I guess the good news here is that a an XP notebook will be hitting the U.S. retail market in the first half of April. Best Buy plans on selling it for $399. However, with 512mb of RAM and 4GB's of disk space, it's not going to be more than a way to check email and surf the web. Read on...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
So you have some pics you want to post or email to your friends, but the 2MB size is keeping it from being uploaded or hanging up in your outbox. Here's a little PowerToy from Microsoft that enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click. (XP only) Click here...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This tip may be a bit over the top for some of you, but it was worth posting to the blog. If you tend to rip a lot of DVD's, you may want to add it to the AutoPlay list so that the computer will automatically start ripping DVDs as soon as you put one in. Read on... (thanks to lifehacker.com)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
StartSpot.com/network has links for maps, dictionaries, white pages, books, gourmet eating, shopping and more. There's also HeadlineSpot.com for headline news articles or fun stuff like games. Check out LibrarySpot.com which is like walking into a reference room in a virtual library. It has links to a plethora of information, like encyclopedias, law libraries, almanacs, podcasts and more!
Gosh, I feel smarter already...
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This falls under the category of, "I did not know that"!
Verizon wireless has a little feature I found out about yesterday. It's called Text to Landline and I can see it being very useful.
Verizon Wireless Text to Landline service enables subscribers to send text messages converted to voice messages to most White Pages listed phone numbers in the United States.
After the recipient’s address is checked for delivery eligibility, your text message will be recorded in a female voice. A standard call will be placed to the landline number after which the recipient's phone will ring. If the phone is answered, a recorded message will ask whether the listener wishes to accept a message that has been sent from a wireless subscriber [sender’s phone number] at no charge. If the listener accepts, the recording of your text message will be played. If the call is received by an answering machine or voice mail, the recording will be delivered to the device or service as a voicemail and the message will be deemed as successfully delivered.
How cool is that? And it is a mere .25 cents a pop.
Thanks Carol for the heads up on this!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I just wanted to post how proud I am of my little sister Carol. She just started a new job in project management with Cisco. Cisco (CSCO) is the leading supplier of networking equipment and network management for the Internet.
Way to go girl!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Microsoft will finally release the newest versions of Vista with Service Pack 1 on March 19th. Yes, and it will be available for download via automatic updates. Amazon has it posted on their website for pre-order.
Gosh, I just still don't want to put the operating system into production. How about you all?
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Google has launched a web based version of Google Sky. The interface is similar to Google Maps. You can drag and drop the sky to see different items, and you can search for locations by typing in terms like "Mars," or "constellation."
There are also a series of galleries highlighting some of the coolest views gathered from Hubble and other telescopes. You can toggle between naked eye, infrared, microwave, ultraviolet, and x-ray views. Way cool!
Friday, March 14, 2008
The Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool checks your Internet router to see if it supports certain technologies. You can use this tool on a PC running either the Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system. If you're planning to run Windows Vista, this tool can verify whether your existing Internet router supports advanced features. Read on...
I was talking to my sister Ja today and she told me that you can password protect your Outlook email application. I did not know that!
The link will take you through the steps, but I do have to caution you if you forget your password, it will cost a bit of money to uncover it later. Read on...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This little network tool will come in very handy the next time you are installing, upgrading or troubleshooting your network cabling. The LinkCheck can be used to test for the presence and speed of standard RJ45 10Mb or 100Mb Ethernet connections. Read on...
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Your friend has a new phone and has just called your smartphone for the first time. You know you'll never remember it--so how do you get that new number from your Call History to your Contacts list? Don't worry. It's easier than you think. Read on...
Friday, March 07, 2008
Google announced a tool to sync Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook calendar. If you add an event in your Microsoft Outlook calendar, it will automatically sync to Google Calendar and be accessible at any time, whether you're using a browser or a mobile phone. Similarly, if you schedule an event with a future pop-up reminder in Google Calendar, you will automatically see that reminder in your Microsoft Outlook calendar on your computer. Your Microsoft Outlook calendar and Google Calendar are automatically kept up to date, leaving you free to use whichever one you want. Read on...
Thanks go to Bauer for the heads up!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Here are some shortcuts for Shut Down, Restart, Logoff and Hibernate which you can easily place on your Vista desktop.
Click here to download the attached archive, extract it to your desktop and use the shortcuts anytime you need them. They should work with any version of Windows Vista.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I came across my old Sony voice recorder in the junk drawer the other day. I am not really sure why I hang on to it. If I ever needed to use it again I would need to go get batteries and a micro tape for recording. Seems a bit outdated, eh? Good news though, when I need a real cool new gadget for recordings, this is definitely what I would choose. Read on...