Sunday, December 23, 2012
In Search Of
Friday, November 16, 2012
Not sure how long Pinterest has been around, but I have just recently discovered it.
And it is a blast - in my opinion anyway.
I cannot believe how much is connected through these "photos" that get posted to the different boards.
Anything at all that you can think of searching for on the internet can be "pinned" for later use, viewing pleasure, promotion, or just plain bookmarking and sharing.
I have found I can post many of my images for sale and my blog posts - and it is a free promotional tool when used this way.
But there is so much more.
Find a recipe you want to try - pin it and get back to it later - the link on the photo will take you to the sight online where it is posted.
Want to start a list of your favorite movies or books - you can easily do that.
Planning a wedding, party, reunion, or vacation - it's all covered.
Hobbies, sports, animals, cars, space, celebrities, quotes, home decorating, art, tech stuff, anything at all is there just waiting to be discovered in a photo.
It is addicting - I have 83 boards already and over 4000 pins - and new ideas for boards are just waiting to be created.
You can find me here - follow along with me if you like.
I have great boards filled with awesome pins - I am picky and only take the best I find in all my subjects.
And I love that I can do it from my computer, cell phone, or best of all my tablet - where the images are big and bright and I am comfy in my evening chair.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Drops Are Done
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Updating Self Hosted Blog
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Run That Virus Program
There are only about 65,000 computers affected in the US, but there are many more around the rest of the world.
There are a couple of major social sites that will give you a warning if your computer is infected so you can take care of it before it strikes.
For the most part, keeping your virus software updated and running it is best way to avoid these problems.
And remember, if your computer is turned off, the automatic scan will not run.
Keep it updated and run it once a week to help keep your system healthy and running smoothly.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Symbols in a Circle
I needed to use one in a recent post and had to figure out how it was done.
There are no keys on the key board for these symbols, so it must be some sort of code.
Searching around brought me to a page with some html code that would get the job done.
And it really works quite easily.
I have only needed a couple of them so I will share what I have learned so far.
These codes are entered as you normally type - as in the compose screen on blogger.
You type the word you need with the symbol, then do this action without any spaces after your word:
hold down the alt key and press 0174 for the registered symbol = ®
hold down the alt key and press 0169 for the copyright symbol = ©
hold down the alt key and press 0153 for the trademark symbol = ™
It's kind of neat how they "pop" up when the alt key is released.
I will add more when I need and find them.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Apple Sweepstakes Contest
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crucial.com for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
The Apple products are some of finest technology devices on the market today.
And now there is a Crucial Memory Sweepstakes contest that can keep you right up to date with the quality technology that Apple offers.
This contest is giving the Grand prize winner $10,000 worth of Apple gift cards - that's a lot to spend - everyone in the house can have one.
And in addition, they will be making a $10,000 donation in the winner's name to TechSoup® Global, a non-profit tech foundation.
One First prize winner will win a Crucial® SSD upgrade and one runner-up will win a Crucial memory upgrade.
What's the big deal about winning RAM memory anyway?
Well, if your computer seems to be running slow, and it takes forever to open, then the RAM could be low and need an upgrade.
Do you get that "low memory" warning? That is a definite sign of more RAM being needed.
Partially loading pages in the display screen, or system not responding are also indications that the RAM is low.
Well, I can say, I have been having a couple of these problems lately, and I fear I am one of those in need of more RAM memory.
I believe I am at the capacity for my system though, and will have to keep plugging along until the finances will allow a new system, or perhaps I will win this sweepstakes and not have to worry about it
Crucial® products are 100% compatible with the Apple systems, and they even do some diagnostics to make sure you are getting what your system needs to run smoothly with the RAM upgrade. They make RAM for Apple systems only and know the ins and outs of the of all these computers.
They offer a 45 day money back guarantee on their compatible products and each one gets tested which assures it's quality. No other RAM manufacturer offers this guarantee.
I have entered the sweepstakes by taking the survey on the Crucial® website.
Don't forget to enter too - a new Apple system is just what the doctor ordered for what ails my system - perhaps yours needs one too.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Technology in a Car
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kia Rio for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
It was bound to happen.
