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How Restrictions Unleash Creativity

The best way to unleash creativity is to set as many restrictions as possible.


If I were to ask you to invent a new product, what would you create? How long would it take you? Could you even do it at all? Believe it or not, if I added a bunch of restrictions, chances are you not only could do it, but you'd do it in record time. That's because restrictions have the power to not only speed up the process, but deliver better results.

One of the best features of Microsoft Outlook is the ability to schedule when to send a message... Why can't we do that with Gmail?


The most frustrating thing about clearing your Inbox is that as soon as you reply to an email, your recipient send you another reply. You can spend an hour replying to 50 emails, only to have 50 new ones within a few minutes. This is particularly frustrating if you decide to do clear your inbox at night or on the weekend.

The ability to schedule an email gives you the power to clear your inbox by responding to messages, without actually sending them until later. So you can clear your inbox at off hours, then send them all out at 4 am, so your recipients won't respond until the the next day... or the next week, or whatever time and date you'd lik... [More]

Continue...Gmail Should Let You Schedule When To Send Emails...

Why I LOVE Bad Ideas Too!

Some of the best ideas started out as a bad idea.


I've had a computer since the 70s. Back then, computers weren't very useful. In fact, you could almost argue that they were just plain worthless. There was no such thing as the Web, hard drives, word processing programs, or spreadsheets. In fact, the first IBM PC came standard with just a tape recorder, not even a floppy disk. You turned them on, and had to write programs in BASIC.

If the first generation of home computers were that bad, why did they sell them? Because you have to start somewhere, even if the first generation of it was useless.

The bottom line is that a lot of people hesitate to create something new because they lack a "Great Idea", but the truth is they are better off with a "Bad Idea", than no idea.... [More]

Continue...Why I LOVE Bad Ideas Too!...

If you're having a hard time eliminating clutter, one of the best things you can do is find something you really love, and get rid of it.


One of my most popular posts in the "Pre-Video Blog" days was a little post about getting rid of your favorite shirt, so I decided to re-visit the subject in video form so that YouTube subscribers can see it too.

Although it sounds like a simple idea, for somebody who has a history of collecting clutter, it's actually harder than you think, especially since the clutter is a direct result of having a hard time throwing things away.

Although some people might suggest throwing away a few worthless items as a starting point, it's actually a lot easier if you start with getting rid of things you really love first. The more you love it, the be... [More]

Continue...Eliminate Clutter By Throwing Away Your FAVORITE Shirt...

If your iPhone keeps running out of space... it may be because of photos and videos in the text / messaging app.


The iCloud Photos App does an amazing job of managing storage so that you can have potentially tens of thousands of photos and videos on a device with as little as 16 GB of storage. This is because the iCloud Photos App only needs to keep thumbnails or lower resolution versions of your media on your device until you tap them to get a higher resolution version.

I discovered this recently when a neighbor asked me to figure out why she couldn't take any photos, or read her emails on her iPhone. I checked her space, and she literally had zero bytes of space left. After digging further, I noticed she had almost no music, and didn't have many photos in her iCloud Photo... [More]

Continue...Why Photos and Videos Sent Via Texts Should Be Stored in iCloud Photos...

If you have a large number of items to put together, it may be better to do them one by one, instead of like an assembly line.


Let's say you're in the widget business, and you decide to put together 1000 widgets that contain 4 parts each. How would you go about it?

Most people would start by building 1000 of each of the 4 parts, then use a traditional assembly line approach by systematically assembling the parts in one big batch.

They start by adding part 1 to part 2, then repeating it 1000 times. Next, they take the combined results from the first step, and add part 3, repeating this step 1000 times. After that, they add the 4th part to each of the units to complete the widget. If all goes well, you now have 1000 widgets.

As efficient as that sounds, there's actuall... [More]

Continue...Lean Production: Why Small Batches are Better Than Large Batches...

Why Hospitals Should Be Fully Staffed 24/7

There shouldn't be any difference in the quality of hospital care on nights and weekends.


