At some point, you will have to take care of a spouse or relative who can no longer remember their passwords.

Of course, this is someone who might pass on and getting as much information beforehand will ensure that you can get this done quickly and easily.

This is because it can get difficult to gain access to one’s accounts without the password or other information necessary. In one person’s case, it took almost two weeks to obtain control of their relative’s account after contacting the Microsoft Custodian of Records.

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So thinking ahead can help you prevent this sort of hassle in the future.

So, when your loved one agrees to give you a power of attorney, make sure you ask for their passwords too. This includes even the answers to the questions that they have set up on various websites.

On way to do this easily is by using a password manager. In the given situation where both of you use such software, make sure you keep each other’s passwords in both password managers. This must include your Windows logon as well as the master password too.

Yet another simpler option would be to print them and keep them in a safe deposit which can be opened when you are either incapacitated or have passed away.

One such situation where this definitely applies is writing down the passwords of the your aging parents in a password manager or on paper. This will help you access them if something happens in the near future.


There are a host of companies that are in the document collaboration market – Microsoft, Google, Box, Quip, Evernote among others.

Only now, Dropbox has joined the fray with its public beta release of Paper. Both Engadget and Wired have reviewed this simple but effective cloud-base editor.

Of course, that’s not to say that Paper is simple: when you open a new file, what you will see both a title and body field. Yet it can also preview files that are stored in both Dropbox and Google Drive.

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Apart from this, Paper can also be used to create to-do lists while assigning these tasks using the ‘@’ symbol. In fact, coders can also get more out of it given that Paper will format code that is typed into one of these documents too. Obviously, a number collaborators can work on a document simultaneously where live contributions are marked by a color-coded cursor too.

According to experts, this looks very similar to Google Wave. Yet this product failed since Google was unable to explain what the collaboration tool was all about. Of course, Dropbox might be doing things differently with it.

And how this is being done is by placing users on a waiting list where user feedback will be instrumental in making changes to the product they are offering.

Yet it must be pointed out that the features that Dropbox offers doesn’t make it stand out from the competition which unfortunately it needs, in order to get a big win that it desperately needs.

Of course, experts believe that Paper could be that product that Dropbox offers – but it has to offer up something extra.


James Sides has received a robotic hand, the first of its kind, as a gift from the Alfred Mann Foundation.

The world of medicine got a dose of futurism as a retired staff sergeant received a gift from the Alfred Mann Foundation. James Sides was a staff sergeant on his second tour of Afghanistan when he suffered a horrible accident. He’d uncovered an IED in the road, and was working to dismantle it when the device exploded. Sides completely lost his right hand, and he went blind in one eye.

That’s where the Alfred Mann Foundation offered to help. The charity plays a central role in developing institutes to further the study of robotics, but it also supports the outreach efforts required to test those products. The Foundation located Sides and offered him the robotic prosthetic. They also enlisted Rich Davis and the team at Rogers & Cowan to help bring awareness to this historic occasion.

They surgically embedded sensors inside of Sides’ forearm. These sensors are designed to interpret the movement of his muscles, so that it can output that data and move the extremities of his hand. He has three ranges of motion, including opening and closing his palm and rotating his wrist. The hand is also pressure sensitive, so it can stop clutching someone else’s hand firmly during a handshake.

Sides can now enjoy some sense of normalcy in his life. He still needs to think about tasks before he does them, but he’s able to get back to living instead of struggling to perform basic functions. Sides is one of seven total test cases, which the Alfred Mann Foundation hopes will provide more data on how these devices work.


By Allied Time

Even if you run a small business, you probably have at least an employee or two below you. If you have a medium-sized business or bigger, then, by definition, you definitely do. In any case, it’s probably obvious to you that these people are the most important investment you’ve made in your company. At the same time, they’re also the most expensive. For both of these reasons, it is vital that you’re getting as big a return as possible from them.

AlliedTime2While there are a number of ways you could do this, nothing will compare to using employee time clocks. Doing so is just as effective as it is simple and, best of all, affordable. If you want to spend a bit more, you can go with a fingerprint time clock to ensure the validity of whoever signs in. However, for the most part, you’ll get plenty from using the simplest version possible.

Although some business owners worry that these clocks will cause resentment, this concern just doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. You deserve to know if your money is being spent well. Furthermore, the vast majority of employees appreciate this kind of management. It lets them know what’s expected from them and holds their coworkers accountable for their actions.

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At Allied Time, the bottom line is making more of your company’s most valuable asset. With an employee time clock, you can make sure that every dime you spend on your staff is well worth it.


By Rack Alley

It’s not easy being a small business owner. Perhaps it never has been. Some would argue that the Internet has made things infinitely easier, it’s also fairly easy to make the other argument. Owning a business these days means you also need to own a website. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the technical acumen to fully understand all this entails.

RackAlley2For one thing, you’ll always need a Los Angeles web hosting company to help. These companies essentially rent you the computers you need to host your website. All this means is that the computer is in charge of devoting memory toward keeping your site up and running.

While this traditional options works for a lot of small business owners in your shoes, why not about a Los Angeles colocation company? All this means is that you’ll create your own server setup and then hand it over to a facility that will give it physical space.

By doing things this way, you’re only paying for the services your company will actually use, creating a much leaner bill. Furthermore, you can always pay for the facility’s IT people to help out when necessary so that you don’t have to worry about the technical aspects of your small business falling by the wayside because of colocation.

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If your company is looking for alternatives to traditional hosting services, you should look into what LA web hosting entails. For best results, talk to the folks at Rack Alley to see how they can meet your needs.