Convenience

Chris Dancy recently tweeted, “We don’t have a privacy problem with data we have a conveniency problem with data.” How true. We live in a day and age when we have become more desensitized to how our data is used to make our lives just a little more convenient. Earlier this week, Wired also published a great story on Disney’s MagicBand. Colleagues at work have described first hand how convenient the Disney MagicBand made their trip by allowing for things like unlocking your door at a Disney Resort hotel room, entering theme and water parks, checking in at FastPass+ entrances, connecting Disney PhotoPass images to your account and even charging food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room. Convenience?

It’s delightful, and it took hold faster than the goosebumps could. The utility seems so obvious, your consent has simply been assumed.

Source: Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

How to add a conference bridge and passcode to Contacts

Recently, I’ve had the need to:

  1. Track multiple conference bridge lines and appropriate leader or participant passcodes in my Contacts and be able to dial them easily when necessary
  2. Send out meeting/calendar invites that include the conference bridge line and appropriate leader or participant passcode and make it easier for someone else to dial in

With both situations, save the number and passcode as a single phone line entry but use a comma (,) to add a 2 second pause or a semi colon (;) for a hard pause – implying the next sequence of numbers won’t be dialed unless a key is pressed on the phone.

For example, if the number 800-123-4567,,,1234567# is saved as a contact or used in a meeting invite, and you attempt to dial the number on an iPhone, here’s what you’ll observe:

  1. 800-123-4567 number is dialed
  2. 6 second pause to allow for the conference greeting. (Each comma is a 2 second pause)
  3. Passcode 1234567 is entered followed by the # key