How to Import Your Contacts to a Web Service without Giving Away Your Email Password

07 April 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Once in a while I’m offered by a web service like Facebook, LinkedIn or Digg to give away my email username and password so that it could offer me new friends based on my contacts list. Being the key to all my other accounts and containing a lot of personal information, I’m not that thrilled to give away these details. The solution to that problem is to export your contacts to a file and then import it into the web services. Here is how to do that:

Example – Synchronizing Gmail with Linkedin

As an example, I will demonstrate how to import your contacts into Linkedin from your Gmail account, but the same apply for other web services and other email applications, including Outlook.

Export contacts from Gmail

  1. Go to the “Contacts” sections.
  2. Click “Export“.
  3. Under “What format would you like to export to?” choose “Outlook’s CSV format“.
  4. Click “Export” and save the file to your computer.

Export Gmail contacts

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How to Convert MS Word to HTML

24 March 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Having needed to clean a Word file from tag extensions in order to submit a guest post, I found the following solution.

Word to HTML

  1. (Optionally) remove pictures from the document.
  2. Send the document as an attachment to yourself via Gmail.
  3. Open the email and click “View as HTML“.
    (Notice: use Firefox for the next step)
  4. Right click inside the new page and choose “save page as“. In the dialog, Change “save as type” to “html only“, and save the file on your desktop.
  5. Upload the saved file to Textism, which converts Word files to HTML for free (providing they’re under 20KB).

Update 14 August 2009: You may also want to try using Doc To HTML Converter (Via AddictiveTips)

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Two Free Website Building Platforms Compared – WordPress VS. Google Sites

01 March 2009 Categories: Internet tools

If you're thinking of setting up your own personal Website or blog, or considering using one as a collaboration tool for you team, using WordPress or Google sites must have crossed your mind. These two platforms has some overlapping abilities but they actually suit for totally different uses. Here is a review of WordPress and Google sites that will help you choose the right platform for your needs.

WordPress

WordPress logoWordPress is an open source blog tool and publishing platform. It is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world.

Google sites

Google Sites logoGoogle Sites is an online application for easy creation and sharing of webpages. It allows you to gather information (such as videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text) in one place and share it for viewing or editing with others.

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