1Password Smart Folder for One-Time Passwords

I wanted to create a list of my accounts that use a TOTP code (often called by sites as 2-Step Verification, One-Time Password, or 2-Factor Authentication). Luckily it is easy to do this when you store the TOTP secrets in 1Password.

  1. Go to the File menu and select ‘New Smart Folder’
  2. Set the following simple criteria:
    1. “All” of the following is true
    2. “Any field name” “is” “One-Time Password”

Screenshot of this Smart Folder criteria:

Smart Folder for TOTP logins

Save the search and call it something like “2FA Enabled”

Now I can just click on this Smart Folder in 1Password and instantly view all of my logins that have a TOTP code configured.

Upgraded home network to a Arris SB6183 Cable Modem

A few months ago, I received notice that my Internet connection through Comcast was going to be upgraded from 105Mbps down to 150Mbps down. I had gotten into the 105 Mbps package as part of a promo in April. I thought nothing of that upgrade other than a thank you to Comcast, as my uBee DDM3513 Cable Modem was supposedly able to handle ~170Mbps down.

A couple of days ago, I received an automated phone call from Comcast. Normally I would ignore those as the tend to be marketing calls, but it turns out this one was actually interesting. Apparently my cable modem could not take full advantage of this new speed tier after all according to the message. A quick check on Comcast’s device list confirmed that, at least from their perspective.

I measured my Internet connection’s speed and it showed an average speed of ~129 Mbps down. Not 150 Mbps down, but close. So what could be the difference? I ended up purchasing an Arris SB6183 Cable Modem, which has a max speed of 686Mbps down, and tested it.

Turns out, I was losing out on a lot of speed. Buying the SB6183 increased my internet connection download speeds by ~48 Mbps, to approximately ~177 Mbps, a decent amount above Comcast’s advertised rate for my plan.

In reality, with just my wife and I, we don’t use nearly all of this connection even if we are both streaming Netflix at the same time. That said, with some changes upcoming in my life, the increased speed will be very nice. But that is a topic for another post.

Building a home office

I have decided to finally build out a true home office, where I can work and perform important tasks separate from anyone else in the house. I have a room upstairs that seems perfect for the role. It is separate from the rest of the living area, which means it will be quiet, and it is a decent size room so I have plenty of space to utilize.

For a MVP (Minimum Viable Product), I need to do the following:

  • Remove ugly wallpaper from the walls.
  • Prime and paint walls.
  • Hire electrician to fix two electrical outlets in room, as they both currently have an open ground.
  • Replace ugly ceiling light.
  • Move my sitting desk into the room and use a box or something to make a temporary standing desk.
  • Add a nice rug in my desk area.

For the next iteration after, I mulling over:

  • Add book shelves.
  • Refinishing the floors (might be done in MVP while the room is empty).
  • Adding more electrical outlets (might be done in MVP if more convenient and cost reasonable with electrician).
  • Run CAT 6 cable into room for better network connectivity.
  • Building an actual standing desk.
  • Add a nice couch or seat for reading, playing video games, etc.
  • Add speaker system.

I’m sure I will think of a few more additions and there is a possibility I will move a few items from the next phase into the MVP phase if they are more convenient to do then. That said, I am really trying to keep the MVP phase as small as possible, as I want to use this room by the beginning of November.

No pressure.