A Modern Screenshot And Capture Tool

September 17, 2016

Here is a screenshot tool, called CloudShot, that may pique your interest. I love screenshot programs and CloudShot stands out in that it has a modern interface that allows you to share your screenshots via cloud services like Dropbox/Imgur, upload to FTP, copy or just save it.  I also dug a little deeper on the site and found there is a portable version, as well.

CloudShot

CloudShot


One Of The Easiest Ways To Access Your Desktop Files From The Cloud

September 13, 2016

TechRepublic has a nice post on a program, called Tonido, that I presently use to remotely access files/folders on a computer I have setup. Tonido is especially useful if you are a self-employed IT Pro. I encourage you to visit TechRepublic to learn how to install Tonido.

Below are some key points quoted from the article:

Tonido turns a desktop into your own personal cloud, making it simple to gain access to your files and folders from the cloud via browser or mobile app. There are two versions of Tonido: Personal and FileCloud.

Tonido doesn’t store your data on its servers. In fact, the only thing Tonido’s service does is serve as a redirect to your desktop. With encrypted passwords (make sure to set a very strong one here), you should be good to go in terms of security.

READ MORE @ TechRepublic

Tonido


Make Simplenote Along With Google Drive (and Docs) Your Premiere, Powerful, and FREE Note Keeping App

August 18, 2016

As I mentioned recently, I made the switch from Evernote and OneNote to Simplenote to meet my note keeping demands. To keep this article short, a supplement option to Simplenote that I started to use is Google Drive (and Google Docs). I love the idea that Simplenote is super fast (and TOTALLY FREE) and the reason for that is that it is strictly a text based application; however, there were those occasions where I wished I could pull up a document, or picture using Simplenote.

Simplenote and Google Drive

The solution I came up with, that is working better than I ever expected, is to use the “markdown” feature in Simplenote to create links in a note that will link to and pull up a document, picture or any file from my Google Drive (or Docs). In Google Drive I created a folder called “Simplenote Links” and then created subfolders that matched the tags I used in Simplenote. For example, if I had a batch of notes in Simplenote tagged as “Rick”, then I created a folder in Google Drive (under the “Simplenotes Link” folder) called “Rick”. This method provided a way to keep the documents organized, based on my Simplenote tags. Keep in mind, any document you want to link to in Google Drive, you will have to get the shared link for that document.

The beauty to this is that I can use the power of Google Docs to create impressive documents and the simplicity (and speed) to find and load those documents by using Simplenote. This is especially remarkable on my smartphone, when I am out and about: and, need to locate a document quickly. Another plus to this is that the documents in Google Drive that I use for this purpose are synced and backed up to my home based computer.

The hardest part of all of this, and it really is not hard at all, is to create a note using “markdown”. When I have a note that I need to link to a specific document or file (or folder) in Google Drive, I simply create the note with a link using “Markdown”. 

What is Markdown? The best definition I found for markdown was at Lifehacker:

At its core, Markdown is a super simple way to add formatting like headers, bold, bulleted lists, and so on to plain text. It was originally designed to be an easy alternative to HTML, and allows people to create web pages with no HTML experience—but it’s also a great way to organize notes, to-do lists, and other things. It has all the advantages of plain text, but with the organizational power of a word processor. The end goal is a minimalist writing system that you can use to get your thoughts down, and then export them elsewhere without worrying too much about the appearance. — Source: Lifehacker

Here is a sampling of using markdown in Simplenote and one of the examples below shows you how to create a link, using markdown, in Simplenote.

# heading 1

## heading 2

### heading 3

*Italics*

**Bold**

***Italics and Bold***

[WordPress](https://wordpress.com)

Lists

I know to most, this may sound like a geeky way to keep notes; but, I am telling you this works and it works great… The best part of it all is that Simplenote and Google Drive (Docs) are FREE… Also, both applications work on a variety of OS platforms, making it widely available from nearly every device we use.


HOT NEWS – Simplenote Now Open Source

August 13, 2016

With the changes taking place with Evernote, you may want to take a more minimalistic approach and try Simplenote. I was familiar with Simplenote and decided to give it a try to see if it would be sufficient for my note keeping. What I have found is a very fast and simple (text based) note keeping application, available on many platforms, that (so far) is getting the job done for me. I currently have (and use) Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote, but what I am finding is that these applications are geared more for the student, the business person, or someone who has a need to collect and maintain a massive amount of information.  Simplenote is completely text based with nothing fancy; thus, it is fast.  I can search for a note, via a keyword, and have the note up before me at the blink of any eye. If you are looking for something to keep your notes, give Simplenote a try…

Another BIG factor with Simplenote, is that it now Open Source Software where (if you are a coder), you can gain access to the source code and essentially work your magic to make Simplenote even better.

Simplenote – iOS, Android, and macOS Apps Now Open Source

 oss


Tweaking.com – Windows Repair

August 2, 2016

Often during a malware infection, the default settings on your computer can be altered to the point that your computer will not operate properly (even after it has been cleaned from an infection). A program to keep in mind, if this were to occur, is the Tweaking.com – Windows Repair tool. This tool is designed to help you automatically fix a large majority of known Windows problems.  The repair tool is available as a Windows install or can be run from a flash drive, as a portable app. I also see that they have a “pro” version available now; as well as, the free version. I have used this program on several occasions and it has bailed me out…

Tweaking.com – Windows Repairs