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How to make a full backup of your Google stuff

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Cloud & Online Services | 0 comments

Ever wondered how to download in easy steps all your stuff at Google?

Easy! Just point your browser to and select exactly what you would like to download.

Start by clicking on “Create an archive”  and then choose exactly on the items you would like to have an archive file created.

When the file is created, Google will let you know so you can download it to your computer or you can enter again the address mentioned before to see your already created archives.

Works like a charm! and you have everything backed up on your own computer :)

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Solar freaking roadways!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in New Tech | 0 comments

I´ve supported a project in Indiegogo which objective was to get 1 million dollars, it already passed 2 million.

This is because the idea (which has already been tested in practice) its to convert all roads into solar roads by installing panels on top or as the replacement of the asphalt.

The idea is amazing, and although it sounds like science fiction it would be great if the whole world focuses on this technology. Their estimations for USA is that if all the roads would be replaced with solar roadways, they could generate 3 times more the energy the country needs to work.

Imagine clean energy and free for everybody. How far the lobbyists will allow this to move forward? We will never know, but definitely its something all governments in the world should keep an eye at.

Check this catchy video below:

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Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam on Mac OS X

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Apple, Guides & Help, Reviews, Soft | Comments Off

I was struggling with my Microsoft Lifecam Studio webcam because it was not working properly.

I have a Retina MacBook Pro 15″  (late 2013) and I test the camera with the PhotoBooth app on Mavericks. All I was able to see was a super burned white-colored image.

After researching online for solutions I came across this program on the App store that costs USD 8. I must say, it was worth it, because from the moment I installed it, the problem was solved. Now I am able to use my camera without any troubles.

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DIY: Make a vertical laptop stand with a USD 2 napkin holder

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops, Guides & Help | Comments Off

napkinholderSome days ago I received my new 27″ screen to place on my desk together with my MacBook Pro. And I knew that once I had the screen, I would have to make some space on my desk. The main idea is to save space by placing your MacBook laptop in vertical position and not how you would normally use it. As I will only use the 27″ thunderbolt screen when at home, I won’t need the laptop to watch its screen anymore…

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Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Apple, Guides & Help | Comments Off

Yesterday I purchased a Dell U2713HM a 27″ display that gives me up to 2560×1440 resolution.

I connected it with an HDMI cable to my Retina MacBook Pro 15″ (late 2013). At first it didn’t work as expected, and I was getting “only” full HD resolution, I knew this was a possibility because I was not using the correct cable. You need a Mini Displayport to Displayport to get the full possible resolution, I purchased the cable but didn’t arrive yet.

Today the cable arrived so I plugged the new screen to my Mac, and surprise! It didn’t work either. :(
I was getting a strange resolution, and then I was able to get full HD again, the most, but not the full juice.

I started reading online and found a lot of suggestions, unplug, restart, reset SMC and more. I realized my laptop was almost new, and I could call Apple support. So I did, but unfortunately Daniel, the support representative was as lost as me. While he put me on hold (he was asking somebody else), I found the solution online.

It seems the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) in Mavericks was not right for my new monitor (I also read this solves the problem for other Dell Models U2711 & U2713H). Fortunately, from this link (I also made a mirror here just in case) I could download a ZIP file  which contains the correct EDID for these Dell monitors.

I just download the file, and uncompress it. Then copy the folder to the following path: /System/Library/Displays/Overrides. Then restarted and the display will work as it should have the first time, full 2560×1440 no problems!

Note: In my case, I got a bad start first, and then the computer started correctly so everything was ok. I’ve noticed it took a couple more seconds than what a normal reboot would take.

Just when OS X was restarting, Daniel (the Apple supporter) came back to me. I explained him what I just did and he was surprised of the solution. I gave him the information and he told me that he will report it so the engineering team can prepare an update for Mavericks.

For the time being, you have the tip here, hope this can solve your problem the same way it did for me. Now, I am enjoying full resolution on my 27″Dell screen :).

This is the model of my Mac, just in case somebody es interested

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TeamViewer a tool with hidden costs

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops, Opinion & Ideas, Reviews, Soft | Comments Off

Several years ago, I believe 2009, I purchased a license of TeamViewer 4, we were looking for a tool that would allow us to provide remote support to our customers without the hassle of opening firewall ports. So after testing several tools at that moment, we decided to go for TeamViewer.

