Thursday, January 31, 2013

Roadside Assistance Apps

If you are a AAA member, you should be sure to download the triple AAA mobile or roadside app for your Android phone or your iPhone or iPad. In addition to giving you all kinds of good information if needed (re routes, directions, gas prices), it will let you "call" for roadside assistance just by clicking and getting confirmation that someone is on the way.

Link to Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aaa.android.discounts&feature=more_from_developer

Link for Apple Devices: http://ww2.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/AAAOnline?page=mobile001&association=aaa&club=002&zip=85016&devicecd=PC&referer=https%3A//www.google.com/&cmp=mobile

Talk to a Human Without Waiting on Hold


FastCustomer has a list of 3000+ companies. Find a number in the list, click “Have them call me”, enter your phone number, and go do other things. A representative will call you back once a human being is on the line. FastCustomer has apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle. There is also a Chrome extension. It can be texted as well (in the US).
FastCustomer Website:  http://www.fastcustomer.com/

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Man in the Moon

With the exception of Catch 22 (the greatest American novel of the 20th Century) and a few others, the 20th Century's finest literature was distinctly Southern (e.g., Faulkner, Harper Lee, etc.). While Man in the Moon might not reach any such pinnacle, and drags a bit at times, and might even be considered a bit sappy, it's an amazing performance by Reese Witherspoon in her first movie, as part of a wonderful cast including Sam Waterston that clearly shaped and prepared him for Law and Order.

Deleting Multiple Files Quickly

You want to delete a long list of files. Sometimes, just holding down the delete key will work, but often times not. You can hold down the CTRL key and highlight each one and then hit delete but that is cumbersome. If you highlight the first one, hold down the shift key, and highlight the last one, hitting the delete key will then delete the first file, the last file, and every file in between.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Opting Out of Dex Deliveries

If you want to stop delivery of Dex Yellow Pages and Dex Community Edition, call 866-211-9940 or go to the link below to opt out:

Link: https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/

Four Time-Saving Keyboard Short-Cuts

If instead of clicking on program buttons, you use keyboard short-cuts, you'll be stunned by how much time you will save each day:

CTRL + S: Save

CTRL + Z: Undo

CTRL + C: Copy

CTRL + V: Paste



Best Android Video Player

Mx Player plays everything and does so better than any other app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mxtech.videoplayer.ad

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Saving a Bundle on Airfares

Say you want to fly from A to B. Because airlines often give deep discounts on certain paired cities, if instead of buying a round-trip A to B ticket, you often can find a city C where the round-trip fares from A to C and C to B where those fares total 40% less. For example, a trip from Philadelphia to Tahiti will cost $2,577 if done direct but $1,598 if done as Philadelphia to Honolulu and Honolulu to Tahiti, a nearly 40% discount and a savings of nearly $1,000. Likewise, a trip from Austin to Istanbul will cost 35% less if booked just by booking through Houston instead. A word of caution: The one risk you have is that if you miss the second leg, you could be considered a no-show.

3D Room Planner


If you like playing around with 3D room planner software, then take a look at ExhibitCore.  It's an online web-based system which seems to be designed for those who work in the industry of designing exhibition stands.  However, it can also be used to design all sorts of other room layouts. To use the system, first point your web browser at http://www.exhibitcore.net and create a free account (you'll need to supply an email address).  You can then log in and start working on a 2D image from scratch, or load one of the many built-in samples.  You can see the 2D design screen in the first screenshot below. When you're happy with your design,simply press the 3D button and your plan is rendered into a three dimensional image, as shown in the second capture below.  You can then fly around the image with the airborne camera, and there's even a walk-through option too. It's great fun, very professionally put together, and a basic account on the system is completely free.

JS Bach Organ Music


The 270 pieces that JS Bach composed for the organ may not be to everyone's taste.  However, if you have a liking for this sort of music, or even if you  just like Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper, be prepared for a treat. A professor at the University of Michigan has recorded all 270 works, on original baroque organs in Germany, and made the entire collection available for free download.  The full collection runs to hundreds of megabytes, although you can also search through the catalogue and obtain individual files if you wish. The files should play on most PCs and portable players. To get started, point your web browser at http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/ and turn up your speakers. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Resolving Problems With the NYTimes

If you hve a problem with the NYTimes, here is how to get through to a problem-resolution specialist: Dial  800-NYTIMES, do NOT push any buttons or give any voice commands ... instead wait for the first choice to end (telling you to push 1 for home delivery service or 2 for digital service), and then punch in 5950. And schzam, you will be connected to a resolution specialist.

