Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Leaving On A Jet Plane

I am headed out to the Mayo Clinic in beautiful downtown Rochester, Minnesota. I am there for my sister Carol who is having some surgery done. Sure, it's like freezing cold and I don't have a winter jacket for it, but it should make for interesting web blogs.

Monday, October 30, 2006

WiFi Photo Frame

This gadget goes way beyond your typical picture frame. You can even pickup a frame for relatives and update it with your snaps over the 'net via a subscription to Momento Live. Read on...

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Cellphone Keystroke Tip

Interrupt that annoying voicemail greeting from Silicone Sally "When you're finished recording, you may hang up or press 1 for more options" routine, and instead skip right to the beep:

Verizon or Cingular: press *
Sprint: press 1
T-Mobile: press #
This requires you know which carrier the person you're calling uses, so it'll only work reliably for folks you leave messages for a lot.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Message Beans

Burning messages into seeds so that when they grow, the resulting plants will have words and pictures on them...? It could happen! Read on...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Free File Hosting

Web site MediaFire is a free file hosting service that allows unlimited file sizes and uploads, as well as unlimited downloads of files.

The service is really well made, especially the upload progress page, which gives you a nice view of your upload progress, speed, and estimated time to complete the upload. Add to that the unlimited everything for free, and you've got what looks like a pretty saucy file sharing service.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

IBM/Lenovo Joins the Battery Recall Party

Doggone it! I thought us Thinkpad users were going to walk away unscathed from the battery recalls. Read on...

Monday, October 23, 2006

Top Time-Management Tricks

Realtors--is there anything they can't do? One thing they definitely appear to be good at is managing time, as evidenced by the dozens of tips they've shared at Realtor Magazine Online. While a few are tailored towards realtors, most are useful for everyone. Read on...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Recycle Your Old Computer

About to move that old computer equipment from closet to garage? Tired of looking at it piled in a corner? Consider recycling it.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Thumbs Down for IE 7

I downloaded IE 7 browser and gave it a whirl. Why? Sure... you can ask that. It is because you all who let Windows do Automatic Updates are going to be getting it whether you want it or not. Also, I figured that the HACKERS haven't had a chance to exploit the holes in it yet.
Let me tell you what I don't like about it
1.There is no way to direct where you want to download a file, it just downloads to a temp folder and then opens a window showing you that it's there. Then you have to save it. (Nothing new there, same as IE 6)
2. They have a built in Phishing filter. If you turn it on, it slows your surfing pleasure while "checking" to see if you are going to a safe site. AND if you turn it off, you get an annoying pop-up balloon asking you if you want to check to see if it's a real site or not. (Doesn't happen all the time, just when it wants to)
3. Scrolling down on a web page seems to be VERY clunky. It's like the page is still loading and has to finish setting up in the frame.
4. Forget trying to use the Pop Up Blocker. If you turn it on, certain website links require the page to open as a Pop Up so you'll stay busy "Allowing that site" to open a Pop Up tab.

Now I know you might be saying, "Annie, we know you love Firefox and you are just not giving Microsoft's new browser a chance to be your default browser." Firefox remains the better browser. You can add Extensions such as, Tab Mix Plus, Fox Pager & Cooliris Previews (just to name a few) to further enhance FireFox's capabilities. Since you IE users will have to adjust to a new layout and interface anyway, this might be a real good time to give Firefox a try, then watch IE 8 play catch-up again in five years.

Shared Items


Here are some articles that I found that I wanted to share with you all.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Why I Own A Thinkpad

The Mercedes of all laptops!
9.6 million, yes, that is correct, 9.6 million laptop batteries have been recalled, but not a single Thinkpad battery. Read on...
(Thanks go to Ja for pointing out that Sony's battery replacement program is for you to submit your information and they will get back to you...? She also wants you to note their trademark logo)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Colorful Folder Icons



Folder Marker, a simple-to-use tool that gives you a quick way to change folder icons. Sure, you can use their default icons, but why when you can add your own. Very cool!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

More About Printers

I have not tested this, but found it interesting enough to share with you all. Printer Anywhere let's you print to other people's printers. Fascinating!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Printer Gone Bad?

If you have bought a printer and it is less than a year old, it is under warranty. I recently was onsite at a client’s house and her printer was on the floor in a useless state of disarray. She indicated that it had a paper jam, yet there was no visible paper causing the error. After a quick look at it, I contacted Canon directly, spoke briefly with them and they are now sending her a replacement. I have also dealt with HP printers and they have a local service center that will fix it for free.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Quad Duo Processors

I thought my next laptop would have a Core Duo processor, but now I may have to wait a bit more. Read on...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Look Ma! No Hard Drive!

Fujitsu will soon join two other major PC makers in putting on sale a portable computer that uses flash memory in place of the traditional hard-disk drive. Read on...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Samsung World Championship


I am headed to the desert later today. Going to spend the night in Palm Springs and then head over bright and early to the Samsung World Championship with my buddy Mel. 20 of the top LPGA ladies will be there and we are going to watch them all tee off and then go follow Sorenstam, Ochoa, Inkster, Kerr and Webb. We are so excited!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Live Local

Live Local is a pretty cool web tool. It has traffic, driving directions, aerial or bird's eye views. Thanks go to Dan for sharing this with me!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Update on Star Trek Auction

On September 20th, I gave you all a heads up about the Star Trek Auction at Christie's auction house in New York. Well go ahead and guess what that model of the Starship Enterprise sold for! Go on, guess....Not even close! Read on...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

IE 7 is Coming...

Rumor has it that Microsoft's new internet browser is coming to your computer this month. They will be pushing it down via Automatic Updates. If you want a sneak peak, Read on... I have been using the beta version. The biggest difference you will find is the TABBED Browsing. (Firefox has been using this feature forever) The Quick Tabs feature is pretty cool and the ability to add RSS Feeds. They have also added their own little Phishing Tool in there. Just wanted to keep you informed, but I will stick with Firefox, thank you very much.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

Free for All

If you don't have a website, you can for absolutely no $$$. That's right, FREE. In fact, I took advantage of this offer in February and set up my website. With Microsoft Live Basics they provide the hosting and templates to get your name out there on the world wide web. Have fun!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Video of a Nasty Spyware Attack


I hope to never see this on my systems, but I thought I would share it with you all anyways. Just so we know what they are talking about when our clients call us.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Blu Ray?

For those of us, and we know who we are, that don't have a DVD burner, it is a real good thing we waited. The newest technology is Blu-Ray.