The internet is loaded with news this week centering around Google being sued for patent infringment by Oracle, Net-Neutrality, and even about Facebook beginning a video channel promoting itself to its 500 million users. But one of the stories that got my attention was written by Peter Svennson of Associated Press who reported on magicJack preparing to banish calling costs.
MagicJack, the Internet phone item that has been heavily advertised on television, will be offering free phone calls from computers, smart phones and iPads. Google Voice provides “free” calls to the U.S. and Canada, but you need a phone to use it, and if you’re using a cell phone, it uses up minutes. Meanwhile, the new “MagicTalk” will eliminate fees for calling landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada and all with no time limits on the calls. Look for the software next week for Windows and Mac computers. Versions for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android phones will follow in September or October. http://www.magicjack.com/5/index.asp
Back to school … yea, even though the summer weather is raging on, the calendar says it won’t be long before kids are back to class. The folks at Family First have a well defined article on sleep schedules for kids from the smallest through the teen years. Everyone knows sleep is important to learning, so here’s some well written info on the subject broken down into age categories under the heading of “22 Sleep Tips for Children and Teens by Age Group” … http://familyfirst.com/22-sleep-tips-for-children-and-teens-by-age-group.html
JWL reader and friend, Bill Crews, gave me a tip about Evernote, whose goal is, as they say … “to give everyone the ability to easily capture any moment, idea, inspiration, or experience whenever they want using whichever device or platform they find most convenient, and then to make all of that information easy to find”. What this means is, Evernote allows you to easily capture information using whatever device you have and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Use Evernote to take notes, create to-do lists, clip and store Web pages, manage passwords, and record audio. Everything added to Evernote is automatically synchronized across platforms (PC and MAC) and devices (computer, phone) and made searchable. Evernote will even recognize printed or handwritten text in photos and images. There are two account levels, free and premium. Free users have access to all the tools, recognition, and synchronization, but are limited to a 40MB monthly upload allowance. Premium accounts ($45 a year) receive 500MB monthly upload allowances, SSL security, priority image recognition, and premium support. http://www.evernote.com/
Finally, if you haven’t discovered the wonders of Geo Mapping yet, here’s a fairly quick and easy way to get started. It’s called Batchgeo. The site provides a source for taking your spreadsheet file of names, addresses and contact info and creating a Google map of those contacts with each button (tab you can change by color or push pin) with their information listed. The site comes with it’s own Spreadsheet Template to help you set up your contacts. Best thing about it, there’s no coding required. You can use their system of mapping or save the file to one that Google will import into a map for you. It’s great for public or private use to make a distance calculator or satellite photos or a place showing dealerships for your company. Possibilities are endless. It even creates coordinate codes for GPS mapping for your mobile or cellphone. And best of all, it’s free … http://www.batchgeo.com/
Since I was expecting my first child, I had attended natural childbirth classes. One of my classmates was in the hospital in labor at the same time I was. She quickly requested drugs to ease her pain, while I gave birth aided only by my husband’s coaching.
When the nurses rolled me out of the delivery room, I spotted a chalkboard. Beside my classmate’s name was an A-; next to mine was a B+. “Look at that!” I complained to my husband. “She took all the drugs they’d give her and made an A-. I did it naturally and only got a B+.”
My patient husband rolled his eyes. “Honey,” he said, “that’s your blood type.”
Dad is from the old school, where you keep your money under the mattress— Only he kept his in the underwear drawer. One day I bought my dad an unusual personal safe— A can of spray paint with a false bottom so he could keep his money in the workshop. Later I asked Mom if he was using it.
“Oh, yes,” she replied, “he put his money in it the same day.”
“No burglar would think to look on the work shelf!” I gloated.
“They won’t have to,” my mom replied. “He keeps the paint can in his underwear drawer.”
A wife was getting tired of her husband golfing every Saturday, so she decided to go with him to see what the attraction was.
His first drive of the day went into the rough, then his second shot bounced across the fairway into the lake. After retrieving his ball, his third shot wasn’t any better. It went back across the fairway into the rough again.
After taking several more shots to finally reach the green, he turned to his wife and said, “And you thought I was having a good time.”
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