The application has always been expensive for our taste as a small company, but all in all, you paid one time fee every year and a half or two and you would get a very good tool with all the updates. We kept on upgrading until version 8 which was working fine for us with exception for one thing.

In version 7 & 8 they introduced the possibility to support remotely Samsung devices. It was fantastic, because we would be able to see exactly what our customer was seeing on their phones on our own screen. This allowed us to connect and help them with their mobile requirements too. So we encouraged all our customers to get Samsung Android devices because they would benefit from us to provide them support. Hey! I even made my father purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3 so I could help him with his device remotely.

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Review: China dock for iPhone 5 & 5S compatible with a case

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Mobile & Tablets, Reviews | Comments Off

Some days ago, I wrote about how Apple is making their own docks for iPhone 5 and 5S incompatible with their own phones if the device is inside one of their own cases.

On that post I commented that I found a dock in China which seems to offer what I was searching for. Today I received it and I must say, ITS GREAT!

It comes beautifully packaged in a box with protective material. The quality is amazingly great, and it comes in Black or White.

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How to insert images from Google Drive into a Google Spreadsheet cell

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Guides & Help | Comments Off

I discovered this today and its very useful, so I decided to share it with everybody.

Till now I was able to insert an image in whatever region of a Google Spreadsheet by going to “Insert” > “Image“. But this wasn’t fixing the image to the cell you wanted to place the image to.

As explained on this Google Drive help link, you can enter a URL of an image directly into a cell like this:

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Petition: Google please allow us to always show the subject of an email in Gmail

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops | Comments Off

Every time you want to reply or forward an email in Gmail you cant easily see the subject. To edit it or see it,  you have to go through a couple of clicks to show the subject and then you would be able to edit it.

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Lets be more conscious with the usage of our smartphones

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Mobile & Tablets | Comments Off

A lot of us use our smartphones everyday. But, are we using them wisely?

Next time you use your device, ask yourself if you are not missing what is really going on around you.

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Apple iPhone 5 cases incompatible with docks, again

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Apple, Mobile & Tablets, Opinion & Ideas, Reviews | Comments Off


Apple is one of the most important technological companies in the world, they invest billions in research and development to bring us super cool, powerful and functional products. I have several of them actually and I really like them, yet, they fail to deliver a simple thing: A dock compatible with their own cases!

This is not the first time they make this mistake, (yes I am assuming its a mistake), in the past I remember having an iPhone 4S and having exactly the same problem, with their own bumper it was almost impossible to find a dock compatible with their device. I ended finding a dock in China that was available with a longer 30 pin connector that would allow me to use my case with it.

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How LinkedIn tricks you to invite people to their network

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Guides & Help, Websites & Fun | 1 comment

I use LinkedIn since several years, it allows you to connect your professional profile to a lot of people in millions of companies around the world. Depending on what you do, being and get connected in LinkedIn with all the people you’ve worked with and know professionally can open you doors in the present and in the future.

One thing LinkedIn does is to suggest you “People you may know” to add them to your own network, and its this spec which I am not so happy with.

Some weeks ago I checked my profile and added some contacts that I know, I was surprised they were on LinkedIn so I add them as suggested by the site. My surprise was when I received an email from them saying they don’t use LinkedIn at all, then I realized, LinkedIn was sending invitations to these contacts so they register in LinkedIn!!!

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Prezi, never again boring presentations

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Reviews, Soft | Comments Off

prezi_horizontalI recently started working in a new company, and I was asked to give a presentation about myself so that the rest of the team could know me better.

At first I didn’t know what to do, what to say, then I remembered about Prezi and ideas started to flow more, just because the tool would allow me to express myself differently.

Prezi is an amazing presentations application that can work online or offline (if you have the right plan) and would allow you to create astonishing good looking things. Forget about Powerpoint and how boring slide by slide could it be, with Prezi you get to present ideas and concepts with natural movement and flow.

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Get more of OS X Finder with TotalFinder app

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Apple, Reviews, Soft | Comments Off

tf-logoI am learning my way on the Apple world, till now the experience is positive, but there are some things that I miss from Windows.

