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Tips & Tricks July 2017

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10 Tips To Get The Most Out of Google Calendar
Written by: Brian Voo (HONGKIAT)
The calendar is a critical organization tool, particularly for freelancers and teams that work remotely. While apps help us cope with distractions or keep track of time, the calendar is still the go-to tool to mesh all your upcoming events and meetings together. One online calendar I believe most of you are using is Google Calendar.

Just like Google's other services, Google Calendar has flexibility which lets you work faster and more efficiently. With Gmail, separate calendars for work, school or home affairs, keep them altogether in the same view, and share your calendar with colleagues.

If you're already using Google Calendar or about to start, here are 10 things you can do to get more out of Google Calendar.

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How to back up your Mac with Time Machine
Written by: Serenity Caldwell, Joseph Keller (iMore)
Time Machine is the Mac's built-in backup software.

How does Time Machine work?

Time Machine works with any hard disk connected to your computer via USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt; it also supports Apple's Time Capsule and backup disks connected over a network, provided the disks support Apple File Protocol (AFP) file sharing. As long as the disk is available to your Mac, you can use it for a Time Machine backup.

When enabled, Apple's backup software takes periodic snapshots of all your files and catalogs them on an external hard drive you have plugged in or a Time Capsule you've hooked up to your network. It backs up the entire contents of your hard disk hourly, daily and weekly; as the drive gets full, Time Machine will delete the oldest backups and replace them with newer versions.

This is better than your traditional "Copy a bunch of files to a cloud service" or "clone a disk to an external hard drive" because you don't have to restore your hard drive en masse if you lose a single file-Time Machine can retrieve specific images , folders, and projects from its backup because of its layered snapshot system.

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Why you should use the OneDrive app in Windows 10
Written by: Ian Paul (Contributor, PCWorld)
Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for OneDrive that works on PCs. If you haven't downloaded it yet, you should, because it fills a gap in Windows 10's native OneDrive integration. Specifically, there's no way to see files that are in OneDrive but not on your PC.

In fact, once you get the hang of using the Windows Store app, you can choose to leave some larger files in OneDrive to create more space on your PC.

Space savers

Once you download and install OneDrive from the Windows Store, sign-in to the app with your Microsoft account, and wait for your OneDrive files to populate. Once that's done you are ready to offload some of your files to OneDrive, while still being able to see them easily on your PC.

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Simple Geek's Guide to Speeding Up Your Old Laptop
Written by: BrokeAssStuart (Geek.com)
Most of us run our lives through our computers, so they're obviously important. But goddamn are they expensive too. And when we do buy one, technology move so quickly that our laptops seem to feel obsolete overnight. It doesn't help that companies like Apple factor planned obsolesce into their products, so they seem to work slower and stupider each time you update something. Luckily there are some pretty easy tricks you can do to speed up your old laptop to keep it running and working for you.

Add an SSD

Adding a Solid State Drive (SSD) is the most powerful way to speed up your old laptop. It's like giving your decrepit computer an infusion of blood from a viral young stud a la Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley. These days lots of new laptops come with SSDs, but if your computer is old enough you can get either internal or external ones. The external ones are simple; you just plug it in through a USB or Thunderbolt port. Internal ones require you to open your computer up and install it, but its more powerful. Use the googles to find out which is best for your computer.

Add more RAM

This is the oldest trick in the book right. I Remember needing to add more RAM just to get one of the King's Quest games to work on my PC a bazillion years ago. If you've got a PC that allows you do so, adding RAM will majorly help your computer.

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