Otherwise, let's say you are entitled to a $10 coupon for having completed a NYT survey, but the coupon never came. If you go through the phone-tree route for digital service, you will get a person who says she only deals with new print subscriptions and will suggest you either phone some advertising agency or email the Public Editor. Then, when you ask to speak to a supervisor, everything will get mixed up because the first person you talked to told the supervisor that you were not a subscriber which you learned only because you threatened to terminate your subscription, at which point a $10 credit was promptly given.

Best Media Player


Have you ever tried to watch a video file only to find out your media player doesn't know how to play it? QuickTime and Windows Media Player come preloaded on most computers, but they don't always have the right codecs. A codec is what translates videos and music into what you see and hear on your screen and in your headphones. VLC Media Player has nearly all of them. It's a universal player for media files, movie and audio discs, webcams, streaming video and other gadgets. It even plays Blu-ray (provided your computer has a Blu-ray player)! It runs on any platform (Windows and Apple) and can convert media to other formats as well. For a program that can do so much, it's also very light weight so it won't bog down your system when it's running. Plus, very little configuration is required; just install it and go.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gaining Control Over the Internet


Here's a free online service that will make you think one of 2 different things.  Either you'll reckon it's a hideous invasion of privacy, or you'll think it's the biggest improvement to your online presence in years.  Or possibly both. The service in question is called If This Then That, or IFTTT for short (it's pronounced like Gift without the G).  It works with just about all major browsers.
IFTTT allows you to construct rules, or recipes as the site calls them.  A rule lets you specify that  if a certain thing happens on one site, then automatically do something else on another site.  As to what happens, and what you can do in response, it's all tightly controlled and easy to manage by simply selecting from lists.
The service supports dozens of third-party sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Pinterest, Tumblr, Dropbox, and many more.  A typical recipe might say "If someone tags me in a photo on Facebook, send me a message about it on Gmail."  Or "If someone mentions me on Twitter, send them the contents of a file from my Dropbox."

Find Large Files

WizTree is a free nifty little program that will find and sort by size (largest first) your files. Then you can decide which if any files to remove to free up disk space. You might be surprised to learn, as I did, that the single largest file on my computer were the games installed by the manufacturer, none of which I ever played, that took up nearly 10% of the hard-disk's space. When removed, not only did the computer boot-up faster, everything else went faster as well (e.g., virus scans now take 30-40% less time).

http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Sister's Sister

If you like good acting, beautiful scenery, a different story, and surprise endings, and don't mind a lot of curse words, you will like this movie. But, if you do, then you might have to forego any right to criticize anyone for watching The Jerry Springer Show, or otherwise explain why this story, which takes 1.5 hours to tell, is a better use of time than when Jerry presents similar stories in under 10 minutes.

Friday, January 18, 2013

To Rome With Love

It could be one of the dumbest movies ever. And it likely is Woody Allen's dumbest movies ever. And it would be nice if Mr. Allen could try to play some other, any other, character. That said, it's still an enjoyable movie with quite a few funny moments.

Additional Fix for Outlook

If you start getting error messages in Microsoft Office programs such as this program "has stopped working and will be closed," here is another easy fix to try:

1. If you Have 32-bit Windows Installed
A) For Outlook 2007, go to the location below and run the SCANPST.EXE file.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\SCANPST.EXE
B) For Outlook 2010, go to the location below and run the SCANPST.EXE file.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\SCANPST.EXE
C) Go to step 3.
2. If you Have 64-bit Windows Installed
A) For Outlook 2007, go to the location below and run the SCANPST.EXE file.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\SCANPST.EXE
B) For Outlook 2010, go to the location below and run the SCANPST.EXE file.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\SCANPST.EXE
C) Continue on to step 3.
3. Type your current pst file folder
pst file Corrupted - Repair-pst.jpg
4. then press start button for start scan corrupted file
pst file Corrupted - Repair-pst1.jpg
5. if your pst file can recover, that will show in the message and press repair to fix it.
pst file Corrupted - Repair-pst2.jpg

