My favorite utility at the moment

I admit it. I am a utility and gadget freak. I am seriously considering a career in this obsession. But for now, let me share my pet for this week – FileShare.

If you use one or more computers, you can nstall this on each of the comps and you can share and sync files between all of them. I keep downloading music on the comps I use, and now I don’t need to worry about whether all the comps have the same music files. Same thing for the “Favorites” folder. PLUS you can access your computers from a web browser from anywhere in the world as long as they are online and have the utility running.

Finally, you can share folders with friends and you don’t need to worry about uploading or attaching large files to mails. That in itself makes this utility my favorite for a while!

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Gmail as a file system?

This is a rather old tip but I am surprised a lot of folks don’t already know this. A couple of (or more) enterprising folks have built an interface that integrates with Windows Explorer and Gmail. The end result being a drive that shows up on the user’s explorer window that users can drag and drop files into, and which ultimately mails these files to the user’s gmail account. My understanding of this utility is that it is pretty safe, but hey, don’t take my word for it. I love using it to backup my MBA essays. I used to use FTP sites, but find this so much more convenient. You can download it from here.

You can set up a filter in gmail to put these mails into a “backup” label. I am sure you can figure that part out on your own.

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A stitch in time…

A lot of people have asked me to post links to gadgets or software that I come across on the internet and I thought I should oblige. My first recommendation is Autostitch. I first saw it on Aaltonen’s site and I tried it out and absolutely love it. It is perfect for us folks who don’t have cameras that can take wide angle shots but who want to capture a really scenic view for posterity.

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What’s wrong with changing requirements?

As consultants woking on a fixed time fixed price, we end up being vary hard on clients that want to change the requirements and scope of our work. The end result being our clients complain that we are way too rigid in the way we work. I tend to agree. We all acknowledge that the world we live in is constantly changing. Our client’s business is changing. Is it so unfair that on a 1 year project, the client now has new requirements? The real solution is not to push back, but to come up with an approach where new requirements can be adopted easily. I know that the word “agile” is thrown up everything people talk about changing requirements, but I haven’t read up sufficiently on the topic to agree or disagree that it is the solution. More later.

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