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What should happen to your photos, emails and documents when you stop using your account? Google has a whole page called Inactive Account Manager. 
Using Inactive Account Manager, you can decide if and when your account is treated as inactive, what happens with your data and who is notified.
Give yourself some piece of mind and get this set up.


Small carved stones unearthed in a nearly 5,000-year-old burial could represent the earliest gaming tokens ever found, according to Turkish archaeologists who are excavating early Bronze Age graves.

Found in a burial at Başur Höyük, a 820- by 492-foot mound near Siirt in southeast Turkey, the elaborate pieces consist of 49 small stones sculpted in different shapes and painted in green, red, blue, black and white.

Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey : DNews
Small carved stones unearthed in a nearly 5,000-year-old burial could represent the earliest gaming tokens ever found.


I've been taking the message from Google #IO13 to heart and trying to use Google as my darkroom. I have a metric ton of photos from some family vacations that I figured I'd upload and see what Google's Auto Awesome processing would do to them.

Google+ gives you a method to drag and drop photos onto the browser based uploader but that isn't really a great method for bulk uploading tons of pictures.  I tried lots of pictures at once and it froze up. Google Drive might be an option but the 2 services aren't connected that well. You can share from Drive to Plus but Plus doesn't treat your photos the same way. Photos stored in Google drive aren't part of your albums and don't get processed in the background.

As far as I know, the best method for bulk uploading from a desktop is to use Google's Picasa software. In Picasa you go into Tools –> Bulk Upload. From there you can choose your folders and upload straight into Google+ for processing.

This all seemed like a great idea. My upload speed at home isn't all that great but I didn't really care. Just get the process going and leave my laptop on for as long as it takes. Then it stopped working and I got the message saying "long term bandwidth exceeded." I was able to upload the picture seen here via the web based uploader so apparently I am not completely locked out. I can't tell you exactly how many pictures but I'd say a few thousand.

From some brief Google searching, I'll be in Picasa Jail for 20 to 30 days. So, use Google as your darkroom but be careful about how quick you expect it to work.

#picasa #google #photography

If you ever need to delete a wireless profile in Windows 8.1, this post will help you out. It should be much easier and apparently MS changed it between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
This is handy to do if somehow you set you home wireless to public and need to change it to private. It also shows you how you can delete all the network profiles you've connected to.

How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1
How to remove a wireless network profile in Windows 8.1 so that you can reconnect to it using a different password or a different configuration.

BlueStacks may have 'done this years ago' but in older iterations the product wasn't very usable. I use it now from time to time. Curious what Intel's approach to this solution will be.

BlueStacks responds to Intel’s Android-on-Windows plan: We did this years ago
BlueStacks, a startup that has developed a popular method to run Android apps on Windows and Mac PCs, isn’t too threatened by Intel’s reported entry into this sector. News broke earlier today that …