It's sad to think, but if you, or someone you love is ever hospitalized, you'd better hope it's on a Monday morning, instead of a Friday night because the level of care you'll see is literally... night and day.

iTunes Needs a Backup Payment Option

If your credit card expires or is declined, you can lose all your iCloud files because there is no backup payment option.


The cloud is a wonderful thing. It lets you sleep at night knowing all of your valuable files are safe and secure. You don't have to worry about hard drive crashes, power surges, viruses, or even natural disasters like fires or floods. You can even lose your entire computer and you won't lose your data.

I pay about $10 per month for Apple's iCloud Drive service which gets me 1 TB of storage, allowing me to secure all my most important files, photos and videos all in one place. There's a pretty good feeling knowing that all my files are safe and secure.

Unfortunately last week I got a rude awakening. I tried to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel an... [More]

Continue...iTunes Needs a Backup Payment Option...

Hard Drives With an Undo Option

When mistakes happen, wouldn't it be great to undo them?


As a tech guy, I get a lot of calls from people who managed to make a complete mess of their computers. Sometimes, it's because they accidentally moved or deleted an important folder, or in many cases, it's because they managed to download a virus that has the potential to render their computer useless.

In some cases, all I need to do is remove the virus, but in the case of Ransomware viruses, the only way to fix the problem is to completely erase it and restore from a backup that was made prior to the mess.

A while back, I posted an idea for Microsoft and Apple to put a rollback option into Windows and MacOS (OS X), but today's idea is to take it one step further, and build the rollback into the hard drive itself.... [More]

Continue...Hard Drives With an Undo Option...

I realize volume shippers like Amazon should get better shipping rates... but consumers are paying WAY too much!


Every now and then, we see news stories telling us that the US Post Office is losing money, and most of the time, their solution is to raise rates. Unfortunately, just like any other business, as you raise prices, you generally see a drop in volume. As prices go up, there's a definite drop in sales. It's basic economics.

It's reached a point where the cost to ship even a small package can be more expensive than the contents of the package. This is particularly difficult for consumers selling things on eBay or Craig's List. When an item costs more to ship than the item itself, chances are it won't sell at all.

I wouldn't complain except that I know that volum... [More]

Continue...Shipping Rates Are Too Expensive For Consumers...

One of the best ways to increase productivity is to write things down, instead of cluttering your mind with details.


If you read a hundred books on productivity, one thing that is guaranteed to be in every one of them is an emphasis on writing things down.

Every time you write something down, you are freeing your mind from thinking about it, and that leaves your mind open to focus on other tasks.


This is because the human mind isn't good at multi-tasking. The more things your mind is thinking about, the less productive you become. Having less to think about not only makes you more productive, but more creative. It's like giving your mind a vacation.

Since your brain uses as much as 20% of the glucose in your blood, freeing up your mind will actually give you more... [More]

Continue...Write It Down. Your Brain Is For Creating Ideas, Not Storing Them...

I love Pandora... but I hate when they run video ads while I'm on mobile data!


Look, I realize that I'm not "paying" for Pandora, so I shouldn't complain about advertising, but when Pandora chooses to run video ads when I'm not using WiFi, I have good reason to complain. After all, bandwidth isn't free, so it's important to conserve it as much as possible.

Not only does this waste mobile data, but more often than not, when you're not in using Wifi, there's a good chance you're driving, which means it is an unnecessary distraction.

War Is (Supposed to Be) HELL

War! What is it good for?


Absolutely... somthing. It's supposed to be a way to break the will of your enemies and (hopefully) bring peace.

I know I'm likely going to get a lot of negative comments on this, but I want to make it clear that I am NOT suggesting that we start or encourage wars, but when war is brought to us, we need to be able to bring our fists and end the fight with no holds barred.

Right now, most of the civilized world follows The Geneva Conventions, which sets limits on how countries engage in wars. It sets clear guidelines about what is allowed, and what is not, so that civilians and non-military targets are preserved.

It's a wonderful concept on paper, but when your enemy does not follow these rules, it gives them an edge because they can take adv

... [More]

Continue...War Is (Supposed to Be) HELL...

