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We Need Better Staplers

Pic: source It took a nice bleeding cut, thanks to a tough staple pin that held some car mats together, for me to realize how hostile the world was for animals. Staple-less staplers exist, but are far from commonplace. Got to wonder why they are so expensive. A cursory look on Amazon showed the cheapest…

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Where Should Laptop Charging Lights be, and Why are Laptop Keyboards so Small?

Firstly, should laptop charging lights be put on the side the charger plugs in? That is where the charger plugs in, but not where we sit. Which means many a times, it would be an effort to confirm charging. How about on the front? Better, since most often, many of us (remember to) charge the…

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The Gap between Good Intentions and Impact

The gap between good intentions and impact of the resulting action (or choice) has been an area of interest to me. A decade ago, a Brad Pitt linked non-profit messed up an affordable homes project [2008-2015] in New Orleans. Meant to be green and sustainable, the homes had severe structural and mold problems. 6 of…

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What if the Comments Section on Social Media had a Search Feature?

Do you feel the need for a more effective comments section on social media? What if the comments section had a Search feature? Making it easier to search for comments, and to continue conversations in sub-threads.

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Reading and Writing Smarter

While looking up an old blogging account of mine, I stumbled upon a RattL ’em idea from many years ago. I had made a suggestion to Google, sometime in Feb., 2013 regarding composing of emails. People sometimes want to, or even unintentionally tend to write lengthy mails. And people’s attention spans have become shorter [or…

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What if We could Mute Serial-Forwarders on WhatsApp Groups

What if WhatsApp had a feature that allows a user to mute specific person(s) in groups? The user who mutes another user on a group is simply not shown messages from that user.
And, both sides win. The serial forwarder gets whatever pleasure they get, and no one has to suffer for it.

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The Middle Seat

In 2019, the US FAA approved the company Molon Labe Seating‘s (MLS) landmark seat design for commercial airplanes.   What MLS did, is take the problem of discomfort of middle-seat passengers, and attempted to solve it by: (i) widening the middle seat (from 18″ to 21″), and (ii) placing the seat slightly lower, and slightly…

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Constraints and the beautiful A-10

Constraints and the beautiful A-10. Contrary to oddly popular belief:
1. constraints help make a better product (or service), and
2. a good innovative product or service does not need to be expensive