Thursday, February 26, 2009

Send Text Messages from WEB to CELL!

Unreal? Yes you CAN send text messages from your computer to a cell phone. In most cases for FREE!

Jaxtr - A simple-looking interface but complicated by the fact that it does not ask you where you reside so it gives you a phone number from the area of the server of your ISP [Internet Service Provider]. For example Jaxtr thought I was from Ottawa by checking where the server connected from. Have not found a way to change that yet. Didn't look to hard. However was able to send text message to buddy free. There are paid plans too so don't get caught paying when you use it free!
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Local numbers to call on the go - Free
Global voicemail box - Free
Send and receive text and ping messages - Free

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From $0.01 per min
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Forward incoming jaxtr calls to phones
From $0.01 per min
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Advanced voicemail personalization
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Call quality guarantee
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Priority customer support
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2) Text for Free - PC 2 Mobile Communication - Says US only but I sent a text message to a Canadian number. It said, "Sent Successfully" - Will have to check with buddy to see if he got it.

3) - not supported in Canada so I cannot try it

Some Other Locations To Try I Gleaned from the Web
Bell Mobility

Telus Mobility

Koodo Mobile

Rogers Wireless


And these
Rogers Wireless: [10-digit phone number]
Fido: [10-digit phone number]
Telus: [10-digit phone number]
Bell Mobility: [10-digit phone number]
Kudo Mobile: [10-digit phone number]
MTS: [10-digit phone number]
President’s Choice: [10-digit phone number]
Sasktel: [10-digit phone number]
Solo: [10-digit phone number]
Virgin: [10-digit phone number]

You can send a free text message directly to any MTS Mobility Text Messaging enabled phone from this web site.

ROGERS - Send a text to a Rogers phone by going here and downloading SMS plugin to text a Rogers cell phone.

For Virgin, Speakout Wireless, and tons of other providers there is a big list on Wikipedia

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I ran across these freebies last fall when looking through the laborious way by constantly changing cities and then searching in EVERY city AFTER switching to it. Very time consuming. I ran across the Kijiji reader and eagerly hoped it would help me. 

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Long story short, it did! And I found 4 one month old snow tires for my Sonata at a fantastic price! Then I turned to finding the rims. Wow! I put in all the local cities within 1.5 h of home here in Niagara. Since I could not find ANY RIMS in stores, this was now CRITICAL! 

I found them too! Of course I always bid a slightly lower price but I got exactly what I needed for hundreds less than anywhere else.

You need to restrict your searches to the area you live or you will find tires or whatever YOU are looking for CITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR EVEN INTHE U.S. I know because I did make that mistake at first! (:-)

I have also used the Craigslist reader and it works just as well as the Kijiji reader. The other products I have not tried but if they are anywhere near as good as Kijiji Reader and Craigslist Reader, they will be gems!






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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Recovering Lost File in Word 2003 or 2007

How to recover a lost file in Word 2007 or in Word 2003

1) Try exploring or opening the Recycle Bin first. If the file is there, then highlight and right-click. You will see a short menu pop up. The first choice is RESTORE. BEFORE you click that, note WHERE THE FILE IS LOCATED! Then click and with a bit of luck you may have your file back.
2) Preventing the problem in the first place!

First, follow one of these steps to see whether the Always create backup copy setting is enabled:
  • If you use Microsoft Office Word 2007: Click the Microsoft Office Button, click Word Options in the lower-right corner, and then click Advanced. Scroll through the headings until you find the Save section, which is close to the end of the list. If the Always create backup copy setting, located in the Save section, is selected, Word created a backup copy of the document.
  • If you use Microsoft Office Word 2003: On the Tools menu, click Options. The Always create backup copy setting is located on the Save tab. If the Always create backup copy setting is selected, Word created a backup copy of the document.
Then, if the Always create backup copy setting is not selected, go to method 3: "Force Word to try to recover a file."

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Recovering Lost File in Word 2003 or 2007

How to recover a lost file in Word 2007 or in Word 2003

Thursday, February 5, 2009

EMAIL BCC - Do You Know What It Is?

Do you ever receive a forwarded letter which has already been through 100 people's mailboxes? Of course I exaggerate, it may have ONLY been 25 to 50!

