Do you have a good password solution? Sometimes I think I do. Sometimes I work on improving my passwords. Mostly I wish I had a magic wand. With about 150 login credentials and passwords, it is a major task. But I've taken the first step. Yesterday I bought the password app, 1Password. In a few days (months?) I should have everything in the $18 app that works on iPhone and iPad, synchs with iCloud; and will work with my Mac, too, once I buy the MacApp for $70.
I know. Almost a hundred bucks to solve a problem I may never have. How does that make sense?
Well, I am convinced that it is just a matter of time until we all get hacked. Current wisdom is that you need individual passwords for each use, and those passwords need to be letters, numbers and symbols that don't appear anywhere. Otherwise the hacker can turn his computer on the problem and it will discover the match within minutes or hours.
I began doing this. The problem, of course, is that you have no chance of remembering 10 of these passwords, much less 150. So you need a place to store them on your phone so you always have them with you. I can't find a method that can't be hacked. 1Password provides that storage place behind a password and encryption, but so do others. The features that make it my choice are:
So here's the plan.
If I do 2.5 passwords a day on average, in a mere two months I'm done!
Hmmmm, I guess I need to do 10 per day...
1Password is available for Android and Windows, too, so everyone can jump on board.
BTW I first heard of 1Password when I noticed it was on the the home screens of quite a few folks at 37signals. I'm a real fan-boy of 37signals, so I looked it up.
There's an update to be found here...
Original post date 2/27/14
I think the big opportunities for computerization in design firms lies mostly outside of design, not entirely, but mostly. By lying outside of design I mean in project documentation and in other office functions. My candidates include:
So in design, what is a candidate? By design I mean the layout, look and feel of the building. This is a list off the top of my head
The uniqueness of buildings keeps this list short. And it will probably always remain short. Project documentation and other office functions make up the lion’s share of the time we spend, so the real opportunities for time savings lie there. In those areas, if we use computers well, then more time is created for the important stuff - design.
Orig post date: 1/12/14
Well, 11 days after launch I gave it another try. Carbon is still buggy, but not BUGGY!
The negative comments have slowed down considerably - but plenty of people are still having all kinds of problems.
I would turn that URL into a link, but that's a bug that hasn't been sorted out yet.
The thing that has galled users the most is that only the support team has recognized that there is any kind of problem. Weebly has everyone's email address. They don't hesitate to use it to offer upgrades. The goodwill they are losing by not apologizing for the MILLIONS of wasted hours spent by their customers is staggering.
My future plans include at least one new website. I own a copy of RapidWeaver...and it is tempting. The cost to change is significant, mostly in my time to re-create the 400+ blog posts. But the satisfaction in leaving Weebly behind is significant, too.
Time will tell whether I stay or go.
Right up front - I'm an Apple fanboy.
But there are limits. I can't warm up to the watch.
Apple's new mobile operating system, OS 9, is very nice. 1Password, my password manager, is able to work much smoother in OS 9. Multi-tasking. I do this a lot. Sometimes using both phone and tablet as a work-around. Being able to reference another app in the sidebar is very nice. It would be really nice on the larger iPad Pro. Notes with handwriting. This is the first handwriting app that synchs between phone and tablet (that I know of). Does handwriting pretty well and it will get better. The iCloud drive app lets you open files created in one app in another app. I'm surprised that I want to do this, but it is happening regularly.
Can't wait for the new Apple TV.
On October 1st Weebly surprised everyone with a new update. Weebly Carbon. The update has new features to make websites better.
But there were problems. In spite of testing (supposedly) Carbon is buggy. Really buggy. Users noticed. And complained. On Twitter (@weebly). And on the blog announcing the release (http://www.weebly.com/blog/carbon). 600 comments and growing.
Evernote pulled off a similar feat in the past year by revamping Penultimate to be more like notes in Evernote. Just about everything that made Penultimate the best handwriting app for tablets was reimagined. And screwed up. At least that is what their users told Evernote. Over the following weeks several reimagined features were returned to a shadow of their former selves.
I don't use Penultimate any more.
If I could easily migrate to another website building service, I would stop using Weebly. They will fix the bugs eventually. But a company that would release such a mess and without warning or any fallback solution is not a company that deserves anyones trade.
Shame on you Weebly.