Finder would be the equivalence to Windows Explorer in Windows, and you use it for everything related to file management too. But I was missing some specs that I really found useful in Windows and it was the right click context menu with the Cut, Copy and Paste option. For some reason Apple decided not to include the Cut command on a right click and limits you to use the Command X key combination to Cut some files and then paste them to another location.

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Retina MacBook Pro, how to manually switch video cards and save battery

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Apple, Guides & Help, Reviews | Comments Off

73486I purchased the latest MacBook Pro retina in November 2013, its the 15″ version which has two video cards on it, an Intel Iris and an Nvidia 750M if I recall correctly.
Its nice to have two video cards because you can do more graphic hungry stuff without having to use another computer, but there are times where you really need as much battery as possible, and you don’t want any application to trigger the power hungry Nvidia 750M.

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Today we launch:

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Guides & Help, Opinion & Ideas | Comments Off

ITCP_Avatar_Fondo_Transparente_200x188With the beginning of the new year I would like to invite all tech users to participate on a project I am starting. Along my years of IT consulting I found that I was writing too many guides for users to resolve issues, but I was not compiling all these things in a central database for easy look up or reference when the issue repeats or is needed to forward it to a user.

Today I am launching and I would like to invite every tech profiled reader of my blog to pro-actively add content to this Wiki. So we can easily reference them later whenever we need them.

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Problems with Wifi at Heathrow airport

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Guides & Help, Reviews, Services | Comments Off

heathrowSome days ago I started my holidays, and because I can’t really help myself not being improving processes during my trip, I decided to provide Arqiva the company behind the wifi service at Heathrow Terminal 5 with feedback about the strange behaviour of their service.

I connected 1 hour and a half for free to a network called “_Heathrow Wi-Fi”, after my free time was over I decided to purchase a 9 pounds plan for a 24 hours slot.

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Some great Black Friday deals – Mac Apps

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Apple, Soft | Comments Off

Check this two Black Fridays deals of Mac Apps bundles you might be interested in:

The Productive Mac Bundle (Pay what you want!)

- CopyLess: Clipboard empowerment!

- Dayspring: Your personal RSS reader.

- Privatus: Automated privacy protection.

- The Archive Browser: Browse the contents of archives: ZIP, RAR, TAR etc.

- X-Mirage: Mirror and record your iOS display on the Mac!

- Meta: Meta tagging for mail.

- SecureSend: Keep your data private!

Click on the following banner to see more details and pricing.

Paddle Holiday Bundle (Super price!)

- Dropclip: Quickly exchange Dropbox direct links!

- Dropzone: Get things done on your Mac.

- Temperature Gauge Pro: Manage your Mac temperature!

- Letter Opener Pro: No more cryptic emails!

- Throng: Stress-test your webserver!

- iResizer: Scale images without diminishing key elements!

- Time Tracker: Spend your time wisely!

- Moneybag: Money manager and financial analysis.

- SnapRuler: Effective on-screen measuring.

- Taskdesk: Lightweight to-do management from the menubar!

- Changes: Track file and directory changes; with awesome service integration.

- Toau: Less reading, more listening

Click on the following banner to see more details and pricing.


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Haswell MacBook Air with Mavericks sound problem solution

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Apple, Desktops & Laptops, Guides & Help | Comments Off

mac-no-sound-iconA friend has been struggling with a problem with his MacBook Air (Haswell) and the freshly released Mavericks. Suddenly he looses sound and the only way to get it back seemed to be a complete restart.

As you can imagine this was very annoying so I will share the steps he found in the Apple Discussions forums that allowed him to find a definitive solution:

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My first days with the MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Apple, Desktops & Laptops, Reviews | Comments Off

IMG_7203 (Copy)As you might have read some time ago I decided to switch to Mac, I`ve been a Windows user for 17 years now and I support them, configure and manage them for work. I wanted to have the experience of OS X on Apple hardware first hand and so I purchased a Mac Book Pro Retina 15″ which was announced in October 22nd Apple event and I received last Friday.

My first impressions are great, its an incredible well built machine. Its design is really beautiful and on the inside it seems to be very powerful. I opted for the Quad Core 2.6 Ghz. version with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive. I am really happy till now although I didn’t have the opportunity to do much with it.

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