Using Google Drive To Create A Powerful (and Free) Note-Taking Application

There are many note-taking options out there (like Evernote, OneNote, Simplenote, Bear, Nimbus, Zoho, etc…). I have tried them all and they are all great in their own way; but where they fail (in my opinion) is when you want to move your notes to another platform or when you want to backup your notes. You end up being pretty much locked into whatever note-taking app you go with. I have even tried using a Gmail account to make my own exclusive note-taking app, but where it failed was in its’ lack of option to perform a clean backup of my notes (even though it worked great).

After some thinking on all of this, I then thought, “Why not use Google Drive to create my own note-taking application?”.

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The Verge is reporting “Google is updating the Drive and Docs share window to make it less confusing”

Google on Tuesday announced a planned update to the permissions window for its Docs, Drive, and Sheets apps that is designed to make sharing files less confusing. Now, when you click the share button, the box that pops up has a clear distinction between who the file is being shared with through a searchable directory of your contacts or co-workers and the permissions the link has… Read More about this at The Verge“…

Create Direct Download Links From Uploaded Google Drive Files or Folders With “G-Drive Linker”

You are probably wondering, ‘Why would I want to create download links from uploaded Google Drive Files or Folders?’.

From a personal (and business) stand point, being able to send a Google Drive file and not have to worry about if the receiver can figure out how to download it is a major plus. There are many reasons why creating a direct link to a file is useful, and luckily there is an easy way to do this. It is called “G-Drive Linker“.

G-Drive Linker is a utility that can turn any single link download into a professional direct link without the distraction of Google Drive popping up. No more confused customers not knowing how to download their files. With G-Drive Linker simply paste your shareable link from Google Drive into the open box and your URL is automatically converted into a single link download that anyone can access. The documents are downloaded without any Google Drive window popping up, keeping all of your other files secure! Once the “direct download links” are created, you can then export  the links into a shared CSV spreadsheet. This spreadsheet can be opened with any spreadsheet application or even a basic text editor, ensuring that anyone can view and download your shared files.

The developer of “G-Drive Linker” (Gray Technical) had reached out to “What’s On My PC” and asked if I would do a post on this product. If you visit “Gray Technical” web site you will find they have many business related software products that range from graphic design, cad software, excel software and utility software.

Try G-Drive Linker today and see how how much time you can save!
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Understanding Your Google Account Online Space Allocations (for Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos)

When signing up for a Google account you get 15 GB of storage space in the cloud. That space is shared by Gmail, Google Drive and Photos. If you have a Google Account you can see what space these accounts are using by visiting google.com/settings/storage. Below is a screenshot of my account space allocations (after I had cleaned up things). If you notice I have 19 GB of storage. Somewhere along the line I had somehow acquired an additional 4 GB of space (to give me 19 GB, but I don’t remember what I did to get that).

Gmail will consume space if you send/receive a lot of email with attachments, but it takes years for see it is really impacting your allotted Google account space. I have been using Gmail since it inception (April 1, 2004) and I have used 9+ GBs. I will soon work on a strategy to backup those emails (to my computer) and back the account down to about a years worth of emails. Many people do not save emails, but I do. I will soon post an article on what you can do to backup your Gmail emails to your computer.

Google Drive, items that don’t take up space are: ​Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and files in “Shared with me.” Other files that you store on Google Drive, such as PDF’s, videos, photos, and any file that is not a native Google file… are counted against your allotted space.

Google Photos is often the culprit of consuming Google Drive space because we take a lot of photos that auto upload from your smartphone; and, today’s smartphones take photos that are of “full resolution” quality that are large in file size. A workaround to this is that Google will allow you to store photos, unlimited for FREE, as long as you allow Google to take that “full resolution” quality photo and convert it to a “high quality” photo. To make sure you are allowing Google to make the conversion, on a computer, go to photos.google.com/settings. Make sure “High quality (free unlimited storage) is selected.

If you see that some of your photos is using space, you can click on “Recover Storage” and those photos that are accumulating space will be converted to “High quality” photos. I did this and took an hour or two before I noticed a difference in my drive space. I hadn’t even realized that I had photos (and videos) that were consuming drive space.

I hope what I posted here gives some insight on how Google manages and allocates your drive space. In summary, Gmail emails with large attachments will eat up space; files that are not created by or converted to the Google Doc file formats will eat up drive space; and, photos that you do not allow Google to convert to “high quality” will eat up drive space.


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