A Backup Strategy for Your Gmail

February 28, 2011

image You may have read in the news where some Gmail users found some problem with their Gmail accounts where email messages, labels, themes and other personalized settings suddenly were not present.

When we are at the mercy of online (cloud based) apps, such as Gmail, it is always good to have a backup plan; especially, if the data is important to you.

One thing that I do with all my online email accounts is that I have incoming emails forwarded to another account. For example, in my case, I have Gmail (and my other accounts) configured to forward my incoming email to my inbox.com account. Once I see that my inbox.com account is nearing its’ limit, I will do a cleanup. As a matter of fact, you can setup Gmail to forward to more than one account for a double duty backup.  Now, if you are concerned about backing up email you send, simply get in the habit of sending a “bcc” (blind carbon copy) to the backup account. So far this strategy has worked for me and is very easy to setup.

How to Forward Gmail to Another Email Account Automatically:

Here’s how to forward messages automatically:

  1. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page, and open the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  2. From the first drop-down menu in the Forwarding section, select ‘Add new email address.’
  3. Enter the email address to which you’d like your messages forwarded.
  4. For your security, we’ll send a verification to that email address.
  5. Open your forwarding email account, and find the confirmation message from the Gmail team.
  6. Click the verification link in that email.
  7. Back in your Gmail account, select the ‘Forward a copy of incoming mail to…’ option and select your forwarding address from the drop-down menu.
  8. Select the action you’d like your messages to take from the drop-down menu. You can choose to keep Gmail’s copy of the message in your inbox, or you can send it automatically to All Mail or Trash.
  9. Click Save Changes.

You also can set up filters to forward messages that meet specific criteria. You can create 20 filters that forward to other addresses. You can maximize your filtered forwarding by combining filters that send to the same address.

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FREE Software to Find Your Software Product (or License) Keys

February 28, 2011

It was not too far back that I did a post on Locating Your Software License Keys that has become quite popular. In that particular article I provided several software solutions to recovering product or license keys to commercial software that you may have purchased.

Did you know that if you do a complete reinstall of the software on your PC, you will need the product license keys (or serial/registration information) for the software that you had paid for?

Since the posting of that article, I have come across another very powerful software solution to recover your software product (or license) keys called Simple Key.

Simple Key

Most people I have personally assisted with PC issues, typically lose track as to where they placed the software keys (usually an alpha and numeric string of characters) that is needed to reinstall the software. Remember, these keys is like the keys to your house; you are the only one with the key. These keys are typically assigned to you, by the software developer, and are there as a demonstration of ownership and to prevent software piracy.

Simple Key is a portable application and has the ability to scan the Windows registry and identify product keys for over 430 programs ( Supported Programs ). With Simple Key and the other apps mentioned in my previous article, titled Locating Your Software License Keys, you have a pretty good shot of recovering those product (or license) keys.

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Wallpaper of Week (#6)

February 27, 2011

This week’s wallpaper background for your computer is a broken Microsoft Windows background. Gives the illusion that the monitor screen is broken.

To get this wallpaper, click on the image below and you will be taken directly to the source.

Wallpaper - Broken Windows

Need wallpaper software to show off your wallpaper collection? Try one of these:

John’s Background Switcher

Walyk Wallpaper Changer

Wallpaper Updater

Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [ CLICK HERE ] .

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Geek Squeak #102: New Food Recipe Search View in Google

February 26, 2011

Google is worthy of Geek Squeak #102 for the NEW Recipe View that is now available when you search for a food ingredient or recipe.  Here’s an example of how it works… Pull up the Google Search engine at Google.com. Enter the word chicken and you will get a ton of results related to chicken; however, on the right side of the screen you will notice the word “Recipes”. Click on “Recipes” and voila the search results now provides nothing but recipes related to chicken. You can then filter that result down further by ingredients, preparation time, and calories using options in Google’s left-hand toolbar.

Google Recipe View

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Geek Squeak #101: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

February 25, 2011

Google is worthy of Geek Squeak #101 for the NEW Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office…  If you are a Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint user (2003, 2007, 2010) and a Google Docs user, this plugin from Google will sync your Microsoft Documents, as indicated, with your online Google Docs account. The real power with this plugin is that you can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents with coworkers.

