in the garage has an led above it indicating green for open, red for occupied, and blue for available disabled parking.

We should totally have these.Parking Guidance System 1

Parking Guidance System 2

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