Monday, 23 August 2010

Google Access from China

If you are looking for a good way to continue to use Google Apps as you travel in China then we have tested Access Any Website and it appears to work. Please click here to access.

The Web site owners suggests all blocked content can be accessed if you subscribe to their service. We suspect it is very simple what they have done. They have embedded a browser into a web page and that web site is outside China so therefore you are browsing outside of China.

For the few trips you may have to China and need access to various Google Applications this may be worth the few dollars they charge.

If you have an office in China then connecting an office is different to that of just traveling there and trying to pick up your emails. Let me know if you need help in that area.

Remember the status of Google applications available in China a published by Google at this Web Site:

Monday, 16 August 2010

Use your Phone as a Key

Use your phone as a KEY! Bluetooth enabled phone key locks & unlocks any door. iPhone, PDAs or ?

Secure, Affordable wireless access control:
* Hands Free Solutions
* Commercial or Home Applications

Bluetooth Wireless Access Control Experts
* Retail
* Pro Installer

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Active Inbox - Organise Your Emails

ActiveInbox concepts are good and work with Gmail and Google Apps.

In addition to placing labels on your emails you can also file these against projects, place reference labels and tasks. The tasks allow you to manage work that needs to be performed by selecting Next, Action, Someday, Waiting On... or you can create your own items.

TheyActiveInbox also suggest a good way to work with email with the main recommendation is to empty your email inbox and the only emails left will relate to work that needs to be performed.

The product is FREE however the additional functions for US$24 is worth it. The ability to schedule a deadline date is important.

PDFescape - An online tool for editing PDFs

PDFescape is your free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer. Using your Google Account Login, PDFescape allows users to edit and form fill PDF files online, free.

* Free PDF Form Filler
* Free PDF Editor
* Convenient Online PDF Reader

Google Short Links

Google Short Links is a URL shortening service for Google Apps and allows you to use much shorter more descriptive names for URLs.

The idea is you take a full URL and create a short description or word to enable a quick recall. For example my full blog URL address can be replaced by a short description, e.g."blog". This is referred to as self-service web redirection.

If you are using Firefox then there is a great Protocol Handler that can be installed. Once installed you can simply type goto:blog and you will be taken to the full URL.

URL's can be marked as public or private. There is also a couple of toolbar items that can be placed on your Firefox toolbar or IE's bookmarks called Bookmarklets. You can select that item when positioned on any page and it will create the short link automatically.

Integration to Google Apps is available and can be managed from the dashboard.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Sherpa Tools Add Some Nice Admin Features

If you are faced with rolling out a large number of Google Apps users, it is nice to know there is some great tools to help you - and for FREE. Sherpa Tools offers Google Apps an admin interface to help manage centralised Shared Contacts (Global Address Book), a user's profile or business card along with the ability to define the settings on each users application such as language, signature and the custom settings that are tricky to define unless you are logged in as that user. Managing user settings is done via creating Scopes and Profiles. A user can also be granted rights to manage their own profile and update this if they change mobile phone numbers etc.

One of the nicest features is their Directory Bot. This allows the Shared Contacts or (Global Address Book) to be searched via the Google Apps Chat. It is very quick at returning a search result for the person you are locating. The full business card or contact details are replied.

If you upgrade to the paid edition a nice feature is the ability to delegate functions to specific users without those users having full admin rights to Google Apps. For example help desk people could reset passwords for users or the marketing team could manage the centralised share contact list (Global Address Book).