The wonder women of AgileBits

The wonder women of AgileBits

In continuing our celebration of Women’s Equality Day, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of the awesome women that I get to work with on the AgileBits team. Here’s a little bit about us and how we all get our start in the tech industry, and some of our future plans.

Aleen

Aleen

Aleen is the official writer for 1Password for iOS. She hails from Phoenix, Arizona, where she lives with her husband and two cats. She’s a diversity advocate, budding developer, wordsmith, and podcaster. If you’ve seen her at all on the Internets, you’ll also know that she’s in contention for the team’s coveted coolest hair award.

Aleen has always been interested in tech (she spent her 16th birthday reformatting her computer’s hard drive!) and has a degree in technical writing. She’s currently writing an app of her own to learn Swift 2.0, and she looks forward to helping out on the development team in the future.

You can read more about Aleen in her Behind the Mug feature.

Eva

Eva

Eva is a crafty geek who came to the tech industry reluctantly after attempting to avoid following in her programmer-parents’ footsteps. She loves tackling difficult problems, knitting, and all things Whedon. Eva works on our customer support and social media teams, and dreams of enhancing her PHP coding skills in her spare time. She and her husband are working on adopting a daughter and aspire to raise her to embrace her own geekiness, whatever form that may take.

Laura

Laura

Born in England, Laura has become a California girl by choice. She’s been working in tech since leaving school, first as a computer programmer and then as a teacher of programming, system design and database design for Tandem Computers. After raising two children, she pursued her tech passion and finally joined our team to wow our customers every day.

Megs

Megan

I guess I should tell you a little bit about myself, as well.

I’m an artist and a big sci-fi/fantasy geek (on the dressing-up-at-conventions level on the scale), and I’m responsible for leading the social media team here at AgileBits. When I’m not helping users in the forums or crafting content for 1Password on Facebook, you’re likely to find me exploring some new place with my camera or getting my hands messy in one sort of project or another.

AgileBits is my first foray into the tech world, and honestly, I couldn’t be enjoying it more. I love the challenge of solving problems for our customers and sharing the secure word about 1Password in a fun and creative way. (It’s also pretty great to be able to work from my choice of hammock or beanbag chair at the office!)

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle comes from an arts and sciences background and is responsible for keeping the AgileBits Toronto office organized and running smoothly. One of her favourite parts of her job is being able to send birthday treats to the AgileBits team members around the world. I have to say, it’s one of our favorite parts of her job, too!

Michelle is just about finished with her first big project at AgileBits: designing and coordinating our move into a shiny new office. You’ll soon get a good look at all her hard work, right here on the blog!

Peri

Peri

Peri is a musician who loves hiking, camping, and river excursions. She works on our customer support team, focussing her attention on 1Password for Android. After being the person in her family who always fixes the problems with everyone’s computers, an internship at Mozilla (the Ascend Project) introduced Peri to a few other AgileBits team members in her hometown of Portland. She just couldn’t resist joining us!

Sara

Sara

Sara is our Minister of Magic, responsible for making sure everything at AgileBits keeps running. Her favourite part of the job is working with awesome people. As one of the founders, she has often preferred a behind-the-scenes role, but is always ready to dive in and make sure our users know they are being heard and helping people feel the love. : )

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia is another Portlander who joined our team after attending Mozilla’s Ascend Project. When our official “Day Brightener” is not making users smile in the forums or via email, you’ll likely find her hosting a pub trivia night; singing karaoke; or off on some other pursuit of happiness, fun and adventure!

With a background in customer service and admin support, Virginia got her start in tech by talking to friends in the industry, attending conferences and meetups, and completing online coding tutorials. She’s been dreaming about development, but she’s enjoying customer support so much that she’s not sure she wants to give it up!

Winnie

Winnie

Winnie is a German expat living in Montreal. She’s an iOS developer with a passion for photography, travelling, and her two crazy cats. A teacher sparked Winnie’s love of programming, and she hasn’t looked back since! She loves being able to add new features and fix bugs in an app on which so many people depend.

Winnie is active in her local programming scene and is spending her spare time building an app that automates some of the processes in her home.

Want to be a part of this amazing team?

We’re always looking to add unique voices to our team. If you’re interested in talking to us about employment opportunities, please write to jobs@agilebits.com.

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Community Goodie: Workflow + Chrome for iOS + 1Password

Have you discovered Workflow for iOS yet? It joins Launch Center Pro and others in the category of Super Useful Apps that can save you a ton of time doing repetitive tasks or complicated things that span multiple apps. They can also just blow your mind with tasks you didn’t know iOS could pull off.

