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Waterproof your cell phone?


Ruggedizing your personal electronics, especially waterproofing them, is a pain—typically either requiring you stuff it in a PVC bag or ensconce it in four pounds ofsilicone rubber. But, one day soon, our precious gadgets may come waterproofed on the molecular level.

In comes  HZOLiquipel.com.  Wet and wired!

Water damage has threatened our devices for far too long. Liquipel protects every feature of your device with a revolutionary waterproof shield.

HzO’s proprietary WaterBlock is cutting-edge technology that protects your valuable digital electronics from their number one nemesis: H2O.  Powerful and invisible, WaterBlock protects your devices on a molecular scale, so you can breathe easy

Blackberry: Did he really not see your email?


From BBgeeks: A Blackberry tip

Some people just aren’t good at returning emails.   The problem — and I’m sure this is true for a number of us — is that you check and read the email frequently, but rarely have time right then and there to respond. And when you do have time, the email is already marked as read, because it was opened, and it slips through the cracks.  Adding to my culpability,  people often say that the email must have gone to my spam folder or something, because I don’t remember seeing it.  If people use today’s quick tip, they might be able to call you out on that.

The screenshot to your right explains it all. Just press sym then press W to create the open bracket. Then type confirm. After that, presssym again and press S to close the brackets. Then proceed with your email as normal. When the recipient receives your email — that is, it appears on his BlackBerry smartphone — you will get an email in your own inbox letting you know.

There are a few specifics that go along with this:

  • This only works with BlackBerry smartphones. If you send this to someone and the do not have a BlackBerry, or that email address is not connected to their BlackBerry, you will not get a delivery confirmation.
  • The recipient will see the confirm tag in the subject line. Why RIM didn’t just automatically hide that, like an HTML tag, I have no idea. But that’s the deal.
  • There are options in your Email Settings that control read and delivery receipts. But the other user can either turn those off on her own smartphone, or else refuse to send a read receipt. The recipient can do nothing when you use the confirm tag.

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And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day…. “SpOtod

{ e-mail = correo electrónico}

Use it in a sentence: Abso~NotTodayCauseTheresAblizzarGoingOn~lutely……

Spokeo: “Not your grandma’s white pages”


Spokeo is one of many sites now operating on the Internet that aggregate and display personal information collected from a variety of public sources (such as social networking accounts, blog posts, phone book listings, customer-submitted reviews, real estate listings, etc., as well as from the databases of other information aggregators) and sell detailed reports on individuals to anyone who pays for them. Spokeo advertises itself as a “search engine specialized in organizing people-related information”.

I just received a link for this crazy website.  A friend emailed it to me saying that the website has all the personal info on her family and that maybe I should check it out to make sure I am not on the site. Well, I checked it out and although it didn’t show mine, it listed many names addresses, birthdays, even showing a picture of the houses my friends lived in. It also mentions if you were married, with kids and much more.  Then they have a service were people can sign up and pay 3.00 and have access to even more of my info like credit score, income, etc.

I have typed in several other of my family members names and ALL were in the database. Who wants all this personal info out there on the web???????   People claim you can scroll down to the bottom and find the privacy link and remove yourself from the website, but I havnt found that yet.

Good luck…. I’m watching you.

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And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day…. “SpOtod

{ spy = espía }

Use it in a sentence: Abso~IdontHaveTimeToBeCreativeToday~lutely……

Dial Words in Phone Numbers from Blackberry


So my brother was looking at my business card today, and he asked me an interesting question.  He pointed out that my work phone number has letters in place of numbers at the end of the number, just like 1-800-Go-Fed-Ex, and he asked me how people with smartphones like blackberrys that have qwerty keypads dial a phone number like that.  And I said: “Brother Please, you can dial any word from a blackberry phone”….. And here’s how:

How To Dial Phone Numbers That Contain Text: (on a Blackberry)

  • Open the Phone Application
  • Dial Your Numbers per Normal (1800)
  • When it comes time to Dial a Letter, Hold Down the ALT key and dial the letters (GOT JUNK)
  • Once you are looking at what you want to dial (1800GOTJUNK), Call the Number
  • Your BlackBerry will Automatically convert the Text into the Appropriate Number (in this case 18004685865)

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And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day….SpOtod

{ phone = teléfono }

Use it in a sentence: Abso~CanYouHearMeNow~lutely…….

