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The Datamaton Blog has articles about how to search, organize, manage and use your digital content – to simplify your digital life.

 

How To” Articles

  • How to save or download emails from any account

    We often have useful information in emails and need to back them up. While there are many file backup tools, there aren’t many apps that allow you to save or download emails from any account. Blob is one such useful tool, allowing backup of messages from one email account to another, or as files to ...

  • How to find archived emails in Gmail

    One of the annoying things about Gmail is how easy it is to archive an email by mistake, and how much harder it is to find archived emails in Gmail. This post shows how easy this becomes with Blob.   Quick intro to Gmail “Folders”, “Labels” and “Categories” Some knowledge of Gmail’s “folders”, “labels” and “categories” is ...

  • How to find files inside ZIP files or emails

    Sometimes, important photos, documents etc. lie hidden inside “compound” ZIP files (or 7z, ISO or gzip files). Often, we don’t even know that a file we’re looking for is embedded inside something else! For example, when we download multiple files from Google Drive, we get a single ZIP file. Files aren’t the only “compound” types ...

 

Search Related Articles

  • How to find files inside ZIP files or emails

    Sometimes, important photos, documents etc. lie hidden inside “compound” ZIP files (or 7z, ISO or gzip files). Often, we don’t even know that a file we’re looking for is embedded inside something else! For example, when we download multiple files from Google Drive, we get a single ZIP file. Files aren’t the only “compound” types ...

  • Integration With Other Tools & Next Steps

    In this post, I’ll discuss how Blob search integrates with other tools you might use to handle your files, emails, social media posts, appointments etc. I’ll also discuss some planned next steps for Blob Search. This is the 5th and final part of my blog series related to finding your personal digital content. Other posts ...

  • Other Ways To Find Content

    In this post, I’ll talk about the ways in which Blob helps you quickly find your digital content without issuing a search for it. This is the 4th part of my blog series related to finding your personal digital content. Other posts in this series include: Part 1: Intro to the search problem and Advanced ...

  • Blob Search Results

    In this post, I’ll talk about the Blob search results display and how you can customize it further to quickly find the file, email, post etc. that you searched for. This is the 3rd part of my blog series related to finding your personal digital content. Other posts in this series include: Part 1: Intro to ...

  • Blob Quick Search

    In this post, I will describe how Blob Quick Search can quickly find an file, email, social media post, calendar appointment or contact regardless of where it is stored. I’ll also describe the powerful search syntax it supports, so you can issue sophisticated searches by directly typing into the search box. This is the 2nd ...

  • Finding Personal Digital Content

    Finding a file, email, appointment or social media post months or years later is a constant and frustrating battle. Not being able to find something is as bad as not having it in the first place! In this post, I’ll talk about the problems with current search tools and mechanisms. I’ll show how the advanced ...

 

Miscellaneous Articles

  • An overview of how Blob works

    This is a high-level overview of how Blob works. You don’t really need to know all this to use it, but its nice to know a little more about an app you might use every day. Blob is a meta-data indexer At its heart, Blob is an indexer and indexing is central to how Blob works. Just ...

  • What makes our digital life so complex

    Our digital life has evolved from a few files and emails at a small number of places to something too complex for us to handle! The problems listed here motivated us to create our app Blob – a universal aggregator. So what makes our digital life so complex? The digital sprawl has gotten out of ...

  • Hello World!

    We’ve just released the first version of our digital content manager product Blob! We’ve been working on it for several years and believe it is finally ready for prime time.   Blob’s raison d’être is intuitively simple: we’re drowning in a deluge of personal digital content! From a few thousand files at local disks, we’ve gone to ...