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backup to email April 15, 2008

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Sometimes you have files that are very important to you, and you need to make sure that you retain access to them, in the event of a catastrophe. While most people know and understand that they need to have a good backup process in place that they can trust, most people also don’t have one. The reason most people don’t have one is that it’s a pain to do.

Here’s an easy way to start backing up the important files in your life. Create a Gmail account for the purpose of storing your backed up files, then download and install

Backup to Email.

Backup to Email is a little utility that adds a context menu option on your system called, appropriately, “Backup to Email”. Choosing that menu option when right-clicking on a file will automatically zip up the file into 10 MB chunks (if the file is larger than 10 MB in the first place), and email it to a pre-determined email address. This is where that Gmail account you created comes in.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Backup to Email also has some rudimentary functionality to deal with dropped connections; if a connection is dropped during a file transfer, it will re-attempt the transfer 100 times at two minute intervals.




Google Calendar now syncs with Outlook! March 7, 2008

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Google Calendar Sync allows you to sync events between Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar. You’ll be able to determine the direction of information flow, as well as the sync frequency. Staying on top of your Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar events has never been easier!

Google Calendar Sync: Getting Started

mini map sidebar February 23, 2008

Posted by brandon in firefox, google, productivity, Tips and Tricks.
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i’ve been using the sidebar more and more for all sorts of apps. 

mini map sidebar lets you drag and drop locations from a web page and have them automagically mapped.

Mini Map Sidebar :: Firefox Add-ons


gDocsBar February 4, 2008

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Use Google Docs and Firefox?

This sidebar extension for Firefox  let’s you drag and drop document uploads to your Google Docs account and search and filter documents from the sidebar.

Neat stuff

Google Docs Bar – Companion for Firefox


GOOG-411 October 15, 2007

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Google TalkGoogle’s new 411 service is free, fast and easy to use. Give it a try now and see how simple it is to find and connect with local businesses for free.

Dial 800 GOOG 411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone
State the location and business type
Connect to the business for free

Watch a demonstration video at: 1-800-GOOG-411


Tweaking Google Driving Directions June 29, 2007

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this is pretty cool. now you can change your route by dragging the route!

Google Maps: Drag and drop to tweak your driving route – Lifehacker


Google Docs redesign! June 28, 2007

Posted by brandon in file sharing, freeware, google, productivity.
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The Google Docs interface has been redesigned and it looks pretty sharp!

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

The best new feature…

Organize your documents with folders
Organize your documents with folders
As your documents grow in number, we wanted to make it easier to manage
and organize them by adding folders. Create a folder by clicking the
“New” button in the upper left hand corner, select “Folder” and add the
name of the folder. Now just drag and drop any document into it or add
one document to multiple folders.


Google Tip: Use a Colon (PCMAG.COM) June 14, 2007

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Quick tip from PC Magazine

Google Tip: Use a Colon – Expert Help by PC Magazine

Search engines have gotten so good that I sometimes forget that they offer fantastically useful syntax for more specific results. I’ll point these out from time to time, but here are my top three most useful Google search modifiers that use a colon:

site:URL and search term. As in, site:www.pcmag.com “wireless router.” Insiders point out that this modifier is even stronger if you drop the www. You can also drop the domain name entirely and search, for example, only .gov sites.

define:word. This brings up definitions, related phrases, and offers to translate the word.

filetype:file extension and search term. It may be obvious, but this lets you search for files with a certain extension, such as PPT for a PowerPoint presentation on your topic.


Using Google Calendar? May 22, 2007

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… then you should be using Better GCal for Firefox

Exclusive Lifehacker Download: Enhance Google Calendar with the Better GCal Firefox extension – Lifehacker


Use Picasa with your Mac May 17, 2007

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Now there’s a free download that comes with two ways for Mac users to upload photos to Picasa Web Albums — from directly within iPhoto or using drag-and-drop from a standalone application

For iPhoto™
The Picasa Web Albums Exporter is a plug-in that lives right inside iPhoto™. Select photos, choose Export in the File or Share menu, and upload them directly to your web album.

For a standalone application
The Picasa Web Albums Uploader is a small application just for uploading your photos to your web album  — simply drag photos from the Finder and click the Upload button. Use this method if you want to upload photos or folders of photos that aren’t in iPhoto™, add captions to your photos before you upload them, and search your Mac for recently added photos.