Coin, The Future Credit Card?
A lot of talk is spreading across the net about this concept. Coin is the card to replace all cards. And by that I mean it’s a virtual credit card in physical form; it can be your debit card, credit card and rewards card, and business credit card all in one. You just tap the card to select which of your already existing cards you want to use and when swiped it is run as that card.
The most successful advances in technology and life are those that allow you to continue to do or act the same without any major change in your daily routine. Humans don’t much like change, we are much more receptive to the unexpected done in a familiar way. You are still swiping your card, still using a familiar shape and you likely will have little explaining to do when you hand your card to someone. This also avoids merchants having to completely retool to meet the new standard thereby allowing you to start using Coin immediately. Less barriers to overcome when paying is the mantra for most retail businesses, they want your money not your time.
But Coin is not without it’s obstacles. As with anything new and innovative it has perceived downfalls and shortcomings. One such issue that could make or break Coin is whether or not card issuers actually allow it to exist. Adam Ludwin of RRE Ventures raises the point that Coin relies on the ability to clone multiple cards which may be seen as a violation of most card companies terms of service.
The other, slightly less worrisome, issues have to do with battery life and issuing in markets outside of the US that use smart chips. Smart chip cards will likely eventually be covered if Coin seeks to expand outside of the US. Battery life is concerning but is projected to last 2 years of “normal” use. The FAQ mentions replacing the card when it no longer works, but does not mention any kind of procedure or cost associated with replacement most likely because they haven’t figured out the cost of replacement. Will it be free, full price or half price?
Security seems to be a high priority and will actually make using a credit card slightly more secure. The full details of your credit card are never displayed and you can deactivate Coin if you leave it or have it stolen. Which also means you will still have your cards safely at home and the only inconvenience will be ordering a new Coin and the time between losing your Coin and getting your old cards, no calling to cancel all your cards and no visiting banks/waiting for a new card to arrive.
Overall Coin is very exciting, not because my wallet is exploding with cards (too many receipts and other bits of paper), but because it really seems like the next step in payments. Nothing is more exciting than seeing the realization of technology and life coming together to make everything easier, more secure, and most of all actually useful. RFID and NFC payment solutions offer new and easier, but require merchants to adapt. Coin uses our existing behavior as an advantage in being widely accept and is why so many people are excited and are pre-ordering.
Coin will be released summer of 2014, you can read more about it in their FAQ
This might actually save me quite a bit of headache, just as soon at the iPhone version is released. The ChargeCard fits in your wallet making it super portable.
Our quest was simple: a charging cable for youriPhone, portable enough for you to always have it on you. The ChargeCard fits naturally into your wallet. It’s there when you need it, and out of your way when you don’t.
ChargeCard for the 30-pin connector works with all your pre-lightning devices: 30 pin iPads, iPods, 4/4s iPhones will all charge, sync with iTunes, and download your data.
Also available for android
I could have save a lot of time in school if I had this. Next up, one that can draw on foggy windows.
Google Drive Account Change
I recently came across an issue with Google Drive. I had started using it with one account on my MBP and then switch to a business account. For a variety of reasons I stopped using it with the business account and wanted to switch back to the original account (my main Google account).
I couldn’t do that, there was no way to log in to my business account anymore to disable the Google Drive on my computer. This left me quite frustrated and looking for solutions. Finally I figured out a way of deleting the old drive info without needing to do anything drastic like reinstall the operating system.
Exit the Drive app.
Open a Finder window.
Press Command + Shift + G - this will open a small panel asking you to enter a directory location
Type (without quotes) “~/Library/Application Support/Google”
Delete the Drive folder.
Open the Drive app.
Can’t login after time machine restore?
You’ve reinstalled OS X Lion onto your computer, possibly because your computer crashed and you need a new hard drive. Crisis adverted, you had a Time Machine backup. Good work not being a bum and losing everything. Install went well but what’s this, you can’t login after restoring your backup. F#&K!
Ok, lets try this.
- Reboot the Mac and hold down cmd+s — This will boot into single user mode. Black screen, white text.
- Mount the hard drive as explained at the prompt. — Most likely: mount -uw /
- Type: passwd [your user name] — For example: passwd jeroen (jeroen is my username on the machine). If you don’t know your username, type: ls /Users
This will list the usernames on your computer.
- Enter your password, and confirm it by entering it again. Notice you do not “see” what you type, this is normal.
- Type: exit
If you have Mountain Lion reboot by holding cmd+r instead of cmd+s to go into Recovery Mode and change your password using the Graphical User Interface.
Integrity is an Antique
…Passion. Hard work. Dedication. Spirit, kindness, honesty, and respect. Without this you’ve got nothing. You’re poor and you’re hollow — you’re a failed experiment. It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you do, we’re all in this together and we’ve all got the same tools to work with. Each one of us deserves a chance and those who taint it should be cast out permanently. The right decision isn’t always the easiest, and second chances are for cowards. Don’t be a coward.
New business cards and an explanation of F#&K!, a year later.
Something I heard a lot from customers when I first opened and continue to hear today is their frustrations with dealing with other companies, mainly Apple. The headaches and hassle of getting an iPhone or Mac repaired. The expletives that would leave their mouth when dealing with all the hoops that needed to be jumped through for such an ordinary problem.
"F#&K! I broke my glass, now what?" Go to the city and deal with the Apple store? That typically meant rearranging your entire day, getting the store on time and waiting forever to be seen by someone who is triple booked.
I created TheMacFix to get rid of F#&K!, I’ll take care of the issues. You bring me what you’re having an issue with and I’ll clear it up. Often times faster and for less than the competition. My main goal is not to be cheaper than everyone because that can create issues later. I want to be the best and if I can do it for cheaper then I feel like I’ve done the best. I don’t like seeing people coming back with the same issue twice. Lots of people like to joke when they leave by saying, “Hope I never see you again.” I hope not either, but I wouldn’t be upset if you came back or referred a friend because you enjoyed your time rather than dreaded it. And it seems as though most people have enjoyed my service http://www.yelp.com/biz/themacfix-brooklyn
A true craftsman