Password Playdate

graphic showing two happy kids with stars and balloonsI’ve been thinking a lot about how much using a password manager has made my online life easier and less frustrating, and of course more secure. I have a lot of friends who don’t use password managers and I hear them complaining, watch them pull out ragged paper lists, and I know they’re not using good passwords. I got it in my head that it would be fun to invite a bunch of my girlfriends over to something I would call Password Playdate. I’d name it that to make them think it would be fun. I would also have to supply wine to get them to come. My idea was to try and convince them to use a password manager, and maybe even to teach them how to set it up right then and there.

I’ve been noodling the idea for a couple of months now but haven’t taken action on it. When I was in India, I got an email from a guy representing a local user group asking if I’d come talk to them again. In a weak moment (probably from lack of gin) I said yes. He left the field open to me so I decided it was time to figure out how to actually create Password Playdate.

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Appearances on MacCast and Clockwise

maccast_logoIt’s been a busy week for me in podcast land. I had the great pleasure of joining Adam Christianson on The Maccast. He invited five of us to come on individually to talk to him about the Apple Watch and then compiled it into one long show including a segment on his own impressions. His guests include Ken Ray, David Sparks, Veronica Belmont and Erfon Elijah. I’m really excited to be included in that group!

broadcast_thumbnail_clockwise_artworkI also got to be on the Clockwise Podcast hosted by Jason Snell and Dan Moren. If you haven’t heard this show before, I highly recommend it. It’s 2 hosts, 2 guests, 4 topics, 30 minutes. It’s probably the crispest, well orchestrated show I have ever listened to. I was a fan of the show already and then Kirschen Seah recommended me to Jason and he took her up on the idea. The other guest was Scholle McFarland another former Macworld person who was a lot of fun. Clockwise is hosted over on and of course there’s a link to episode #85.

Go check out both shows – they’re awesome and I’m not saying that JUST because I’m on!

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#520 Apple Watch, 58K Photos in Photos, GoPro Studio Audio-Technica Wireless Mic System, GoPro Studio, TTT Part 33 SSH Bookmarks

All Mac friends – register for the and on June 20th in Chicago! Donald Burr needs more beta testers for the new version of the NosillaCast Live app so send him your Apple ID email addresses. I feel all Dick Tracy using the Apple Watch to dictate messages and make phone calls. Two NAB interviews, the first about GoPro Studio for editing your GoPro videos from, and the Audio-Technica System 10 – Camera-Mount Digital Wireless Microphone System from Audio Technica. Next up I answer the question, “How Well do 58,820 Photos do in iCloud Photo Library?” In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart is back with Taming the Terminal Part 33 of n – SSH Bookmarks.

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Photos App – More Discovery and Some Bugs

Kyle is 11 with spiked bleached hair, Steve has no beard or mustacheI haven’t talked much about the day to day experience of using Photos. I have to say it is positively awesome to have all of my photos on all of my devices. I bought a 1TB SSD in my MacBook Pro because I did not want to compromise on having all my photos, now I have them on my iPhone and iPad and I love it.


One unexpected consequence that both Steve and I have noticed is that we’re discovering favorite old photos. I ran across the very first digital photo I ever took. I had just bought the Nikon 950 and got a shot of Kyle and Steve out in our front yard. It’s a favorite old photo I’d completely forgotten about and was perfect to drop into Facebook on Throwback Thursday.

I have also noticed that I’m cleaning up my photo library because I’m viewing ALL the photos more often. I tend to skim by looking for a specific year but then get drawn in and start noticing that I saved extra copies of the same photo, or maybe 3 of the same thing where 2 could be tossed. Compared to most people I’m AMAZING at keeping my library cleaned up, but compared to the ideal we all think of I stink at it.
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I AM Dick Tracy

Apple Watch 48 hour Impressions

Apple Watch showing a tweet with an image of meThey say that behind every great woman is a great man, and that’s definitely the case with me and Steve. On Friday, also known as first Apple Watch delivery day, he stayed home for seven hours babysitting the doorbell not for delivery of his OWN watch, but for mine. Sadly he ordered the space grey sports version that within 3 minutes was back ordered a few extra weeks, but he still stayed home just for me.

I did have a good excuse. I went to the Downey School district to talk to the middle school kids about how fun it is to be an engineer. My friend Nancy asked three of us to go who all used to work together. I have to say that the kids were REALLY receptive to the STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). They’re all part of a program called Project Lead the Way that’s getting kids into the science fields. I kid you not, we saw 6th graders building and programming robots!

Dr. Stauffer with Nance, me, Lupe and JeanOne of the reasons Downey’s schools are so successful is because they have a benefactor, a wonderful 97 year old woman named Dr. Mary Stauffer. She was a medical doctor in her career and later decided the best way to distribute her wealth would be to help fund programs in her local schools, including giant scholarships to kids who go to college from Downey. I threw a picture in the shownotes of Nancy, me, Dr. Stauffer, Lupe and Jean so you can see how awesome Dr. Stauffer is.

This was supposed to be about the Apple Watch and how awesome Steve is though, right? Sadly he didn’t even get the fun of answering the door for the package because of COURSE it came after I got back home from the school.

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Tayzu’s Robotics Drone Can Land in Water!

Allison interviews Tayzu Robotics CEO Donald Scott about their new waterproof drone. This is the first quadcopter with waterproof motors and airframe. This drone is designed to takeoff and land in the water and comes equipped with a waterproof 3-axis gimbal to house a GoPro or other action camera. Although the airframe is not designed to maneuver underwater, the gimbal will operate underwater while the airframe floats on the surface. This quadcopter will be available for sale to the public in the August 2015 timeframe. The setting is the NAB 2015 Conference show floor.

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VSN Mobil V.360° Waterproof Action Camera

Allison interviews Matt Gordon from VSN Mobil about their new action camera. The waterproof and dustproof V.360° camera captures full 360 degree HD video using a single image sensor. Using a single sensor eliminates the need to stitch frames together to form the seamless 360 deg image. The setting is the ShowStoppers NAB 2015 show floor.

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Can iCloud Photo Library Handle 58,820 Photos?

 my photo library trying to show how many zillions of photos I haveI’m into week two with the new Photos app and I’m still really liking it. My entire library did finally sync up from my Mac to iCloud Photo Library so I could see all 58,820 of my photos at They also all came back down in optimized versions on my iPhone. Oddly though, while earlier in the week they were methodically plopping into my iPad, holes in the library started to develop. I’d have 4 photos in a row, then 20 blanks, then another couple. Some years were missing 80% of the photos.

Traditionally I spend a LOT of time fooling around trying to diagnose things on my own and noodling with friends on Twitter and G+ about it first but I decided to give AppleCare a whirl. I always buy AppleCare on my portable products but I usually only use it as a hardware warranty. I figured why not get more of my money’s worth by making THEM figure this one out?

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#519 NAB and NMX, Is it Time to Jump to Photos, Taming the Terminal SSH Tunneling

Steve and I went to NAB and NMX this week so I give you a few thoughts on how fun that was (audio interviews to start next week, but video interviews are already starting to go up on I try to answer the question of whether it’s time to jump to the new Photos App from Apple by going through how I answered that question for myself. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart covers the latest in Security Light, Medium and suggested reading as always followed by Taming the Terminal part 32 of n. It’s a marathon show!

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