5 Ways Google Keep will Unclutter Your Brain

Google Keep

Remembering the little things are difficult, but incredibly useful.

Instead of telling you about the features of Google Keep (Which you can watch from the video below), let me tell you how it’s made my life so much simpler by using it every day for several months.

I’ve been using it for quite a long time: since it was codenamed ‘Memento’, and I’m still a daily user even now, when it’s the current Google Keep state, so everything I mention below is what I actually do, not what think the app could be used to do.

So here’s what I’ve been using it for:

1. Record down ideas throughout the day

When do you get your best ideas? It’s not usually ‘brainstrom sessions’, but it’s typically in places where you’re free of distractions, like in the shower, toilet, right before bed etc.

Those are also the times where ideas get lost. Recording down ideas as an when it happens is the best way to make sure you follow up on them. Because Google Keep can be integrated into my phone lockscreen, it just takes me no longer than a swipe and a button press to record an idea.

Having such a low barrier to entry also results in two things. You tend to capture ideas regardless of how strongly you feel about them at that point in time. You don’t limit yourself to capturing the ‘best’ ideas, you just capture ideas, and move on.

It can be pictures, sounds, text, a page in a book, anything.

There is currently no way to sort them, tag them, etc. but you can search, which is what you need 99% of the time, so speeding up the capturing of ideas is a worthy trade off, because things are so much faster. It’s absolutely frictionless.

2. Find Receipts and warranties when you need them

Sorting through mountains of receipts, adds a ton of stress when something breaks down. To solve this, just snap a pic with Google Keep, and label it “blender warranty” (if you bought a blender of course). Then just proceed to move on with life, and when you need it, just search ONCE and find the receipt.

3. Keeping a spare copy of transit maps

I don’t normally take the subway, but when I do, I’d like to use Google Keep to snap a map on my phone just in case I’m in a corner where I can’t see the printed map on the train. Again, this is something I want to find easily, and can pull up in seconds.

4. Making an on-the-fly-to-do-list

For very short term to do’s like making a list of things to buy once you arrived at the store, is something you can easily do, and Google Keep comes complete with checkboxes for easy task management. Dead on easy.

5. Never forget crucial parts of a manual

Manuals, especially for electronics (camera folks – I’m looking at you) tend to be a very extreme dump of information which makes no sense to most people (including me). Most of them are however, smart enough to include a ‘Quick Start’ section which you should read first. If you’re a first time user of the device, it also happens to be most read and used section.

The issue is that in most cases, you’re out and about and you don’t bring that unreasonably large manual with you. Just use Google Keep to keep photos of the parts of the manuals you actually want to read.

These are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, because I’m sure you’d have much more uses for it in your own life situations.

Try Google Keep, and leave a comment below about what you’re going to use it for!

How To Find the Perfect Color Palette For Your Website

When a visitor lands on your website, you have only a couple of seconds to make a lasting impression. (A positive lasting impression, I might add.) The easiest way to turn a reader away from your website is to have an annoying color palette with disjointed colors that don’t complement each other. A bad color scheme does two disservices to your blog: makes it look ugly and makes it harder for readers to concentrate. Essentially, without a solid color scheme, your blog takes a hit in terms of aesthetics and functionality. These seven different online tools and communities will help you easily find a color palette than you can draw from for years! You generally have six colors in a palette – you can use these to design email submission forms, header tags, links, logos, and more! Finding a color palette for your website is a must.

Tools For Finding Great Palettes Created By Others
1. Colour Lovers Design Community For Finding Pre-Created Color Palettes

The easiest way to get your website set up with a professional color scheme, in my opinion, is to use one that somebody else has made. The chances that another website is using the same scheme is low, and it wouldn’t be a problem even if they were. Colors on different WordPress themes make the sites look completely different all the time! For example, while you might be using the provided blue for links, the other site may be using it for titles and header tags. Note when you’re picking color palettes and designing your website that you should have two types of text on your site: clickable and un-clickable. All clickable text should be one color, and all un-clickable text should be another color. This makes it much easier for readers to navigate your site. Colour Lovers lets you choose from thousands of palettes, and you can sort the creations by certain colors! For example, if you know that you want purple to be the primary color of your site, typing in purple will bring up tons of relevant palettes! You can even search by a specific HEX #, but this will probably not give you a terribly huge pool of results to pick from.

2. Kuler Offers Color Palettes As Well As A Creation Tool

I decided to put Kuler under the category for find pre-made color palettes, since I really like their selection more than I like their creation tool. Like Colour Lovers, you can search designs by using a keyword or hex #, and there are plenty of palettes to browse through! You should easily be able to find one that fits the tone of your website perfectly. It’s very similar to Colour Lovers, but using Kuler in conjunction with the prior tool will give you a larger selection of palettes to choose from, ensuring that you end up with a quality set of six colors. The tool on Kuler allows you to choose a base color and then to move the other colors around this base. I would rather use some of the tools I talk about later which let you automatically generate colors, so I would pay more attention to the pre-created palettes on Kuler.

3. ColorBlender For Viewing Many Color Palettes At Once

Color Blender is another awesome source for web design color palettes. Unlike Kuler and ColourLovers, https://www.colorblender.com/ lays out their palettes in a way that allows you to see many of schemes at the same time. This gives you a better idea of how your palette would compare to other sites in terms of brightness and intensity. Picking colors while isolated from other examples is a recipe for design disaster, and ColorBlender prevents that from ever happening with its unique design. Furthermore, you can search ColorBlender by Hex # and RGB scale, but not by color. (Example: you can’t just type in orange and get results.) ColorBlender is an awesome site, and second only to Colour Lovers, in my opinion.

