Sunday, July 31, 2011

Real Freedom

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hook, line and sinker

Cell phones - everyone has them these days.

Most of us have been with a particular plan or cell phone company for years now.

We renew our contracts, pick out a new phone, and pay for a certain amount of minutes and texts that we think we will need each month.

Sometimes we don't use all of our minutes, but we still get charged to have them available - once or twice during the contract time we just may actually use them all during that month.

And sometimes those minutes and texts get away from us - and then we really pay on top of what we are already paying.


But there is a new plan in the offering that just might be able to help many cell phone users.

The Straight Talk plan is simple - a low monthly charge of $45 gives the user 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 30 MB of web usage.

No contract, activation, reactivation, or termination fees.

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For many of us, this plan is a huge savings each month - the extra cash could be helping with other payments or just put aside for something special.

They offer a great selection of smart phones, app phones, and touch screens with features such as cameras, music players, voice navigation, video recorder, and Bluetooth.

They offer everything one needs in a cell phone for a low monthly price.  Certainly it is something to consider the next time renewal comes around.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Add a Favicon

See that little photo in the tab on your browser, and in the URL line?

That little photo is called a favicon.

And google has now made it easy to add one to your blog.

If you host your blog through google - you can easily add one for your blog too.

Click on the "design" tab where you add and arrange elements for the blog.

There is a little tab that says: favicon right on the top.

Click on the edit link and upload the image you want to use for your favicon.

It gets added instantly.

It's a neat way to add a personal touch.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Web Cam

We received a new web cam as a gift from our daughter last week.

I had one on the first computer we owned many years ago, but I never had much use for it, so I never added one to any of the other computers we purchased.

Things have certainly changed since those early cams, and I must say I was quite surprised.

We both installed them on our computers at the same time and since it is a Microsoft HD LifeCam, we elected to go with the Windows Live Messenger as the software to converse with.

It was pretty easy to set up, and the video quality of this cam is really good.

It has autofocus so there is no need to worry about moving around.

The colors and the sharpness are great.

It is attached to the computer by a USB cord that has plenty of length so it can be moved around if needed.

The wide angle lens captures plenty, and the built-in rubberized adjustable stand on the cam means it can be placed pretty much any where securely.

The best thing about this little piece of technology - we get to "see" our daughter and grandson "live".

The interaction is just grand.

And it's all free over the computer connection online.

I can't help thinking of that cartoon series, "The Jetsons", when they could see each other over the telephone.

We all thought it was a hoot back then, some futuristic thing that we never thought would happen.

George and his family lived in the year 2060 - I can just imagine what things will be like in the real 2060's since we have most of his gadgets now.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Memory Cards

There are so many kinds of memory cards on the market depending on the gadget they are used in.

Once you find the one you need, then you need to decide on the size you want.

Then you need to decide on the speed - if it's for video, only the fast ones will get the job done correctly.

And now enter a new type.

The one with WIFI built into in.

It automatically sends the photos and videos to your PC or online - straight from the camera.

If it's online storage, you can upload from where ever you are with a WIFI connection.

That's just wild.

And I am sure that the lady who had her camera stolen was awfully happy she had one of these cards in it.

The fools who took it had their mugs plastered all over her online photo storage.

She recognized them from the place where the camera went missing and was able to get it back.

They had no clue the card did them in.

Technology is grand!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Recycle Those Old Gadgets

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gazelle for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Electronics are very time sensitive items and purchases.

What is the newest breaking edge technology today is a has-been, outdated item tomorrow.

That goes for everything - cell phones, computers, digital cameras, computer monitors, movies, calculators - just about every kind of electronic device you can think of.

And what do we do with all of our out dated electronics - mostly store them or put them aside and deal with them later.

Some of us try to sell them and some of us donate them to a good cause.

But for the most part, they just hang around until we decide to dispose of them.

Which in most areas, you can't just "throw" them away - there are too many parts in them that are hazardous to the environment.

So, why not recycle them, and perhaps earn a few bucks from them at the same time.

The website can help you with that.

They were founded in 2006, and they have helped over 175,000 people dispose of their old electronics responsibly.

Shipping is free on items of value, and they will send you the box.

They make sure that all of your data is removed from the item before it is put to reuse or recycled.

They have kept over 300 tons of electronic waste out of landfills last year by recycling them.

With several payment options available for your unused electronics, it's a win situation for everyone.

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