One of Workflow’s tricks is that it can make your workflows available inside other apps via its own App Extension. Harnessing the true power of this knowledge, 1Password user and Redditor papa-lozarou created a Workflow that searches 1Password for the domain of the current tab right within Chrome for iOS.

 

Picture this: you’re groovin’ along in Chrome for iOS, and you have to log into a thing to do a thing. Instead of switching to 1Password to unlock, manually search, copy, switch back over, and paste your password, you can now simply trigger Workflow right inside of Chrome. From there you can invoke 1Password’s in-app extension, which then automatically searches for the URL of your current tab.

You’ll still have to tap into the item to copy your password, but you’re still in Chrome where you can easily paste it and get on with your bad self.

Let’s give a shout out to Redditor papa-lozarou and Workflow for being just great. On an iOS device, you can download the Chrome workflow here.

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Check out the other apps on 1Password user #Homescreens!

Homescreen iconA little while ago, the fine folks at Betaworks released a clever app called #Homescreen. With a tap, you can share a screenshot and list of apps on your homescreen with your Twitter pals, then check out everyone’s apps at homescreen.is.

But #Homescreen’s cleverness runs much deeper. Not only can you click each app and check it out in the App Store, you can see some really cool stats (like 1Password is on 23 percent of homescreens!) and even all the other apps used by, say, the 1Password community.

Turns out 1Password is in some great company! Of course, Facebook and Twitter are there, and so are great apps (and favorites among AgileBits staff) like Fantastical, Day One, and Reeder. There’s also Slack (which we love for office chat), Launch Center Pro, Workflow, and Mailbox, and the list goes on. It’s also dynamically generated as more people share their homescreens, so it might even change over time.

Check out the full list of apps your 1Password comrades use, there are plenty of gems to discover! Give #Homescreen a try too—it’s a smart, simple way to learn more about your fellow homescreens.

1P Emergency Kit v3

Incredible 1Password users release 1Password Emergency Kit 3.0

The 1Password Emergency Kit is a clever PDF created by some of our brilliant users to help families and friends during unfortunate times. Invented by Mike Vardy at Productivityist a couple years ago, it recently reached version 3 and looks even more useful.

The idea behind this user-created Emergency Kit is simple: we create a will and place sensitive items in safe deposit boxes in case something happens to us. But with so much of our lives these days depending on the internet, many of us want a way to make 1Password part of these plans.

Thanks to Productivityist reader and 1Password user Charles Hamons, the 1Password Emergency Kit v3 is now a fillable PDF and includes space for even more useful information, such as locations of multiple vaults (and their Master Passwords) and even instructions for what to do with one’s social media accounts.

Admittedly, this isn’t quite a fun or exciting feature to boast about. But we are absolutely thankful for the work of Mike Vardy, Charles Hamons, and others in the community for building a useful 1Password tool that can help immensely during one of the most painful times in our lives.

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Getting chilly for charity

I’m not sure if you’ve been on the Internet lately, but there’s this “ice bucket challenge” thing going around. Sure enough, some members of the AgileBits crew were challenged, and in good form … we challenged all of our co-workers.

We’ve made a donation to ALS (as well as several other causes near and dear to our hearts) and thoroughly enjoyed helping our teammates take the plunge.

Now that we’ve done our good deed for the week, we challenge YOU. Make the world a better place. Donate to a worthy cause and dump a bucket of ice water on a friend.

Help 1Password support Adults with Learning Disabilities

FSsite01We like to help people here at AgileBits, whether or not it involves keeping your passwords and other things safe. When we discovered we will soon have an opportunity to do a little of both, we couldn’t resist, and we wanted to see if you could lend a hand.

Frederick Sarran likes to ride bikes. He also happens to work near Greig Allen, one of our Customer Support Happiness Engineers, for Balnagask Court in Torry, Aberdeen, a complex for Adults with Learning Disabilities (ALD) and Mental Health issues. Balnagask Court helps these adults with activities like outings, arts and crafts, and music. On August 8, Frederick is going to start riding 450 miles all over Scotland, UK to raise money so Balnagask Court can do more. This is where we all come in.

You can donate to Balnagask Court at Frederick’s website and help spread the word with his Facebook Page. Every little bit helps, and his biking trip is fully funded which means 100% of your donations will help Balnagask Court provide better communal rooms, new chairs and equipment, and more activities that do wonders to enrich the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

To say thanks for your donation, Frederick will promote you, your company, or simply your personal Twitter account on his website and on the ride. AgileBits made a donation to sponsor the ride so Frederick will wear a couple of our t-shirts for parts of the trip. We hope you can chip in too.