Of course it has been in the luxury cars for some time now, but now it is in the economy ones too.
Modern day technology comes standard in the new Kia Rio for 2012.
The Bluetooth, rear camera display, and USB jack are just the beginning of some of the great tech features in this vehicle.
The biggest feature to me is the UVO Technology.
It is powered by Microsoft® and it uses your voice to command the phone and audio devices so your eyes don't have to leave the road and you can concentrate more on driving.
With everyone talking on their cell phones these days while driving, this is one great safety invention.
And the navigation console is pretty cool too - there is no need to get lost with this piece of technology leading you to your destination.
Kia sposored a scavenger hunt between two teams and each used the new Kia Rio to get around the city of LA to complete the challenges.
Both teams had a lot of fun as they Zipped and Dashed around the city with the final prize being that they get to meet Christina Milian.
That UVO Technology in the Kia certainly helped them out as they went from the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, to Amoeba Records, Rodeo Drive, Pink's Hot Dogs, and finally the Roosevelt Hall where Christina awaited them.
I think counting those palms on Rodeo Drive was the most challenging. It seems easy, but a wrong number messes up the next challenge, and we all know what can happen when something is done in a hurry.
Check out he Rio Explorer Page to get a glimpse of this new modern affordable car.
And not only are the tech features a great draw - this car gets 30 miles per gallon of gas in the city and 40 on the highway.
A great savings all around!
This was a fun video to watch - let me know what you think of it:
Monday, May 21, 2012
New DNA Profile
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConnectMyDNA.com for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have always wondered about by genetic makeup.
I can trace by family genes back to just a couple of generations, and I have given thought in recent years to having my ancestrial profile done.
I have ancestors from across Europe on both sides of my parents, but I also have a healthy dose of American Indian, and I would love to explore that branch of my makeup to see where my family fits in with this great land.
The only thing about this type of test though, it is quite expensive.
There is an alternative though that could have some interesting results that our family might have fun checking out.
It is called ConnectMyDNA™ and it tracks each person's unique profile on a Gene Ring.
Nobody's rings are the same - each marker on it represents certain gene values for each person's DNA.
Once they have your results, they are compared with other population groups to see which ones you have similarities with.
The test doesn't give any ancestry results, but it does give interesting correlations that you have with other countries and people around the world.
Finding what populations that you have connections with through this type of DNS testing may have you inquiring more about certain geographical locations that you would not have thought about connecting with before.
By using this code: IZEA290512, you can have this testing done for just $29.00.
The company uses serial numbers, not names, to track the DNA tests - no sensitive infomation is shared.
Check out the ConnectMyDNA.com site to see what it is all about - you may find you have some new connections around the world!
Monday, April 23, 2012
The New Blogger
I have been seeing a blurb on the Blogger dashboard page stating that it would be getting a new look soon.
A new look doesn't describe it.
Totally everything has changed behind the scenes of our blogs.
It is going to take some time getting used to, too.
Some of the features remind me of the Wordpress behind the scene workings.
It seems to be cleaner - the posting page has certainly undergone a huge change.
And they added a whole bunch of new options under the post settings for the post.
I kind of like that.
I can see where this is going to have a bit of a learning curve.
There will be a lot of clicking going on to see what everything does.
Just hope I don't mess up anything on the blog side of things during the tinkering.
If you use blogger, let me know what you think of the new format behind the scenes.
I think it will be a good one once we get used to it!
Friday, April 20, 2012
From past posts, you know that I love the e-reader capabilities that it has.
And it has just gone up another notch in my opinion.
My small local library is part of a larger library organization in my state that offers downloadable books for computers, phones, and tablets.
They have all the new ones, and they are downloaded for a set amount of time - just like the physical books in a library.
But since the whole state is involved, many of the books are already "checked" out.
So you put yourself on a waiting list for the more popular ones.
The one I wanted put me as number 63, and a week later, I am down to 56.
It's going to take awhile for that one, but I was able to find a different one that was available right away.
It is really a cool way to "borrow" books.
