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.