For home based users of Microsoft Office and Google Docs, this is a great way to sync (backup) your docs to your Google Docs account.

[Click Here] to watch video about Google Cloud Connect

Video - Google Cloud Connect

How does it work?

Syncing and sharing documents: Google Cloud Connect tracks, manages, and syncs all changes on your Microsoft Office documents into one updated version for each document. Each document that you sync through Google Cloud Connect gets a unique URL or web address that you can share with collaborators through IM or email. Depending on the privacy setting you’ve selected for the document, other people will be able to click this link and view the document in the browser.

Collaborating simultaneously on documents: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office lets you easily share documents with other people. When you add other people as editors to a document, they receive an email letting them know that you’ve shared a document with them. From there, they can open a link to view the document in the browser, or if they want to make edits, they can download the document and open it in Microsoft Office. When an editor makes changes to a document in Microsoft Office, all changes get synced and appear on your screen.

Revision history: Using Google Cloud Connect, you can edit a document online and offline. Every time you sync a document, the revisions of a document are stored so you can easily roll back to a previous version. You can go back to any prior revision of a document at any time.

To start using Google Cloud Connect in Microsoft Office, you’ll need to install it first. Here’s how:

  1. Download Google Cloud Connect.
  2. Open Microsoft Office.
  3. Click Login. A window opens, requesting permission to access your Google Account.
  4. Enter your email and password, then click Sign in.
  5. Click Grant access.

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the Singularity – Will the Continued Development of Computers Surpass Human Intelligence?

February 25, 2011

A good friend and neighbor of mine presented me with a Time Magazine article titled, “2045 – The Year Man Becomes Immortal” that is a must-read that will have you questioning; “Are we approaching the moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent, but more intelligent than humans?”.

Here is an excerpt from the article that answers that question:

Probably. It’s impossible to predict the behavior of these smarter-than-human intelligences with which (with whom?) we might one day share the planet, because if you could, you’d be as smart as they would be. But there are a lot of theories about it. Maybe we’ll merge with them to become super-intelligent cyborgs, using computers to extend our intellectual abilities the same way that cars and planes extend our physical abilities. Maybe the artificial intelligences will help us treat the effects of old age and prolong our life spans indefinitely. Maybe we’ll scan our consciousnesses into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Maybe the computers will turn on humanity and annihilate us. The one thing all these theories have in common is the transformation of our species into something that is no longer recognizable as such to humanity circa 2011. This transformation has a name: the Singularity.   [Source: Time Magazine ]

If you read the article (and the excerpt above), you will see there is a name for this theory and it is called “the singularity”.

the Singularity

The word singularity is borrowed from astrophysics: it refers to a point in space-time — for example, inside a black hole — at which the rules of ordinary physics do not apply. [Source: Time Magazine]

A technological singularity is a hypothetical event occurring when technological progress becomes so rapid that it makes the future after the singularity qualitatively different and harder to predict. Many of the most recognized writers on the singularity, such as Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, define the concept in terms of the technological creation of superintelligence, and allege that a post-singularity world would be unpredictable to humans due to an inability of human beings to imagine the intentions or capabilities of superintelligent entities. [Source: Wikipedia]

The singularity may be something you see as being science fiction, but there are some really, really smart people out there taking this theory seriously. Serious enough, to the point, that they feel that these super artificially intelligent immortals (computers) will in fact prolong our lives indefinitely.

If you are into Information Technology and Computers, then I encourage you to read “2045 – The Year Man Becomes Immortal” [CLICK HERE]

IgorFollowing our read and discussion of the Singularity, my neighbor had a vision he shared with me that I would like to share with my readers:

As I think more about the Singularity, I have this vision of a computer engineer in a deep dark basement somewhere with a computer and all it’s innards spread out on a table before him calling out “Igor run down to Best Buy and get me the largest capacity hard drive available”.  Soon after Igor returns, they can both be seen dancing around the table yelling “It’s Alive!!, It’s Alive!!”. [Source: My Neighbor and Friend, Harry D.]

