1-2-3 … Screenshot!

Move over selfie.

The screenshot is here. 

It’s changing your style of work. It’s adding to your seamlessness. You can’t ignore it anymore. It’s there to stay… and evolve. 

In the late ‘00s, I used to struggle with it. 

My banker alerted me to the fact that screenshots existed. I was having some issue while net-banking. Banker asks me to email screenshot. I’m going like what’s that? Banker’s telling me to press F12. Then open Paint. Paste it there. Save as jpeg. Email jpeg.

Till the ‘10s started, I really couldn’t get the hang of the screenshot on my IBM-compatible laptop. Yeah, above procedure looks scary. It’s possibly the most complicated way of doing a screenshot.

Today, it’s as easy to do a screenshot as it is to snap your fingers. 

Apple asks you to press Shift-Command-3 for shooting the whole screen, and Shift-Command-4 for cropping before shooting. IBM-compatibles still require F12, I think, but saving as jpeg and cropping got easier, I think it’s a mouse-right-click away. 

Screenshots are bread and butter to how one can amplify one’s seamlessness. 

You shoot a screenshot, and it is automatically stored in your Dropbox. Big thing is, you know where it is. You are not frozen by the upcoming task of looking for it. It’s in your Dropbox. Period. 

Evernote even allows you to auto-send a screenshot as a note to itself. That’s as seamless as it gets. 

On the mobile, the shooting feature still has a snag or two. 

It’s normally a two-button combination, pressed in tandem. Half the time, you end up pressing one button before the other, leading to some other undesired outcome and no screenshot. That’s a little irritating. This has given birth to screenshot apps. However, switching such an app on, clicking, and switching off is cumbersome. I stick to the two-button combination, and take the mishits in my stride. 

Once a screenshot is clicked on the mobile, or clicked and cropped, it is automatically stored for example in Photos, or Dropbox, and you have the option of sharing it at will, with any app. That is so powerful. You can Whatsapp it, email it, add to Evernote, Instagram it, whatever you like. On the mobile, your screenshot gets a ticket to travel to the rest of the world, In a flash. Yeah, the mobile is using the screenshot maximally. 

This one powerful entity called the screenshot has greatly reduced turnover time. 

You can express yourself optimally with the screenshot, and get someone to react instantaneously with a counter-screenshot. 

You can use it for fun. Shopping. Approval. Proof. Entry. Whatever. 

Don’t forget to crop. 

You don’t want useless stuff being shared. Crop your screenshot. Only share what is required and is the subject of discussion / approval / fun. 

No cropping can mean sometimes that material goes through (is shared) which is private, and its sharing affects you adversely. So be careful. Crop. 

Everyone adapts the screenshot in their own way, to enhance their own style. 

If you use the screenshot differently, in a way that is not listed here, please do share your input in the comments section, so that everyone can benefit by your input. 

Thanks. 

🙂

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Plusses & Minuses of a Cloud-Society

Where do we stand today?

What’s changed compared to yesterday?

Are we better off?

What’s not better off?

Where is all this heading to?

Lastly, what’s your takeaway. 

People, questions, questions and more questions. It’s good to ask questions. Those who don’t, well, they don’t evolve. Stagnation in today’s day and age is owing to being late for a bus because nobody was there to put your shoes on for you, so that you could catch the bus. You didn’t attempt to put on these yourself, and you didn’t attempt to run-off bare-feet either. You kept waiting for someone who would put your shoes on for you. People, forget it and wake up. This party’s hot, and it’s moving very fast. Keep moving with it. It’s a hell of a ride. 

The word “Cloud” is very big today. 

“One needs to be in the Cloud, blah blah blah” etc. is heard at parties. 

Humans have realised the vulnerability of hardware. Data in the cloud is probably safer. Yes, Cloud it is . Cloud is the future. HOWEVER…

a). Keep multiple backups on your own hardware also. Accidental deletion on the cloud could sync across all your devices. Where do you stand then? Most cloud backup softwares throw in backing up to additional hardware for free. Use this. It’s a legitimate freebie. You’d be a fool not to use this. Btw, of course you’ve got your time-machine or similar backups going on the side too. BE WELL BACKED-UP.

b). Don’t necessarily keep sensitive data on the cloud. You can very easily manually back up your password-bank (for example) across multiple devices. Sensitive data needs to be password protected. Period. Music and photos can fall into different categories here. Depends on you. 

c). The norm with contacts is that they start backing up to your main email ID. Great. Losing one’s contacts becomes that much harder. Don’t store sensitive stuff in your contacts. 

d). Your main email ID becomes hugely important. Make sure it’s not hacked. Keep changing it’s password. Remember it’s password. Update it in your password bank. Use your email ID to search. Old emails, files, attachments, photos, anything. Today, the whole repository goes along with your email. 

e). Have a balanced approach towards social media. Don’t upload stuff you’ll regret. Try and circulate your family photos within controlled circles. Be wary of social media, and teach your kids of its dangers. 

f). THEN, Cloud is one thing, and accessibility to it and being well-organised on it is another. You could be fully in the cloud, but what use is your stuff to you in the cloud, if it’s not accessible across all your devices seamlessly, at a button-click. There are many software-services doing this for you. Your software-service needs to have a lightning search-functionality, which goes through your search-words and hashtags at a super speed [((btw you are not functioning without hashtags today, so that you can easily sift through your stuff, and call up something in a flash))]. Of course the whole thing costs. Just pay and BECOME SEAMLESS. What’ll you be set back by? 50 USD pear annum? Don’t be penny-wise pound-foolish. DO THIS. 

g). Please don’t forget your Internet-Security along the path. Use a pay-service, on you mobiles and your computers. People, why do we forget the basics?

h). Guard your eyes. Wash them. Use a moistener. Use Ayurvedic eye-drops on the side. Do eye-exercises. 

i). Guard agains neck pain (back-pain). Swim. Walk. Posture. Don’t overdo media. 

j). Guard agains index-finger pain. Mobile and desktop typing and touch has made the index finger of supreme importance. However, it is susceptible to pain and disease if you are not careful. 

k). Guard against heart-attack. We are a sedantry lot now. Almost all day, we vegetate. Most of us, that is. Get a band. Programme it to buzz every hour that you are in your seat. When it buzzes, move. Follow your daily steps. 10-15,000 steps per day is the need of the hour. Couple the band to your diet. Follow its calorie-burning module. Teach your band, till it comes out with intelligent suggestions. A band is like a pet. 

l). Guard your karma-balance. Be a contributor. Don’t only be a free user. Contribute freely on the web. Add to the world. Take the world forward. You are using so much stuff off and on the web, for free, that if you are not on your guard, you might end up exhausting a lot of karma. Thus, generate fresh positive karma too, to keep levels up. 

m). Lastly, it all depends on the internet connection you have, and how much you remain connected as you move. Spend well here, have access to more than sufficient data allocation and speed, both on your computer and on your mobile. An adequate internet connection with ample data-allocation is the lifeline of being in the Cloud. 

YEAH, use your Cloud well and optimally. Fine-tune your Cloud-effectivity. Keep in good shape. Be Cloud-proud! 🙂