Google Docs & Survey Forms

Along with having a Gmail account, you can use Google Docs, allowing you to upload or create word documents, spreadsheets, etc.   A feature I just learned about is the ability to create a survey and email that survey to people. When they answer the questions, it automatically puts their answers into a spreadsheet, which you can then use to review the replies, or even use the data to create a mailing list or mail merge document, etc.!

If you share the link of your document with someone else and give them permission to access it, they can make revisions to the same document instead of emailing changes back and forth to each other.

Instead of taking a flash drive back & forth, just upload the document to Google Docs and then retrieve it online! It is all safe & secure and stored off-site in case you have a computer crash.

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Gmail Task List!

I have been a Gmail user for at least two years and like it more and more the longer I use it! I also use Firefox for my Internet browser. I like all the tools you can add to it to make it more customized to what you use!

A couple of days ago, I discovered that Gmail now has a Task List! It “docks” right in your email and you can pop it out. I have been wanting something easy to use at work for the many, many little things that have to be done. I jot a note, try a To Do list and always seem to lose the paper, etc.! This works so handy! I can even have a separate list for home and work and switch back and forth. If I’m at home and think of something I need to do at work, I can just add it to my Task List and not worry about it until I’m at work!

It is very easy to add a task, check it off, delete it, edit it, and use Control Up or Down arrow to change the order!  I’m sure there are more things it can do that I haven’t even discovered yet!

I discovered ANOTHER really neat thing it will do! When you are reading an email and you want to remind yourself to follow up on it, just click the drop-down box in gmail and select “add to Tasks”! You can assign a date to it or just put it there. It automatically puts a link to the original email in the Task! SWEET!

I also really like the new “themes” for the Gmail background! It makes it less boring!

Chat Program

I used to use Trillian, but found a new program I like better! It’s called Digsby! This lets you use AIM, MSN, Yahoo, google talk and Facebook – all in ONE program!

Financial Calculators

With the economy the way it is right now, everyone can use some help figuring out what bills or loans to pay off first, and better ways to track your money. I found this website and it has a lot of different Excel sheets on it that you can download for free!  Some of them include loan payoff calculators, budgets or debt reduction calculators like Dave Ramsey’s plan. I thought a few of them looked very helpful and thought I’d share!

World Diabetes Day

Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day. It is a day to bring global awareness to the disease. We want a CURE! My son is 18 and has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was 13. Next month it will be 5 years since his diagnosis. It is easier now than when he was first diagnosed, but it never goes away, never sleeps, never takes a vacation and it can rear it’s ugly head at any time.

Here is a link to see what World Diabetes Day is all about.

Web Safety for Firefox

I came across a new plug-in for Firefox that is worth sharing! The “Web of Trust” application puts a small colored circle by web links in your email or web pages. They are colored green (for good), yellow (for caution) or red (for stop). You can also customize it for safety of your childen’s web browsing as well. Hopefully by paying attention to the color of the circles, you can prevent a lot of spyware from being downloaded as well!

Check out Web of Trust!

Flashback

Here’s a neat website I found that shows the cost of things like gas, postage, homes, etc. from the 60’s through the 90’s. There are also categories for music, movies, TV, sports, news, books, etc.