From 1Password to Bitwarden in about five minutes

Wow. I just installed and setup Bitwarden on my Mac. I imported all of my 1Password data, and was pleased to see that it kept all of the info include TOTP codes. I’ve upgraded to Premium so that I can use TOTP for those sites. Safari extension comes in the box, so just had to check a box in Preferences. And that’s pretty much it, at least on the Mac. All in about five minutes!

If only other software installs were as quick and painless as this. (Looking at you again, Adobe!)

Designing Windows 95’s User Interface

Designing Windows 95’s User Interface

Three years ago I came across an interesting paper written up by a Microsoft employee, Kent Sullivan, on the process and findings of designing the new user interface for Windows 95. The web page has since been taken down – one reason why I’m a bit of a digital hoarder.

It specified some of the common issues experienced from Windows 3.1’s Program Manager shell and looked at the potential of developing a separate shell for ‘beginners’. Admittedly my inclination was that this was possibly inspired by Apple’s At Ease program that was reasonably popular during the System 7 days. I remember At Ease well during my primary school years, so kids couldn’t mess with the hard disk in Finder.

It’s coming up for 25 years since Windows 95 was launched. As someone who upgraded from Windows 3.1 that year, I remember what a revelation it was compared to its predecessor in terms of usability. Yes, it was clunky, but it was the start of the journey to the Windows we use today, and you can still see its echoes in places. (Of course, that journey turned out to be a lot more winding that anyone could have guesses, with a few dead ends and detours.)

While there has been a lot of stress and anxiety for me in 2019, it was a lot better overall that 2018 and 2017 were. And that has been balanced out somewhat by the many achievements I’ve made over the last 12 months. Overall, I’m starting 2020 from a much better place. Onward!

I’ve ordered myself a 2020 planner (thanks to @patrickrhone for that prod) and I’m going to force myself to use it next year, damn it! (My 2019 diary got used for a couple of weeks, sadly, and is now in the bin.)

I’ve purged about two dozen old logins from 1Password that are either for services that no longer exist, for services that no longer have logins, or sites that I’ll never use again. (I have a lot that fit in that last category.)

My 1Password subscription is up for renewal in a few months. My usage has changed over the last few years, and I’m re-evaluating if it’s good value, and looking at alternatives. My mum and sister are both using LastPass now, which has improved since I last tried it.

Looking for new blogs to follow in the New Year? Warren Ellis is here to help.

Here is a selection of blogs from the list of ones I think are still active. Like I say, it’s just a bit of my active subscriptions list, but maybe you’ll find something you want to follow.