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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Be Patient During the Install

February 24, 2011

You may have been hearing that Microsoft released a Service Pack update for Windows 7 (called Service Pack 1).  To determine if your Windows 7 PC is ready to receive this update, click on “Start”, click on “Run”, then type “wuapp” in the dialog box and click “OK”. This will take you directly to the Windows Update applet in the Control Panel. From there you can view your update history and determine what updates are available (i.e. important updates and optional updates). The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update will be under the “important updates”. It is from there you can launch the installation of Service Pack 1.

Windows Update

Now, the thing to keep in mind, is that Service Pack updates often can take some time to install; therefore, do not fall  for the sense that the install process is hanging. Just be patient and let the install do its’ magic. It is not uncommon for Service Packs to take over 30 minutes to install and the end result often requires a reboot.

You can also download the Service Pack directly from Microsoft from [HERE] ; however, my advice is to go the Windows Update route with this’; especially if it is a home based PC.

Compared to Service Pack updates for previous operating system (such as Windows XP and Vista), the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update is a piece of cake and is important to install to smooth out any rough edges in the operating system. The good about Windows 7 is that there are very few rough edges.

Another article to help you get though this service pack update can be found [HERE] .

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Hidden Hi-Def Wallpapers and Themes in Windows 7

February 24, 2011

Many of the techies out there may know of this, but I am sure most non-techies do not.  Hidden in Windows 7 is some FREE high definition wallpapers and themes that relate to various countries such as Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa.

To get to this treasure, click on “Start”, click on “Run” and type (or copy/paste) the following in the “Run” box, then click “OK”.

c:\windows\globalization\MCT

An Explorer window will open that displays various folders for each of the countries previously mentioned.

Hidden Wallpaper

Double click to open any of the folders and you will see a folder with the actual country name. Open that folder and you will find the hi-def wallpapers for that county. You can double click to view the wallpaper or you can right mouse click and select “set as desktop background”. You will also see a “Theme” folder that contains the theme for each country.  If you double click on a theme file you will be taken to  the Windows 7 Personalization where you can manage the theme.

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Geek Squeak (#100): Been Verified – Your Discount Private Eye by Tech-for Everyone

February 23, 2011

Tech-for Everyone is worthy of the NEW Geek Squeak trophy; especially for the most recent article, “Been Verified – Your Discount Private Eye” .

Tech-for Everyone

There is no method or madness to the trophy selection, but is typically given to those who exemplify the world of computers, information technology, and blogging. Visit back often; more trophies will be handed out on a regular basis, especially when I see something that hits the WOW factor!

In this particular instance, TechPaul is letting us know about the TV advertised service, called BeenVerified.com, that claims to provide background checks.  I encourage you to read this article before you consider any of the TV advertised services that are internet based.  I also encourage you to check out some of his most recent articles (see listing below).

His advice, which I strongly endorse is this:

I have found that websites that advertise on TV.. well, I don’t want anything to do with them. And, the good ones don’t need to. That goes for software too.

BeenVerified

Other great (recent) articles written by TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone are:

My First Look At Android, part 1

Sunday Beauty XXIX

YouTube Gone In Two Months?

Wise Words + Friday Fun

Customize Your Taskbar

Safer Internet Day

Congratulations Green Bay

How To Play Your Steam Games Offline

How To Fix Firefox “Initialize” Error

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FREE -YouTube Song and Video Downloader

February 22, 2011

Abelssoft, a software developer out of Germany, has released software that will seamlessly allow you to download music and music videos from YouTube directly to your PC.  You can search (and download) individual songs, albums and videos.

YouTube Song Downloader

The YouTube Song Downloader allows you to easily download music of your favourite band as MP3 or video and it’s 100% legal. Simply type in the name of a song and click on download to get it. Our new software will care about the rest.

The downloaded songs (and albums) are converted to the popular MP3 format and the videos can be coverted to the AVI, FLV or MP4 file formats. The user interface for this application is very user friendly and easy to understand.

[Screenshot]

YouTube Song Downloader

To use YouTube Song Downloader, simply type in a song title into the search field and click the search button. You will see the results immediately. The YouTube Song Downloader can access millions of music files. Simply select an entry and click the play button to get things going… You can download music files (MP3) or videos (FLV, AVI, MP4). The YouTube Song Downloader allows you to get a clean and informative overview about the download status at any time.

