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…

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What does “US NOW” mean for brands?

As one that is always on the for great documentaries, I’m always glad to make a new find. In the category of social media documentary, I have a few favorites: We Live in Public (link to my post from 2012) Page One: Inside the New York Times PressPlayPause This semester I came across strands of this social media documentary produced by Banyak Films in 2009 called Us Now. I say strands because the once vibrant link culture around the films is now broken and incomplete. Anyway, I watched the film as a possible “kick off” for the spring digital media marketing class, and fortunately, it is available in its entirety online if you want to give it a watch. Us Now from Banyak Films on Vimeo. The Shift This social media documentary explores some of the real issues originally presented in the firehose of factoids from the original “Shift Happens”…

This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on a Smartphone.

As a constant fan of CBS Sunday Morning, I’m always intrigued to see what stories they are cooking up for the weekly magazine–I know, call me “O-L-D.” This week’s cover story focused on the Connected World’s obsession with smartphones. Ultimately, this piece asks the question that some of the more reflective (and unplugged) among us might be asking: in the most technologically advanced and connected society in history, are we isolating ourselves into silos? This piece calls on experts like: MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle who just finished her book Alone Together. Nicholas Carr, the anti-tech apologist,  makes a cameo in this piece. He famously wrote The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains in 2010. At that time, Carr made the circuit touting the speculation was that our brains were no longer capable of deep thought because of the instant and shifting focus required to use the web. Researcher Sergey Golitsynskiy who just completed…

You Can’t Break the Internet

Have you ever seen a kid with an iPad? It’s amazing.  Kids ages 3 to 13 kids jump in without hesitation. I remember over a decade ago when I worked with new computer users there was a “fear” about using computers. After thousands of user surveys and focus groups, there is no question that “fear” plays a big role in how people interact with technology. Here’s the thing: You Can’t Break The Internet Give it a whirl. Create that account. Test out the new technology. In all reality, you will create the account and never visit the site again, but maybe just maybe, you will encounter something so revolutionary and amazing that it captivates your attention. That’s the great technology easter egg hunt that we are all playing. Go find some eggs, you won’t break anything. I promise. Occasionally, we all need a reminder: come on in the water’s just fine.

Welcome to a Technologically Integrated World

When I first saw this commercial, I thought it was for Siri, or perhaps Google Glass. I was mildly disappointed to see that it was for Charter. We’re not far away from a world that integrates passive and active information streams. A few years ago, I called it the devicification of the web. I know: “nerd.” We’ve seen the “soft” version of this idea with all of the smartphone “apps” created over the last 5 years. Very few “apps” are different than web applications, but now we walk around with hundreds of “apps” loaded up on our smartphones. Similarly, in 2005, desktop access to the internet towered over mobile, tablet, kindle, or any other access. Now, we have phones, thermostats, dvrs and refrigerators that are all connected and creating a cohesive yet disintegrated web experience. Maybe this commercial looks like a horror film to you, but it probably looks more…

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