Category Archives: Online Services

Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is becoming very popular these days, well, true enough it’s been a really good way to keep websites secure.

Let's Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt

Thanks to them, we can make our websites have SSLs, this means more secure browsing especially for shop owners and websites that have money transactions!

Zoho Notebook

Remember my last post about Zoho Mail? Turns out, Zoho Corporation does a lot of other awesome web services – and one of my current favorites from them is the Zoho NotebookAs usual, there’s no catch! It’s 100% free and can be synced to multiple devices for free!

Notebook, Unbound.

Notebook, Unbound.

Okay, TBH I wouldn’t be trying this out if it weren’t for Evernote updating its plans and also limiting their free users with 2 synced devices – I understand not everything free lasts forever, but it was just too much and too shocking. I gotta say though, their prices are pretty much okay for those who are in PH. It’s very hard to look for a note-taking app to replace it seriously but..

That aside, while the Notebook does not have all that Evernote offers, it almost covers most of what you need in a much colorful way. Here is a screenshot:

Notes/Stacks

Notes/Stacks

As you can see, the ‘notes’ or what they refer to as ‘cards’ are colorful. You can group them up, and you can make your check list easily just by checking the little check with square around it (bottom right)

You will love their notebook designs as well! They’re original and meticulously chosen. Rather than the boring green, gray and white this is definitely something. Here are some of those designs I liked in particular.

Notebook Designs

Notebook Designs

Definitely, Notebook is doing good but still needs a lot of improvement!

I decided to start from scratch with Notebook, rather than waiting for their tool to import Evernote Notes. It is said to be in the works already (importer). However, I started from scratch because I wanted it organized and I have tons of notes in my EN (last time I checked, 1000+ or so!!) Some are pretty much unorganized.

Another thing I noticed is that Notebook still has some obvious bugs, such as when syncing. Syncing is not not smooth yet but it does work.

As seen in my screenshot above there are times that a note appears as blank so you’ll have to go in it and re-edit for it to appear. I contacted them regarding this bug and apparently there’s something going on with their server or something..and I could try re-logging in to have it fixed. I did it but same issue appears in both devices I’ve installed it.

Web App please!

One of the main reasons I liked Evernote is because I can access it almost anywhere, even my old tablet (managed to install it via other market apps)

Although this is something they’re working on so we shouldn’t wait too long, I hope! I’m trying to go online my Mac again recently so I hope it will definitely be available soon. Plus, it’s a pain copying tons of text!

Overall..

Notebook has the probability of replacing Evernote in your life, but not totally. For me it still lacks the following:

  • Web App, Mac App and Windows App
  • Reminders/Setting Dates on your Notes
  • Handwritten Notes/Pen Notes (notes created with your pen stylus, i.e. for SG Note phones)
  • Profile Settings/Account Settings Options (Can’t set a picture for my profile or check my usage data that will display number of notes used, diskspace used etc.)
  • Sharing a Note directly via email (I think sharing a Notebook is possible but not an individual note yet. It’d be cooler if it will provide a link they can access, which I guess can only be possible once Web App is available!)
  • Grouping notes needs improvement, I’m confused how to access my notes separately after making them as a group.

A couple of bugs I have trouble with:

  • As mentioned, with syncing, some notes appear as blank for some reason.
  • Sometimes show cards’/notes’ groups incorrectly (ie. displays them in wrong Notebook). Only experienced this once but I remember reading this as an experience of one user on the reviews in the Google Playstore.

Finally, the things I love:

Notebook favorites features!

Notebook favorites features!

I’m looking forward to what they still have to offer for us users, and I’m pretty sure they’re working on it very hard. Thanks to them, I am slowly trying to shift from my EN account although not totally yet! I still need it for my past notes.

Well, that’s a wrap!

If you wanna try as well, check out Zoho Notebook now!

TimeTree

Too stay connected with your partner or your family takes a lot of effort. So often, you are all busy with work and other activities – you don’t even remember some birthdays due to this! Fortunately, that can now be avoided if we all share the same calendar when we need it! That’s all because of TimeTree.

TimeTree

TimeTree

I recently discovered this application after I reformatted my tablet, it’s syncs, it lets you create and lets you even comment on your events. TimeTree is an application you can install on your iOS and Android phones that will make appointments much more easier – whether it’s between you and your SO (significant other), your friends, your family – and even yourself. Recently, they also launched a web application, although I haven’t really tried that!

What I find lacking in TimeTree is the ability to sync to other calendars – because let’s face it, Google Calendar is still majorities’ favorite calendar app. It’ll be nice if it could sync with it as I sync it with my Jorte Calendar another calendar app I use because of its widget.

Nevertheless, I’m impressed and very happy that now I am able to make appointments and let the person know beforehand of said event I have added, and even discuss it!

Zoho Mail

Still looking for a free mail service? I know, nowadays it’s a bit hard ever since Google Apps and Outlook shut down. Fortunately, there are alternatives such as this one I discovered yesterday – Zoho Mail.

Zoho Mail

Zoho Mail {http://blogs.zoho.com/}

Zoho Mail is another e-mail provider – but not just another because they let you get your own mail service for free for your domain. They’ve got tons of features apart from your free mail service and they’re easy to setup with any registrar (they’ve got detailed instructions on how)

They seem to be the best alternative right now since Google Apps and Outlook free mail service (and apps service) have shutdown. And if you’re a Tumblr or Blogger or Diaryland blog owner, they’re perfect so you can still have an email account even without the cPanel blues and complicated stuff.

What you got to particularly like about Zoho is how detailed their instructions are so you won’t have a hard time setting up your email with their email server.

They’ve also got a lot of features than just your email (pretty much like Google Apps, but wait, there’s so much more!)

zohomail

 

Southtree: Keep your Memories the Elegant Way

Everybody loves taking pictures of important events in their lives – graduation, wedding and even birthday parties. All in all they are very memorable. Taken in our cameras, we cherish this picture forever to look back to it whenever we feel gloomy. However, not everyone are able to do so – which was why here, we introduce to you to Southtree.

Preserve even your old photos

Preserve even your old photos

With Southtree they help you out in preserving even your very old photos. They will turn them into digital photos and from there you can start making choices from gift cards, booklets and many more. They have various designs and they you can get these safe and sound to your doorstep. Aside from that, they also have ForeverFiles where you can store your digital photos – forever!

Get 25% off for any order with the code blog25 until 7/15/14

If you want to try Southtree just use the code above, enjoy and may you have more awesome memories!

This post was created in partnership with Southtree. All opinions are my own.