From The Tips Box: Google Calendar Backup, Safely Removing Media

Readers offer their best tips for backing up Google Calendar in two clicks and easily ejecting removable media in Windows 7.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in—the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or email it to tips at

Easily and Safely Eject Removable Media in Windows 7

Ranganathan shares a discovery he made in the new version of Windows:

I observed this today: Windows 7 has a single "Eject" option (in the Explorer context menu) that works as 'safely remove' for media like USB drives, SD cards, etc. Vista had two separate options, and XP didn't have any context menu option to 'safely remove' media!

Creating a Shortcut to Sync Google Calendars

Garrett shows us how to sync Google Calendars with just a double click:

I manage several different work schedules on Google Calendars. To protect my meticulous editing from the few non tech savvy users with admin privileges, frequent backups are a must. To get all of your calendars as .ics files stuffed into a .zip file, simply create a desktop shortcut with the following link:

As long as you're logged into Google in your default browser, backups are just a double click away!


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