Google and workflow

I use Google in my workflow quite a bit. I use it for a lot of tracking what I’m doing, spreadsheets to track episodes, spreadsheets for authors, spreadsheets for books and sales, spreadsheets for giveaways, audio, critiques and much more.

I use it when I’m working with authors doing audiobooks. I use it when I am giving suggestions and feedback on pieces. (Oh I love it for that.) I use it for collaborative work.

Every time I finish a piece of audio I send it to the author to make sure pronunciation and everything else is correct.

It concerned me quite a bit when the Google scam went around last week. I got several emails that appeared to come from authors I’d worked with before. I actually saw them and flagged them as something to deal with later (but didn’t open them!). They aren’t authors that had shared google docs with me before so I was a little surprised but not shocked. The message looked really real.

Why the Google messages were effective

Google Scam

If you clicked it

I will absolutely continue to use Google a lot. But it is so important to really be aware of everything. Check those actual urls. Check who it actually came from. Check. Check. Check. It’s only going to get harder to tell the difference between the real things and the scams, phishing, and the like.

Speaking of which, if you haven’t taken the Cybersecurity Quiz from PEW I highly recommend it.

The Future – Roundup

Here is a roundup of some interesting links and resources I’ve come across recently:

In their natural environment

Wild Jaguar in the US (video)

A wild jaguar video from trail cams. Trail cams are amazing things, you can find a lot of them and snippets from them online. Interesting to see animals on their own in the wild. I also love things like the cams that have been put in nests and such. Pennsylvania Bald Eagles cam has 2 cameras and sound, which is amazing. Highly recommend.

Science and politics meet

Would you vote for a supercomputer for president?

Thanks Stefan for this link.

The future….oooOOooo

100,000,000 Years from now

What the world might look like to someone else (an entirely different someone else’s in the long distant future).

BACKUPS!

Free 2 GB of storage at google – BACK YO SHIT UP!

Back up your work! Do the security check up and get a bonus 2 GB of space, that’s enough space to back up a few novels and a bunch of shorts or flash fiction.

Get your 2 free bonus GB of space and back your stuff up!
Get your 2 free bonus GB of space and back your stuff up!

Word shaped things

Words to use

There are so many cool sites, I’m always a little surprised when I find one. So here’s another cool one I found this week. It gives words that are kind of related to things. I highly recommend going to take a look. This could be great for needing to find an alternate way to say something, especially an overused phrase.

Google terms

I find my google terms are a weird combination of perfectly sensible things…and maybe things that say I need a break.

My recent history includes “airplane cop” I couldn’t think of the term sky marshall! It is something I love, I know that a word exists and I know I want it but I can’t quite make my brain get to it fast enough. Google to the rescue!

Also looking through my Google terms list I can clearly see as I get tired during the day my Google fu suffers and I have to try 2-3 times to get the right search result.

Security Checkup
Google Security checkup (bonus 2 GB storage!)

Also, bonus thing? Today is the Google Security check up day, follow the link and once you complete the security checkup you get 2GB free in your account, permanently! The questions are basically is this still your phone number/other email, are these the programs you want to use it, is this where you are signed in?

Super ultra bonus thing? You can tell Google to not track your search terms (or just about anything, if you go through your security stuff you’ll be able to export your data or tell it to not track stuff.