Sunday, June 28, 2015

Google Keep Community

Have I ever mentioned, I am the founder of the Google Keep Community over on Google+ ?  It has over 4000 users.

If you have questions or needs regarding Keep, that is an excellent place to begin.

Google Keep Community on Google+

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Change your LastPass master password

I've written about LastPass before as a good repository for your passwords.

LastPass is urging users change their master passwords after a recent intrusion.

Doesn't sound like this is the end-of-the-world for LastPass users, but I have changed my master password, and suggest everyone follow LastPass' advice.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Facebook's "Other" inbox - Have you checked it? Do you know it exists? I didn't.

Did you know Facebook has an "other" inbox?

If someone is not a friend, and they send you a message, it ends up there.

A couple years ago, I found a message there that was over a year old.

I suggest you check your "other" inbox today.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Wonderful Wright Brother's Photo ColorizedI

Jared Enos' wonderful colorized edition of Wilber Wright at Kitty Hawk in the 1903 Glider just three days before the first powered flight.  The colorization is amazing.

Wilbur Wright clings to his damaged flying machine after an unsuccessful trial on December 14, 1903 (note how white his knuckles are from gripping the machine). Taken in the Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Photo licensed by Jared Enos under Creative Commons/

Portable Chargers - or how to make your phone last all day

A friend mentioned earlier today that she wished her phone could hold a charge during one of her longer days.  It might be 14 hours from when she leaves the house in the morning, until she gets home.  It would be nice if her phone could last as long.

I told her about portable chargers, and showed her my 15,000 mah Anker.  She made a note of it.  

When I got home, it occurred to me that she probably spelled it Anchor in her notes.  I found myself about to write a long email to to clarify, and add some extra points.  

Instead, I thought I'd make this blog post.

A portable charger is a device about the size of your phone, although it can be larger and heavier, that is in itself a separate battery.  Being that it is nothing but a battery, they can recharge your phone several times over.

You have seen these a the checkout of your pharmacy.  The ones there are small tubular ones that look much like a lipstick.  Those are about 2200 mah.

Google definition:  A milliampere hour (mAh) is 1000th of an ampere hour.

Phone batteries are generally 2000 to 3500 mah.  Therefore, if your phone is 2200 mah, and your little lipstick Portable Charger is also 2200 mah, it means you can charge your phone a single time from it.

Larger batteries are available.  Personally, I like the Anker brand and have bought several for the family and as gifts.

They have one giant one of 25,600 mah.  That would recharge a 3000 mah battery over 8  times.

As of today (June 2015), that sells for $80 at Amazon.

This link takes you to the Anker Portable Chargers at Amazon

I think the way to find the best value is to discover the cost per mah.  That 25,600 mah charger for $80 would get you 320 mah per dollar.

A 3200 mah device for $20 would be about 120 mah per dollar.

The closest to the one I own is a 16,000 mah for $40.  That's 400 mah per dollar. I think that is a pretty good value, but I didn't do the math for each of the many Ankers Amazon offers.

The Portable Chargers generally do not come with their own charger, but charge from any charger for an Android phone.

They are dirt cheap.  Here are a few I found on Amazon..  

Note:  All Amazon links here are  Amazon Affiliate Links.

Cross posted at

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Microsoft reported buys Wunderlist

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has purchased 6Wunderkinder GmbH, maker of Wunderlist.  Many, myself included, think Wunderlist is the best task manager / ToDo List manager out there.

Wunderlist works with Sunrise, Microsoft's Calendar Program I spoke of in my recent column about Microsoft.

Microsoft is inching its way into my Google dominated personal ecosystem.

cross posted with and

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Philosophy, not a list - Things to Store in Evernote

One of my first Evernote posts here was my list of things you could do with Evernote from way back in October of 2009.

Most every blogger that uses Evernote has published their own list.  My post cited several from that time period.

Today I was asked how I managed to accrue over 20,000 notes in just over six years, a rate of 285 notes a month.

I started to give a brief list, and then it occurred to me, I can sum up what should go into Evernote like this :

The short version:  If you encounter something you might remotely want to see again, it goes into Evernote.

Of my 20,000 notes, if I ever pull back up one half of one percent of them, that is 100 items I needed and was able find, and find easily.

In practice, that percentage is higher, but probably not more than 2 or 3%.  Evernote:  suggestion, put a read count field into each note, and provide analytics please.

The longer version:  If it comes into your life, and there is the smallest chance you'll want to see it again, then type it, scan it, photograph it, import it, web capture, screen capture, audio record it, into Evernote.