And they have tons of audio ones too if one would rather listen to the books being read.
All I had to do to sign up was dig out my old library card - the numbers on it were still valid after all these years.
Technology just keeps getting better all the time!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A Great Lawn in a Snap
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
The Scotts® Snap® Spreader System has made it so easy to have a beautiful lawn.
We have long since given up on having that gorgeous lawn that some of the neighbors have.
For years we have weeded, seeded, fed, and cared for our lawn.
It's not bad, but we were never able to get that lush, even, look that everybody aspires to have in a great lawn.
But I think we may have just discovered what we have been missing all these years.
This new product from Scotts will have us zipping around our lawn, evenly spreading over it's surface what our poor grass has been missing all these years.
We will not have to guess the correct measurement of the food.
We will not have to spill it all over our feet as we pour it in the spreader.
And those heavy bags are a thing of the past.
This system uses a Snap Pac that connects to the spreader, and it even seals itself back up when it is removed.
No waste, no mess, no cutting, no pouring, and no unopened bags being stored until the next use.
The spreader automatically sets the flow rate too so the lawn is evenly taken care of.
Even a semi-geek like me can handle this system of lawn care.
Check out the Snap perks on Facebook for a chance to win some great prizes!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Save Save Save!
And I really should know this by now.
Well, I do, but I forget.
And I get so mad at myself when I do it.
I am typing away and I hit the wrong key, or the power goes out, or my finger brushes the keyboard wrong.
And my page and all my work disappears.
And there is no going "back" to get it.
But, if I had remembered to SAVE it everyone once in a while, there wouldn't be a big problem.
Some info might be missing, but not the whole thing.
Remembering to SAVE will save much unneeded anguish.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Technology in a Shredder by #FellowesInc
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fellowes for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Any one who works in an office, or owns one of their own, knows how necessary it is to have a paper shredder as part of their office equipmemt.
Even in our daily lives, we know that it is important to just about completely obliterate certain papers that end up in the trash.
Identity theft is a big problem, and doing everything we can to protect ourselves is very important.
Ripping up most of the stuff is okay, but having a shredder that can make a sheet of paper into a pile of 399 pieces is quite the thing.
With the cross-cut technology in the Fellowes 79Ci, it makes it pretty hard to put all those pieces back together to get any of that personal information.
And when those shredders get jammed it really puts a kink in the work schedule.
Spending time to un-jam it is not only a pain, but it is also dangerous.
And sticking other things in there to help clear the jam can end up breaking the machine altogether.
This new model made by Fellowes is 100% jam proof.
It has the technology built into it that it knows when a jam is about to occur before it even happens.
It has a sensor in it that measures the thickness of the papers, and it knows to automatically stop when it is too much.
Now, that is a time saver in any office.
And when it itime to shred the papers in the office - it can be done anytime.
The SilentShred technology in the 79Ci is whisper quiet so nobody gets disturbed or upset at the one doing the shredding.
And just in case your fingers touch the paper opening of the shredder, there is a sensor with SafeSense technology that automatically stops the shredder.
Keeping fingers safe, stopping jams before they happen, superior cross-cutting, and ever so quiet operation makes this Fellowes 79Ci a must for any office.
Leave a comment to let me know what you think of them and which technology you love the most about them.
I like them all - it's a hard choice!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
It seems that potential employers are requiring applicants to "share" their Facebook password with them.
These employers feel they have the right to know about this potential employee's social life.
If they are serious about working for the company, then this should be no problem according to them.
And since many people are desperate for a job, they are handing them over.
So much so, it is becoming the "thing" to do for employers.
Now, I do not see a problem with having them request a friendship so they can see how a potential employees acts.
But the password to their account is just crossing the line in my book.
It would never happen.
With all the cyber threats and identity theft out there, I feel this is just wrong.
Perhaps I am missing something here, and if anybody can enlighten me, I would appreciate it.
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Lawn Secret
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I knew there had to be one.
A secret to having a lush green lawn, that is.
And after reading about the Scotts® Snap® Spreader System, I am now in on that secret too.
We tried one year to get ours looking as gorgeous as the ones we see in the gardens around town, but it just wasn't happening.
