On Monday 9th of June of 2008, I have received a special piece of hardware that utilizes software, and a service. This device and service is called Magic Jack. It is a special device that connects to the USB port of your Windows XP/MAC OS PC. The software installs on your PC, and you set up with an email address. You would than be able to select a limited line of phone numbers that are US based. Once you set everything up, you would be able to connect a telephone that has a standard US based RJ-11 jack into a the device, and you could make regular phone calls.
The device cost’s about $50 including shipping. It takes about 5 -10 minutes to set up, and it installed easily on a Windows XP Pro computer. It includes one year of service, and each additional year is $20/year. Continue reading Magic My Jack
Here is a problem. I have a house phone, and a cellular phone. I want to be able to rely on one phone, but needless to say, home phones don’t have the flexibility. Unlimited Cellular plans cost more than $100. There is an exception being Cricket, but in my experience, it is not worth it. So, I need the power of a cell phone, and the minutes of a home phone when I am home. There is a solution that requires a change in cellular carrier, and phone.
The T-Mobile’s edition of the Blackberry Curve and the right plans is the answer. First, the perk is the Curve’s wifi capability. With @Home service, any compatible phone can make unlimited calls when in a wifi network. Since I have a wifi-g network, this is great. Before, when someone calls, both a cordless home phone, and my cellular phone rings. I then choose which phone. Now, just one line is required. The Curve then rings, and since it is in a wifi network, the calls are 100% free, and do not consume any of my cellular minutes. Continue reading Blackberry – Yummy
If you live in the US, I am sure you have heard of Blue Hippo which in reality offers a layaway plan for those that wish to have a computer. This is a SCAM. No, I never got it, but that is because this “program” is so outrageous, it is not funny. They prey on people with bad credit, and low income. I went to the Blue Hippo’s web site, and come across a number of disturbing features. Let’s look at these disturbing features.
First is time. They can hold the computer you are paying for up to 52 weeks unless you pay it off quicker. If you make 6 – 13 consecutive payments, they might offer financing for the remainder. I am sure this financing has interests, and anyone with bad credit would of course have high interest. Maybe it’s not interest bearing, but for the cost, it doesn’t matter much. If you are like me, and get income only once a month, these convenient weekly charges could be painful financially. So, provided you have to wait 3 months (4 x 13 weeks = more than 3 months), you would have paid at least $286. You still have to finish it off, and you can only hope they would finance the remaining charges. Continue reading Blue Hippo Attracts Idiots
Early in April, I came across a need to print labels. The reason is regular mailings on the behalf of someone else. In any case, I was brought with a dilemma. Do I go and buy more sheets of labels that may or may not print exactly as needed, and spend on ink to print these, or do I look for a better alternative. I already knew of label printers, but needed something on a budget. The Dymo series started are around $150, and goes up from there. I found an alternative being the brother QL-570. which was about $100.Â I also acquired a roll of labels which while more expensive per label, the cost savings would come with the thermal printer which requires no resources other than electricity.
The printer is fast for its size. I am able to print out about 20 labels with barcodes in about 1 minute.Â This makes my life easier as I never have to wait. And since the labels are never printed until needed, it is going to save on resources. And since the printer is thermal, it is not going to require an ink cartridge, nor a laser cartridge. Heat is applied to specially coated material, in this case the labels. The software package is also good allowing for a wide range of effects. The address book can import and export CSV files which makes storing a backup of the needed addresses easier. Continue reading Brother QL-570
I currently own an Acer Aspire 5100-3010 with an AMD Turion 2.0Ghz CPU. It first came with 1GB of memory, but upgraded to 4GB of memory. It has a 160GB hard drive, but 10GB is partitioned from user’s resources – most likely for re-installation. It of course has a webcam, DVD Writer, VGA, and all of the ports including the useless v.92 modem port. It also an SD card slot, and a PC card slot. To top it off, it comes with a variety of tools or the webcam, and to make a personal feel for the Acer. It also has Windows Premium Edition. With a 15.4″ Widescreen monitor, it is a great road worker PC, and a good compliment for any home user except for the hard core gamers.
It does have a good 2.5hour battery life, although you might be able to squeeze 3 if you do a couple of things.Â I do like the fact it has a good set of specs that is even respectable to would be desktop users. There are a few gripes I have. One, the speakers could be better. I found myself buying a set of desktop speakers only to plug in the front of the front of the notebook. In the case of the speakers, it is pretty much like the little engine that couldn’t. The webcam was odd. It can take pictures, but don’t dare to place pictures it hasn’t taken in the “My Pictures” folder. If you do, forget your webcam working. When I talked to technical support, they said just move all of the pictures in a separate folder. Continue reading Acer Aspire 5100