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Friday, January 20, 2012

Are you Walking or Running

There are just times when it seems like our internet speed just drags...  wanta check your speed?  You can test your system regularly and determine slow times or if there is a consistent problem.

http://reviews.cnet.com/internet-speed-test/

http://www.speedtest.net/

Close down any running programs on your computer that might take bandwidth. Make sure you computer isn't downloading any updates. Be sure that no other computers are using bandwidth on your wired or wireless router.

Dial-up ranges between 30 and 53.3 kilobits per second while DSL ranges between 300 and 768 kbps. Cable Internet has 1,000 kbps speeds. If your connection is lower than you expected, then contact your Internet Service Provider.

Tidbit of information: A bit is the smallest unit of digital information. 8 bits make up 1 byte.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Picture Perfect

Easy Interface for FotoFlexer
 Don't have fancy photo editing software?  Need to tweek your pictures? These days you can do it all online!

http://fotoflexer.com - Considered one of the best online photo editing applications.

http://www.picnik.com - Easy-to-understand button including "Auto Fix". 

http://pixlr.com - Quick and easy or Advanced features!

http://www.flauntr.com - The FlauntR online photo editor requires registration.

http://www.phixr.com - Free account. This one is similar to MS Paint.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Disposable Email Addresses

I do a considerable amount of couponing and many commercial sites want me to register and verify my email.. but my email account is getting clogged with all these products emailing me weekly or even more in the name of marketing.  I just want to buy it on occasion, not have an intimate relationship with it!  So here is a helper in your quest of reduced marketing email. You can now get disposable email addresses.

These sites and many like them, allow you to setup an quick email for that registration but the ultimately
 
http://10minutemail.com -
 At 10 Minute Mail you visit the website and an address is automatically generated for you. You then refresh the webpage to see if you have received any new messages and to read them.

http://email.bugmenot.com/  - BugMeNot collects the emails and keeps them for a maximum of 24 hours. Just visit the site and enter the name that you have selected during account creation into the form field.All emails that have been send to BugMeNot in the last 24 hours are then displayed.

Hopefully these companies that collect email addresses start to understand that customers should have a choice, to register or not and only require email for newsletters that are requested, especially for a 50 cent coupon.  MHO

Monday, January 16, 2012

Love those Sticky Notes

Do you love sticky notes?  Guess what! If you have Windows 7, you have this great tool in your Assessories folder (Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories)! You can format the text, change its color with a click, and speedily resize, collapse, and flip through your sticky notes.

Sticky Notes is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.  If you don't have one of these versions, don't despair, you can download Stickies, a great little program, downloadable through http://download.com. Stickies works with Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7 and NT.

Keep your notes on your computer desktop and they won't get knocked off, blown away or thrown away..  Don't you love technology?