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January 20, 2008

Newsletter 1-20-2008

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 8:43 pm

Things change in the high tech world so fast it is impossible to keep up with little things like bookmarked sites.I used a web site that let you send free SMS text message to any phone and it worked quite well. I haven’t used the service for about a month now and went to the web site I had bookmarked, because I planned to put it in this week’s newsletter, and the site is gone. No home page, nothing. So I wondered how many other sites I have bookmarked don’t exist now. There were many.Just a note to let everyone know if you bookmark lots of sites, it pays to check from time to time to see if they still exist.

TV has produced some to the most interesting commercials and some of the most hilarious commercial too. The following web site had me laughing for quite a while watching some very funny ads that aired worldwide. I especially liked the add that where the guy removed the snow off the wrong car. A word of caution there are some ads that are very racy.

January brings the time to look for a new calendar. I decided this year to make my own. If you use Microsoft Office, the office web site has many calendar templates you can use. I picked a few and then made so minor modification to suite me and then printed them out. Give the guys at MS some credit giving away some templates. Oh, there are many more templates at the office site so search or take a look around and make use of their work so you don’t have to work.

This web site is FLASH based and the following is a screen capture of what it is all about. See what kind of music you can make. Mind didn’t sound to good so I gave up. The idea is cool.

Do you have a digital camera? Have you ever deleted a picture by mistake? I have and this site has a free utility that will restore pictures deleted from a memory card. It could save you a lot of regrets buy getting the great shot back.

Ares Tube is a Windows program simple and easy to use which allows downloading music, films, videos, music videos and more from the most important sites (YouTube, DailyMotion, Metacafe, etc) and use them right from your desk. In this way, this program will convert to MPEG (it can be played on any PC) or MP4 (it can be played on iPods) and it can also be saved. AresTube can additionally import the file to iTunes so that you have it on your iPod Video on your on your next synchronization. There web site says it all. Download like below.

One of my major complaints is people that forward email that was forwarded to them by someone else and it has all those >> in the email or indented many times, etc. I know you have received those and I hope you didn’t forward them on without cleaning up the garbage. This little free utility will do the job. PLEASE download it and have mercy on all your friends that you send forwarded emails. This links will auto download the software.

Would you like to run Vista Sidebar on XP ?
The Windows Vista Sidebar is an integrated feature of Vista and not available as a separate product, has released a similar sidebar for Windows XP that looks and works just like the Vista Sidebar. The sidebar is also part of the “Vista Transformation Pack” that you can use to totally customize your XP to look like Vista.

This site has a fantastic piece of software that I feel is better the iTunes for video, audio, etc.
‘Quite simply, Miro is a free application for channels of internet video (also known as ‘video podcasts and video rss). Miro is designed to be easy to use and to give you an elegant fullscreen viewing experience. There are thousands of free internet video channels that you can watch. You’ll be able to download all the videos that each channel offers and when new ones are released, Miro will grab them automatically. Unlike tiny videos on websites like YouTube, Miro videos are usually very high quality and look great when watched full screen. Since Miro downloads videos completely before you watch, your videos will never skip or stutter while they are playing. ‘

Check out this ‘pictures’ by artist Mark Jenkins. Actually they are more like sculptures.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend”


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