How would I know that?

Because most of those people DO NOT KNOW what BCC stands for!!!

Do you?

It means BLIND CARBON COPY. No it does NOT mean you should have sent it to a blind man instead of me!

That BCC on your email To: list [or there may be a little arrow right after the To: which gives you usually 3 choices.]

1) To: - I think you know this. Everybody sees everybody's email address from EVERY PERSON that forwarded it on! ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES PUT HERE ARE VISIBLE TO ALL PEOPLE THAT GET THE EMAIL FORWARDED TO THEM. Not yelling just emphasizing.

2) CC: - This is used when you want to send it To: someone and also send the exact same email to someone else who may be involved or want to see it. ONLY THE To: person and the CC: person get the email.

3) BCC: This is where you put all email addresses which you want to KEEP PRIVATE from everyone else who gets the email forwarded to them.

SO if we all learn BCC there will be a lot fewer emails forwarded with MONSTROUS LONG LISTS OF EMAIL ADDRESSES BEFORE YOU EVER SEE THE EMAIL! Not yelling, just emphasizing.

Isn't privacy a good thing? Do you really want everyone who you have NEVER met to see ALL of your FRIEND'S email addresses? I didn't think so.

Please use BCC and take a load off the poor old internet. No wonder it goes so slowly sometimes!!

BCC: (:-)>

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Wow. I will have to clean off one of my multitudinous thumb drives and start this installation.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DOWNLOADING & Converting FLV Video Files

I wanted to make a DVD of various YouTube Christmas videos and music for friends and family to enjoy.

The problem is that the format on the web is FLV which will not work to make a DVD. The format has to be converted to AVI or some other format which can be imported into a program to make the DVD.

There are many out there, some paid and some free. I always try the free first. Why pay if you do not need to? Just because they cost something does NOT make them better.

I found one that works very smoothly. It is called Pazera Free FLV to AVI Converter found at I had some 58 videos to convert and the program did them all flawlessly.

Then of course, you need to use software to make the DVD. Since almost all DVD burners come with that kind of software, I will not discuss much about that. However it is safe to say that two FREE products stand out in my mind. They are Ashampoo's Burning Studio 6 FREE. They will bug you about upgrading to V8 but it is worth the bugging to get such a simple straight-forward product. Also CDBURNERXP deserves honorable mention as another free product I often use. Both of them work seamlessly and well.

Two places on the web have come to my attention where downloading and conversions are possible. will help you download, convert to many formats and play flv files. will download videos as well. There also is a free desktop downloader with limited conversion formats.

I have not used either of the above, but try them out and let me know if they work for you.

Internet Security - Antivirus - The BEST Solutions

I use Vipre on one of my systems. I need to restrict it to one so that I can keep testing OTHER internet security systems on the other computers that I own. I use Vipre which is much newer but comes from Sunbelt Software who Microsoft bought their original technology from for Windows Defender. Problem being that Microsoft did not keep developing it like Sunbelt does. [See left sidebar for trial copy or to purchase]

Sunbelt also owns Kerio Personal Firewall which they have now renamed Sunbelt Personal Firewall. There is a free version and a paid one. Soon I believe you will see Vipre become complete by incorporating their firewall into Vipre.

It is very inexpensive and protects against viruses in email and from other sources as well as Spyware. So far it does not have a built-in firewall. Most people don't need a firewall but it never hurts to have one even if just to make yourself feel better.People like me who have zillions of websites and blogs and are on the internet for hours every day, NEED a firewall because they are obvious targets for BAD GUYS!

I use Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 on the computer I am typing this on. It is my main system. It is so complete and stays in the background keeping my whole system secure that I use it here.

In addition, Kaspersky has the FASTEST RESPONSE TIME when a NEW VIRUS is found. Sometimes as soon as 20 minutes later, they are updating your system with the solution. Fast I like! If two days go by or even 24 hours, a lot of havoc can be created on your computer while the slow guys are trying to find a new solution to the NEW VIRUS. Do you really want to take that chance? [see banner link on left sidebar]

Other good products are BitDefender and NOD32. Unusual name, NOD32. However both products are very good. I will write about them later.