Moultrie Creek’s move to our new host is finally complete. I was beginning to think that Polar Vortex was going to swallow us whole, but we managed to pull through and get everything moved. There is still some unpacking and cleanup to finish, but hopefully that will all be done quickly. Things should be back to normal tomorrow.
From the press release . . .
This announcement comes at the end of a two-year development and consultation process, but in many ways, it began much earlier. Since 2007, CC has been working with legal experts around the world to adapt the 3.0 licenses to local laws in over 35 jurisdictions. In the process, CC and its affiliates learned a lot about how the licenses function internationally. As a result, the 4.0 licenses are designed to function in every jurisdiction around the world, with no need for localized adaptations.
View entire press release at Creative Commons.
That’s the title of a very interesting article by Lincoln Spector at pcworld.com. The point he’s making is that since so much of our personal world is now online – email, cloud storage, online banking, etc. – someone needs access to those accounts in case of an emergency, illness or death. His solution involves the use of a password management app. I totally agree.
In his article, he uses the Password Safe app for Windows [open source] as his example and has a copy for both himself and his wife. Each has a section with important information related to the spouse. This is a very smart solution. Included in the spouse section are items for that person’s smartphone PIN, email password and the password to his/her Password Safe data. The information is safely tucked away yet easily accessible to the spouse.
In my family, we use the 1Password app [available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android]. These apps aren’t cheap ($40 for the desktop edition and $18 for the iOS edition) but they will quickly earn their keep. One purchase of the Mac desktop app can be installed on both our computers and one iOS app purchase installs on all our iPhones and iPads. The recently released 1Password 4 for Mac supports multiple vaults (data collections) and includes the ability to create a shared vault. Now we can each have our own private password collection and a “family” collection for the things we share. And, whenever a change is made to a collection on one device, it is instantly available to all our devices.
On the desktop, there’s a browser extension (available for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer) that can be used to insert login information directly from your vault.
It gets better.
You can use 1Password to keep all kinds of personal information: bank accounts, driver license numbers, library card numbers and even credit card information. Not only is it easily available when you need it, but you can use the credit card feature to insert the card number, security code and expiration information into web forms when making online purchases. There’s also a section for keeping software license numbers which I absolutely love. And, since so many online accounts now include security questions for use when you access certain information, there’s room in each data record to include notes such as this.
1Password can even generate very secure and unique passwords for each individual site – passwords I’d never be able to remember on my own. The data file is encrypted using military grade encryption and I only need to remember one password – the one that accesses my 1Password vault.
I can’t control all of my digital information, but thanks to 1Password those parts I do control are now much safer.
Sometimes, when I’m trying to capture a how-to article on a busy web page using the Evernote Web Clipper, I’ll get a rather messy result. Things get jumbled or widgets are laid over the text. Not pretty.
I’ve found that taking a quick detour through Pocket can give me the article I want without all the interference. I just use the Pocket plugin in my browser to open the article in Pocket, then, from the Pocket app, I click the Action icon and choose the Evernote option. Pocket lets me select the notebook, assign tags and add comments before sending it on its way. And, Pocket also includes the link back to the original page in the content it sends on to Evernote.
The two extra clicks it takes to run it through Pocket save a lot of cleanup effort once the article lands in Evernote. I’m liking that!
This is great news!
On Wednesday, cloud storage service Box unveiled a new pricing structure that it believes will make it more accessible (and appealing) to individuals and small to medium sized businesses. As part of this move, the Personal plan now has 10GB of free storage, twice the original amount. In addition, Box has added a Starter plan that offers 100GB for just $5 per user.
Details at The Next Web.
This year the National Archives is sponsoring a virtual genealogy fair September 3rd and 4th. You can attend via webcast and enjoy a program full of information on immigration, Native American history, African American history, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops and much more. Lectures will be presented by genealogy experts from both the National Archives and the Immigration Service.
But that’s not all!
Staff members will be available throughout the fair for call-in consultation. And, if you can’t make it for the live presentations, they’re all being recorded so you can watch them later.
To learn more, visit the Genealogy Fair page at NARA. You can keep up with that latest news via #genfair2013 on Twitter.
Now to figure out how to get my hands on some good fair food . . .
FileMaker has announced they are discontinuing Bento, their personal desktop database. From their statement:
FileMaker, Inc. is increasing its focus on FileMaker Product Line software. Thanks to the ease of creating iPad and iPhone solutions, our customers’ use of FileMaker on iOS is growing rapidly. Our increased focus will create an even better experience for these customers.
As part of our sharpened focus, we will stop further development of the Bento consumer products.
Bento for iPad, iPhone and Mac will continue to be available on the FileMaker Store, and the App Store and Mac App Store, through September 30, 2013.
We will provide technical support for Bento products through July 30, 2014.
BookBaby, the publishing and distribution support provider, is now offering a free guide for creating a print quality book. Here’s the scoop . . .
BookBaby asked self-publishing expert Joel Friedlander to write the definitive guide to producing a great printed book. The result is our new guide: Printed Book Design 101. Friedlander provides step-by-step advice and tips to help you create a retail-ready book. Friedlander covers topics such as:
- Picking the perfect typeface
- Enhancing the readability of your book with interior design
- Catching the reader’s eye with cover design tips from the pros
- The most common mistakes made by self-publishing authors and how you can avoid them
…and much more
Visit BookBaby to request your free copy. You’ll be asked to sign up for their mailing list to receive it.