Monthly Archives: August 2011

Accessing the Google Tasks App from Your Desktop

Get a little more organized?

Google tasks is a nifty little to-do list manager. Its a Google app that can help you get a little more organized.

Use it to create task lists and manage small projects.

The great thing is that you can view your task list on most devices:
https://mail.google.com/tasks/android – Android version
https://mail.google.com/tasks/iphone – iPhone version
https://mail.google.com/tasks/m – mobile version

You can also see tasks in your Google calendar app or Gmail sidebar.

Now you can create tasks right from Syncdocs too.

Sync Google Drive from a Flash Drive

Syncdocs Portable – How to Sync to Google Drive from a USB Flash Drive

Often it is great to take your data around with you. You might not want to download your Google Drive to each PC you work on.
Or you might want to access your Google Docs or Google Drive files offline.

Syncdocs runs fine from a USB flash drive (memory stick). All your settings, data and files live on the flash drive. This means that you can carry your complete Google Drive around with you and sync it from any PC you want.

Here’s how to get it working

  1. Download latest the portable version here
  2. Run SyncdocsPortableInstaller.exe , and select the extract location to your USB memory stick.
  3. Run it SyncdocsPortable.cmd (this tells Syncdocs to run in portable mode)
  4. If it’s the first time you’ve run – you’ll see the normal setup screen asking you for your password
  5. Enjoy syncing – files and settings data is stored on the memory stick

Unplug – take your files and settings with you

  1. Plug in to another machine, just run SyncdocsPortable.cmd or Syncdocs.exe.
  2. For portable use, it is better to use OAuth (give Syncdocs permission to access your Google Drive account)
    However you can still use a password in Syncdocs. Syncdocs may ask you to enter a password, as this is not stored on the USB stick.
  3. Enjoy syncing off the USB stick.

More details

The portable version of Syncdocs stores all your files in its own folder (“My Google Documents”) on the USB stick. This is so that it can be plugged into multiple PCs with different drive letters. If you wish to set the data folder location, then run the non-portable Syncdocs.

The portable 64bit version of Syncdocs is a separate download.

Changing the default storage location

By default the Syncdocs portable version uses the USB drive folder it runs from as its default data storage location. This means that you can take your data and the program with you on the USB disk.

You can override this and store your data elsewhere by running the PortableOwnSyncFolder.cmd shortcut.

Security notes

We recommend using OAuth with Syncdocs rather than entering a password. This is safer as Syncdocs never sees your password – rather you tell Google to give Syncdocs access to your files. However, we don’t force this option.

Syncdocs does not store your Google Docs password on the memory stick. It stores it in the secure Windows password vault on the PC. To tell Syncdocs to wipe your password from the PC when you’re done, run this version: PortableWipeVault.cmd

Note that the extra security means extra hassle – you’ll have to re-enter your password each time.

Updated version notes

The new version 4.x requires the -portable in its command line. Previously whether the version was portable or not was stored on the PC, but in order to save no settings on the PC, we removed this.

Running ‘SyncdocsPortable.cmd” will set this up automatically.