Saturday, July 9, 2011

How To Share A File On The Internet

There are times that we'd like to collaborate with other colleagues from a remote location or on the other part of the globe on a single file. Google docs has the solution for that.  You can share excel files, word documents,  powerpoint presentations, drawings and forms.  The screen shot above is an example on how to share an excel file on the internet. Here's how to do it:
  1. Open your Gmail account and click Documents.
  2. Google docs will open up, click Upload.
  3. Click Start Upload. 
  4. Once you're done uploading your file, click the file that you'd like to share.
  5. Click the Share drop down list (you'll find this on the upper right of your screen) and click Share.
  6. The Share Settings will come out. Choose the permission you'd like to apply by clicking Change. Type the email address that you'd like to share with your file. Once you're done you may click Share and Save.
  7. Your colleagues will receive an email and all they have to do is click the link to open the shared file.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

USB System Lock

If you're not satisfied with the securities provided by Windows perhaps you might be interested on this software called USB System Lock. This is an open source application which can be downloaded for free. The installer is very small with a size of less than 1 MB.

The installation procedure is straightforward and takes only about a couple of minutes. During the installation you will need to insert the flash drive that you are going to use to open your computer.  It then transfer the key to the flash drive. If you re-start your computer Windows is going to ask for your Windows password (as usual) and after that the USB System Lock will look for the key on the registered flash drive. If you don't have the right key it will display a message to insert the right key. You won't be able to use your computer until you insert the right key.

The way this software works is very much like the key to the door lock. You just have to be extra careful not to lose your flash drive otherwise you might end up re-installing your operating system. However, it has this feature wherein you can create a duplicate key on another flash drive. It's a good idea to have a duplicate key. Just keep it in a safe place.

There is one thing I notice about this software and that is it conflicts with the USB dongle modem.