Low On Storage Space (Android)

Today I had an issue with my Droid Incredible and was not able to access my gmail messages.  The problem message I kept getting was a HTC process that would not function and as a result, the phone would not autosync.

Exasperating an already bad situation was a “Low on storage space” message that wouldn’t go away. I tried everything and it wouldn’t go away. I searched online for a remedy and did not come across one so easily. The problem was I had plenty of storage space left (using only 214mb and over 500mb free) so I knew something wasn’t quite right.

I finally found the solution and thought I would share it with you in case this happens to you in the future or it happened and you stumbled on this site through an exhaustive search!

1. Goto settings
2. Goto applications
3. Manage applications
4. Check your facebook app, gmail app, twitter app, and whatever apps you use the most of. On each one, push the “clear data” button.

This should free things up and get you syncing again. In my case, my facebook app was the culprit.

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Google Chrome PDF Viewer

My favorite browser – Google Chrome, had a recent update that produced a new viewer plugin.  Prior to this update, when I would click on a PDF, the very speedy and very useful Foxit Reader plugin would activate.  After the update, Google’s plugin would activate.

My experience with Google’s pdf viewer was not pleasant. It is limited and it takes longer to render the pdf. My biggest complaint is Google’s pdf plugin would not allow me to click on weblinks within the pdf.

Since I had never had to mess with this plugin, I wasn’t sure how to get things back on track again. After a while of searching for the cure, I finally found it:

Up in the right hand corner of the Chrome browser, click on the little wrench icon which is your settings icon.
Click on “options”
Click on the “Under the hood” tab
Click on “Content Settings”
Click on “Disable individual plug-ins”
Disable Chrome PDF Viewer (and make sure your pdf plugin is enabled)

Photo Sharing With PhotoRocket

I recently came across an excellent program that I’ve been keeping my eye on for awhile that has been invite only and has just recently become available for download.

PhotoRocket is a drop dead simple way of sharing photos to various social network sites and will link your email contacts from outlook, google, etc.

You simply download the 12mb program, install it, and right click on any photo to share with Facebook or will email it (without the use of your email program).

Check it out, you will be pleasantly surprised. And the best part – It’s FREE!!

Google Chrome

As a consummate tinkerer, I’m always trying new software and different browsers. I downloaded the Google Chrome browser way back when it first came out but never did like it as much as Firefox.

It had been a year or so since I tried Chrome so a couple weeks ago I wondered how Chrome was coming along. I downloaded the newest version of Chrome and to my surprise, it had evolved into a very nice browser.
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LastPass

I finally got fed up with trying to remember all of my darned passwords for the various websites I visit. I think I’m somewhere around 30 different usernames and passwords.

Being a freak about security, I don’t have the same password or username for anything. Also, my passwords are long and not the type that I can remember since they all have letters, numeric, and various characters in them. My philosophy on passwords is if you are gonna try to crack me, you’re gonna spend some time doing it.

I still recommend you encrypt your financial usernames/passwords (if they aren’t the type you can’t remember) and keep them local as opposed to online in the cloud.

For the non financial usernames/passwords, I highly recommend you use LastPass.

LastPass is a great local and cloud application that can sync your usernames/passwords from computer to computer. You load in the information and LastPass will autofill both your username and password. All you have to do is set up one username and one password to access LastPass. LastPass is encrypted so it would be pretty difficult for someone to access your information without your username and password.

I use three computers on a regular basis – Laptop, home desktop, work desktop. With LastPass, all of my usernames and passwords are a click away.

I know many of you use KeyPass. I have been trialing both programs and have decided LastPass is my favorite.

LastPass integrates well with all browser platforms and is free to use!

Orb

Have I mentioned I have a large music collection? For the past year, I have managed to convert my hundreds of CD’s to digital format so I can preserve them and of course listen to them with my computer. I have also bought Western Digital’s WDTV Live so I can wirelessly stream them from my computer to my stereo system so I can rock the house!!

The last remaining task that I have recently accomplished is to be able to stream my music collection through any internet connection.

Enter Orb.
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AxCrypt

Since I made the move to Windows 7 about a year ago, I was unable to continue to use one of my favorite programs.

AxCrypt is a program that will encrypt a file or folder and will also compress and shred files. My primary use is to encrypt my personal information in the event prying eyes happen upon my stuff.

Before I started using Windows 7, I was using Windows XP 32 bit. At the time, AxCrypt did not support 64 bit systems. When I upgraded my operating system to Win7, I upgraded to 64 bit. AxCrypt no longer worked and I complained! Since I was on AxCrypt’s email list, I got a message a month or so ago that AxCrypt now supported windows 7 and 64 bit. To say the least, I was relieved because I have tried many encryption programs for the past year and none of them held a candle to AxCrypt.

My needs were simple – I wanted a program that ran as an exe that would bring up a password window, open, and when I closed the file, would re-encrypt. AxCrypt did exactly this.

AxCrypt also integrates nicely into the right click context menu so encrypting new files or folders is a very fast process.

So if you have files or folders that you need to protect, look no further than AxCrypt! It supports XP, Win7 32 and 64 bit operating systems.