Category Archives: Technology

Voices For Social Change – A Secular Jewish Perspective

Jews in America have always been at the forefront of social change. From Revolutionary War hero Haym Solomon to union activists, feminists and those fighting for our privacy, this is a history of those who raised their voices for social change. Please feel free to download a copy:

Voices for Social Justice Final

My Perfect Gmail Inbox

I use Gmail as my primary mail interface for both personal and some business emails. Overall, Google has done a good job with the toolset to manage mails, but…let’s face it….they also make it easy to become a pack rat. Why shouldn’t you just keep everything? Clutter is okay, but it does make it hard to focus on what is important. Fortunately there are some excellent third-party tools available to help you.

To start off by sorting and cleaning your mailbox, I recommend Mailstorm: My Inbox. See https://mailstrom.co/ Like Gmail itself, there is nothing to download, nothing to install. It is a web-based interface that you simply log on to. It then sorts the mail in your inbox by sender, by age, etc. It makes filing and archiving your emails trivially easy. You can do much the same from within Gmail, but this is easier. Mailstrom’s goal is to help you reach inbox Zero.
Once your inbox has reached manageable size, Unroll.me (https://unroll.me/) is a great tool to manage your subscriptions. Groupon, Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn updates….once you give Unroll.me access to your account, you see a list of subscriptions. You can click down the list to unsubscribe or add your newsletters into a single, once-a-day roll up email, preserving all your coupons but keeping your mail manageable. NOTE: To unlock the full Unroll.me feature set, you need to help them get the word out. Clearly I don’t mind doing that, but just disclosing the requirement. I would happily pay to subscribe to the service.

Mailstrom and Unroll.me are great tools to manage email clutter.

Protecting Your Identity On Line With Miicard

Protecting Your On-Line Identity – Like millions of others, I am concerned about protecting my on-line identity. I decided to do something about it and have signed up with miiCard The process was NOT trivial, nor should it be. I had to provide a valid email address, a working number for SMS and then a bank card. Every time I updated something or added information, I needed to verify that by text. Which is the way that it should be. While it is too early to tell how effective it will be, I was pleased with how thorough the process was.

http://www.miicard.com/

 

 

The Jewish Dot Com Entrepreneurs (Updated)

**Note: Contains some updates, some new material and some corrections. Peter Thiel and Elon Musk have been removed.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Mark Cuban have all changed the internet and have grown fantastically wealthy along the way. This is their story.

The Jewish Dot Com Entrepreneurs Updated

 

Cloning Your Phone SD Card

I recently bought a new and faster Micro SD card for my Epic 4G. I tried to copy the files on my old Micro SD card over through my Windows computer; however Windows Explorer failed. I have a number of applications installed on my SD and Windows was just not happy with .gz format files, etc.

A number of back up and cloning utilities were suggested at various forums; the one that I found be the best, in terms of small footprint and ease of use, is the HDD Raw Copy tool from HDD Guru. It is free, so small and light that you can run it as a portable app, easy to use and did I mention free? 

You can try it for yourself from: http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool/

 

If you want to discuss your experience, I have also posted this article at the XDA Developers forum at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1376009

There are may other utilities that have fancier interfaces or more functions, but this did the job for me and fits easily on a USB stick.

It is going to be part of my tool kit from here on out. I hope this helps someone.