Don’t Hate The Bad News

ShineonYou can probably finish this phrase: “What you give is what you ____.”

I think that’s largely true because we all agree it is, but that’s as metaphysical as I’m going to get in this post.

Recently I’ve had a few friends kvetch about the amount of bad news they see friends posting on Facebook and threaten to block anyone who posts such needlessly.

It’s a fair thing to do. We all get to choose our friends and thus, by extension, what we see from the friends we keep.

I’d like to offer another view though. Continue reading Don’t Hate The Bad News

Amazon automatically refunded my movie after crappy viewing experience

Just got this to my inbox today. We tried to watch Home Alone Christmas Eve and it was a particularly poor viewing experience.

It seemed like we had to restart the video about 10 times.

We finally got through it and I forgot about it.

Then this:

Amazon refund 2014-12-29_16-07-57

I’ve always been a big fan of Amazon as both a consumer and a seller so this shouldn’t really surprise me, but it did–and pleasantly so!

Use Google Inbox Snooze to Place for Coupons

If you get coupons and like to use them, but often forget to like I do, Google’s new Inbox reminders/snooze feature might be of interest.

Here’s a coupon I received today from Michaels.

Inbox Snooze to Place

We like to go in there for homeschool craft ideas, picture frames and the like, so I would like to use this one–especially since it’s a decent discount and doesn’t seem to have an expiration.

So all I need to do is remember to use it.

Google Inbox snooze to place to the rescue!

You can now snooze emails to a time or a place.

So I just looked up my local store’s address and popped it into the place field after clicking on the click in the email (you can see it just above the “Pick place” dialog in the image above).

I’m going to try and test this by visiting Michaels in the next day or so.  I’ll post an update on how it works.

Google Inbox: First Impressions

Wow. HUGE update to Google’s email experience with the new Inbox app for both desktop and mobile.

Definitely a cleaner, more focused feel.

Really like the Compose (aka: “+” ) favorites showing who I email the most.  That’s a nice touch.

And reminders right there too…hmmm. May have to revisit certain reminders which I’ve been tossing into Evernote for lack of a better path.

Also, now that all travel related mail is in one place, it’s clear I need to do more of that. ;-) Continue reading Google Inbox: First Impressions

How to create custom maps on Google Maps app

The other day I happened to notice some nice upgrades to Google Maps and made a note to play around with how to create custom maps on Google Maps app  over the weekend.

So far all the kids are still asleep so this is my last chance an opportune time to play.

Basically you can export your contacts into a file and then import them into a Google Map of your creation. Continue reading How to create custom maps on Google Maps app

How to post pictures on Pinterest from your Gmail

gmail to pinterestIf you like to post pictures on Pinterest and you use Gmail for your email,  you’ll want to read this.

Someone sent me  some Pin-able images and I found myself struggling to get them to Pinterest.

Here’s how I finally did it:

  1. Share to Google+ (which I usually do anyway) by hovering over the image and clicking the “Share” button that appears
  2. Go to your profile on G+ and click on your new post of that image.
  3. Click on Pinterest extension in Chrome (or use the bookmarklet in some other browser).

Voilà!

Bonus: using the Chrome Pinterest button means you can also share to Twitter and Facebook from there. So you’ve shared to four social media in a few short steps by simply starting with Google+.

Enjoy!