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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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Stop the Junk Snail Mail

June 3rd, 2008
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Not the email, the real stuff (more on SPAM soon).  Do you get too much?  Below are some useful resources for reducing your solicitations.  I’ve read some have had great success, almost cutting it out entirely!  All links are legit and can be trusted:
 https://www.dmachoice.org/MPS/proto1.php
 https://www.optoutprescreen.com/opt_form.cgi
 http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/toptenoptout.html

Request Mail Hold Online
Since we’re talking about real mail here, did you know you can request a temporary hold of your mail online?  The United States Postal Service can hold your mail (from 3 to 30 days).  Set it up through their website:
https://dunsapp.usps.gov/HoldMail.jsp

You can also change your address,  or have your mail forwarded using the USPS’ website.

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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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