Great Link to Free Kindle Downloads


There are tens of thousands of free e-books on Amazon that you can download to your Kindle (or to the free Kindle app on your computer, if you prefer).  Finding those free books can be tricky, but a new web site called Free Book Sifter automates the process and updates its listings regularly. Just browse to the site, choose the book you want, and follow the link to its page on Amazon.  You can then download the book to the Kindle. In my tests, a couple of the books I clicked on turned out not to be free.  Presumably because Amazon has changed the pricing since the Sifter last updated its pages.  But the site is still an incredibly useful resource for book lovers who want free books.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fixing Microsoft Office (Outlook)

Problems with Microsoft Office 2003 often could be fixed by running Detect and Repair from its Help file, but that's been removed in 2007 and post-2007 versions. However, the repair function is still there. Go to Control Panel/Programs and Features and right-click on Microsoft Office and choose Change/Repair.

Recovering Deleted and Lost Files


It can be very frustrating to realize you need that file you just deleted. Fortunately, there's a way to fix that mistake. Recuva scans your hard drive for deleted photos and other files such as emails, videos and documents. Recuva can also handle flash drives, memory cards and iPods. Recuva lists any deleted data that can be recognized as files. It also rates the condition of each file. Some files may already be partially overwritten. A checkbox accompanies each item in the list. Just select which you want to recover and click the Recover button. Recuva prompts you for a place to save the recovered files. Recuva is free.


http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Further on Java


A quick and easy way to update Java and clean up old versions of Java or to remove it entirely is to use the free app called JavaRa. This app has been around for a while and is now in version 2.0. The original developer sold it to Singular Labs who are maintaining it. 

JavaRa is a stand-alone app that needs no installation. It does require the .NET framework but any version will do. It works in all current versions of Windows. I have used it on Windows 7, 64-bit systems with no problems.
The download (which now is JavaRa 2.1) is at this link  and is a  small (135 KB) zipped archive containing a single executable, a file with definitions, and several small language localization files. (These last are for Brazil, French, Polish, Russian.) Unzip the archive anywhere convenient and click on the EXE file to run it. Administrator privileges are required. The interface is shown in the figure below and is pretty much self-explanatory. However, if desired, instructions for completely removing Java with JavaRa are given at this link.
Interface for JavaRa Windows app
Many PC owners never use Java and can safely remove it. However, there are applications that need Java and some PC users will prefer to update or disable it. I have opted to remove it using the suggested approach above and following up using the free version of Revo Uninstaller, which is downloadable from http://www.revouninstaller.com/.

Finally, although I uninstalled Java completely, I checked to see if was still in Chrome, and sure enough, somehow it says it was. It might be that Java is built into Chrome. In any event, you might check to see if it still is in your Chrome and Firefox and disable it if it is. In fact, even after disabling it, you might check your browser each time it is updated, which Chrome does automatically. Here is how to disable Java in all browsers.



Two New Android Keyboards

Apple does not allow apps for core functions such as keyboards, but Androids do. Two new Android keyboards are available, one of which, the Snapkeys Si,  is quite radical, and I did not care for it and I am quite certain it will not catch on. But the SwiftKey 3, which is free to try for a month and then costs $3.99, is quite good. It has an excellent "understanding" of language, which uses its "knowledge" to create a predictive algorithm that guesses what you're likely to type next and suggests three options above the keyboard as you go. This app can also detect where you meant to add a space, automatically adding it in for you. I found this feature to be a handy time saver as I typed since I could just keep going rather than stopping to tap the space key after each word. During setup, SwiftKey 3 users can opt to give the app access to their Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and SMS interactions so that it can study a user's language to further understand how the person talks. For example, if someone always preferred to spell "thanks" as "thx," SwiftKey 3 would learn this behavior and add "thx" in as a word rather than continuously trying to correct it. A TouchType spokesman says later this year the company may add a feature allowing users to customize the app to write out complete words when they type abbreviations, like typing "abt" to get "about."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Clipboard Manager Gadget

