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Tools to do Process Mapping Diagrams in the cloud

August 3rd, 2019 Comments off

With various parts of my work roles we’ve been looking at quality improvement methodologies including PDSA Cycles which usually require a degree of process mapping in advance to see how you can improve your business processes.

I’ve found a couple of tools that are useful to do this online (for those that don’t already have diagramming tools in their office suite).

  • Draw.io – free integrates with many cloud storage services for sharing, but you need paid tier to access some shape types.
  • Gliffy – has 14day Free trial option and option for teams
  • LucidChart – has Free tier with access to all drawing tools, and competitively priced tier for 3 members of a team to collaborate.

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Relocating your ADSL or Fibre broadband

December 29th, 2015 Comments off

Having been used to having a nice faceplate fitted to my NTE5 masterbox to filter off the internal phone extensions and let me have my broadband router elsewhere in the house I was pleased to find this guide on how to do it for fibre.

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Switch off shared Calendar Alerts in iOS

January 15th, 2015 Comments off

The nirvana of being able to share calendars with my family but not have my iOS device pop up with alerts when they have a visit to the dentist or another meeting that I’m not going to has eluded me for some time.  I suspect it would be a feature in a release of iOS as I had previously noted that it was an issue for Apple’s employees. I was pleased to eventually find that it is now possible in iOS 7 and 8 when on a recent repeat google search I found How to Turn Off Shared Calendar Alerts on iPhone or iPad in iOS 7 or iOS 8 unfortunately this only seems to work for share iCloud calenders and not if you use Google calenders.

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using CUPS under Yosemite Mac OS X 10.10

November 10th, 2014 Comments off

Since upgrading to Yosemite I found that my CUPS based printer was not working. Looking at the console logs it appears that this is due to an issue with sandboxing in Ysomite. I eventually found one site with a solution which fixed my problem – i.e. relax sand-boxing for CUPS so that it works again http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/forums/viewthread/86495/#652649. This works much better than any of the other methods of dealing with sand-boxing (e.g. moving the ghostscript files or editing the .ppd definition). It does however bypass the point of sand-boxing, thus introducing the risk of s security hole in the system, but until someone comes up with a version of CUPS that supports sand-boxing, relaxing the requirement seems the easiest solution.

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Gannt Charts in Excel

September 23rd, 2012 Comments off

I found a really neat way to do Gannt Project charts with Excel and thought it was worth sharing.

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Online Graph Grid Paper PDF Generator

May 31st, 2011 Comments off

I recently needed a PDF based grid to help with a layout task – I found the lifehack website a really useful site resource that makes grids on the fly for whatever specifications you might have.

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