Tools to do Process Mapping Diagrams in the cloud

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).

  • – 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.

Switch off shared Calendar Alerts in iOS

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.

using CUPS under Yosemite Mac OS X 10.10

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 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.