The clipboard built into Windows stores just one copied item. There are various clipboard software packages you can download, some of which are simple and some of which are robust. But the easiest way to put a terrific clipboard manager on your desktop is just to right-click on your screen, click on gadget and double-click on Clipboard Manager. It is fully customizable and a snap to use.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Making Lipstick Last Longer

April Greaves, the renowned makeup artist, shares the following procedure to have one's lipstick last until one wants to remove it:


1. Most long-wear lip colors require bare lips for maximum staying power, but hydration is key to healthy-looking color. Prep lips with a wax-free treatment, such as Aesop's Tuberose Lip Heal.
2. Create a lasting base color with a lip stain like Stila Cherry Crush. Brush or dab onto lips and let it set.
3. Follow with a matte-textured lip crayon like Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Outrageous or Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl. Work the crayon around the lip line and blend inward but not over the center. It can be too drying.
4. Wipe a creamy-finish lipstick on top. Use your favorite; the Sunday Riley or By Terry would work nicely here.
5. Neaten up the border and keep color from bleeding into creases with lip liner—an old standby that's nothing to be feared when it's softly blended and applied after the lipstick. Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres in Rouge is a classic.
6. A crucial and exciting new step: Add just a touch of a gloss stain, such as YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres. A dab with your finger, not the wand, on the center of the lips will make it come alive. And it stays on forever.

Java Security Warning

A loyal follower has brought to my attention the potential security risk posed by Java and that the Homeland Security Department has recommended disabling Java from your browsers. Here's the deal:

1. Put "Java Security Warning" into The Google and you will see a myriad of articles confirming that the HSD has issued just such a warning.

2. If you heed the advice to disable Java, you should do so on any browser that you are using that has Java enabled. Put "How to Disable Java" into The Google, and it will bring up disabling instructions for all browsers. While the disabling process is a bit different for each, they are all very easy and take just seconds to do.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mobile Power Sources for Smartphones and Tablets

The market for mobile power sources has grown exponentially in the last two years, with more compact and more powerful options available that allow you to recharge hundreds of times. Which one is best depends on how much power you want on hand and how much weight you are willing to carry.


First, determine how much standby power you need. Battery capacity is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). The more milliampere hours a battery has, the longer it will run, somewhat like gallons of gas in a car. Most smartphone batteries have a capacity of 1,500 to 2,100 mAh while tablet batteries are in the 6,000 to 11,000 mAh range. To fully recharge these devices, you need an auxiliary source that meets or exceeds that capacity.
If all you want is a quick charge to give you a couple of hours until you can get to a wall socket, go with something small, inexpensive and lightweight like the 1,800 mAh Triple C Power Mate Plus ($29), which plugs directly into an iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S; the company,Triple C Designs, is working on one that will be compatible with an iPhone 5. The Power Mate Plus is about the size of a woman’s compact, weighs 1.2 ounces and comes in a variety of decorative designs.
The 2,200 mAh MiPow Power Tube ($39) is compatible with a wider range of mobile devices and will completely charge a smartphone. Encased in what looks like brushed aluminum, it weighs 2.5 ounces and is the size of a cigarette lighter. There are incrementally larger-capacity Power Tubes up to the 5,500 mAh version ($99), which weighs 4.8 ounces and can charge a smartphone a couple of times or charge a tablet 50 percent.
A larger footprint and more heft will provide even more charging capacity. Take theHyperJuice Mini ($100), which is about as big as a smartphone but thicker, weighs 8.4 oz and delivers 7,200 mAh. It also has the advantage of multiple charging ports so that two mobile devices can be charged at once as long as they are USB compatible.
HyperJuice offers battery chargers with progressively larger capacities up to 61,000 mAh ($450). That charger is about the size of a thick paperback book and weighs 4.7 pounds. It is compatible only with Apple products but has enough oomph to keep a MacBook going 32 hours, extend iPad battery life an additional 89 hours or fully recharge an iPhone up to 52 times.
For those who prefer not to juggle one more device, there are charging sleeves or jackets that snap onto the devices they already have. Mophie is the leading provider of iPhone charging cases with its popular Juice Pack Air ($80). It has a 1,500 mAh capacity and adds 2.5 ounces to the weight of an iPhone 4 or 4S. An iPhone 5 version is expected early this year.
For Android users, there is PowerSkin, with 1,500 mAh charging cases for a variety of smartphones. They range in price from $40 to $80, with some selling for as little as $5 with shipping if the model has been discontinued.
If you want an iPad charging case, there is the KudoCase ($130), which relies partly onsolar power. It converts outdoor and indoor light into energy for a continual trickle charge. Just know that six hours of sunlight offers only about an hour of iPad time, so you will still need to recharge the case occasionally by plugging it into an outlet.
The Powermonkey Extreme ($200), also has a solar component, with a separate solar panel for recharging off the grid. Marketed to rugged outdoorsy types, the 9,000 mAh Powermonkey weighs 8.5 ounces without the solar panel. It is compatible with most mobile devices, including hand-held GPS systems; is shock-resistant; and, if submerged, is waterproof up to 30 minutes.
Finally, there are mobile chargers that come in special bags with pockets to contain cords and devices, so you can charge discreetly and not have to spread everything out on a table at Starbucks. An example is the Timbuk2 Power Commute ($199). It has dedicated, faux fur-lined pockets to separate and protect devices, as well as the included 3,600 mAh charger. There are also little openings between pockets through which the charger cables can be threaded, and a nifty organizer pocket for partitioning pens, change, business cards and other small stuff.

