Foldable toolkits for optimizing your work space
Lifehacker has written an interesting article about foldable toolkits that are available for better organizing work benches and the like. They are not just handy for keeping things neat but they force the user to keep their most important tools most easily accessible. The article basically goes over the main benefits and features of these boxes.
According to the article, they are great if you live somewhere there isn’t alot of space. They can also be great if your need to be able to get your hands on your most handy tools from anywhere. They enable you to also carry them everywhere as the box is so portable. They unfold at will any place and at any time.
However, it’s more than just a tool box that’s really portable. It folds out to become a work bench as well. You can actually create a bench top with it to be able to put your work on. In addition, as the tools are displayed in front of you in the box, you have easy access to them while you work away.
The article provides a forewarning to would be buyers as well. Apparently, the box is highly customizable. It requires the user to put it together and customize to their requirements. It sounds like it’s definitely one for the technically minded and those who can work though these kinds of problems effectively.
Gmail solves the reply all email length issue
Another article in Lifehacker this week presents one of Google gmails newest features. It solves the problem of getting into email threads that become too long because other people in the thread continuously use the ‘reply all’ button. Eventually, people in the group email start having their own back and forth replies. After a while some of the thread or worse a lot of it can become irrelevant to you. Despite this, and very annoyingly, you’ll still recieve the emails going back and forth.
Gmail has a feature that deals with this. Funnily enough, its not a new one. It’s their email mute button. It’s been around for a long time but goes under the radar a lot. Life hackers post is meant to be a timely and helpful reminder about this aspect of Gmail.
They finish with another reminder that the same can be achieved in outlook. All you have to do is hit the ‘ignore’ button and all will be resolved.
A great way to improve computer security
Lifehacker has a post near the top of their recent posts at the moment about using NFC tags to improve computer security. We thought we’d summarize it for you as we think it’s a handy tick.
Near field communication or NFC is a nifty computer trick. It can do a number of handy things. One of them is to lock and unsecure the computer. Essentially, you get a tag and a scanner is hooked up to the computer. When you swipe it the computer password can be automaically entered and bam your computer is secure while you go off and do something. When you come back to do your work all you need to do is reswipe and hit enter and off to work again. This saves you from having to switch the computer off and reboot it just to go to the toilet while your at the library or somewhere similar.
Setting it up is pretty technical. Thankfully, Lifehacker have provided an install video which may be viewed here. It requires you to use some tools. These are an Arduino Leonardo and and NFC shield, tags and a iron that solders wires.
Yes, it may seem obvious, why couldn’t I simply enter the password and reenter manually? Well this one is for the truly geeky at heart. Some people just love the idea of swiping quicly to lock and unlock automatically. It’s also recommended by the author is a great way of learning how to put together gadgetry with a soldering iron and the tools mentioned herein. Again, check out the video here.