It's hard adding up multiple numbers without a tape, like an adding machine.


You should never use a calculator to add up a bunch of numbers, because there's a good chance you won't notice if you entered a wrong digit in one of the numbers. That's why accounting people use Adding Machines, because they have a register tape that you can use to confirm all the numbers.

Unfortunately, the iOS Calculator App doesn't have a "Tape Mode", to show you a history of all the numbers you've entered.

I think the easiest way to implement it would be to make it an option when you put the calculator sideways. Right now, rotating sideways turns on the Scientific Calculator, which most people will never use. Rather than eliminating the Scientific Calculator, there should be a button to swi... [More]

Continue...The iPhone Calculator App Should Have a Tape Option...

Why We Need Two Kinds of Car Horns

Car horns are supposed to be for emergencies.


Apple needs to allow people to play their digital media purchases on non-Apple devices.


If finding the last Jedi was so important in The Force Awakens, why didn't anyone look for Obi-Wan Kenobi?


The entire premise of the newest Star Wars movie was that both sides were desperately looking for Luke Skywalker because he was the last Jedi, and both sides were willing to make great sacrifices to find him.

If this was so important to them, it makes you wonder why nobody was looking for Obi-Wan / Ben Kenobi in the time between Episode III and IV (the original Star Wars). After all, Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader right after a major defeat at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. You would think that Vader would search the entire galaxy to find him and see revenge, yet there's no indication he even bothered looking for him.

It's not like it would be hard finding him. A... [More]

Continue...Star Wars: Is This How You Hide The Last Jedi?...

Filling under sink soap dispensers is a real pain in the ass.


It's great having a soap dispenser under your sink, but it's completely frustrating trying to fill the darn thing without it overflowing all over the place. I have two ideas to fix this problem.

First, the easiest solution is to have a pre-measured bottle that has just the right amount of soap, so instead of randomly pouring soap from a giant bottle, you could pour it from the smaller bottle and know for sure that it's not too much.

The second method is a simple valve that you can insert into the fill hole, that automatically shuts when its full. This is a bit like the valves inside gas pumps that prevent the pump from overfilling your car's gas tank.

A new way to think about Flash Drives.


Until a few years ago, I needed to bring my laptop with me whenever I went to see a client. At the time, this was the only practical way for me to have full access to my files in the field. Prior to that, it was even harder, because I had to bring backups of the files with me, then merge any changes and additions with the ones on my desktop computer. It was a real pain in the neck.

Thankfully, as USB Flash Drives got bigger and faster, I found an easier solution; I started using them as my PRIMARY STORAGE. This means that instead of using flash drives as a backup of my data, I use them as the main location of my files.

This means that at any given time, I have the newest version of all my important files right in my pocket. It als... [More]

Continue...Why I Use a USB Flash Drive As My Main Storage...

A Healthful Choices Rewards Card

Whenever people track their health choices, they tend to make better decisions.


One of the best things about devices like Fitbit and the Apple Watch is that it motivates people to move around more often, if nothing else, because they now have a simple way to track their progress. Simply stated, when people track something, they tend to pay attention to the little decisions they make each day.

While devices like that are great for monitoring your activity, I think it would be great to have a way to track other health choices that people make, such as their grocery shopping.

With a Healthful Choices Rewards Card, you would earn points every time you made a healthful purchase. For example, you would earn more points for buying Apples than you would for buying Twinkies. Take... [More]

Continue...A Healthful Choices Rewards Card...

It drives me crazy that I can't read the text in the Reminders App.


I have a hard time reading the text in a lot of Apps, especially the Reminders App, which is funny because I have a 27 inch monitor. You'd think that with a monitor that large, the text would be as large as a house, but for some reason the text is super small, and you can't do a thing about it.

Changing font sizes should be a fundamental feature in any App that uses text, but for some reason the Reminders App still doesn't have an option to do it. This is a real pain in the neck for me, because I use the Reminders App every day to keep track of my ideas.

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