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Archive for July, 2009


Here’s a great list of applications to get the most out of your PC experience.  Depending on your needs, I’d recommend most for any computer:    20+ Important Applications for a New PC
In the news…
Virtual hitch hiking? One company wants to make you a taxi driver via your cell. Interesting business idea… watch the video.


New From Microsoft

July 28th, 2009

Windows 7 is on its way! The latest OS from Microsoft will be available on Oct 22.  Check out the video demo from CNet.

This is a full replacement operating system, and more than just “Vista done right.” From driver support to multitouch groundwork for the future, from better battery management to the most user-friendly interface Microsoft has ever had…“, CNet reports.

Preorder or see version comparison at Microsoft’s Store.

MS Office 2010 is close too. Read more…


Google Voice is amazing. We’ve been using it for about 2 years now and not sure how to live without it.  You get one number to give out.  That number will ring any of your predefined other numbers.

Example 1: Let’s say you’re a real estate company.  At night you could call forward your main number to your Google Voice number.  It would then ring ALL your agents until the first one picked up.

Example 2: Let’s say your organization has an “on call” doctor for emergencies.  Instead, use a Google Voice number that rings all doctors at once.

Of course you could simply use for personal use – your number rings your cell, work, house, etc.

Google Voice has been in a closed beta for years now (previously Grand Central).  Recently Google opened the doors to allow anyone to join.  However, you have to sign up for an invitation.  It then takes a few weeks or months to get OK’d by Google.  Best part? Google Voice is free!

Getting Started…
Watch the video or signup now.


Friday Fun

July 3rd, 2009


Need a break? Try this free online strategy game: Redstar Fall

Click different objects and try and get the star to the bottom without it falling off.  I highly suggest the tutorial mode for starting out.