Sandy McMurray
reviews toys, games, gadgets, and media
for SEVEN magazine.

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About Sandy

Sandy has been writing about tech stuff in plain language since 1994.
He knows why your computer does that weird thing, and how to stop it.

Sandy is passionate about his faith, his family, strong coffee, apple pie, potatoes (all kinds), and that cool thing Apple announced recently.

Posts tagged tools

Share your stuff easily 

Dropbox has a cool new feature: easy sharing.

Once you’ve saved that video of your niece’s birthday party to Dropbox, just make a link to send to grandma and she can simply watch online — no download required! This saves you the hassle of having to re-upload or attach it to an email.

Anyone with the link gets access to a snazzy page where they can view (but not edit) your stuff. Our gallery pages give your photos, videos, and even docs the gorgeous, full-browser view they deserve. This means that people who follow your link can see pictures, look at presentations, and watch home videos without having to download and open them separately.

Read more on the Dropbox blog.


This is fun: make your own animated countdown at It’s Almost.

For example: this is a countdown to 11:11am on 11/11/2011.

Throw away your fax machine 

I can see this being useful for anyone who pays for a second phone line for a fax machine. HelloFax invites you to throw away your fax machine and use their service instead.

Upload files from your computer to send.
Received faxes are sent to you via email.

I threw away my fax machine a long time ago, and replaced it with a printer/scanner/copier. Whenever I’m asked to sign something and send it back, email works fine — I just print the document, sign it, scan it, then send back by email.

Simple - get ready to leave your bank

Simple is not a bank. We replace your bank and provide the clarity and sophistication that you need to manage your finances.

The US startup company formerly known as “BankSimple” is now named “Simple" and is accepting new customers.

If you’re unsure about what Simple actually does, you’re not alone. Check out Frequently Asked Questions about Simple.

Simple is US-only for now. The only Canadians who are likely to care are entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and those in the finance sector who should be getting ready for Simple (or something like it) to launch in Canada.

Web developers can also learn a lot from the simple, beautiful design of the Simple.com web site.

Share a secret - one time only 

Did you know? When you send private information via email or chat, copies get saved (for example) in your Sent Mail folder and your Skype chat history.

One Time Secret sets out to solve this problem by storing your secret information on a web page that can be viewed only once. You send the web address to your friend, they open the page, then the page self-destructs. No trace of the secret information is left behind.

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