It was a lot of work too, all for nothing but a few patches that looked good here and there.
That is because we didn't use the Snap Spreader.
This nifty unit perfectly spreads the fertilizer that lawns need.
You don't even have to try to figure it out with lots of numbers and measurements.
It automatically sets the correct rate at which it is spread across the grass.
No guessing or figuring required.
And no messes either.
The Snap Pac attaches to the spreader with no cutting or pouring.
And the best part - when you are done, it seals itself back up, keeping it fresh and ready for the next application.
It really doesn't get any easier, and I am anxious to give it a shot this season.
Not only will the lawn look great - it will be happy too with just the right amount of food.
Check out the Snap perks on Facebook and keep updated about their promotions and contests.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Music Into the Phone
I don't even listen to many of them any more - most only have a song or two that I care to listen to more than one time.
So it is time to get them all in order, and imported into my new phone.
iTunes is the only game in town when it comes to putting music on the iPhone, and I am finding it is a bit limiting.
The phone can only be synced with one PC.
I have music on two computers.
Through my network, iTunes allows me to listen to the music on both of them through one computer, but I cannot "move" the songs onto the phone from the second PC.
That is just how it is.
So, since most of my music is on my old computer, that is the one I have synced the phone with.
But it only has 1 gig of space left on it - new songs from the CD's will eat that up with just a handful of songs.
So, moving the music onto an external hard drive was the only option available.
iTunes cannot run from the external drive, but it will access the music from it.
Which is just perfect - I have 40 gigs left on it and that's plenty.
So, after following the instructions that I found on this website, my library now lives on the external drive, and the iPhone and iTunes have synced it with no problems.
The biggest "problem" I have though is of my own making.
The external drive needs to be turned on before iTunes is opened.
And that means, don't hook up the phone first either - it automatically opens iTunes as soon as it is attached to the PC.
Errors keep coming up when that happens - iTunes cannot find the library.
They say the memory is the first thing to go - I think I better write a note to remind myself about it.
To save myself the aggravation I keep inflicting on me.
Friday, February 24, 2012
I chose the iPhone 4S and there has not been one regret.
I have only had it for three days now, and I really love this little piece of technology.
I can't believe all the stuff it does, and all the apps that make doing it so much easier.
I love the e-reader in it.
I love the camera - 8 megapixels with great clarity, color, and sharpness.
I love the apps that help in daily life.
I love the overall ease of use of this phone.
There are no glitches or lagging that I have noticed with the android phones.
Everything in it is smooth and flowing.
The sound and voice quality is the best I have heard in a cell phone.
I really love this phone - she even looks beautiful.
And best of all - it is small enough to still fit in my jeans pocket - many of the androids are much too big to do that.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Finally A Decision
We have spent quite a bit of time looking at our options.
And trying to decide what we all wanted to purchase.
Four out of the five are going with smartphones.
Since my husband and I are together most of the time, we can share mine.
Finding a "dumb" phone is a pain though - there are not many choices - I think his current one is better than any of the new ones out there.
I finally decided on the iPhone 4S.
It was a hard choice between it and the LG Nitro, which has superior resolution and a faster processor.
The cameras and videos are the same and both operating systems were given good reviews.
The iOS5 on the iPhone was thought to be slightly better than the Android.
The size of the iPhone is about the same as my current phone.
The LG is huge - there is no way it is fitting in my jeans pocket.
But it would be nicer as an e-reader with the bigger screen.
And the screen isn't glass like the iPhone's is.
It was really a tough decision, and I am hoping a made the one.
Monday, February 6, 2012
That Speedy Technology
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
He was in a big rush.
My son had a project due for an evening class and it was lunch time now.
He had no time to stop and wait for his photos to be made up and printed.
He had no time to go out of his way to the photo store either.
So, I directed him to the Walgreens online site where he could upload his photos and place his order all from his very own computer.
And best of all - there was no waiting, the photos were ready for him to pick up on his way to class.
He could even choose which store he wanted to pick them up at.
The speed of this modern day technology was a big time saver and grade saver for him.
