Dropbox – EASY Online Backup

Up-to-date backups are one of those nagging little things that you know you should be doing, but you never seem to find the time to do. Most people don’t take it seriously until after their first major data loss and they realize it’s start over or pay thousands of dollars to a data recovery service (yes most recovery’s start at $1,000 and up).

Enter Dropbox – seamless, automatic backup’s across computers and platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). Dropbox has just came out of private beta testing and is now open to the world. Accounts are free for up to 2gb of data and $100 per year for up to 50gb of data (paid accounts coming this week). And if you thought that was good they also have some other great features such as versioning, undelete, photo sharing, web access to files, private sharing of folders among other Dropbox users and public file sharing (even with non-Dropbox users).

The possibilities for this little piece of software are amazing, with Dropbox anyone could easily:

  • Set up a private network with family members to share photos and documents
  • Set up a common drive for remote and virtual employees
  • Set up a home network to share music and photos between computers

This is by far the killer backup application for anyone looking for a feature rich, hands off, cross platform backup system that above everything else… just works.

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WordPress Theme Lists

Looking for your next WordPress theme can be quite a challenge at times with all the different websites out there. Here are some great starter links:

A great starting point for your next great WordPress site!

WordPress Expand Text

This WordPress plugin allows you to create sections of text in your post or page which expand/collapse when clicked on. You simply wrap the special tags around your text, and set the ‘expand link’ (the link visitors click on to show the text). If your visitors do not have javascript enabled, the ‘expand link’ is not shown, and the text is displayed normally.

Get it, click here

Demo:


Here is your text! Expanded and in a nice blue box, the box can be customized through CSS.

Reward Programs – Not just for the big boys

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I came across StickyStreet.com through an article written by my amazing invoicing / time tracking web application. Sticky Street is a customer loyalty web application targeted towards small business. With Sticky Street your business can easily create, manage, and track your own custom client loyalty and gift card programs with or without plastic cards or additional equipment – anywhere you have Internet access.

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Escape Awkard Situations

Not sure how a date or meeting is going to go? Schedule a automated call from GetMooh.com (GetMeOutOfHere) to ring your cell at a predetermined time. GetMooh.com will call you with the automated messaged you picked and give you a chance to escape that mind numbing meeting.

GetMooh.com is free and works in most countries.

Try it today!

PS: Crank calls are not recommended as it gives out your number at the end of the call. 😉

Searching your Gmail Account

If you’re like me your Gmail account now has thousands of e-mails and the simple search is not cutting it anymore. The real power in Gmail comes from using search operators to narrow your search results like the examples below:

If I want the email Lisa sent me with her flight information so I know when to pick her up at the airport, I type from:lisa SFO. Likewise:

  • A link from my co-worker Michael: from:michael http
  • A photo from my mom: from:mom has:attachment
  • That last chat I had with one of the Gmail product managers: keith is:chat
  • All messages from ebay that aren’t outbid notices: ebay -outbid (the hyphen tells Gmail to return all of the messages that don’t contain the word that follows it)
  • The messages in my inbox sent directly to me that I haven’t read yet: to:me is:unread in:inbox

You can limit the scope of your search to a particular subject (subject:) or label (label:) as well. And you can get pretty fancy. Recently, I was trying to remember the date of my friend’s April birthday. I always send her a birthday email, so I searched to:maya (birthday OR bday) after:2007/4/1 before:2007/5/1. It’s the 19th.

For a complete listing of operators check out the Google support site here.