Less Expensive Cellphone Plans

Two disclaimers: I do not know anything about what is described and I have no intention of switching to what is described. That said, Net10 Wireless appears to have cellphone talk, text and data plans at substantially lower prices than the big carriers. There are no long-term contracts and they will support just about any phone.

Read about and see the plans offered by Net10 here: http://www.net10wireless.com/#/

Power Widget

Rather than have separate buttons for basic on/off functions of wi-fi, bluetooth, sound, airplane mode, brightness, always-on, auto-sync and the like, Power Widget (PW) and Power Widget Lite (PWL) will give you a customizable bar for your Android phone or tablet where you can designate each box on the bar any such function. This bar is a great space-saver for the home screen and very useful. The two apps are identical except that PW costs $1.99 and PWL is free. Unfortunately, there is a glitch with PWL on Jelly Bean devices where a message might appear on boot-up saying PWL is not working even though it is. While one click will remove that message, it is annoying in that it keeps re-appearing and it is worth $1.99 not to deal with it. So, try PWL, but if you get that annoying message, spring for PW. Be sure then to uninstall PWL because otherwise the annoying message will continue appearing even if you are no using PWL.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lessons re eBay on Challenging Charges

Take the following hypo: You buy a blue-tooth keyboard off eBay from a Korean seller; you are promised a tracking number and the outside delivery date is said to be December 28; on December 29, you still have not received delivery and the tracking number shows the product has not even left Korea; you have a series of email exchanges with the seller who gives various conflicting excuses; you ask the seller to cancel the order and the seller refuses; you initiate a case in the eBay resolution center; eBay extends the seller's deadline to January 18; the tracking number continues to show no shipment; you initiate a charge-dispute with your credit card company; eBay closes the case in the resolution center even though you have yet to receive your refund or the product. As it turns out, eBay's policy, buried in the fine print where even the eBay phone rep doesn't know off-hand where it is (you will find it only if you click on eBay/SiteMap/Help/A-Z Index/E/eBay Buyer Protection/Chargebacks) and in language even a lawyer is hard-pressed to understand, states that if you seek a refund through your credit card company, eBay will cancel its supposed resolution process.

Lesson No. 1: So, if you have a problem with an eBay purchase, decide which route you wish to follow to resolve it because, contrary to what Yogi Berra said, when you come to a fork in the road, you can't take it, and as Robert Frost said, if you take the road less traveled, it might make all the difference.

Lesson No. 2: Next time, pay the $10 more to get the thing from Amazon, which has an excellent refund and   problem-resolution system. For example, if you give a Kindle book gift certificate on Amazon, but put in the wrong email address for the giftee (i.e., it is a valid address but for the wrong person), a phone call to Amazon will get you to a rep in under a minute and an immediate correction.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Updating Android Apps

Often times, you will turn on your Android phone or tablet and it will notify you that updates are available for various apps on your device. But you can check for app availability and download updates at any time by going to Play, click on Apps, and then click on settings, and the remaining steps will be self-evident.

