How to Compress Large Audio Files: 5 Easy and Effective Ways (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: How to Compress Large Audio Files: 5 Easy and Effective Ways. “Whether you’re a podcast producer, a musician, or a DJ who creates music mixes, you need to know how to compress audio files to reduce their size. It can also be helpful to know how to compress audio files when you just want them to take up less space on your device. Here are a handful of easy and effective ways to reduce large audio files down to a more manageable size.”

Ubergizmo: Dropbox Update Makes It Easier For You To Manage Your Files

Ubergizmo: Dropbox Update Makes It Easier For You To Manage Your Files. “The company has announced via a blog post that they are making some big changes in which it will make it easier for users to manage their files through automation, tagging, and more. For example with automation, Dropbox will let users create automation folders where when files are added to it, they can automatically name, sort, and tag the contents inside of it. This means when you drag a bunch of files into the folder, based on their date of creation, the folder will automatically put them into folders based on the date so you can quickly find them whenever you need, even if it was created months or years ago.” (This would have come in so handy for something I was working on about six years ago, lol)

Wired: How to Find the Hidden Files on Your Phone or Computer

Wired: How to Find the Hidden Files on Your Phone or Computer. “YOUR PHONES AND computers hold more than you might realize. The files that you can view by default on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS are by no means everything that’s stored on those systems. These hidden files are typically used by the operating system and the applications you’re running to store data that you don’t normally need access to—indeed, data that can interfere with the smooth running of your device if it’s edited in the wrong way or deleted.”

Lifehacker: How to Find the Hidden ‘Orphaned’ Files Eating Your Google Drive Storage

Lifehacker: How to Find the Hidden ‘Orphaned’ Files Eating Your Google Drive Storage. “While this is a rare phenomenon, Google Music’s recent shutdown has dramatically increased the possibility users have orphaned music and podcast files that weren’t properly deleted before the service closed, as users in this reddit thread have discovered. Luckily, there are ways to find and remove at least some of those unhoused files.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive

Digital Inspiration: How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive. “When a respondent uploads a file through Google Forms, the file are stored in a fixed folder of your Google Drive. All files are uploaded in the same folder and, thus looking at the file in your Google Drive, it is difficult to determine which respondent has uploaded which set of files. We can however use Google Apps Script with Google Form triggers to instantly organize files in Google Drive as soon as they are uploaded by the form respondent. You can change the destination folder where files are stored or create custom folders based on the form response.”

Google warns Google Drive users: Use it, or lose your files (Mashable)

Mashable: Google warns Google Drive users: Use it, or lose your files. “Google announced a new storage policy Wednesday governing user accounts, and while most of the resulting headlines focused of a new price tag for Google Photos, an important change went mostly overlooked. Notably, going forward, Google says that if you don’t check in on your Google Drive files every now and then, it may delete them.” I’m sure we’ll be seeing an opportunity to subscribe to a Google premium service to ensure your Drive files are left alone…

Digital Inspiration: Google Drive Monitor – Get Email Alerts When Files are Deleted in your Drive

Digital Inspiration: Google Drive Monitor – Get Email Alerts When Files are Deleted in your Drive. “If you are like me who is terrified at the prospect of forever losing important files that were deleted by mistake, Google Drive Watch can help. Google Drive Watch is an open-source Google Script that automatically monitors your Google Drive and sends daily email notifications with a detailed list of files that were deleted the previous day.”

Digital Inspiration: Reclaim Disk Space – How to Find the Biggest Files in your Google Drive

Digital Inspiration: Reclaim Disk Space – How to Find the Biggest Files in your Google Drive. “Your Google account storage is shared between Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. What do you do when your Google account is running out of storage space? You either buy more storage from Google or the inexpensive option is that you spend some time spring-cleaning your account and delete the emails and files that could be hogging up the storage space.”

MakeUseOf: Best Tools to Extract Zip and Rar Files Online

MakeUseOf: Best Tools to Extract Zip and Rar Files Online. “Extracting data from a Zip or Rar file is pretty easy – there are desktop tools that do the job just fine. However, there are times you may find yourself on a computer which does not allow installations of tools, such as a public library PC. Fortunately, you can still extract files using online tools that require no installations. Let’s take a look at the best tools to extract Zip and Rar files online.”

Lifehacker: Automatically Organize Your Downloads With This Chrome Extension

Lifehacker: Automatically Organize Your Downloads With This Chrome Extension. “I download a lot of things. We all do. In my case, my Windows Downloads folder is basically my catch-all for everything I’m working on, as well as the primary archive for files and folders I need to save somewhere else (but haven’t yet). This means said Downloads folder can get unruly, and I have found a new Chrome extension to fix that.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Free Up Space in Google Drive

Make Tech Easier: How to Free Up Space in Google Drive. “Many of us rely on cloud storage to save our documents, but just like a physical hard drive on your computer, space is not unlimited. Google gives its users 15GB of space, but that space is not just for your documents. Your 15GB of storage includes data from your Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Depending on the amount you store online, the 15GB can evaporate quickly. However, not everything you store on Google counts toward the storage limit.”