The previous trick on printing files from mobile phones uses a VBS script that will run on a Windows computer only.However, if you are on a Mac, you can takes the following steps, as suggested by bbedel, to print files on any printer that’s connected to a Mac.This uses Automator, a Mac OS application that lets you automate repetitive tasks without knowledge of programming or scripting languages.1. Create a folder called PrintQueue inside your Dropbox folder.2. Launch Automator and choose “Folder Actions” as the template.3. Choose the PrintQueue Folder from the dropdown under “Folder Action receives files and folders added to.”4. Search for “Print Finder Items” inside Automator and drag it into your workflow. Now select your printer name if it’s different from the default selection.5. Next search for “Move Finder Items to Trash” action in Automator and add it to your workflow. Save.When you are sending a print job from your … [Read more...] about How to Print Files on a Remote Mac via Dropbox
The scale at Google is unimaginable. For instance, one of their most popular product Gmail has 200+ million users so any change they make, whether big or small, is instantly made available to all these users.The updates are silently applied in the backend and the average user is often unaware that the cloud software they use all day has been silently patched but the reception is quite different if something breaks or doesn’t work as expected.If you are curious to know how testing happens at Google, this upcoming title on Amazon – How Google Tests Software – might be of interest. The Test Engineering team have teamed up to share how Google tests cloud software, the best practices for managing code reviews, tracking bugs and everything else that will help improve your testing process. … [Read more...] about How Google Tests Software
Here are icons of the various social media sites that you may use in your web email signatures and online profiles.Please feel free to hotlink to these images in your email signatures, Gmail canned responses and HTML Mails. All social icons are in the standard 16×16 PNG format that are supported by all email clients.Social Icons for Email Signatures Social Site Icon Image URL for use in Email Signatures Blogger https://img.labnol.org/files/social/blogger.png Delicious https://img.labnol.org/files/social/delicious.png Digg https://img.labnol.org/files/social/digg.png Facebook https://img.labnol.org/files/social/facebook.png Flickr https://img.labnol.org/files/social/flickr.png FriendFeed https://img.labnol.org/files/social/friendfeed.png Google Calendar … [Read more...] about Social Media Icons for your Email Signatures
This video describes how you can cite websites / web pages in your research papers using the MLA Style.The MLA Style citation guidelines, that are used by journals, newsletters, magazine and university presses, suggests the following format for citing websites in research: Name of author of webpage (last name, first name, middle initial or middle name [as given]). “Article Title.” Title of Webpage [publication]. Sponsoring Agency, date of publication (or date page was last modified). Web. (Medium of publication) Web address (optional). Date accessed.As obvious, MLA doesn’t require the use of web URLs in citations as readers can find the corresponding web page by simply searching for the article title / author in Google.However, if you citing an entire website, you need to include the full URL of the website.Also see: How to Cite Tweet from Twitter Users … [Read more...] about How to Cite Web Pages in Journals and Print Magazines
All your private and confidential emails are stored in your Gmail mailbox but are they secure? Can a Google employee working on the Gmail product read your messages?In theory, the answer could be yes. Christopher Nguyen, who was earlier responsible for Google Apps operations at Google, shared this on Quora: A small number of GMail related engineers have access to the servers as a matter of necessity to do their jobs; a very small number of people actually access the contents as a matter of necessity to do their jobs, and even then, almost always only the associated metadata. The rest have to file a request and justify any access they ever need, which is extremely rare. All have to sign paperwork re users’ privacy at the risk of dismissal & legal action, knowing that whatever they do is discoverable. And ultimately, an internal culture of respecting users’ privacy helps keep one another in check.Google also serves contextual text ads in Gmail and these ads are … [Read more...] about Can Google Employees Read your Gmail?
The following video screencasts describes how you can easily create your own comic books using the built-in tools of PowerPoint.You can either turn your own photos into comic book style characters or you can download clip-arts and add speech bubbles to give that comic-strip effect. 1. How to Create Web Comics with PowerPoint 2. Create Comic Book Characters in PowerPoint … [Read more...] about Create Comic Books with Microsoft PowerPoint
Can rains and thunder-storms affect cloud computing?Last year, a retired high-ranking official of the Indian government managed to convince a TV reporter that bad weather can actually disrupt cloud based services. His argument was that your computer makes a connection to the cloud (the “physical cloud” that turns into rain) and thus cloud services won’t work as expected in the absence of clouds.The hilarious video recording quickly went viral on YouTube and here’s short version of the same but with English subtitles. 51% says bad weather can interfere with cloud computingIt turns out that the concept of “cloud computing” is indeed confusing to a majority of users. A recent survey commissioned by Citrix has found that most Americans associate the tech term “cloud” with the actual physical cloud. When asked what “the cloud” is, a majority responded it’s either an actual cloud, the sky or something related to the weather. … [Read more...] about Does Bad Weather Affect Cloud Computing?
You can easily download and install apps on your Android Mobile phone that are not officially available in the Android Market (now Google Play) or have not been approved by Google yet.The Android App developer will offer the app as an .apk file – think of this as the .exe installers that ship with Windows software – and you just need to open that file in your Android Phone to install the app.However, there’s one change that you need to make to your Android phone before installing .apk files directly. Go to System Settings – > Applications and check “Unknown Sources” to allow install of non-Market applications on your Android phone. … [Read more...] about How to Install APK Files on your Android Phone
The EXIF Metadata contains plenty of useful information about your images. For instance the EXIF meta tags can tell use when a photograph was taken, which lens was used, what were the camera settings and, in some cases, even the location of a photo is available in the EXIF records.The big question is if Google is using the EXIF tags for image search rankings (SEO)?Peter Linsley, product manager for Google Images, earlier said: I’m a huge EXIF fan, it makes perfect sense for the image itself to be able to carry pertinent metadata and we’re always looking at ways it could be used especially as adoption rises over the coming years.Later Matt Cutts of Google also mentioned EXIF in one his Webmaster videos on how image only websites can improve their search rankings in Google with the help of EXIF tags.In a more recent video, Matt said that Google reserves the right to use EXIF for ranking images. His suggestion is that if you are using pictures, it will help if you can keep … [Read more...] about Google Reads Exif Data from Images for Ranking
What’s common between IMDB, Zappos, Shelfari and Audible.com? Well they aren’t just widely recognized brands but they all have a common owner – Amazon.com. Let’s also add Junglee, Amazon Store in India, to this list.Amazon is more than just an online shopping store now. They offer “infrastructure as as service”, “unlimited storage on demand” (Amazon S3) and other web services that power other popular online businesses like Zynga, Netflix, Foursquare and Dropbox.The following presentation will walk you through the various businesses of Amazon.com and how they almost rule the online retail world. The presentation has lot of interesting data about Amazon’s business that most of us aren’t probably aware of. For instance, did you know know that Amazon also sells their own electronics under the brand Amazon Basics – the product line most includes accessories like computer cables, covers for cell phones, ink toners, etc. … [Read more...] about Companies and Brands owned by Amazon.com