Inverted Tile Tracking

I’ve used Tile trackers while traveling to track my luggage through airports and hotels. I’m not sure if airlines approve, but if you put one on your luggage, you can then tell if the luggage is near your plane, or near baggage claim, or on our bus, etc. It is rather fun to know that your luggage is onboard your plane when flying somewhere.

Screen Shot 2018-02-10 at 2.41.52 PMA few months ago, I was traveling and had one in an outer pocket on my duffel bag. It arrived at the airport just fine and reported in as being there, but then it seemed to disappear and it has not been seen since. When I got the duffel, it was not there. The app still shows its last location as being at the airport.

One of the features of Tile is that if it goes missing, you can declare it missing and then if anyone running the Tile app passes near it, you will be notified that it has been seen with an approximate location. I reported this Tile missing, but it was never seen or reported on by anyone. I’m guessing it fell out of the pocket and was swept away in the trash at some point.


Two weeks ago I was at a conference and somehow the Tile that I had on my messenger bag came off my bag.  That night, I realized it was gone so I reported it missing on the Tile app.

The next morning, the app reported that it was seen in the hotel and a map was shown, but it was too complicated to figure out what this was telling me. Someone running the Tile app had been near my missing Tile.

An hour later, it was reported nearby again.  This time, I decided to go find it using the map and with some guesses, I managed to zero in on his approximate location. I entered a huge ballroom that was being cleaned out and re-set for whatever was happening net in that room. Men were all around taking down tables and chairs.

The app on my phone turned a light green indicating that my phone was sensing it. This time I activated the find function on the Tile and all the way across the banquet room, I could hear it playing its song. I walked through that huge hall around all the obstacles and found it sitting on a table singing away.

I have to say it was fun to track it down and find it. Just a dumb tracking device of limited value, but I found it using all this technology. I found a missing tracking device, not a missing bag.  Not your usual search.

These are interesting to try out and play with and you might give them a try.


Tablet and Pencil

I’m a note taker.

I’ve used various size notebooks and pens over the years to take notes in meetings, church, school and anywhere. I’m usually found with a small notebook and pen with almost all the time.IMG_3333

I take notes for two main reasons. The first reason is to capture whatever information is being presented. The second, and the one I think is most meaningful to me is that I stay better focused. When taking notes, and even sketchnoting, the material being presented, I’m much more focused and dialed into what is being shared.

The problem with written notes and notebooks is searching for content later in a notebook or even searching for which notebook contains notes you might remember. I’ve found myself numerous times trying to find something I’ve written down in one of these notebooks and I have to search through book after book. And I don’t always find whatever I’m looking to see.


There is a certain joy in writing things down, but the problem is finding things later and even years later having the document with you as you’ve changed books or notepads. Searching is a huge problem. A huge problem.

Over the years, I’ve tried several alternative tools or technologies to capture notes. I think I’ve bought and tried special electronic pens and paper twice but couldn’t get them to work well. And, at times, I’ve tried really hard to just type notes on a keyboard, but that has drawbacks like noise, lack of fast editing and the inability to sketch something quickly. I’ve just not found anything that works.

Two weeks ago I purchased an iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil and based on the recommendation of my dentist daughter, Noteshelf 2. This week I attended a conference where for 2 1/2 days I took handwritten notes on the Ipad in session after session. I ended up with 46 pages of electronic paper notes.



  • I took pictures of screens that were shown up front, they didn’t handout files in advance, and then dropped them into the document.
  • I took pictures of handouts in one session and pasted that entirely into the document.
  • I rearranged text as speakers went along so if they started talking about a point before they titled it, I would drag their points down the page later so I could put a proper title on it where I wanted it.
  • I drew pictures and diagrams.
  • I underlined and highlighted.
  • I did lots of erasing.
  • I boxed in key points.

In the two days, I found myself editing on the fly quickly and smoothly without derailing my focus or distracting anyone around me (I think). And as I became more comfortable with the tool, I tried new things like sketching and adding pictures. I found the whole process to be rather easy, fluid and fast.

I think this technology has arrived. The one thing this app(Noteshelf 2) doesn’t seem to have is a writing-to-text feature and a search capability on that text. There may be other application that can do this. This eco-system, as it stands today, seems to have mostly solved the writing capture process. Loved it. Recommended.