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The One Time Card - super secure credit card

The One Time Credit Card is a new approach to the use of existing credit card technology.

All existing attempts to introduce more secure credit card transactions have involved adding new capabilities to the existing network and an education cycle for the general public which is just too complicated and unwieldy to use for most people.

So why is the One Time Card different?

Because it uses existing credit card numbers in a new and simple way. There is no need to update the credit card or debit network. Credit card numbers are issued to users as they need them and can only be used one time before they expire.

A hacker needs to intercept and use each card number and use it before being discovered. This almost completely closes the window for hacking and credit card fraud.

Basically, the One Time Card technology uses the same principles as One Time Password tokens without the pain of tokens. Rather, existing credit card numbers are used and then recycled. The simple nuts and bolts of how this …

Captains Log - automated voice recorder

Are you a voice note taker? Were you inspired as a child by the idea of recording your thoughts, ideas and daily events when you saw Captain Kirk recording his daily Captains Log on every other episode of Star Trek?

This invention was made for you.

Every time a new voice recorder technology came out, its capability and features were compared with that ultimate benchmark. The closest thing I saw was Jott, a phone service that allows you to call an 800 number and dictate a note which is then sent to a transcription service and returned to you as email...

Sounds simple enough...

But the process is still too cumbersome. Your cell phone has to be in range, you have to wait for the connection and the greeting, and then you cant start and stop the recording as ideas come to you... you have to complete the message and move on... no breaks.

Sadly, these kinds of limitations are often deal breakers for real world use. The fact that Caption Kirk could succinctly capture a days activity in 30 seconds …