Save Time While Downloading Images and Files in Firefox [Productivity Tips]

Having used Firefox for quite some time, I am very used to using extensions that help me save time and add value to the already popular browser. Here is a productivity tip from my day-to-day life which has helped me save quite a lot of time while I download images and files using Firefox.

The Problem

By Default does not have a option to save images and files in multiple folders, so after downloading I had to manually segregate the files and store them in separate folders based on their uses.

Or in other cases I would have to browse to the proper folders before I could save the image or file.

Also Read: Quickly Open Favorite Folders in File Open/Save Dialogs

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Using Google Docs To Track Expenses Among Your Roommates [Productivity Tips]

Recently one of our readers emailed us, asking me to share productivity tips on how I use the computer on a day to day basis, the suggestion in itself was fantastic and I would be more than glad to share things I do in my day to day life to solve problems faced by me and what tricks and products I use to solve them and be more productive, hope you enjoy this new series and don’t forget to keep sending in your suggestions and questions, feel free to contact us and we will try our best to help solve your problem.

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To make this series more interesting I would like to present it in a slightly different manner, dividing them into problems I faced, tools I took up to solve it and become more productive and in some cases, I may also include a short how-to on accomplishing the things I did, please feel free to suggest any changes you would like, we are always open to suggestions.

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Calgoo Is Now Free

The Calgoo team has decided to make the full version of Calgoo 2.0 free. Calgoo is a desktop calendar management application for Windows, Linux, and OS X. It allows you to manage your calendar, and synchronize it with Google Calendar, Outlook (2003 and 2007), 30 Boxes, and iCal. Not all of the Calgoo features work  calgoocalendar-logowith every calendar service it syncs with, but you can easily manage multiple calendars in one place. It’s also a great cost-effective alternative to Outlook’s calendar, because you can use it offline, and it will synchronize your calendars at regular intervals.

Previously, the basic version of Calgoo was free, but a few premium services were reserved for paying customers. Now all of their software, including Calgoo Calendar, Calgoo Connect, and Calgoo Hub are free. The company intends to deliver ads to Calgoo Hub, their calendar sharing service, and ads will possibly appear in Calgoo Calendar and Calgoo Connect when they are used with Calgoo Hub.

Since Calgoo is multi-platform compatible, it makes it easy to keep your Mac in sync with your Windows and Linux machines. You can synchronize across systems via Calgoo Hub, or you can install it on multiple systems and point them to the same Google or 30 Boxes calendar. Either way, you don’t have to worry about porting information back and forth among machines, or attempting to synchronize your calendar from a PDA or Smartphone in multiple places.

Calgoo can also interact with your Facebook account via the Agenda Share Facebook application. Once you’ve added it to your Facebook account, and run the setup in Calgoo Calendar to give the application permission, it will add your calendar information to your Facebook profile. You can limit the information displayed on Facebook via specific tags, or you can choose to share one or all of your calendars. If your Facebook friends need to see your schedule, this is a convenient way to share it with them.

If you’re looking for a robust Outlook calendar substitute, Calgoo is a great option. It may not replace your other calendar software, but it is a great synchronization conduit for those of us managing multiple calendars.

Improve Your Productivity With Simple Tips and Awesome Tools – Part 1 [User Recommendation]

This post is part of our user recommendation marathon where users ask recommend questions to us.

Abhishek from TechnixUpdate asks us, Can you give tips on increasing productivity

Well Abhishek, thanks for asking this question and I would be glad to impart few tips and tools that I use to make my PC life more productive, leaving me with lots of time to do other things.

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Make Firefox More Productive With Add-ons and Extensions [Productivity Tip]

Firefox has become the center of our online world and there are several different add-ons that we combine and use to keep ourselves more productive while browsing the Internet.

There may be several wonderful add-ons out there, but we will only speak of the few we use and the purpose of it so that you get a general idea of whether or not you should be using that add-on for yourself.

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Search emails quickly with GMail Search Options

Gmail is getting more and more popular these days.

With its ever increasing storage space, the concept of deleting your old emails and attachments to free up space for new emails, is now virtually over. You are no more expected to delete old email.

A big relief.

But this has increased complexity in searching an old email. It sometimes becomes a pain in the ass to search for an old communication, an attachment, a photo in your thousands of thousands of email archives.

Thankfully, there are a few search operators, which come handy in such a situation.

For instance, you can use

  • from:keith has:attachment – to search for an attachment sent by Keith
  • from: xyz http – A link from my pal xyz:
  • to:me is:unread in:inbox – The messages in my inbox sent directly to me that I haven’t read yet.

There are many more such operators.

And if you are of my type, who just can’t remember all these operators, there is a simple solution, a link right alongside the search button, which will open search options available in your Gmail interface. You just have to key in your queries.

There is nothing new to it, but still I have found that most people not using it.

Use it, it is real powerful.

Win2VNC | Control two desktops with one keyboard / mouse

Today’s online life is very complex.

I have seen pictures of work space of many  computer geeks; full of mess, wires, gadgets criss-crossing one another and fighting for that crucial space. Many of them are so occupied that they have to use more than one computer simltaneouly. For them,  it becomes a pain to switch the keyboard because these are the primary control device, and are required to be placed at most comfortable location.

After coming across one such picture of Al Gore in his office  recently [Pic courtesy labnol.org], see yourself, I was wondering how exactly it is done. At that time I was not aware of the process behind it.

The search brought out not one, but three utilities, which can help you to control more than one desktop screens, with one set of keyboard and mouse. Really useful for tech-geeks.

MaxiVista: It used to  sell for a steep $50, but the latest version runs just $20.96. You can download the trial version for free. It not only allows you to control second screen with the same keyboard and mouse, but you can also drag and drop items from one screen to the other.

Synergy: Synergy is open source  and is  released under the GNU Public License (GPL). However it is differnt from MaxiVista in the sense that it allows you to only control the other screen. You cannot drag and drop items from one screen to the other. Being Open Source, it is free. However, one drawback, which I noticed is that it is not being upgraded for quite some time, may be more than a year.

And the third one is…

Win2VNC: It works fine with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.

…program will open a small (one pixel wide) window on the edge of your screen. Moving the pointer into this window will trigger the program to take over your mouse and send mouse movements and keystrokes though the RFB protocol to a VNC server running on another machine. When the pointer is moved back towards the opposite edge on the other screen, the mouse is returned to your primary display.

The best part is that it is FREE, like all good things in life.

I am sure there will be more also. Wouldn’t you like to share them ?