How I work – 4 – Google Calendar

How I work – 4 – Google Calendar

If you are a regular user of GMail (425 million active users – why not you ?), I have a bunch of productivity tools lined up for you. One of the most used is the Google Calendar. It helps you organize your life seamlessly !
Simple Calendar options are there by default. You can also set it to send you SMS reminders for your appointments, on your phone for FREE ! (Don’t ask me how they manage to do it). If someone sends you a mail which has the time date and place for a possible meeting, you have the option to directly add it to your calendar from your Inbox itself – no need to manually add it to your calendar. Recurring appointments and reminders are a breeze. Many more features are inbuilt for you to explore, but then I would run out of space here !  Google Calendar is also now available as an App for download on Android devices – and it remains synced always.

Just try it, I’m sure you will be hooked – don’t tell me you were not warned !

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How I work – 2 – Evernote

How I work – 2 – Evernote

One of my favourite productivity tools is Evernote ( Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life, using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. You can write notes on any of your devices and they will be automatically synced to all your other devices. If you are in a meeting and taking notes on your tablet or phone, the minute you login to your office / home computer, you will find them there!

The beauty of this elegant piece of software is that it is truly cross-platform. It supports iOS, Blackberry, Windows and Android on Smartphones and Tablets, and Mac OS X, Windows, Safari, Chrome and Firefox on Computers. It just syncs seamlessly.

Your notes could be text, audio, picture notes, check lists or even sketches. So remember everything, access anywhere and find things fassssst. Best of all, it is free to instal on each one of your devices. Free Accounts have a 60MB upload limit, per month, but I have never even reached half of it in any month. My current favourite. No gifts of Diaries for me next New Year !

Solve Crosswords easily !

Dominate in any word game – Scrabble, Crosswords or any other that you may please. That is the simple objective of this simple website.

It works in two modes – simple or crossword. In the simple mode, you just use “?” for one missing letter: pu?zle. Use “*” for any number of letters: p*zle. Or combine: cros?w*d ; and hit the Search Key. Voila ! You have the possible word(s) in front of you. It is that simple. This can be used for Scrabble and other word games, where there are no limitations to the size of the word you are building.

In the Crossword mode, you have a limitation on the number of letters in a word. So you begin with selecting the no.
of letters for the word, enter those letters that you already have in place, and hit the Search Key. You will instantly get the possible word(s) listed on your screen. Then match them with the clues that you already have. And now, you are on your way to becoming a Crossword champ !

So this Sunday, pick up the toughest crosswords available, and with a little bit of help from, become  a pro at solving them. And don’t forget to show off your new-found  skills to your friends

Food Food

If you love food you will love

Simply stated, zomato is all about food and where you can find the best of it. Just login to the site, type the type of food you like (chinese, punjabi, tandoori) , along with the place where you would like to find it, and voila !  You have a list of restaurants serving that kind of food in that area. You can further filter it based on dine out or takeaway and you can latch in to exactly what you want, where you want !

Zomato seeks to provide you everything that you might want to and need to know about food before you actually take the first bite. From the nukkad wala dhaba to the swankiest restaurants in your town, they provide you all the info you may ever need: menus, reviews, ratings, contacts. Above everything else, they provide you the convenience to reach all restaurants around you.

Currently, restaurants in Mumbai, Delhi,  Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad are covered and more cities are ready to be covered soon.

So if you are thinking of eating out over the weekend – try and decide on where to go or what to order, with ALL the information at your fingertips.

Math Aids

Math-Aids.Com is a free resource for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents. You can make an unlimited number of printable math worksheets for children, the classroom or homework practice.

The flexibility and the text book quality of the math worksheets make Math-Aids.Com a very unique resource for people wanting to create and use Math Worksheets.

The worksheets are categorized topic-wise as well as level-wise. Just click on a topic on your left, select the worksheet that you would like, and click “Create Worksheet”. The worksheet is instantly created. If you are not too sure, you can also create the answers along with the worksheet ! You can save or print any no. of worksheets – all for free !

It is an ideal resource for brushing up your math skills. Try it !

Digital Accessible Information System

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) digital format assists people who, for various reasons, have challenges using regular printed media. DAISY digital talking books offer the benefits of regular audiobooks, but they are superior because DAISY includes navigation.

Typical audio talking books do not allow the reader to move through the book easily. You can listen from beginning to end, but not much more, resulting in frustration and wasted time.
Electronic content that lacks navigation makes reading slower and less efficient than it has to be.
Navigable DAISY content that has electronic text available, either with or without audio, may permit readers to examine the spelling of words, or search the text, using a software player on a computer. When DAISY full text is available, some software players also offer users the ability to display and highlight the text of the book on the screen.
DAISY books can increase reading speed and improve reading efficiency. With the press of a button, you can jump to the chapter you need. . . faster than the eyes can skim.
The DAISY standard provides flexibility and options never before possible. You can listen to a DAISY book on a computer while reading the text with a braille display. Or you can listen to a DAISY audio book with a special stand-alone player at home or when traveling.
Although the DAISY Standard was developed with books and people with print disabilities in mind, we can envision many applications for it:

  • Lectures that are available as audio and text files simultaneously.
  • Emergency preparedness materials in audio format as well as available to all who really need them.
  • Synchronized text and audio – very valuable in teaching literacy or a foreign language.

Learn, support, and embrace the huge benefits of this technology: Go DAISY ! More details available at

Digital Photo Frame

We all love to share photos with our loved ones. The camera screen is too tiny and the computer screen too large, and to some, too complicated. And printing photos and sticking them in an album is sooo very outdated these days. We need something in between – enter the digital photo frame !

A digital photo frame is a photo frame that that displays digital photos without the need to print them or use a computer. Digital photo frames are common in 7 inch to 20 inch sizes. Some digital photo frames can only display pictures. Most digital photo frames display the photos as a slideshow and usually with an adjustable time interval. You can even add background music to suit the mood. So, on a single frame you can have several photos (of say a trip, or a navjot or a wedding), which can change every 10 or 15 seconds.
Some advanced models may support  movie clips recorded in a digital camera’s movie mode, MPEG video files and/or MP3 audio.
Digital photo frames can display the pictures directly from a camera’s memory card, though certain frames also provide internal memory storage. Some allow users to upload pictures to the frame’s memory via a USB connection. Built-in speakers are common for playing video content with sound, or just the pics with background music.
Because a digital photo frame’s display is not very flexible, some pictures cannot be displayed in a satisfactory manner. They tend to have thick black borders or somewhat distorted.

But overall, a Digital Photo Frame is a welcome addition to your family gadget collection.