From The Tips Box: Gmail Drafts, Water Bottles

We're drying water bottles immediately to prevent stagnant water smells, and using Gmail as a transfer mechanism.

Use Gmail Drafts to Transfer Files

This may not be news to most folks, but Bob sent in this tip on how he transfers files while doing remote support work:

I do a lot of remote support, mostly data conversion work. I use a freeware app called PCHelpWare that lets me remote control a client's Windows PC. PCHelpWare is a great program, but it doesn't have a file transfer capability. I'll capture the raw data I need to convert on the remote PC's hard drive, then pop into my Gmail account to transfer it back to my PC. The way I do this is to compose a message with no target address and attach the file to the message. To retrieve the file, I go to Gmail->Drafts on my local PC's browser and download the attached file to my local PC. Once I download it and verify that the file is good, I delete the draft and log out of Gmail on the remote PC. The beauty of this is the transfer is encrypted (I always use HTTPS to access Gmail), and it works on any of my customer's PCs. All I need is a web browser.

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Dry Water Bottles Easily

We know a lot of people aren't all that comfortable reusing your plastic bottles, but Mathieu sent in his tip for cleaning and drying the inside of water bottles for quick reuse:

If you tend to reuse those huge 1 liter water bottles or just have a sports bottle for exercise here is an easy way I found to dry the inside after you clean it.

1. Clean inside of bottle using anti bacterial soap and really hot water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.

2. Thoroughly rinse out the bottle till no more soapy suds appear.

3. Take a couple paper towels and shred them up and place them inside to bottle and then tighten cap.

4. Shake bottle vigorously to allow the paper towel shreds to move all around inside and soak up the water

5. Turn bottle upside down and remove paper towel shreds.

6. Now your bottle is bone dry and ready for reuse the next time without having a nasty old water smell.

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Comments

    That would have nasty paper fibers smell AND taste though.

    I like the idea of using clear plastic water bottles to make potable water (i.e. kill viruses, bacteria). Fill bottle with suspect water, place in the sun for 6 hours (need 2 days if it's overcast), drink!

    Here's a tip from a chemistry student (we do this in the chem lab to dry beakers and glassware): once you've rinsed out your bottle, it's easy to get rid of the last little bit of water by pouring in a very small amount of (or pure ethanol) surgical/rubbing alcohol. This dissolves in the water, but evaporates more easily, taking the water with it when it goes. You may want to shake the bottle to make sure that it mixes properly first.

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