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on August 10, 2010
Man-machine. The paperless office. Information overload. Yes, the time has arrived. The future is now. Yet with all the world's information at the tip of our fingers, how does one keep this plethora of info from overtaking our daily existence? What if you could hire someone to consult you on organizing all this data into a manageable state?

Enter Douglas C. Merrill. As the top information officer for Google, Merrill knows a thing or two about what he's talking about, including many key concepts designed to help you organize and more efficiently use the information on your computer and the internet. In "Getting Organized in the Google Era," the author explains things like how to use Google, not just to organize the web, but as a search tool for your email, your computer data and more. The book shows how to make use of less obvious Google functions like it's hidden calculators, metric converters, foreign-language translators, currency convertors, shipping tracking tools and more (movie showtimes, anyone?). He profiles addition tools around apps like Google Docs, G-mail, Outlook, and Google's contextual calendar system to make managing more information, logical, smooth and efficient.

Interestingly, Merrill admits that digitizing all one's information may not always be the best solution in every situation as a middle section of the book is devoted to demonstrating why even Google will not eliminate the need for paper anytime soon. (He explains why some tasks are still better to be handled the old-fashioned way.) Finally, Merrill devotes space to the discussion of the benefits of the omnipresent concept of cloud computing and when and how it can be useful to the reader.

Overall, Merrill's book is full of useful suggestions that can save the reader far more time than it takes to implement the ideas in the book. His background at the source of many of these concepts makes this volume worth the read.
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