Deal with it, Education

Inspiration Needed

I am really working hard on some work/life balance. It is hard to work full time, work on my education attending online classes, try and be a good family member and also try and spend some time each year to help kids develop, spread some maker joy and help put on a conference. Spotting activities online that we can use at future events would go a long way to help me out.

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Deal with it, Education

Khan Academy Furthering your education

When I started down the path of going to college, online education was just developing. I speak to people almost daily about education, and I hear so often from people that they would like to learn more or seek more education. Today educational opportunities surround us, and one of the best places to learn today at no charge is Khan Academy.¬† (more…)

Deal with it, Technology

Changing Combinations

Combination Locks

When people have cables with combination locks for securing their laptops at their workstation, they always remember to turn the tumblers when they secure the laptop. But what happens when they unsecure the laptop?

Many people won’t turn the tumblers on the opened lock because it is much easier to lock the laptop later if the combination is already set. It is not uncommon for office laptops to be stolen by someone who came by when the laptops were not there and noted the combination. They can come back later when the laptops are there and re-use the combination they noted earlier.

Verdict: Deal with it
Deal with it, Technology

Dealing with Passwords

Everyone who uses the Internet eventually has to deal with passwords. It is simply unavoidable. If you know your passwords then you are already at a disadvantage. The fact is, if you do know your password you are using a weak password.

They say never use "BeefStew" as your password because it is not Stroganoff, but all kididng assigned, passwords you can remember or recognize, are weak passwords. Passwords should be pretty ugly and random, but then if they are how do you remember them? You need a tool to remember it for you.

Not only is it much easier to automate your passwords headaches, but it is safer and more secure to use a password manager than to not. Face it, you don't know how much work a webmaster is putting into protecting your passwords. If you are using the same password for Amazon, American Express and that new sketchy news site you are visiting, then you are  putting your financial accounts at risk.

Verdict: Deal with it