Jewelery shops have been on my mind recently and I’m happy to see a way to save some money when I make my purchases. According to the New York Times yesterday, Jewelery retailers are looking for ways to reduce costs and one of those ways is to have people use methods of payment besides credit and debit cards. Goodbye Visa, hello Paypal and Google Checkout!
Starting Nov. 26, customers who buy with PayPal will save 20 percent on their purchases, with a maximum discount of $50.
I’m going to try it since it is just as convenient for me to pay with PayPal as it is to use my debit card. It’s a win-win situation for the retailer and for me! Let me know in the comments if you have other tips for saving money using the web and new banking technology.
[Retailers Explore New Ways of Being Paid]
Since I got a new computer I’ve slowly been adding the software to make it feel like my own. Tonight I decided to add the cell phone software that came with my phone. That’s where the headaches began.
At the Samsung website the software I needed called Samsung PC Studio is not available. Uh, why not? I called Samsung right away and a helpful guy in a room with lots of noise directed me to find it at a completely different part of the web site.
Note to companies about your software: put the software where people will be looking for it.
This is where it should have been at the download center for SGH-T809. Instead it was available through the Samsung Global Download Center… a site never referenced at the phone’s support web page.
By the way, the great thing about cell phone software is that it lets you do things like manage text messages, backup the address book and upload music from the computer instead of the tiny cell phone screen. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for making this process work really easily.
I haven’t had a chance to setup my email program to use IMAP instead of POP access but I’m ready to do it. It is available on my Gmail account as well as my evanwilder.com mail through Google Apps. Are you going to switch your desktop email client to IMAP? If you’re not excited you probably don’t know why IMAP is so cool. Read more on this in the links.
[What Gmail IMAP Means for You (and Your iPhone) via Lifehacker] and [Official Gmail Blog: Sync your inbox across devices with free IMAP]
I called Comcast last week to ask why I some of my favorite channels said “Please Wait” instead of showing the channel. The customer service representative said that I didn’t get those channels — my channel package only includes broadcast channels plus a few others (QVC, DCTV and others I rarely watched).
It was an unpleasant surprise to find out that I was paying more than $70/month for internet access and TV channels that are available for the taking over the air. Internet access is great but it is not worth $70 a month. Being a concerned shopper I decided to find a less expensive option for internet access. Continue reading
On October 1st a building a few blocks from mine had an electrical problem that caused a fire that destroyed the entire building (read the Post’s story about it here). Adam and I were talking about the fire that Monday night at tennis and thinking about complete destruction of one’s personal belongings seems to make photographers say that we’d grab our negatives and hard drives and run out of the blazing building. Forget clothes and furniture and our important files. It’s all about the photography, even the old crap stuff from early on.
The safer way to keep digital photographs around through fires, lightning strikes, hard drive failures or spilled drinks on the laptop is to backup the irreplaceable files off site. The idea makes perfect senese but I never seriously looked into doing it myself until that fire in the neighborhood.
I researched companies that provide online backup services and I am using one now called Mozy. I like it because they have a free 2 GB version that you can use with no strings attached. All you do is tell the software which folders or files need to be backed up and then when the computer is not being used it connects to Mozy’s servers and securely saves everything. If you add items to the folder then the new items get backed up in the subsequent backups. If you have more than 2 GB of critical files, photos or emails you can pay a reasonable $4.95/month for unlimited storage. That is some peace of mind! If you want to sign up for Mozy then do it here and we both get another 256 MB of free storage space.
What are you doing to backup your files? Are you prepared if your hard drive doesn’t spin when you wake up in the morning? Leave your thoughts & happy/horror stories in the comments.
[Mozy via Lifehacker]
Here’s another fun web site that might make the world that much happier — a site that does one thing: give compliments. When you visit you’ll get a compliment that matches you. And if you do not just refresh the page until you do!
ComplimentBot 4000 via Geeksugar
Something about the way I have been using my keyboards at home and at work have stressed out my wrists. My left wrist and my pinky finger are sore and because of that I’m trying to use the keyboard less than usual.
So tonight I used my voice recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking to work on some documents and e-mail. After I completed those I felt like I was on a roll and wondered if I could use my skills at the program to browse the Internet. I looked for some blogs or someone who had put together some tips for that and everything I found seemed to be complaints about the program.
While the program does have its occasional quirks I have found it to be reliable and amazingly accurate. To show you what I mean I recorded a little demo of me using the Internet just my voice (to watch click the play button on the image below, then click it again on the page that opens)