From The Tips Box: Dropbox Limits, Yesterday's Gmail, Dual Monitors

Readers offer their best tips for uploading large files, reminding yourself of lingering tasks from yesterday, and fixing dual monitor issues in Windows Vista.

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Upload Files Larger Than Your Dropbox Limit

finding remo21 lets us know how to transfer large files with Dropbox:

I use Dropbox to transfer files between computers all the time and whenever my free account (only 2gb) gets maxed out, the desktop application won't finish downloading the files.

But if you sign online to dropbox.com, the files have actually been completely uploaded and you can "manually" download them through your browser by selecting "download" from the drop down menu.

This won't work for lots of smaller files (<2gb) so you'll have to do those in batches at a time. But if you ever need to transfer something huge like 4 or 5gb .iso's it's the best way to go. I'm sure there's a limit, but so far I've been able to transfer files as large as 10gb.

I do not use Dropbox, so I haven't able to test this — let us know if it works for you in the comments!

Remind Yourself of Yesterday's Unfinished Business with a Gmail Bookmarklet

Joe shares a bookmarklet to remind yourself of yesterday's unhandled email:

I try and get everything in my inbox out and dealt with within 24 hours. But when I come online in the morning I get distracted by the stuff at the top of my inbox and forget. So I wrote a bookmarklet that performs a custom search and brings up the stuff from yesterday that I need to finnish

Hope you like it.

javascript:(function(){var%20d%20%3D%20new%20Date%28%29%3Bd.setTime%28d.getTime%28%29-86400*1000%29%3Bwindow.location%20%3D%20%22https%3A//mail.google.com/mail/%3Fshva%3D1%23search/in%253Ainbox+before%253A%22+%28d.getYear%28%29+1900%29+%22%252F%22+%28d.getMonth%28%29+1%29+%22%252F%22+d.getDate%28%29%3B})();

Kill TMM Task in Windows Vista to Fix Multi-Monitor Issues

Photo by Mr.Thomas.

Kasse tells us how to fix multi-monitor issues in Windows Vista with laptops:

For those having issues with a multiple monitor set up where Windows decides to change the secondary monitor's position after it comes back from sleep/shut down/hibernate, disable the task TMM (Microsoft Transient Multi-Monitor Manager). It's under Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/MobilePC. As a note, it may only apply to laptops but I'm not sure. I just know it fixed my problem and I've seen others who've had a similar problem.

It's worth noting that Windows 7 has done away with the Transient Multi-Monitor Manager and fixed these types of issues, quite elegantly, but this is a smart fix for those not yet there.

Use Muffin Tins to Organise Larger Screws

RoboRyanTron shares a way to hold larger items that won't fit in the usual ice cube trays:

When putting together a new desk, entertainment centre, nuclear-laser death-ray, or bed frame there are always so many different screws, nails, and radioactive rods. Before you begin assembling, try organizing them in a muffin pan to prevent mixing things up and losing parts. Even better if they were originally labelled with a sticker you can put on the pan. Ice cube trays are also a good choice for smaller parts.


Comments

    Although Windows 7 has done away w/TMM, I am having the same problems w/dual monitors as I did under Vista. And the solution you offer never worked for me when I ran Vista either. :(

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