What is a PUK code?

This is the question I had when I tried to turn on my mobile this morning. My wife received a cheap motorola for free yesterday so I thought I would give it a try but it kept asking for a password and I had no idea what that password might be. I wasted an hour this morning driving to the phone company so I could use my mobile again.
Here’s the answer: PUK stands for Personal Unblocking Code. This acts as a security feature on your mobile. To protect you in the event of theft, the SIM card is immediately locked if three different incorrect PIN codes are entered in succession. In this event, you can fall back on the PUK code, which comprises eight digits. But where you can find this code is I would guess dependent on your sim and your mobile provider.

PingMag’s Desk Project

Be a voyeur and look at the desks of others.

You know this familiar situation: every time you visit an office, you are curious to see how creative folks and artists actually work; how your dream job’s desktop would look like… Creative inspirations cluttered all over or structured order of mind on a neat desktop?

PingMag link. Via Swissmiss.

Portable Rotary Phone

Unfortunately it won’t fit in my pocket but imagine the looks if you were using this at your favourite Café. Good fun!

This is the ever popular Portable Rotary Phone, now in Red! Phone comes fully assembled and tested. All you have to do is open the phone, insert your SIM card, and turn the unit on! The unit will utilize your phone number and account minutes. Phone dials out like normal through the rotary. Incoming calls ring the original, loud, gong style metal bells. This phone even has a dial tone! The internal cellular module works within any country that has one of the 900MHz, 1800MHz, or 1900MHz cellular bands (90% of the world). The Port-O-Rotary is truly international with up to 15-digit dialing, auto-frequency selection, ‘+’ characters, and PIN # entry for pre-paid cards.


Credit card and money safety abroad


Credit cards are a good way to keep track of expenses abroad. They are generally safer than carrying around cash, but their potential spending power makes them a target for scammers and thieves. A few simple precautions can cut your risk and help you have a trouble-free holiday.
When your credit card goes missing or is stolen in your home country it’s a worrying time but you probably know what to do: report the theft straight away to the police then call your bank to cancel the card and order a new one. While you wait for the new card it is likely that you have access to an alternative source of money. But what if your card is lost or stolen on holiday or just before you travel?
Credit cards are a good way to keep track of expenses abroad. They are generally safer than carrying around cash, but their potential spending power makes them a target for scammers and thieves. A few simple precautions can cut your risk and help you have a trouble-free holiday.

I’ve always thought of my credit card as my life line to home. If all else fails I feel better with the knowledge that I could ‘charge’ my way out of a city or country. So like I am sure you do I treat this piece plastic with great care.
One of the most obvious methods I use to safe guard my credit card is limiting it’s use to those times when I absolutely need to use it. Otherwise, depending on the location I am traveling, I keep it tucked way in money belt where it is far less likely to get stolen. I don’t charge purchases to a business account sso I find more practical to simply use cash.
I also leave the thick heavy wallet at home. I don’t need to carry around every single bit of plastic I own. Instead I use a Jimi and carry the essentials. This approach worked so well for me, it’s far more comfortable to carry a Jimi than a large leather wallet, that this has been my primary wallet for a couple of years. My expensive leather wallet sits at home gathering dust.
Lastly I safeguard my credit cards and wallet by keeping a small wad of cash in my pocket and at the ready at all times. I take out the cash to pay the receipt and not the wallet. It stays tucked away out of reach.
AllSafeTravels Article

Save time at airport security


You might as well check your dignity curbside. Soon you’ll be shoeless and flustered, spilling comics across the floor as you dig your MacBook from the depths of your duffel. But take a deep breath, frequent fliers: It is possible to pass security with your ego intact.

Luckily I seldom have to brave the extreme security checks that one must go through at US airports. When I go through airport security in this part of the world one very simple tip (their #2) saves me time and frustration. I make sure that all metal objects (coins, phone, keys) are put in one pocket in my bag long before I get to security. As simple as it is, it’s amazing to see how many people dig through their pockets, slowing the flow, to find the source of the detector’s alarm.
It’s also proven to be wise to keep all like objects in your bag organized in different pouches or cubes to allow for easy and orderly inspection. An overly zealous security check at Halifax International had me spilling out all my carefully packed gadgets on the table. It took ages to get everything organized properly again.
Fly Through Airport Security – Wired How-To Wiki. Via lifehacker.

Couple turns diaper bags into money

When Ellen Diamant couldn’t find a practical diaper bag for her son, she looked past her frustration — and saw a business opportunity.
After her son Spencer was born, the Upper West Side art director went hunting for a bag that fit her urban style. The best she could find was a quilted navy sack that looked ugly hanging from Spencer’s stroller.
Diamant was sure she could do better. She told her husband, ex-Internet exec Michael Diamant, they should design their own sleek, unisex, messenger-style bag that would move easily from stroller to shoulder.

Daily News Link. Skip Hop.

Wooden Radios

Singgih Kartono chooses wood for his radios not just based on aesthetics but on his appreciation of wood’s simplicity and organic vitality. The Magno radio combines the most current mp3 player compatible electronics with sustainably grown woods.
Magno Wooden Radios. Via Swissmiss.

Memo Mousepads

I know all the rage these days is to use sexy web 2.0 applications for all your task and note management needs but for the most part I still love to use a simple pad of paper. For the office but small enough to take with you is this neat combination notepad and mousepad – “a notepad for humans and a smooth surface for your electronic mouse!” It’s available for a number of uses and styles but I like the plain memo pad the best. Not the most green product, you end up throwing away the underlying padding after you use the 60 sheets of paper, but I do like the concept.

Helvetica Coffee Mug

When it comes to buying more than I could possibly need, coffee mugs rank up there with bags and t-shirts. Helvetica, the ubiquitous typeface, is featured in this large coffee mug from Veer. Perfect for the coffee drinking design geek.

New buildings in Dubai

Designboom’s feature looks at proposals and current projects of Dubai’s unprecedented construction boom. What an inspiring location to work from. Dubai and China are building on a scale unimaginable in my home country Canada.
Link. Via Veer.

Neoprene Sleeve for MacBook Air

Incase’s new slender Neoprene Sleeve is designed to compliment the MacBook Air while ditching the manila envelope form that would be out of fashion the week after you bought it. Incase’s sleeve features durable neoprene construction, plush faux-fur lining and a slip entry closure system, making it the lightweight and low-key solution for discreetly carrying the MacBook Air.
Incase Neoprene Sleeve

Getting rid of empty cubes

We are doing that in recognition that we have a lot of mobile workers, so everyone does not need a dedicated cube today,” she said, adding that since newer computer screens take up less space, H-P also can get away with a smaller per-employee footprint in its offices.

Link. Via The Future of Work Weblog.

Work From Anywhere

Not intended to supplant traditional workplaces, third places, just as the phrase suggests, are an alternative to the first place, the formal corporate office, and the second place, your home. Our research, in fact, shows that workers of the future will on average spend approximately 40 percent of their time in corporate facilities (either theirs, or their clients) 30 percent in a home office, and the remaining 30 percent in one or more third places. We believe the use of such third workplaces will become very common during the next several years, for the following reasons …


On the Apple iPhone SDK and Touch Platform

Jason Fried: What we saw today was the spark. The explosion will continue for twenty years. We will all feel the warmth.
What we saw today was the beginning of two-decades of mobile domination by Apple. What Microsoft and Windows was to the desktop, Apple and Touch will be to mobile.