Sunday, 11 March 2018

Crowdsourcing Bike Locks in Google Drive - The Decathlon Demo

a bike lock display in a decathlon store
visit the image in google drive

Decathlon UK published a short video on 2 March 2018 called Advice: How to choose your bike lock (the full video and transcript is blow).

Around the same time, I made a few videos showing how if you open an image in Google Drive you can now add targeted annotations (see these videos below).

This opens up an opportunity to test out and demo a Decathlon Store Bike Lock Display Image with a Crowdsourced set of annotations (visit the demo image at google drive).

The image in drive is also embedded below..

Anyone can add a comment and start a discussion based on an area of the image you see in the post.

On looking at the decathlon website for bike locks, we see all the products with photos, specs, maybe a review and the latest price.

The purpose of this idea is to see if something useful can be made that does cannot be immediately found in the official help video or at the website.

The file I have created could be valuable for Decathlon Customers, Staff and even Google themselves to refine adding comments to images in Drive.

Decathlon UK - Advice: How to choose your bike lock, English Transcript

Peter, Cycling Enthusiast to camera, ‘Today I’m going to help you choose a bike lock. There are three elements to consider when thinking about buying a bike lock
  1. The level of security that you require
  2. The number of bikes which you will be storing and
  3. The type of lock you want to buy
There are four main types of bike locks available
  1. a cable lock
  2. a D lock
  3. a chain lock and
  4. a folder lock
Generally, bike locks are broken into two main categories
  1. Ones which give security and safety for accessories or small parts, for helmets and the second category 
  2. Strong bike locks to secure the bike to an immovable object to prevent theft
For the main lock of your bike we would always recommend a strong lock such as a D lock or a chain lock - this really does help secure your bike very well.

And finally, the environment in which you are securing your bike really plays it’s part, so always try to make sure you secure your bike in a well lit area where it can really help deter thieves from taking your bike.

Locks tend to come with a security rating with a number found in the packaging generally ranging from 0 to 10, 10 being the strongest, 0 being the weakest. Of course, zero risk is not possible. So always make sure you can use a main D lock or chain lock to secure your bike and a secondary cable lock to slow down thieves.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Android Split Screen Combinations Part One and Two

where two screen become one on android 7.0 onwards

If you’ve a curious mind, then you often cannot stop thinking about things - in this case how an Android Screen can be Split into two halves to display two apps at the same time, side by side.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Android Accessibility Help Videos

Android Magnification Zoom

There are some quite brilliant Android Accessibility features hidden in plain sight - by that I mean found in Settings, System, Accessibility.

Mixing Voice and Music for Video

mixing voice and music with audacity

If you watch or make videos where someone is talking and there is music playing in the background, then read on.

Friday, 12 January 2018

G Suite New Ideas New Ways to use Apps on Mobile and Desktop

g suite playlist from

G Suite New Ideas New Ways to use Apps on Mobile and Desktop

This is a collection of ideas I have found using Gogle Docs, Slides, Drawings.

Finding a Drone Font for Police

On reading a tweet from Devon and Cornwall Police, there was a line, 'insert drone emoji here' which got me searching. I've drawn a blank on emoji (so far).

However, I have found a brilliant drone font and it's free. Thought it maybe useful for the odd bullet point or illustration on a poster or collage.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Saving Mobile Data with Datally

Datally Screenshots from Help Video 9 Jan 18

Datally is a new data saving mobile app that was introduced by google on 30 November 2017.

I've made five help videos to support those people who wish to learn.

Audacity 2.2.0 and beyond from Nov 2017

Audacity 2.2.1 on Win10
It’s easy, real easy to record decent audio - I use my Moto G4 phone, a few JVC HA EBR25 / EBR80 Sports headset plugged into the phone or my Win10 laptop. I also have a Zoom H1 pro Mic.

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