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 !
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have more GMail productivity tools and I will cover them in my future columns
How I work – 2 – Evernote
One of my favourite productivity tools is Evernote (www.evernote.com). 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 !
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 wordsdomination.com, become a pro at solving them. And don’t forget to show off your new-found skills to your friends
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 !
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.