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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Electronic Recycling Day - Cobb County, GA

Electronics Recycling Day

Keep Cobb Beautiful
Electronics Day
and Shoe Collection
Saturday, November 14, 2009

9am – 1pm
Jim R. Miller Park - 2245 Callaway Road Marietta, GA 30008
Piedmont Church - 570 Piedmont Road Marietta, GA 30066

Items Accepted
Computer Monitors/Microwave Ovens/Computer CPU's Stereos/ Toaster/ Laptops/ Copiers/ Printers/ Video Machines/ Alarm Clocks/ Disk Drives/ VCRs/ Can Openers Floppy Drives/ Camcorders/ Telephones/ Test & Networking Equipment/ Camera (Digital too)/ CB Radios Modems/ Mouse/ Record Players/ CD Players/ Circuit Boards/ Portable Radios/ Electrical Panels/ Typewriters/ UPS/ Battery Back-Up/ CD Roms/ Fax Machines/ Cell Phones/ Rechargeable Batteries/ Cables/ Projectors/ Keyboards/ 8-Tracks (Reel to Reel Tape)/ Scanners.

Items NOT Accepted
Refrigerators / Washers / Dryers / Ovens / Freezers / Humidifiers - Humidifiers Power Equipment / Tires / Household Trash / Non-Electronic Equipment.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Free Upgrade to Norton Anti Virus 2010?

Do you currently have installed a current (not expired) version of Norton Anti Virus or Norton Internet Security?

You may be eligible for a free upgrade.
Click on this link and follow the directions. (

Why upgrade? The newer release should have improvements from the previous one. Those improvements might include:
  • Using less resources on your computer.
  • Detecting viruses quicker.
  • Detecting viruses better.
If you have the installation CD for the Norton Anti Virus Product you are currently running, you can always de-install the 2010 release and re-install the 2009 release if you think the older release is the better release of the two.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Webmail vs. Outlook - Time to Change?

What are the differences between using webmail (email accessed via an Internet Browser) and Outlook (email application part of the Microsoft Office Suite)?

Where is your inbox, sent and user created email folders located?
  1. Webmail: On the Internet Service Providers' mail server.
  2. Outlook: On your computer.
If you email is on your computer, you can back it up. Is it is on a web server, your email probably is not backed up.

Where are your address book (contacts) and appointments (calendar) located?
  1. Webmail: On the Internet service providers web server.
  2. Outlook: On your computer.
Same note as with email.

Will my Smart Phone (iPhone, Blackberry, Palm) synchronize with my email application?
  1. Webmail: No.
  2. Outlook: Yes.
Your backup can restore all your contacts and appointments to your new phone.

Must I use my own computer to access my email?
  1. Webmail: No.
  2. Outlook: Yes.
In general, more than one computer using Outlook cannot access Outlook. This is not true with webmail since all the email is stored on the mail server.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Moving to an Different Email Address

You have decided to change from your current email address to another. How do you inform everyone that you communicate with, your new email address?

The easiest way is to create a list of all your corespondents' email addresses by entering them into a distribution list.

Once the distribution list is created, you can send an email to the distribution list that states that your email address has changed, what it has changed to, a request for your corespondent to update their address book with the changed email address and a cutoff date when your old email address will no longer be valid. Once the email is sent out, you might get messages that one your email is undeliverable. More than likely this is because the email address you tried to send to is out-of-date and is not longer valid.

In conjunction with the email sent to your distribution list, email applications like Outlook allow you to auto-reply to new email messages. The auto-reply would have a similar message to the one you created for your distribution list.

All the websites that require an email address to communicate with you will need to be updated one by one. One way to accomplish this is to make the change when you need to access the website.

Time to Get Rid of Your AOL Software?

Are you using AOL Software to access your email?

Put your computer on a diet by getting rid of all the AOL Software and using an Internet Browser to access your webmail or receive your AOL email through an email application such as Microsoft Outlook (part of the Microsoft Office Suite).

Why get rid of AOL Software?
How do you uninstall the AOL Software?

On the Windows Operating System, look for Add/Remove or Programs and Features and select AOL Software. Indicate that you wish to remove the software and you are done.

On an Apple Computer, go the Applications Folder and select the AOL Folder. Drag the folder to the trash can.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Blackberry News You Can Use

The Blackberry Desktop for Mac Application was available for download on October 2nd. ( This installation was tricky, but sync'ing with Entourage 2007 worked! The folks at High Tech House Calls suggest you make the change from PocketMac (current Blackberry Application used for sync'ing on a Mac) to Blackberry Desktop for Mac. We would be happy to assist you the installation. Call High Tech House Calls at 404.229.0839.

Texting is a way of life with a Blackberry, but it is easy to delete a received text before you have copied down the information you need from it. A free application automatically sends your text message to your email so that you have an electronic record of it that can be retrieved later from your computer email inbox. The Cortado SMS2Desk software automatically forwarded all my text messages to an email address we specified. No more asking to have text'ed information send again. (

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Books to Add to Your Reading List

For Your Health: Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge M.D. M.D.

I'm not interested in ending up in a walker. Following this book NOW allows you to plateau health-wise instead of a gradual decline. I can see a difference from the couple of months I have been following the advice.

For Networking: Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz

Why did I spend 25 years consulting idiots and doing their work? How did they get the CEO job when it looks like they needed help getting dressed in the morning. This book was an eye opener.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Mind expanding.
Interesting stories to tell to new contacts.

For Business: Communicating Strategy
by Phil Jones

Insight from an expert.

101 Ways to Promote Yourself: Tricks Of The Trade For Taking Charge Of Your Own Success
by Raleigh Pinskey

One great idea after another. Now, if I could find the time to implement them...

Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
by John Jantsch

The right price for what I can afford for good marketing advice.