Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 14, 2013

September 14, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (NEW Evernote Web Clipper): I have tried every note taking and note keeping application out there and I am convinced that Evernote is the best. Recently, the developers of Evernote released the NEW Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Google Chrome that features a completely re-done interface (see below);

Squeak #2 – (Outlook.com Finally Supports IMAP): IMAP is a mail protocol that allows email clients to access messages stored on a remote mail server. The beauty of IMAP is that everything stays in sync no matter which device you use. For example, any change you make on your inbox on one device appears on the other devices. Adding the IMAP protocol, by Microsoft, to their new web based mail is a big step. See below “how to” take advantage of IMAP with Outlook.com – -formerly Hotmail (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Win +X Menu Editor):  If you hit the Win key plus the X key on your keyboard in Windows 8 a menu will appear (in the bottom left corner of the screen). You can also get to that same menu by going to the bottom left corner of the screen and when the Start Screen thumbnail appears, right mouse click. This menu is pretty handy; however, there are no built in ways to edit or manage the menu – – UNTIL NOW (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Nice Looking Card Reader):  In to computer builds? Then don’t forget to add a card reader to the build list (see below)…

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The All New Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Chrome

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The first thing you’ll notice is the Web Clipper’s new look. When you click on the elephant icon, the Clipper panel slides in from the right, exposing all the features from top to bottom. Some sections, like tags and notebooks, pop out to let you conveniently choose what you need…READ MORE


Here’s how to use Outlook.com’s
long-overdue IMAP support

@ PCWorld

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Outlook.com’s IMAP and OAuth support are just the latest features in Microsoft’s rapid-fire blitz to claim the webmail crown from arch-rival Google. Over the past several months, the service has added Skype integration, a vastly improved Calendar app, alias sign-ins, and two-factor authentication in a bid to compete with Gmail… READ MORE


Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8

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A simple and useful way to edit Win+X menu without system files modification. It keeps your system integrity untouched… GET IT HERE


NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25-Inch Mesh Card Reader
with 2x USB 3.0

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Jot Down Your Notes With the NEW Google Keep

March 21, 2013

Yesterday I came across something that is NEW with Google called Google Keep that just may end up rivaling the likes of Evernote and SpringPad.

Google Keep is a NEW online note keeping service that works in connection with your Google Drive. If you have a Google account, such as Gmail, then your account will give you access to the other Google services such as Google Drive; and now, Google Keep. Google Keep is web based, so you can access it from any internet enabled computer  or device (click here for an example) or you can install the Android version of Google Keep to your Android based phone or tablet (click here for more on this).

From what I am seeing right now, Google Keep is in the very early stages and actually I am not seeing where it is connecting to my Google Drive (yet).  The actual notes are very basic (right now) with no rich text formatting; however, you can add images.

Will this be a competitor to Evernote and Springpad?  Time will only tell whether more features will be added, etc… in order to bring Google Keep up to the speed with Evernote or Springpad. I just thought it to be interesting, that Google is making a service such as this, available.

The biggest concern I have is that Google comes up with these great ideas, then couple years down the road decides to kill them (i.e. Google Notebook, iGoogle, and Google Reader). Personally, I thought Google Notebook was ahead of its’ time and was an excellent service.

You can read more about Google Keep on Google’s Official Blog [HERE].

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Evernote To SpringPad Converter

March 18, 2013

Evernote and SpringPad are the top guns out there when it comes to storing notes, thoughts, images, articles, etc… I currently lean toward Evernote, calling it my supplemental brain; however, SpringPad always has my eye. I encourage you to look at either of these online note keeping services. You will not regret it…

As I mentioned, SpringPad has my eye and recently I decided to give it another good look. What had me concerned is that I could not find any easy way, within SpringPad, to import my notes from Evernote.

After doing some futile searching, I did come across an Evernote to Springpad Converter site that gives you the ability to convert the Evernote “enex” notebook files to the SpringPad format.

Evernote to Springpad

In order to do this, you will have to install the desktop version of Evernote so that you can export each notebook to a file (enex format) that can be uploaded to the converter.

Anyway, after getting my notebooks transferred to SpringPad, and really playing around with it, I am still hooked on my supplemental brain (Evernote). SpringPad is still developing, looks very nice; but, what I experienced is that the search feature for a specific note or specific text in a note was not as robust as in Evernote.

In the end, after going through all of this, I decided to share the information about the Evernote to SpringPad Converter in case you want to make the switch or you wanted to give SpringPad a try.

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Create and Customize Your Very Own Quick Access Notepad Using Google Docs

July 9, 2012

One of my favorite note keeping and note collecting apps is Evernote, but there are times where I just need to jot down a thought, web link, reminder, phone number, etc… without having to navigate my large Evernote collection or having to actually use paper. The post-it note concept, whether paper notes or electronic notes, did not really catch on with me due to the notes being scattered about. I needed something that was simple and within immediate reach.

One solution that I came up with to keep these types of notes, where I could quickly access the notes, was to create my very own quick access notepad using Google Docs (aka: Google Drive).  If you have a Gmail account, you can easily gain access to and start using Google Docs (aka: Google Drive). Google Docs consists of a suite of apps such as: Documents, Presentations, Forms, Spreadsheets, Drawings, etc…).  In my case, to create my very own personal notepad, I used the “document” component.

To get you started, simply open up a new Google Drive “document” where you can let your imagination fly in creating and customizing your own quick access notepad.

In my case, I changed the margins on both sides to 0.5 inches (to take full advantage of the document space), I changed the background color to yellow (to emulate the color of a canary yellow notepad); I inserted a table with two columns with blue table borders (to emulate the line color in a yellow notepad); and finished it up by inserting a header with a title of Rick’s Notepad (in a red font). The fun part about all of this is that it can be customized and changed at any time.

