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With my head up in the clouds…

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

My hard drive head, that is.

With having to do work at home sometimes and studying at work sometimes and both while traveling, it was becoming harder and harder to keep data synced up between computers, even with a USB stick.  So I thought I would look into some online file storage options.  After doing a little investigating, I settled on checking out three of the many options in the Wikipedia article: DropBox, Live Mesh (beta), and ZumoDrive.

My findings and thoughts after the break…

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Easily shrink pictures for uploading or sending

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

for Windows

I guess that’s why they call the app “Shrink Pic.”

Basically, anytime you want to send a picture via email, upload one to a blog or share one via IM, Shrink Pic “automatically creates a temporary copy, resizes it and sends it instead.”

For instance, the below picture’s size on my hard drive is 450K.  When I insert the picture into the post (which uploads it into my WordPress storage), Shrink Pic resizes it to 52K, saving me a lot of space for more pictures!  I’ve only had Shrink Pic for a little while, but it seems to work great!  One small caveat, though.  Shrink Pic doesn’t seem to work for me when sending from Outlook 2007 running on Windows 7.  I’m going to contact the author to see what’s going on since the website says it’s supported.

Shrink Pic doesn’t modify the original, nor does it seem to change it when moving pictures from folder to folder, even if it’s something like my online DropBox account.

via LifeHacker

Microsoft security no longer an oxymoron?

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Windows:

According to this article from Lifehacker, you can have a reasonably secure system by following some common sense advice and by using Microsoft’s free antivirus software, Security Essentials.  You know me and good, free software.  I’m all over it!  Especially since it’s not my main system at home, it’s a lot easier to use when I don’t have to pay for it.

Categories: Security, Software, Windows