Social Commuting


It just solves people’s problems …

Commuter – standing on the street or waiting in a queue for a taxi, jockeying to get into a taxi with other commuters when it’s a free for all in the street, getting turned down by the taxi because your destination is too far, taxi driver haggling with you for a little extra on the fare, worry at the back of your mind that the driver may have bad intentions. 

Taxi Driver – looking for the next passenger as soon as he drops the last passenger to minimize on un-metered mileage, looking for a passenger who’s destination is along his intended route, having to negotitate with passengers on their destination and fare before he let’s them in the taxi, and just plain old making as much money as he can. 

GrabTaxi – solves a lot of the problems above with mobile technologies and the internet. Try it out if it’s available in your area.  Or try other similar app’s. 

Lesson 2 ~ Avoid stressful experiences

Lesson 16 ~ Which old problems can be taken care of with the new stuff


Wrong delivery or surprise freebie

April 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Here’s a SmartSolve I learned from someone I bought from online.  I bought the armband for my iPod nano from an online marketplace, kind of like ebay. When I got the package and opened it up I noticed that other than the armband, there was the silicone neck-strap with an iPod connector.  I soon figured that the connector will not have anything to do with charging or syncing, but is there simply to hold the iPod as a necklace. I immediately worried that I had forgotten that I had ordered and paid for it as well, or if they included it in the package mistakenly (ok, I wasn’t exactly worried if it was that).  After thinking about it a little more, I suspected that it was a freebie.   That’s because the seller was really pleasant to deal with.  Of course I eventually confirmed with the seller that it was a free item from her.

You see freebies from TV or online sellers all the time, but the difference here is that there was no sales pitch or mention of additional items for free … “If you order now you’ll get a free frying pan!”.  It was really a surprise gift for making the purchase. I like to imagine that the seller had browsed through SmartSolve, because the lessons in this case are lessons already learned in previous SmartSolves.

Lesson1 ~ Free is good
Lesson6 ~ Come up with pleasant surprises

Slides aren’t just for the playground

August 11, 2013 Leave a comment


Here’s the first SmartSolve I got from Facebook. There’s a university in Germany that built this slide in their building. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s an engineering or creative arts building. I don’t think they came up with it just to save on electricity for elevators or escalators. It’s just plain fun! Not to mention quicker than the stairs.

Google it, “German university slide”. There are even videos on YouTube of students using it.

Lesson 14 ~ Gravity – make it work for you
Lesson 15 ~ Make it fun!

Floormat grabbing trash can for the car

August 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s another grabber. In my wife’s car, trash is all over the place. Slips of paper, wrappers, tissue found in the door handles, side door pockets, cup holders, floor … everywhere. That’s why I was happy when we came accross this in the hardware store. This is a product from Elevo.

For the car, what’s better than a typical small waste bin for trash? One that clips itself to the floormat so that it doesn’t move around while you’re driving.

Lesson9 ~ Make use of what’s near

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Vacation in an Airport

August 5, 2013 Leave a comment


It’s pretty amazing how the Changi Airport of Singapore transformed itself. It’s what you would typically see from cities or countries that improve itself to increase tourists. In Changi they’ve built free cinema theaters, free wi-fi, free big screen sports televisions, gym, shower, sleeping area, giant slide for the young and young at heart, city tours (yes, you go outside the airport), cruises, playground, and others. For my next international trips, I’ll be planning for long layovers in Changi.

Lesson6 ~ Come up with pleasant surprises
Lesson13 ~ Look different (how? lesson in progress)

Bathroom accessory for the office

July 9, 2013 1 comment


Do you have a whiteboard in the office and find yourself reaching for the markers and eraser from a table nearby whenever you need to write something?  Then you think, woudn’t it be great if this whiteboard had a holder for these?  And usually boards don’t have them.  Then you find yourself in the office supplies store looking at expensive holders.  The ones you can attach to the board in various ways.  I found myself in that situation and thought, this is ridiculous.  It’s too much.  Then … ‘idea’, what’s a cheaper alternative to this?  Where else do you need to attach holders to fixed sufaces to put stuff in?  ‘Idea’ … the bathroom!  There’s tons of options for bathroom fixtures, and affordale ones at that.  The one I got that’s in the picture I think is for soap and toothbrushes.  I think.  It attaches perfectly to the board with suction cups.  And it looks good!  You wouldn’t think right away that it’s for the bathroom.

I didn’t think of posting this solution when I got this holder, because I though it was too common.  I got convinced to post it when our office thought it was a good idea, and decided to buy several more for all the other whiteboards in the office.  Now, I see it alll aroud the office, attached to the whiteboards.  So that I think is worthy of being posted.

Lesson10 ~ The cheaper alternative is in another store

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Facebook as a magazine



Flipboard. An iOS app from … Flipboard. It turns the layout of Facebook and a few other sites into what looks like magazine articles. It simply makes it easier to read. Then, you can amusingly flip through the articles as you would with the pages of a magazine. In the iPad you flip horizontally like a real magazine. In the iPhone it’s horizontal because that’s what you’d naturally do with your thumb. As far as making things easy goes, you can’t get any simpler than that.

Lesson12 ~ Don’t force it
Lesson13 ~ Look different (how? lesson in progress)

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