Rick's Notepad

After creating and customizing the notepad, we now need to make it where we can quickly access (and even share) the notepad.  To do this, click on the “File” menu and select “Share”. The “Share Settings” dialog box will appear. NOTE: In my case, I kept my notepad private and did not share it.

Share Google Docs

Here is the most important part (or key) to making your notepad quickly accessible.

Under “Link to share (only accessible by collaborators)”, you will see a web address. That address is a direct web link (or shortcut) to your notepad. At this point you can copy that web link to anywhere you desire. In my case I inserted it on my browsers bookmark bar, inserted it into my actual favorite bookmarks, and used the link in my Symbaloo web launcher app (which is very cool). Other places to save the link that is possible is your desktop, the Windows taskbar, the Start Menu, etc… This web link (shortcut) allows you to quickly access your notepad directly from any internet browser enabled device (such as your computer, smartphone, tablet pc, etc…).

Once you have this all customized to your personal taste, you can save text, web links, pictures, etc… to your notepad. You can even search for note entries by holding down the “Ctrl+F” keys on your keyboard. NOTE: I highly recommend that you insert a table when you create your notepad so that it can serve to separate the notes.

I have found that the notepad I created, I use more and more everyday, because it’s just plain simple and it works; plus, it gives me a sense of creativity.

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Set Up Your Own Personal Notepad in the Cloud

December 26, 2011

imageThis does not get any simpler or basic than this… Go to notepad.cc and you will be looking at a blank page where you can create and save an endless page of notes.  No account is required.

When you get to the site, you are automatically assigned your own personal web address, that you can also change (at the bottom of the note page).  Make sure you remember the address so that you can access your notes again. Once you get the address you desire, you can share your notepad and even password protect it.  If you need another page to save notes, simply type in notepad.cc in your browser and you will be presented with another blank note. I found this app to work perfectly on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and has come in real handy when I need to jot something down.

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Diigo – An Awesome Personal Research Tool

February 7, 2011

Recently I have been focused on the cloud based bookmarking and notekeeping services such as Evernote and SpringPad. Everyday I find something new and this week I have been testing out another online service called Diigo. Now Diigo, as I soon found out, is not something new; but is new to me. As matter of fact Diigo has been around for approximately 5 years and actually started out as a social bookmarking service similar to Delicious. It has evolved into something very special and very powerful.

Diigo

Recently Diigo came out with a new beta version (V5.0) of their service, that in my opinion, is really making it shine. I currently have lined up on my PC, Delicious, Evernote, SpringPad and Diigo.  For the life of me, I keep going back to the beta of Diigo and have come to the conclusion that Diigo is now my go to app for gathering and storing information I find on the internet.

Here’s Why?

First off, it is more than your typical bookmarking service.  It is a conglomeration of various research utilities (in one package) that gives you the ability to collect and highlight information with powerful browser annotation and note keeping tools; the ability to remember, organize, tag and bookmark your information; and, the ability to share that information and knowledge with others in a knowledge sharing social network. To be honest with my readers, Diigo is one of the best personal research and bookmarking tools I have ever experienced. It is simplistic, loads fast and is just plain awesome (in my opinion).  It does not have all the eye candy that you may see with some of the other services, but it gets the job done and does it fast.

I think the favorite part of Diigo that I like the most is that any bookmarks that I have saved, there is a link, adjacent to the bookmarks that allows me to preview (load) the actual web page without leaving the Diigo site.

Diigo provides a browser add-on that can really improve your research productivity. As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of web pages. Unlike most other web “highlighters” that merely clip, Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book!

Moreover, all the information — highlighted paragraphs, sticky notes, and the original url — are saved on Diigo servers, creating your personal digest of the web, your own collection of highlights from the web – ones that are meaningful to you! You can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iPhone.

I encourage anyone who is into blogging, research, and information gathering to give this one try. Best part about Diigo is that you can sign up for a FREE account (which I use) or can go all out with a PREMIUM account (with more bells and whistles).

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Save Anything You Want to Remember On Your Phone or Computer with SpringPad

December 13, 2010

Here of late I have been on a roll with applications that are cloud based; or in other words applications that you run directly from the internet. Recently I have been testing an online note keeping application called SpringPad.

SpringPad

If you are an Evernote user then you will be able to relate to SpringPad; and I must say, if you are an Evernote user, then you need take a look at SpringPad. This app has come a long ways.

In summary SpringPad is a totally FREE powerful online application that gives you the ability to store information. Look at it as your personal database of everything that’s of interest to you that can be accessed anywhere in the world where you can get to the internet.

SpringPad

For example, I use SpringPad to bookmark web sites, keep notes, maintain to do lists, clip information from web pages, reflect my thoughts, etc…  All this information can be organized in notebooks or posted on your own digital bulletin board.  There are also mobile uses for SpringPad available such as barcode scanning, locating nearby places and businesses and photo saving.

Think of Springpad as your own place in the cloud – a high-powered internet-connected personal database of everything that’s of interest to you, even if you’re not ready to do something about it right away. Everything is automatically synced between your mobile devices and the web for instant and universal access.

The one feature that is most important to me is the SpringPad Google Chrome Browser Extension. With this extension installed you can instantly save information you want to save without leaving the site you are browsing. If you are not a Google Chrome user, there is a bookmarklet available that will let you do the same thing.

After testing SpringPad, I can honestly say it has found a home on my PC. I encourage you to give this application a try. It is FREE, requires no installation on your computer and has so many features I cannot begin to mention them all here.

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