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Copy Large Files Faster, Easier and More Reliably with TeraCopy

February 21, 2011

Ever since Bill Mullin’s at Tech Thoughts did a write up on the file copy (and move) utility called TeraCopy, I have been putting it through its’ paces. I cannot say enough about this utility. It is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed.  I currently use this utility on my wireless home network to move files wirelessly from one PC to another and it has not let me down.  Even though Windows 7 made advancements in their file copy operations, TeraCopy still has it beat.

TeraCopy

There are several features in particular that has me sold on this utility:

You can Pause and resume file transfers at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.

There is Error recovery built in that in case of a copy error, TeraCopy will try several times to rehab itself and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.

Once I start a file copy or move operation, I can minimize TeraCopy to the taskbar and continue working on My PC with minimal impact to continued operation of the PC.  If you use Windows 7, and minimize TeraCopy to the taskbar, the icon will dynamically give you a visual of where you are at in the file copy or move operation.

Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#5)

February 20, 2011

This week’s wallpaper background for your computer is an awesome picture of a bald eagle (by ~ron56).

To get this wallpaper, click on the image below and you will be taken directly to the source.

Wallpaper - Eagle

Need wallpaper software to show off your wallpaper collection? Try one of these:

John’s Background Switcher

Walyk Wallpaper Changer

Wallpaper Updater

Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [ CLICK HERE ] .

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Geek Squeak (#99): 12 New File Formats in the Google Docs Viewer

February 18, 2011

Google Docs is worthy of a What’s On My PC – Geek Squeak.

Cross posted on the Official Gmail blog – February 18, 2011

Google Docs has launched support for 12 new files types:

  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)

Not only does this round out support for the major Microsoft Office file types (now support DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS and XLSX), but it also adds quick viewing capabilities for many of the most popular and highly-requested document and image types.

In Gmail, these types of attachments will now show a “View” link, and clicking on this link will bring up the Google Docs Viewer.

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Wordsquared – A Massively Multiplayer Online Scrabble Type Word Game

February 18, 2011

Do you like to play the word game scrabble?  If so, then you will love Wordsquared.

WordSquared

Wordsquared is a word strategy game that you play from inside your web browser and the cool part about Wordsquared is that it is a scrabble type game that you continuously play until you are blocked in by others.  Once you setup your account to play, you can return to play anytime and continue where you left off.  The words that you play will be in black letters and you can only play off of your string of words.  Words played by others are faded out.  Also, to the top right of the playing board you will see a mapping guide to see where all the word traffic is going.  The board is moveable and if you get lost in your positioning, just click on your score and one of the words you created to navigate to that word position on the board.

Wordsquared – General Rules:

You start by extending a word that’s already on the board. However you then can only build off previous words that you’ve played. It’s meant to be challenging, but the reward is being able to look back on how far you built a single chain of words before running out of usable tiles, or getting blocked off by someone else’s chain.

When you can no longer find a word to play, just click “Swap Tiles” to get some new letters. This will cost you a life. Once you run out of lives, your final game score is calculated. However feel free to close the browser and come back later. We’ll save your game for you. If you’re good enough, a single game never has to end!

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Entanglement – A New Twist In Online Gaming

February 17, 2011

You have to give this game a try.  It is called Entanglement and you play it in your web browser.

I was not able to find any specific instructions, but once you play around with it you will become submersed in the gameplay.  It may have something to do with the mesmerizing background music and the fact that Entanglement is just plain challenging (and fun).

Entanglement

The game looks like a honeycomb and if you notice in the above graphic of Entanglement you will see a gray hexagon area and a brownish red hexagon area (called the wall). The gray area is the playing area where you will receive tiles with squiggly lines (called paths) on them. When you receive a tile you can rotate the tiles with your mouse scroll wheel or the arrow keys on your keyboard. The objective is to connect the squiggly lines on the tiles to create a path and not come in contact with the red hexagon area (called the wall). Points are accumulated as you play. This game is new to me and I am still learning, but I have found it is not easy and requires strategic thinking on your part.  Really tests my short attention span : )

Note: Entanglement is engineered using HTML5. That means you will need an HTML5 compatible browser (such as the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari or the beta of Internet Explorer 9).

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