Public WiFi: It is Free, But Is it Safe?

Public wifi is convenient, fast, and heck it’s free, but it’s not safe. Your information and even keystrokes are available for hackers to collect and use nefariously. I’ve evaluated 4 different options. More than virus protection, this is one of the most important security vulnerabilities that we expose ourselves to regularly.

The Downfall is in the Details: the Apple iPhone 6 Presentation

Meticulous prep produced the infamous 9:41 timestamp on the now-iconic iPhone screen. Steve Jobs, the masterful presenter, timed every transition, every demo, and every slide with menacing precision. Why wouldn’t he? He’s the guy that mastered the magical reveal with Wringling appeal. Jobs obsessed over every detail: the layout of the motherboards, the material of the screws in the machine, and rhythmic timing of the slides. The showman knew his audience, and he knew how to create the greatest show on earth. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 6 is fine, and the Apple WATCH is expected. But, where is the bearded lady? The shock and awe? The presentation isn’t magical, so what’s the allure? Today’s presentation doesn’t exceed expectations, and it doesn’t exceed because it is satisfactory. For starters, at 10:08:17 AM PST, Cook makes the big reveal: Eight minutes and seventeen seconds into “wish we could say more” event. They…

Password Problems: Heartbleed and the Quest for Password Management

If Heartbleed sounds like a disease your dog may get, then you read up on this unique threat to online computing. see this list of effected sites. All of the fear associated with password concerns with Heartbleed sent me on a journey to find the best password manager. [If you want to go on your own quest check out these articles for a head start] Password maintenance is boring and tedious. As a result, most of us have some system that we use to keep up with the deluge of passwords, which ultimately lead to not only leaving the front door unlocked but also having a sign in the front door that says, “we’re not home now but come on in.” Here’s what I was looking for: Desktop support Mobile support Browser integration Personal Identification database (including credit cards) Multi-login support Most of the applications accomplish some of these tasks, but in a weekend…

Boxer Brings Salvation from Email Hell

My inbox insanity is crippling at times, so it is out of desperation that I write this post. I have tried to manage my inbox, filed email bankruptcy, scoffed at inbox zero zelots, ignored it, grieved, and finally just let it pile up. I have uncovered many coping mechanisms, but I’ve never found a good solution to actually manage my inbox. Enter Boxer. This iOS app has helped me stay on top of email when I’m not in front of the computer,  organize my inbox (and other files), but most importantly it has organized workflow unlike any mail client that I’ve ever used. I was searching for a program that handled Exchange better than Apple’s Mail, and I  installed 3 applications that were simply other Mail clients. Then I came across Boxer. Actions By far the most attractive feature of the app, is the quick handling of each email in a popup…

How Far Will Apple Fall From the Tree? Time Will Tell…

Steve Jobs was unquestionably brilliant. The future of Apple, however, will test a much different leadership skill than anything we  saw in his lifetime. In Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, it is clear that he led with might, but now the full spectrum of his leadership style will be truly tested. The debate as to whether Apple is now doomed for failure because of the death of Steve Jobs continues to swirl. Recently, in this CBS News interview, Larry Ellison essentially said that we know how this story will end: LARRY ELLISON: He was — he was brilliant. I mean, our Edison. He was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor. CHARLIE ROSE: So what happens to Apple without Steve? LARRY ELLISON: Well, we already know. CHARLIE ROSE: What? LARRY ELLISON: We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple…

Where do you write that you’ve fallen off your horse?

We have so many places to write about what we are doing, who we are doing it with, where we are doing it, what it looks like, what our friends think about it, and what strangers think about it. But where do you write the things that you really don’t want to broadcast? Since July, I have been using Day One to journal thoughts (words) and experiences (pictures) that I don’t necessarily want to publish to the world.  Of course, it provides the option to push the magic share button, but in a world of overshare sometimes we need the quiet reflection and collection of our ideas sans comments. The app is beautifully simple and elegantly synchronized among all Apple devices through iCloud. By the way, this is not a paid endorsement in case you are wondering. Journaling like exercising is one of those things that we all think that we should do,…

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