Smartphone GPS

WAZE (for iPhone and Androids) is a free app that offers turn-by-turn voice navigation and includes real-time traffic updates and current road conditions including accidents, hazards, police and other events. Users can post traffic conditions in their area, so conditions are always up to date. Not only can you update traffic information, you can post photos, share information on social media and connect with other drivers. What's more, it will also tell you where the cheapest gas is on your route.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Smart Simple Thermostat


The Second-Generation Nest learning thermostat has been on store shelves for a couple of months, and on the wall in my home for a couple of weeks. The idea of an easy-to-use programmable thermostat that I could control from my phone held a lot of appeal, as did the potential energy savings. So, with some time to try it out, did it live up to the hype?
Oh, did it ever. First, installation was incredibly easy and within just a few minutes of taking it from the box, it was controlling our heat. Second, it looks really cool. It’s a slim, unobtrusive dial that’s been trimmed down a bit from the first generation. It glows red when it’s heating, blue when it’s cooling, and has a cute little leaf that appears to let you know you’re using it in a way that conserves energy, or empties your wallet.
Image: Nest
If you don’t like messing around with temperatures and times and trying to program your thermostat to perfectly match your daily activities, then this is the thermostat you want in your home. It learns when you’re in and out based on how you initially set temperatures and will make the changes all by itself.
Not to worry if you want to change the temperature on your own, just turn the dial. You won’t mess anything up and it will continue to do its job. There’s also an away mode that you can preset with min and max temperatures. This lets you quickly set it to away without having to think about a temperature setting every time you leave the house.
What I loved most, though, is the ability to adjust the temperature from anywhere. If I turn up the heat and then forget to kick it back down, all I have to do is pull out my phone and I can change the temperature. I can also turn up the heat from my toasty warm bed if I’m up early so I don’t have to freeze first thing in the morning.
The Second Generation Nest Learning Thermostat retails for $249.99, and it’s worth the price and then some. The increased control you have over the temperature, the fact that the Nest learns how to set the temperature, the ability to adjust the temperature from anywhere, and the energy savings potential make it worth every penny.

Take This Waltz

Take it anywhere. But don't watch it. Slow. Boring. Inane.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Easiest Way to Sell Online

Selling products on eBay and other such sites requires a complex registering process or dealing through a middle-person. YooOffer.com is an online service that facilitates a single product page for ‘sellers’ to showcase their merchandise and offer these things for sale within 60 seconds. Buyers can use the search engine on YooOffer.com to browse through products in real-time to see what is up for sale. If a buyer sees something they want, they are able to buy it instantly using PayPal.

http://yoooffer.com/

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Best Travel Apps

Travel Shopping: Kayak, TripAdvisor, Hipmunk, Skyscanner

Pre-Departure Planning: SeatGuru, Tripit, Packing Pro

Flying: Flight Track Pro, FlightBoard, Travel Nerd, GateGuru

Destinations: Travel App Box, Yelp, Open Table, Alfred

Speeding Up Windows Programs

By default, Windows gives an equal amount of resources to every program. If you've got a few programs running at once, the one you're focusing on isn't running as fast as it could. Windows does include tools to adjust program priority, but it's a tedious, complicated process. TopWinPrio, however, gives you complete control over program priority. It runs in the background and keeps track of running programs. It automatically assigns a higher priority to the program you're currently using so it runs faster.  It's free.

http://www.lunaworx.net/2010/05/19/luna/topwinprio/

Your New Neighborhood Phonebook

White Pages Neighbors uses the phone directory to show you a satellite map of the people who live near you. You can automatically send out invites to a block party or connect using Facebook. White Pages obtains its information from public sources and third-party data suppliers. Any of your information can be removed or changed at any time.

http://neighbors.whitepages.com/

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pageonce App

Here's a quick, simple way to pay all your bills and finances at once from the palm of your hand. Pageonce lets you track and pay your bills easily, and will alert you when bills are due. This app provides a simple overview of your cash, investments and credit card debt. It will monitor credit card and bank transactions, and alert you of suspicious activity. Pageonce supports hundreds of financial institutions and credit-card companies, which will allow you to even pay your bills from the app. It is free and available for iPhones and Androids.