Still slowly catching up on the Real Tech podcasts (you can find all the episodes, including the most current, over at http://rtfrp.com) This is episode 111.
ANDâ€¦ GOOGLE DRIVE is official. Â Is it a â€œWow!â€ or an â€œUh?â€
Google Searches made easier: Â A couple â€œquick hits.â€ Â Want to search using speech? Simply click on the microphone and talk (assuming you have a microphone). Â Want to find where an image came from? Â Go to the â€œimagesâ€ tab, and copy and paste a URL into it. Â ORâ€“find out what other images your image looks like:just drag your image from your computer into the image search block.
Virtual Disks â€œIn the Cloudâ€ â€“Â Gladinet. Gladinet lets you map your existing cloud storage sites as if they are drives on your machine. Â Now you can edit Word, Excel, or other documents right in the cloud, and not take up space on your hard disk. Â Of course, you have to be connected to the internet. Â Possible sites to use include Google Docs, PicasaWeb, Amazon S3, Microsoftâ€™s Live Storage, and much much more. Â The free version only connects to one, but there are other options as well.
Managing your PDFs: This one can be a real challenge. Â You have hundreds (maybe thousands?) of PDFs on your computer, but do you a) know what you have, and b) know how to get to the one you want? Â Enter a few choices, courtesy ofÂ this articleÂ from Digital Inspiration. Â I personally prefer Mendeley (these are windows choices) because it is specifically designed for PDFs. Â Even still, I would like something with a little more â€œintelligenceâ€ that can sort the files for me based on general content anaylsis.
PAMFAX: Â A new problem these days is â€œHow to send a fax from home, when you donâ€™t have POTS any more?â€ Â Well, I have settled on a solution that works for me. Â Pamfax. Â Itâ€™s made by the same people that make the call recorder application for Skype, â€œPamela Recorder.â€ Itâ€™s not free, but it is affordable.
â€œThe House approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a 248 to 168 vote today. CISPA allows internet service providers toÂ share Internet â€˜threatâ€™ information with government agencies, including DHS and NSA, without having to protect any personally identifying data of its customers, without a court order. It effectively immunizes ISPs from privacy lawsuits for disclosing customer information, grants them anti-trust protection on colluding on cybersecurity issues and allows them to bypass privacy laws when sharing data with each other.â€
Steve: Paper Camera for Android
Tony: Nike Fuel Band
Steveâ€™s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com [twitter] @scmprofessor
Tonyâ€™s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman