Download All Of Your Google Account Data (currently supporting 19 products)

September 20, 2014

Go to Google Takeout… Sign into your account, if not signed in already. Next step create and archive by selecting what data sources you want to download data from (currently 19 different sources).

Google Takeout

Depending on the size and amount of data you have stored online with Google, the archiving process can take hours (and even days). The archives are typically broken down into 2GB segments. You will be notified in your Gmail when your data archive is available for download.

This is a good way to determine what data you are storing out there; plus, in the event you opt to change services this data will be available to help smooth the transition.


A Mouse Designed Specifically For Web Scrolling

September 20, 2014

I just purchased the Logitech M325 Mouse, to use with my nettop computer, and must say I am quite impressed with how smooth this mouse scrolls web pages. Typically with a mouse you get that click-click-click feel when scrolling webpages. With the Logitech M325 the mouse wheel operates as smooth as silk when scrolling pages.

Logitech M325

The Logitech M325 is mainly designed for use with notebook computers; however, it is a reasonably priced mouse that I would not be afraid to use as the mouse for my desktop. One feature I like with this mouse is that you can tilt the mouse wheel left or right to go backwards or forward when navigating web pages. Also, has very good ratings


Manage The Volume On Your Computer With The Wheel On Your Mouse

September 18, 2014

When I need to raise or lower the sound on my computer, I simply move my mouse pointer to the taskbar (at the bottom) of the screen and rotate the mouse wheel forward to raise the volume and rotate the mouse wheel backward to lower the volume (to the point that it can be muted). To do this I use the utility, by Nirsoft, called Volumouse. This little utility (which is less that 100KB) has been around for quite awhile and works on all modern Windows platforms.

Volumouse

To make Volumouse operate in the manner which I described above, simply launch Volumouse and under the column labelled “Use the wheel when“, select “Mouse cursor is over the taskbar“…  Click “OK“, then “Apply” and that is all there is to it.

 

 


Get All Your Mail In One App With MailWise (Android)

September 16, 2014

I have multiple email accounts through multiple email providers (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo) which serve specific purposes (to prevent drowning in email). To manage my accounts from my Android devices (smartphone and tablet) I use an email client called MailWise.

I recently started using MailWise; and, in comparison to some of the other Android email clients I have used, I am finding that load time is fast and managing my multiple accounts (from one app instead of many) is easy to do.

The best thing I like is that it just plain looks good on my smartphone. My email, from these multiple accounts are displayed chronologically in a quick and accessible format. The excessive formatting that you find in standard email is sorted out by MailWise, getting you to the heart of the email.

Another factor with MailWise is that none of your data is stored in the cloud anywhere. All email data that transpires is stored locally on your device.

Mail Wise

Key Benefits:

  • Get all your mail in one app with the best conversation view on the market.
  • Safe & Secure – a pure client side email app – all data is stored locally on your device. Your data can’t leak from our server – we don’t have a server.
  • Manage multiple email accounts from different providers conveniently in one email client app.
  • Optimize your Inbox – a smart way to make email fun again.
  • The best Exchange mail app & easiest way to access and manage your ActiveSync Exchange & Outlook Email account on your mobile.
  •  Completely Free!
  • Please allow up to 24 hours after installation for the app to become faster as it merges your inbox into conversations locally

GEEK SQUEAK – According to PCWorld “SanDisk’s new SD card has an insane 512GB of storage”

September 15, 2014

This SD card has a capacity that is more that the hard drive in my computer…

Get a load of this! Sandisk recently announced the world’s first SD card with a capacity of 512 gigabytes—half a terabyteof storage. That’s right, you’ll soon be able to buy an SD card with more capacity than many PC hard drives, as long as you don’t mind paying an insane premium for the privilege.

And you thought it was cool carting around a 16GB SD card with a basic Ubuntu install on it… READ MORE @ PCWorld

SanDisk 512GB


FREE SafeHouse Explorer – An Excellent Alternative Replacement To TrueCrypt

September 14, 2014

As a geek who has a passion for software, I often get on these kicks where I will focus on one particular software category. Lately, with all the news of various cloud based services being compromised, I started on the hunt for some good file/folder encryption software. What I was looking for was something that I could run as a standalone application (portable app) that could be executed, not only from my computer, but from a flash drive; PLUS, I wanted something where I could encrypt my files prior to copying them and making them resident in the cloud.

What I was finding that there are many encryption utilities out there; however, many of them I felt uncomfortable with due that they are not being actively updated and/or further developed. I wanted something that had weathered the changes in Windows operating system and was still being actively developed and promoted. As a matter of fact, TrueCrypt, one of the most recognized encryption utilities out there, recently experienced a setback and mysteriously vaporized leaving existing users wondering about the security of their data.

During my thought processes of all of this I remembered featuring on the blog (just over 2 years ago) a FREE encryption utility, called SafeHouse Explorer. Sure enough, after visiting and browsing the SafeHouse Explorer site, the software is still running strong and is current with Windows 8. They even offer a commercial version of their software.

After downloading SafeHouse Explorer and testing out the software, it was then I realized that with cloud storage being the thing, SafeHouse Explorer may have been ahead of its’ time when I first used it a couple years back. SafeHouse Explorer can be stored on the cloud where it can be downloaded and run from any Windows based computer. It also has the ability to create what is called self-extracting EXE encrypted storage vaults where you could encypt a bunch of files, package them as an EXE, and send them up to the cloud; THEN, when you need the files again you would download and run the EXE, enter your password, and the files are then accessible to you. If your cloud based service will not accept EXE files, simply upload the vault file

Following my testing of SafeHouse Explorer and using it in the various scenarious (i.e. as a portable app, as a cloud encryption solution) I can say SafeHouse Explorer is the way to go. My suggestion is to download, run and take the time to learn how SafeHouse Explorer works. You will not be disappointed:PLUS, you will gain the satisfaction that you have a solution in hand to protect files you store on the internet.

  • Complete full-featured stand-alone security solution.
  • Hides, locks and encrypts documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos and anything else.
  • Perfect for USB memory sticks and other portable media – even iPods!
  • Super strong 256-bit Twofish advanced encryption ensures your total protection.
  • Unlimited number of private storage vaults as large as 2,000 Gigabytes each.
  • Graphical password strength meter helps you choose strong passwords.
  • Can be run directly from USB memory sticks without prior Windows installation.
  • Can create self-extracting EXE encrypted storage vaults. Just click and run.
  • Fully-compatible with all other SafeHouse products and file formats.
  • Full version is 100% FREE and freely distributable. Never expires!

 SPECIAL NOTETo make SafeHouse Explorer a portable app, download the software and there is a feature in the software that makes it easy to transfer the SafeHouse Explorer program to your flash drive (or other portable media).


VIDEO – See SafeHouse Explorer In Action

 


Use Ctrl + H in Google Chrome To Access and Manage Your Browsing History

September 13, 2014

If you use the Google Chrome Web Browser, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and hit the “H” key… This hotkey combination makes it easy to view your history (for the past 90 days) and to manage various aspects of it, such as “clearing your browsing history” and managing the history on any of your other google account signed-in devices.

Chrome - Browsing History

Use the History page to view a list of websites you’ve ever visited in the last 90 days while using Google Chrome in standard mode. This page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you’ve deleted from your browsing history. If you’re signed in to Chrome on multiple devices you will see your browsing history from those signed-in devices. Any changes that you make to your history on one device will be synced to your other signed-in devices automatically.

 


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