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Posted on February 17, 2014, under Time and Technology.
They range from Google search tricks that can be real time-savers, to some tools for syncing files, to a nifty text editor. So, let’s start exploring now!
Google Timer: Did you know that by simply typing “set timer X minutes” or “set timer for X time” into your search box (with “X time” being something like “8:00 AM). The Google Timer will count down to whatever time you set, and then sound an alarm. It’s a nifty and accessible tool that involves no additional software.
And there are actually lots of other tools that you can access via simple Google searches. Check out the list of Search Features on the Google Help Page. I suspect you’ll find other interesting and useful shortcuts and productivity hacks there!
Dropbox Alternatives: If you’re someone who loves Dropbox but worries about privacy and security, you may want to take a look at these tools that allow you to sync documents and files between computers without sending them to the cloud or storing them online.
When it comes to free, time-saving (and secure) tools, BitTorrent Sync looks like a real winner – and AeroFS sounds like an option offering similar capabilities. Here’s a quick video illustrating what BitTorrent Sync can do:
And here is a more detailed video tutorial about how to set up and configure BitTorrent Sync. I suggest that you take a look if you are interested in starting to use BitTorrent Sync for syncing and sharing files.
Text Editor App: Hemingway looks like a fun and accessible text editor that you can use on-line. Just click on the link to go to the site, click “Write” in the upper right-hand corner and cut-and-paste the text that you want to edit there. Hemingway will review your text and highlight any areas that it identifies as problematic. It also ‘grades’ your text, and adds a brief reminder that the decision is still yours in the end – Hemingway is about making helpful suggestions, NOT criticizing your efforts!
(Check out the image to see what Hemingway said about the passage above – and just click on it to see a larger version!)
I hope that you find these timely tech tools interesting – and wish you every success in your time management efforts!
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