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Skype To Go, gives you worldwide calling for next to nothing.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:59:46 PDT

OK, I’ll admit it, I’m a little obsessed with Skype. I mean why wouldn’t anyone be a little obsessed with a piece of software that give you almost free long distance. Skype has another great service called Skype To Go. This lets me give free long distance to my friends and family to call me … Continue reading Skype To Go, gives you worldwide calling for next to nothing.
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Storing International and Long Distance phone numbers on your mobile or cell phone

Fri, 07 May 2010 01:12:54 PDT

When traveling internationally it is always difficult to make long distance calls. Do you add one zero or two zeros? Should I add a 1 or not? Even when traveling in your own country some numbers are long distance when called from your home location, but if you travel to the owner of that number, … Continue reading Storing International and Long Distance phone numbers on your mobile or cell phone
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Fixing 500 Internal Server Error with WordPress and 1and1.com hosting

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 05:10:25 PDT

We interrupt these postings with some really geeky stuff… ********UPDATED Below********* I have several blogs hosted by 1and1.com. I have been adding some plugins and kept coming across 500 Internal Server Error. I went back and forth, activating plugins, deactivating plugins and deleting them off of the FTP server. I was also coming across the … Continue reading Fixing 500 Internal Server Error with WordPress and 1and1.com hosting
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Scheduling meetings in the Middle East

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 05:00:52 PDT

As a Western ex-pat working in the Middle East you quickly learn that if you want everyone to show up for a meeting, don’t schedule the meeting during prayer time. Muslims pray 5 times a day. 3-4 of these prayer times will be during work hours. What complicates things is that the prayer times are … Continue reading Scheduling meetings in the Middle East
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Using a Blackberry in the rest of the world, Research in Motion [RIMM] are you listening?

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:29:34 PDT

I have been in the Middle East for just over a year and it has been eye opening. Apart from the cultural adjustments, one of the things that has become a peeve is how Western companies do not recognize some of the differences that will impact their devices or their software outside of Western countries. … Continue reading Using a Blackberry in the rest of the world, Research in Motion [RIMM] are you listening?
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The Future Computer User Interface

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 19:03:24 PST

Computers keep getting smaller. But one thing that will have to change if computers continue to get smaller, is what kind of interface will be used to interact with them. Keyboards can’t get much smaller and still be usable. Talking to a computer may be the future, but that is still a ways off to … Continue reading The Future Computer User Interface
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Ruby Brillantes continues to help 100’s of families in the Philippines!

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 21:33:38 PDT

Ruby continues her work in the Philippines. She has arranged all of this on her own, after recruiting some friends and co-workers. To see 100% of your donations go to work… Paypal: brillantesruby at gmaildotcom Just to let everyone know that we have another relief operation tomorrow, Saturday, October 17th. This is from our Aussie … Continue reading Ruby Brillantes continues to help 100’s of families in the Philippines!
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One person makes a big difference in the Philippines UPDATE

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 22:11:47 PDT

My friend Ruby Brillantes, (a fellow ex-pat and Canadian) with the help of some friends, has made a huge difference for 100’s of families who were victims of the flood in the Philippines. She has taken $1300 and provided food and necessities to many families. Below is her update. Many times people are reluctant to … Continue reading One person makes a big difference in the Philippines UPDATE
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It is Possible to Win against Rogers

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 11:23:42 PDT

I recently had the opportunity of accepting an international position. As I was moving out of the country I contacted Rogers (Canadian cable TV and Internet Service Provider), to let them know I would be cancelling my wireless accounts. We had a total of 3 wireless accounts in our family. My wife and I had … Continue reading It is Possible to Win against Rogers
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HDTV explained updated

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:58:39 PDT

As today is the day that all of the US switches their over the air signals to digital. I thought it would be a good time to update a popular post HDTV Explained Click on the link for the post.
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The 8000 mile tech. support call with Skype and Crossloop

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 23:11:00 PDT

It has always amazed me how complicated vendors make it to set up a WiFi network at home. Case in point. I am currently in Saudi Arabia. My sister lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She recently received a new laptop and wanted to connect to her WiFi router. When I was out there in … Continue reading The 8000 mile tech. support call with Skype and Crossloop
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CES 2009 Las Vegas

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:07:22 PST

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, attendance at this year’s CES 2009 was down 10%. Feedback from people visiting the show and manning the booths was that it was down more than that. In previous years you could barely walk down the aisles. This year they were wide open. The following is a quick summary … Continue reading CES 2009 Las Vegas
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Is ASUS the Next Apple?

