Finds of the Week: What Google Knows About You, Take Screenshots in Office and Insert into Documents, 5 Great Uses for USB Drives, Stop Facebook Videos from Playing Automatically


Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Find Out Exactly What Google Knows About You
Google tracks all kinds of details about users and this brief and useful list includes some of what Google keeps track of and provides links to view the information they have about your Google services usage. You'll need to be logged in to a Google account to see the information. Note that a link named privacy checkup at the end of article goes to a Facebook privacy and security overview written a few years ago.

How to Take a Screenshot in Office and Insert It into a Document
Who knew that Office comes with a built in screenshot tool? I'm filing this one under the "Learn Something New Every Day" category. The article outlines how to grab a screenshot using Office 2013, Office 2016 and Office 365. Using Office 2010? They have an article for that version of Office. (Link is also included in the above article).

The Many Uses of USB Flash Drives (Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015?)
USB flash drives are great to have around, and this article outlines a few interesting ways to use them in addition to the most common uses. I back up my bookmarks to the one that's plugged in to my desktop all the time, and I have another one where I've copied programs (like Microsoft Office) and their licenses/key codes for easy re-installation. The article covers using USB drives as physical keys, physically securing your laptop, remembering passwords, carrying around portable apps and booting Linux live. There are links to some useful articles including 50 cool uses for booting live Linux, booting a Mac into Linux, storing and encrypting sensitive personal files, keeping Windows maintenance tools or virus scanning tools on a USB drive, and even running a portable web server off of a USB flash drive.

How to Stop Facebook Videos from Playing Automatically
Stop videos in Facebook from playing automatically in Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Android, Safari and iOS.
There are several reasons you might not want to see videos or animated GIFs that people post on Facebook - maybe they are a distraction on a web page you're trying to read, maybe you have a slow or limited internet connection, or you prefer to choose what animated content you see. Whatever the reason, here's how to stop videos and animated GIFs from playing automatically. You can still view animated content, clicking on the triangle superimposed over the image starts the process.

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USBs are not dead but great tools to have at hand. Glad to see an article that refutes that!

I'm with you on that. I think that right now there are so many factors involved in cloud storage that it won't replace physical storage. There's the security factor (although computers are at risk as well), the fact you have to be connected to the internet to access your stored files, and that many people (in the US anyway) who live outside of urban areas have limited internet access speeds, small data caps and spotty connections. I have satellite internet and when we we get heavy cloud cover, rain, or snow the connection degrades or disappears. I'll stay with my hard drive that I drop in to a dock when I back things up and keep using my handful of USB sticks for all kinds of stuff. :)

Even though the trend in technology is to make everything cloud based I doubt physical storage formats like USB flash drives will ever become extinct. The portability feature makes these drives very popular and handy for computer users.