Don’t talk on the car when driving in your phone…

No hable en el coche cuando se conduce en el teléfono …

 

Apple’s Steve Jobs Passed Away on Wednesday. RIP 1955 – 2011


Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. Even though I’m a Blackberry and PC user, there is no denying the impact Steve Jobs had on the world of technology.  A great mind has been lost.  He will be missed.

By the time Jobs was 25 in 1980, he was worth more than $100 million. Not that it mattered to him.  He just wanted to make amazing products that were easy to use and worked the way the should.  “It wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money,” he once said.

Jobs had always been the public face of Apple, but he began retreating from the spotlight in 2004 when doctors diagnosed him with pancreatic cancer. It was a rare form of the disease, one that could be treated, and Jobs survived. His health, though, continued to deteriorate. His liver failed in 2009, and Jobs took a six-month medical leave. He returned, but was rarely seen. He announced he was resigning as CEO in August, and Tim Cook replaced him as the head the company.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

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And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day….SpOtod

{ iPod = el iPod }

Use it in a sentence: Abso~October2011WillBeAsadDayInHistory~tely…….

I can’t wait to use iPod in the year 2015

No puedo esperar para utilizar el iPod en el año 2015

Charge Your Cell Phone Twice as Fast


Should you chance it? Sure, why not!  Crackberry is selling the folding blade charger that ships with the BlackBerry PlayBook, and can also be used to charge your BlackBerry Smartphone TWICE as fast (see CrackBerry tip on this). This is a GREAT charger for a GREAT price. It was on sale for 5 dollars less a few days ago, but at 20 bucks, it’s still a bargain.

How it actually works is, in a normal usb device thats plugged into your computer, usb provides a minimal output of 5V and an average 700mAh (mAh is the amperage provided to your device that recharges the battery). When you apply that to a charger (specifically a BlackBerry charger) the charger can mimic the minimal 5V for the charger to completely charge your devices but have an average of 800mAh-1000mAh. More specifically, the Playbook Travel Charger provides the same 5V out that most devices use but also provide a whopping 1800mAh!!

In turn, the reason that the playbook charger can charge so many different deivces and quickly because it matches the 5V max requirement but doubles how much is charged through the 1800mAh rating.

Will it burn out your battery?   “Unnegotiated” power transfers with battery cells may shorten battery life and even cause explosions and or defects to occur with the cells themselves and are the case with some “dumb chargers” used with common household rechargeable batteries (NiCd/NiMH).

Modern phones that charge using USB/USB ports however are “negotiated” and controlled – almost completely eliminating the risks of overcharging/overcurrent situations. In theory, since these power transactions are controlled by the devices being charged then there is no risk of reducing the battery life of the batteries being charged.

From the reviews I read, it has not effected cell phones negatively. The choice is yours. Click here to buy it.

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And now for our Otod Spanish Word Of the Day. Since I forgot to post a Spanish otod in yesterdays posting, this word is for that post…..  Tarado which basically translates into moron, or more offensively, is used in a slangy way as retarded.

And now, used in a sentence:   Sos un tarado = You’re a moron.

~Live. Love. Charge!

Apple Macs get Viruses too!


I’m a photographer. And my dad is a computer techie. My PC was home built by my dad, and it’s a friggin powerhouse, and a 3rd of the cost of a mac. People see some of the photoshopping work, and they say “you must have a Mac”.  

NO…. you dont need a Mac to live in 2011.  But then people say that Macs dont get viruses.   Yes…. they do. and recently there were some pretty big ones.

“A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus.”

Click here to see PC World’s write up.

Click here to see CNN’s write up.

Click here for CNET’s write up.

And here PC Mag has an article written 3 weeks ago about the new attacks coming to Mac computers.

Otod: Buying a Mac will not protect you from viruses and photoshop is just as easy on a PC….. So suck it Apple Fanboys!

Photo courtesy of Best Apple Mac Computers.com
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