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:35:43 PDT

Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of talk about UMPC or Ultra Mobile PC’s. There were lots of prototypes from companies like Intel, but everything was in the future. Then a company called ASUS, or ASUSTek, released their Eee PC in 2007. This was a very small notebook that make … Continue reading Is ASUS the Next Apple?
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The Pen of the Future

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 19:22:18 PST

Every year in Feb. there is an event in California called Demo. This event is where startups get to pitch their products to venture capitalists. the catch is they have exactly 6 minutes to do the presentation. There are always lots of great products but the pen from LiveScribe blew me away. Watch this video … Continue reading The Pen of the Future
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Dolphin Boat

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 02:00:02 PST

You have to see the videos to believe what this thing can do. It is part wave runner, part submarine, part boat and part dolphin. I saw this at the Vancouver Boat Show. It is incredible. Of course it is $75, 000; but hey, if the volumes go up, maybe it will come down to … Continue reading Dolphin Boat
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Finally, Free Instant Messenger for the Blackberry

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:33:20 PST

OK, I know it has been awhile, but I moved across the country; so I was a little tied up 😉 I have blogged about a couple of other instant messengers for Blackberries before, and have had various amounts of success with them. There is a new player out there. WebMessenger has been around for … Continue reading Finally, Free Instant Messenger for the Blackberry
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Instant Messanger within your Browser

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:06:27 PDT

Meebo is an online Instant Messenger application that allows you to run the application from within your browser. This is perfect for those times when you are traveling and need to use an Internet Cafe, or a locked down PC at work that does not allow you to install applications. I wrote about Meebo previoiusly. … Continue reading Instant Messanger within your Browser
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How to Add a ring tone to your Blackberry

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 08:41:13 PDT

How often have you been in a restaurant or a movie, and someone’s cell phone blares out the latest rendition of the owners favorite hip hop track, or the blaring sound of a ring from a phone of the 60’s? I have heard that some places are considering jamming cell phones because of this. It … Continue reading How to Add a ring tone to your Blackberry
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MSN Messenger on a Blackberry

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 03:02:57 PDT

I have had a Blackberry for a few months now and am finding more and more features for it. This week I finally found an IM client for MSN Messenger. (note to US readers, AIM is the IM of choice in the US, in Canada MSN is the most widely used) The advantage of EQO … Continue reading MSN Messenger on a Blackberry
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Folder Share

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 19:05:56 PDT

I recently upgraded my network at home to 1GB. I wanted to find a software that would backup my files incrementally. Meaning, as a file was changed, its backup would also be changed. I was able to find FolderShare. This is now a free service from Microsoft Live. You simply download the software onto the … Continue reading Folder Share
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The Future of computing

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 18:06:34 PDT

Recently there has been a few companies that have come out with UMPC’s. Ultra Mobile PC’s. Everyone has complained about how expensive they are and how impractical the small format is. What is important to realize is that these are the "betas" of the UMPC. Like everything else, the first version is expensive. Look at … Continue reading The Future of computing
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IE tab for Firefox

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 03:54:00 PDT

This is another party I was a little late for. I don’t know how many techies have told me to use Firefox vs. IE due to better security. The issue is that my company is standardized on IE. To the point where certain internal websites will not even run on Firefox. Now I have discovered … Continue reading IE tab for Firefox
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Foxit PDF reader

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 06:36:09 PDT

Everyone knows that Adobe gives away their Acrobat reader for free. This is a free alternative. Over the years Adobe Acrobat has grown to a 20 MB+ program that like to “call home” often and download 20MB updates. Due to its size, it also takes a long time to load. Foxit PDF reader can read … Continue reading Foxit PDF reader
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Update your software versions for free

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 04:05:23 PDT

This site could become one of my favorites. Everyone knows that software changes constantly. If everyone were like Firefox and checked for new versions every time it started, we wouldn’t need sites like File Hippo. When you open the site, you download a 100k applet that will scan your computer for the installed software. Then … Continue reading Update your software versions for free
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Podcasting 101: Posting your Podcast

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:00:00 PDT

Now that you have recorded your podcast, it is time to post it so everyone can listen and/or download it. There are several choices when you are posting your podcast. Do you want to host the file on your hosting provider or do you want to put the files somewhere else. I’ll start with putting … Continue reading Podcasting 101: Posting your Podcast
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