But did he learn anything about waiting until the last minute - I tend to doubt it.
For even more savings on photo finishing services, the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens offers bonuses to their members.
They are offering a special discount on their annual plan for families and individuals.
Families, which includes spouses, dependents 22 and younger, and pets, can join for $35.
An individual membership is $20.
Both of these plans offer savings on over 8,000 brand name and all generic drug medications.
There are discounts on flu shots, nebulizers, diabetic supplies and pet prescriptions.
Keep updated with their offerings by liking Walgreens on Facebook and following Walgreens on Twitter.
Newest and Fastest Phones
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprint for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
They just keep getting better and better.
I really don't know how they can fit so much in these little devices.
The newest smart phones are a far cry from the cell phones of just a couple of years ago.
Way beyond just calling, they are life and business organizers on the go - for the whole family.
Sprint is offering one of the newest and fastest devices, the Nexus S™ 4G, for FREE from 2/5 - 2/8.
This four day sale is only available online and it is only for those who are opening a new line of service or adding a new line to their account.
They are also offering the newest smart phone in 3D technology.
The HTC EVO™ 3D is on sale also during these four days.
For $49.99, this device is available for new subscribers and those who are adding a new line to their existing account.
Both of these phones use the Android 2.3 platform and super fast processors to deliver lightning fast 4G speeds to their users.
Google apps and surfing the web is what it is all about, and these phone deliver.
When purchasing these devices online at sprint.com, the activation fees will be waived and the shipping will be free.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Lenovo's New Multimedia Remote Keyboard
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lenovo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
This new little device is sure to please those who use a keyboard on their PC, Xbox, PS3, or Wii.
It is the Lenovo Enhanced Multimedia Remote.
It is a palm sized keyboard that is wireless, and with the 2.4FHz radio frequency, it can be used up to 30 feet away from your device.
And for those who are computer challenged when it comes to installing new devices - this one is a snap.
There is no software or drivers to install.
All it requires is plugping in the USB nano dongle.
That's it - it is ready to use.
This new enhanced remote is an upgrade to the very popular Lenovo multimedia remote.
It has a back lit keyboard so it can even be used in the dark.
This new model also includes an optical finger slide bar which makes it very quiet and easy to use.
It takes two AA batteries that last up to three months.
It also has the option to turn off the back light to conserve battery power.
It works with PCs that have these operating systems: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows7.
This one handed palm sized remote is a keyboard and mouse all in one.
It would certainly make a laptop much easier to use when balancing it on your knees and trying to type.
Small and very functional - way to go Lenovo!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Search for Phones
The two year contract will be up, and it will time for another one.
That means new phones with a new plan for all of us.
The phone selection is a bit intimidating.
Smart phone or "dumb" phone.
Smart is expensive and it needs an expensive plan to go with it.
"Dumb" has only one or two to select from, and they are really dumb.
Not even as nice as the ones we got two years ago - more like the ones we got four years ago.
And each time, the phones seem more fragile - they certainly aren't lasting the two years like they used to.
Oh the choices - not looking forward to this time around as we have the last ones.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Walgreens to the Rescue
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
We love our local Walgreens - they have the best deals on just about everything we need for our health.
And we are not alone - the parking lot is always full whenever we go there.
But there are many customers who have become quite frustrated with the terms that Walgreens and Express Scripts now have.
For years they have been able to get their prescriptions at their local store.
They could go whenever they could fit in the time and the local pharmacist knows them.
They know that they could rely on the pharmacist to make them aware of any interactions in their medicines.
They would take the time to answer questions, and best of all, they know them by name.
Express Scripts, who covers many prescription plans, will no longer be doing business with Walgreens, which means these customers cannot get the service they are used to.
They are confused and upset and very worried.
To help them, a Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens is another alternative that Walgreens is offering to it's customers.
They are offering special discounts on these memberships to help even further.
Concerned customers can contact their local media to let them know what's happening and how they feel.
This action also affects the military as Tricare, the prescription provider for them, is a client of Express Scripts.
Check out Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook.
Like and Follow them on both networks to keep updated.