Taps design 10 - What am I supposed to do here :(

Another in a long series of taps. This one is also an 'automatic waving one'. It's obvious the the middle one is for the water and the left one for soap. Or is it? Because there's nothing coming out of it and the soap container is placed there as well! But I'd like to see it work just to play with the sensors. I bet they put both spouts to close to each other and the soap kept coming out while rinsing hands ;). However, I like the simplicity of its design.

See other taps' posts in the series:

MacBook socket/plugs to close for a normal use - bad design by Apple or peripheral manufacturers?

The photo below is from my wife's MacBook. It is impossible to use an USB 3G modem with another USB device. Regular USB cables are fine, but USB thumb drives are a bit bulkier on the sides. This modem covers the ethernet socket as well. Is this a bad design by Apple or peripheral manufacturers?

Visulize the reuse of your passwords online - Password Reuse Visualizer

Passwords are bits of personal information that enable us to authenticate, authorize (and sometimes account) password protected (digital) resources. Have you ever wondered if it is possible to visualize the reuse? First of all, reusing passwords for different websites is A BAD idea. If a password gets stolen on one site, attackers have access to other sites as well. This add-on can help us see where we reuse our passwords and where we use similar passwords (and possibly change them).

Explanation of visualization:

  • Green dots are passwords
  • Blue dots are web pages
  • Yellow squares between green dots represent the similarity between two passwords

I know that passwords are very sensitive information to reveal to an add-on, however the code is open source and you can scan through it.

Below image shows one part of my visualization. I'm impressed as I recently changed tons of passwords on different websites. And where passwords are reused (see the star below), this is one web service with different subdomains (e.g. my.bla.org, dl.bla.org)

Taps 9: waterfall taps

These seam to be fashionable these days. The imitation of a waterfall. Although they look nice and I like to play with the "joystick", I don't like this type of taps. The only reason is water splashing. I prefer taps with aerators which turn the stream of water in many droplets. The perceived flow is higher and the water splashing is reduced.

We had one of the "no aerator" type taps in the kitchen of the house we rent. Albeit not AS NICE. But we are glad the landlord let us change it.

Personal Information Management in pie charts

I had a good laugh over these (and other) pie charts on GraphJam.com. Here are some related to PIM in general. Before digging in, beware these charts are just showing personal views their authors have on the issue and are not at all based on statistically gathered data.


Get back to work :).