Tech Talk

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK - by Luis Vil­la­zon Luis Vil­la­zon looks for­ward to the day when his chil­dren fix his com­put­ers. Or at least their own.

My kids are mostly grown up enough to look af­ter them­selves now, but my youngest is 15, so it’s still im­por­tant for him to know whether he is sup­posed to be with me or his mum on any given week­end. I fi­nally got fed up with all the tex­ting back and forth that this en­tails and shared my own Google cal­en­dar with him. The­o­ret­i­cally, all he needed to do is sign in to Google, tick the shared cal­en­dar there and do the same in Cal­en­dar on his iPad. Ex­cept that he’s 15 and only uses email ad­dresses to buy things on the App Store and sign in to Net­flix. His iPad re­mem­bers his ad­dresses and

He’s 15 and only uses email ad­dresses to buy things and sign in to Net­flix

pass­words for him, so he doesn’t need to. If he needs to sign in for a new app or ser­vice, he just cre­ates a new Gmail ac­count for the pur­pose and promptly for­gets the pass­word for that too. So this two-minute job of adding a shared cal­en­dar ac­tu­ally took three days. The for­got­ten pass­word re­cov­ery process for one pass­word, sent an email to an­other ac­count that he didn’t have the pass­word for either and so it went, from one ac­count to the next. This chain even­tu­ally ter­mi­nated in a form that had to be re­viewed by a hu­man Google em­ployee to re­cover his ac­counts. Maybe in the fu­ture we will all au­then­ti­cate our ac­counts en­tirely us­ing iris scans and gait recog­ni­tion. Un­til then, kids, no mat­ter how grown up you think you are, please write down your pass­words some­where.

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