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iPhone Passcode Tips


Every six months, I hate my iPhone for a few days. My company (which does pay for the iPhone) demands that I change the passcode - which unlocks the phone before you can use it - every 6 months.

I use the iPhone for many many things - calendar, shopping list, to-do list, contact information, notes for tomorrow's meeting. I unlock it, without hyperbole, a dozen times every day. Entering the passcode is automatic - I can enter it without thinking. Except for when the passcode changes, and I have to learn a new sequence of numbers just to get to my to-do list. I find it a great frustration, and I'm not sure if the security value is worth it.

I have discovered a few setting changes so that I don't have to enter the passcode quite as often:

  1. Go to Settings, and then General.
  2. Change Auto-Lock to a longer setting, such as 3 Minutes. This is the amount of inactivity that the iPhone will suffer before going to sleep and requiring a passcode. The effect of changing from 1 minute to 3 minutes was huge for me.
  3. (Go back to the main settings. Choose Passcode Lock and enter your passcode. Set Require passcode to something longer like 5 minutes. This is the amount of idle time between being off and then on again that the iPhone will allow before requiring a passcode. As before, this small change makes a huge difference in how many times per day that I enter my passcode.

It seems to me that the secret to iPhone happiness lies in configuring its settings just so.

World's Fanciest Butter Dish.


An oval, hand blown, glass vessel - yellow with white stripes This piece's original destiny was an oval shaped platter, but I liked the shape when it was half bowl / half platter, so I stopped flattening then and boxed it. The oval shape comes from using the cork paddles to flatten the piece (as seen before on Mr. Ugly) before transferring to the punty.

An oval, hand blown, glass vessel - yellow with white stripes This color application was a base layer of K20 Brilliant Yellow, with a "hot cross swirl" in K61 Dense White. The gaffer touches the hot colored bit (white, in this case) to the moile, draws it around the piece to the opposite side of the moile, rotates the pipe 90°, and draws the color across the bubble again. I had a lot of space in-between one of my stripes, so I drew on another leg with the color bit. Unfortunately, the yellow and white colors burned together - creating the ugly brown smudges. My instructor says it's probably not the white that's the main culprit, but the yellow.

An oval, hand blown, glass vessel - filled with chocolate easter eggs This piece is the perfect size for a stick of butter. Of course, it also holds candy.

As always, thanks to the husband for the photography. Except for the 3rd photo here - I deserve all the blame for that out of focus mess.

Cheap, Quick and Good?


The rule of cheap, quick, and good is that you can have only 2 of them. Your project can be well built, and done quickly, but will be expensive. Or it can be done quickly and cheaply, but it will be crappy. This applies to web development, and probably to all software development.

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