Thursday, February 11, 2016

Making Your GOOGLE CALENDAR More Useful

For those of us whose online lives are entrenched in our Google accounts and use the offerings from Google, such as Google Drive or Calendar or Picasa, there's on obvious usefulness to these tools.

As you jump on board and start using them, you probably, much like myself, just start using them without digging too deeply. And hence, you may not give a lot of thought to if you can make them more useful to you or not. At least for me in the beginning, I reluctantly started using some of them but really did not give it much thought beyond the basics.

For me, I've had an interesting affair with my Calendar, in that it's great to have and annotate events but I've found myself the victim of a few shortcomings. Shortcomings that were more my fault than anyone else.


CREATING CALENDAR EVENTS and Making Them Stand out

First off, I think making a calendar event is pretty straight forward.

(IF you're in Agenda Mode, click on the calendar view, pick the week, month or what have you,

Quickie Entries:

-Click on the day you want to add an event,
-Type your event... like "Wife to Airport at 10am."
-Click 'Create Event.'

It knows you typed 10am and will put the event in the right slot.

In Depth, Unique Entries with Personality:

-Click on your day,
-Click 'Edit Event'

The 'Edit Event' screen has more options if you need more.
When you do a quickie entry, just typing the event and time, Google is smart enough to know where to put your event because you typed the time in the description.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How To Clear Space Under Your Google/Gmail Account

The other day I was looking at how I was using up almost 12% of my free 15GB allotment of space under my combined Google accounts. The combined data includes documents under Google Drive, Gmail itself and Google Photos.

I know 12% is not a lot, but I know my tendencies and if I let it go for too long, then it will be 20%, then 50% and then I'll be starting to worry. Not to mention that the longer I go, the more work I'll have to do when I have that much data.

So I decided to do some February cleaning.

My Drive contents are so few that I did not even look there yet. But if you use drive, you should look at what you have out there and if you need anything out there or not. Particularly anything with images in it.

And my Photos, which include what I have stashed under my Picasa for my blogs, isn't a big impact either. That's because I shrink down images in size and footprint, repeat the use of basic images across multiple posts, or do not use any images if it's a prolific site, like Cinema Static.

That left me with Gmail to peruse through.

This is where the fun began.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Recalls from Carrier, Macy's, Pier 1, Walmart and Disney Parks

Today's product recall list has pressure cookers, air conditioners, Martha Stewart, Pier 1 chairs, Walmart griddles and Disney Parks infant jumpsuits.

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Breville Recalls Pressure Cookers Due to Risk of Burns

The sealing gasket can be incorrectly inserted upside down on the lid which can allow the unexpected release of built-up pressure.

contact Breville for a replacement sealing gasket and updated instructions.

Consumer Contact: Breville USA Inc. at 800-983-3165 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on the “BPR600XL Recall” link.

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Carrier Recalls to Repair Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps Including Previously Recalled Units Due to Fire Hazard

The power cord plug can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Contact:  Carrier at 800-761-8492 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at and click on Important Product Safety Recall for more information.

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Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Stainless Steel Cookware; Injury Hazard with Frying Pans

The metal discs that cover the frying pan’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard. (Oh great, kitchen wars!)

Contact: Macy’s toll-free at 888-257-5949 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Sunday through Saturday or online at and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

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Pier 1 Imports Recalls Swingasan Chairs and Stands Due to Fall Hazard

The suspension hardware on the chair and stand can break, or the stand can become unstable during use, posing a fall hazard.

Contact: Pier 1 Imports toll-free at 855-513-5140 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Sunday or online at and click on “Product Notes & Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Walmart Recalls Rival Griddles Due to Shock Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart

The heating element can crack and water can get inside, posing a shock hazard when the griddle is plugged into an electrical outlet.

Contact: Walmart at 800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT on Saturday and between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT Sunday, online at and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Recalls Infant Bodysuits Due to Choking Hazard  
The Darth Vader and Disneyland 60th infant bodysuit snaps on the bodysuits can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Contact: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts toll-free at 844-722-1444 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

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As always, these and other recalls can be found on the CPSC website.

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