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Use trackthepack.com to track your anxiously awaited packages.  This site summarizes everything on one page: estimated delivery date, and current status and location of each package you add.  Enter the tracking number just once and your set!

  • FREE and simple to use
  • UPS, FedEx, DHL and USPS – all on one page
  • Use labels to identify packages
  • Shows step by step locations on Google Maps
  • Archived history

Getting started:
Visit trackthepack.com and enter your tracking number.  No login required for single packages.  Create a free account if you want to save your history.

In the news…
CVS Pharmacy joins Google Health to offer prescription history online. Continue reading…

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Find USPS & UPS Drop Boxes

February 19th, 2009
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Where are those road side drop boxes when you need them?
Use mailboxmap.com to pinpoint USPS and UPS drop box locations on Google Maps.  Easy.

How about FedEx?  Check their site directly:  fedex.com/Dropoff/start.

I thought I already knew the closest place to take letters but found a closer drop box location using MailboxMap that picks up until 8pm!


In the News…
Cell phone manufactures are moving towards a standardization of cell phone chargers! Wow! Continue reading…

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Do More with Google

May 29th, 2008
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I sure talk about Google a lot.  Honestly, Google does a lot for me.  I am extremely happy with their services.  However, Google does a lot more than just provide great search results.  Here are some other useful things you can put in the search box:

• “What time is it in Chicago” – returns local time in Chicago
• “1Z9999W99999999999” – returns the UPS tracking information for that package. Also try FedEx, and USPS.
• “Delta flight 123” – returns the flight details and status
• “100 dollars in euro” – returns (not very much!) the euros you would receive for $100 USD
• “movies 29649” – returns showtimes in Greenwood, SC
• “expialidostious” – offers a link for you to click the correct spelling: expialidosious. I use Google as a spell checker all the time! 😉

You can mix and match these with the TXT service options from my last tip as well.  Here are many more examples from Google:  http://www.google.com/help/features.html

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Battery Backup

May 22nd, 2008
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UPS BatteryLet me get right to the point: You need a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply, aka. “battery backup”) on most electronic devices you own, especially your computer. If you value your investment, or the data you have collected, don’t skimp here.

Without a UPS, your computer or other electronic device plugs into your electrical outlet and is subject to whatever voltage comes down the line. Low voltage (brownout), high voltage (spike or surge), or other conditions feed right into your device. This can cause minor damage or complete failure.

A UPS plugs into the outlet first. It conditions and protects the power it supplies to your computer. And they work well.  If they don’t, most manufactures offer a warranty of coverage of ($25,000 or more) to compensate.

A UPS is commonly known to provide battery time to sustain your computer while the power is out. On a basic UPS you have 5-20 minutes, tops. This is enough time to save your work and shutdown. Or to prevent shutdown if your power is on the blinks. To provide sustained uptime, that would be a generator. 😉

Example:
Recently an office we support had a rare incident of continuous high voltage throughout the office. Initially walking in in the morning, all the computers were off but the lights were on. Odd, but we later determined the UPSes disconnected power to the computers to protect them. A couple of hours later, the power company found a problem on their line. Other medical equipment in the office, not on UPS were fried.

Don’t wait for a problem to occur to take this serious. The common manufacture for UPSes is APC. Office Max sells these for $40 – $100.

Here’s a pretty well written FAQ I found online: http://www.jetcafe.org/~npc/doc/ups-faq.html.

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