4. InspiredMag’s List of 50+ Sites With Great Color Schemes

If you’re looking for some “real world” examples of color schemes, then look no further! There are more than 50 sites on this list by InspiredMag, and all of them have great color designs. Reading this post is a great way to find color schemes that work for your niche, and for comparing your created color to a similar shade. (If you’re trying to create a certain color, opening this page in a new tab and then comparing to a certain site would probably help a lot!) Visit this post by InspiredMag and get your creativity flowing!

Tools For Creating Your Own Color Palettes
5. 5K Lets You Choose Base Colors With An RGB Slider

ColorMatch 5K is one of the best ways to create your own custom color palettes. Often when designers just try to handpick colors and put them together into a scheme, things don’t turn out as planned. With ColorMatch 5K, you are presented with an RGB slider that lets you choose a base color. Like the aforementioned tool in Kuler, you can create five other colors to go with this color. Why is it better than the Kuler tool? It’s much easier to use. Instead of picking the five other colors and running the risk of messing up a set of complementary colors, ColorMatch 5K automatically chooses the complimentary colors for you, and it’s pretty good at doing so. I only played with it for a couple of minutes, and I devised a few awesome color palettes. (Just so you know, the color palette that I use on my personal website about geek culture was one that I obtained from Colour Lovers.)

6. ColorCombos Color Palette Tool Creates Sample Designs

Seeing a color palette in the typical form – six colors lined up next to each other – is nice, but it’s not as good as what ColorCombos can do. Here’s how I would suggest using ColorCombos: use a tool such as ColorMatch 5K to create your color palette, and then check how it looks by using ColorCombos. This site allows you to view a color palette as something other than a list of colors – it will use your colors to add color to an image. They allow you to choose from a cupcake, paintbrush, paint can, pencil, and more! This is a great way to see what your colors will look like on your site, and not just how they go together. ColorCombos also has color palettes that you can browse as well as a color creating tool, so this is the real deal.

7. Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer is the best color palette creator on the internet. (Says me, but I’ve seen a lot of color palette creators.) You get to choose a base color yes, and from there on out things work much like the ColorMatch 5K, with one exception – you get the ease of creation plus the customization! You can choose from mono, complement, triad, tetrad, analogic, and accented analogic for creating your palette! You should try out the tool in order to see what each of these do, since they are difficult to explain. This is a wonderful tool for creating amazing color schemes in just minutes!

This post was guest written by the talented Jack Kieffer who also runs a blog called ‘Autism Plugged in‘ which reviews apps that deal with Autism. Thanks for submitting a post to help Friedbeef’s Tech to keep on going :)

GIVEAWAY – 5 Private Beta Invites to Unroll.Me


Too much email?  Tired of unsubscribing to newsletters one at a time? 

Unroll.me is a service which brings some sanity into your inbox by scanning it and simplifying your email subscriptions by allowing you:

  1. Unsubscribe from different email newsletters all at once using the Unroll.me interface
  2. Rolling all of your chosen email subscriptions up into a single digest email

Either way, it means less unwanted email, less time unsubscribing to newsletters you don’t want, less time opening individual email and a more productive inbox.  Brilliant.

It currently only works for Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL mail, which covers most of the major webmail providers.

This service is in private beta at this point so if you’re interested – just drop me a comment below.  I’ll randomly pick 5 people to get the free invites.


1. shiftey
2. betocreativo
3. hen_xuoi
4. cornz0r
5. myimmortalize

How to Make Your Own Instant MashUps Online

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With today’s web services becoming more and more niche, web mashups (combining data from two or more services) provide a great way to get amazing things done online.  For example – Portwiture, a cool service which matches photography from Flickr and the content of you most recent Twitter updates – resulting in a visual representation of your Twitter profile.


Now, while mashups like this are very cool, you needed to have some level of web programming knowledge in order to pull something like this together.  Until now that is.

Enter, IFTT (If – this – then – that) – The roll-your-own mashup creator which is incredibly easy to set up – and will make the services you already love – even better!

IFTT combines the power of more than 40 different services to help you automate the web.  For example, if you want to have to backup all your facebook photos to dropbox, just create a task within a few clicks which simply states that IF there’s a new facebook photo, THEN upload it to Dropbox.  That’s it. 

Creating mashups is now as simple as eating cake if you follow the very basic instructions

If you want to see how other people have put this service to good use (433,065 good uses to be precise), just head on over to the recipes section where people share their own ways of how they’re using IFTT.



BONUS TIP 1: If you especially like Dropbox, you can try Dropbox Automator for an even more powerful experience.

BONUS TIP 2: Check out Pushing Social’s post on “Why IFTTT Could Be the Best Blogging Tool Ever’”.  Useful reading if you’re a blogger.

My Favorite Steve Jobs Moment

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Yesterday was an end of an era as Steve Jobs stepped down from Apple as CEO.  Steve is known for many things – Revolutionizing mobile phones, creating amazing portable music devices, coming up with sexy computers, and giving some of the most compelling presentations you’ve ever seen.

My favorite Steve Jobs moment however has little to do with technology.  It is a commencement speech he did back in 2005.  Although I’ve watched it several times, it never fails to resonate with me every time I listen to it. Here are some great snippets from the speech:

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


Watch the video.  No matter where you are in life, I’m sure if will speak to you.  The full transcript is also available online.

As for me I’ll Stay Hungry. I’ll Stay Foolish.

Thank you Steve for everything.  It’s been a blast.