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Car runs on air?

19 Aug

Compressed air cars or CAVs, might be on your street before you know it. Indian carmaker Tata is already making them. The technology uses compressed air to drive old-fashioned car engine pistons instead of combusting gas or diesel fuel to create a burst of air to do the same thing. The car can cruise at 35 mph with air and then at the highway speeds with any fuel that is combustible.

Would you buy one of these cars?

http://www.mdi.lu/english/

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Save $ at Coupons.com

5 Jun

I saved money with coupons.com! Get special offers, print out coupons and save money off name brands. The only thing I did not like about this service is that they make you download a program to print the coupons. When you find a coupon you like, it prompts the program and the coupon immediately starts to print. I don””t like the fact that I don””t have any control over the print. All in all, the service saves you money, unless you spend hundreds on print cartridges.

http://print.coupons.com/

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Google Health

31 May

Control all your health information in one place completely free with Google Health. Google has pledged to keep your information secure and private; it””””s up to you how much you want to share.

What can you do at Google Health?

  • Import your medical records
  • Track your medical history
  • Learn about your conditions
  • Find out how medications interact
  • Share your medical records
  • Use online tools to make life easier
    • Refill prescriptions
    • Ask for second opinion

Do you feel safe sharing your medical information online? If you decide to participate, please be aware that your information could be compromised. Also you must realize that your information is already being shared digitally at your local doctor””s office; so what””s the difference? The difference is instead of your medical info just sitting there, you can make it work for you!

http://health.google.com

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Scrivener Is Creative Writing

5 May

Mac users are looking for a creative ingredient to spark your writing? If so, then you need to discover the program called Scrivener. The writing program is ergonomically centered around the way the modern multitasker thinks.

Scrivener lets you jot down thoughts on documents that resemble post-it notes. You can view them individually or all at once as if you pinned them up on a cork board. I traditionally write bits of information down as I go and then elaborate later, this program gives me the latitude to do so. Another outstanding feature of Scrivener is the ability to merge documents together by individually selecting each note. You can export your document as a word doc, pdf, or a multitude of formats.

The program has a 30 trial so you can always give Scrivener a test drive.
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html

Special thanks to Stephen Herron for the recommendation on the program.

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Blippy Makes Credit Social

22 Feb

How far can social networking go, how about into your wallet? Blippy makes credit card transactions social. I was reading a recent article about Blippy and I was floored by this next level of social networking.

The website asks, “What are your friends buying?” Register for an account, enter your credit card info (which is not kept on record) and share with the world what you are buying. Your Blippy account is updated with what you just bought. Other Blippy users can comment on your purchase. You can tell Blippy what types of transactions you don’t want to go public. It also has a connection with Facebook and Twitter.

As a by-stander, I think this website is cool. Now I can see what other people are buying and if I see something nice, I might buy the same thing. All I can say is that a recent poll stated 70% of lawyers are using social networking in case proceedings. Use this service at your own risk.

Do you think Blippy is too much information?
http://www.blippy.com

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Zamzar Online File Converter

14 Sep

The internet is truly powerful and if used the right way, you can produce powerful results. Remember that line from Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Exhibit A is a recent find called Zamzar which is an online file converter that works great.

Do you have a video in mpg format you need convert to avi? Do you have a word document you need converted to a PDF? Whatever file format you need to covert from audio, video, doc or image, Zamzar can do it! The free account does the basic conversion, if you want to store all your files online, rename, increase maximum size limits or establish a secure connection, then you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account.

Free Zamzar account:

  • Up to 100 mega-bytes (mb)
  • No contract
  • No sign-up
  • File conversion of image, doc, video and audio

http://www.zamzar.com/

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MySpace Jobs

24 Aug

Recently I got an email from MySpace that they’ve added new features to their website. The trend recently is that MySpace has been on the downturn because other social networking platforms like Facebook are gaining popularity. Thus, I wasn’t surprised when I heard that MySpace was trying to stay relevant. So why not add a job board to your website when the economy is down?

The MySpace job portal in my analysis seems to be nothing more than one big refined Google search. The page layout and the actual results for same key terms are similar in Google and MySpace Jobs. The site does however feature a few videos that are strong in helping you land a new job. It also has a tab if you are looking to go back to school, you can search for a higher degree.

MySpace has added a new “Job” feature to their website, but it’s really just repositioning technology from Google. The bottom-line is that as long it’s a benefit for the users, it’s a benefit to the site.

http://jobs.myspace.com/

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Commentary: Stop Over-sized Ghosted TV Promos?

17 Aug

Since I am a social network addict, I don’t watch that much TV anymore, but when I do, I have started to track a trend. Have you noticed the size of the ghosted TV logos? These promos are either getting larger or they are animating out of control. In the past they used to just be a small little logo of the station in the bottom right corner of the screen, now they have become something else.

If you look above, here is an example from TBS of Bill Engvall walking out over the show I am currently watching to promote his show. It always happens right after you return from a commercial break. I am sometimes unsure if this ghosted actor on my screen is part of the scene I am watching or a promo until they magically fade away. Some other examples of these TV promos besides walk-outs are countdowns to the premiere of a big event happening in less than 24 hours.

Are these interruptions getting out of control? Are these other shows that are being promoted much more important then the one I am watching? Can we pay extra to get these logos removed from our TV shows?

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Milo Sees If Items Are Stocked

12 Aug

Do you need to see if an item is in stock at the store down the street? Instead of calling your local store, asking the clerk if a item is on the shelf and then waiting five minutes to hear it’s available, use Milo.

Milo is a new web service that connects you with local retailers to give up to the minute inventory on the products you need. The term “brick and mortar” is often used to describe ordering your purchase online and then picking it up at a local store. Milo fills this void by connecting many popular genres of products such as electronics, clothing, and cooking and bringing them together in once place so you can see if its in stock. In the insurance world, Insurance.com brings together many of the top auto insurance companies so you can choose and purchase the best policy for you. Milo does the same when it comes to consumer goods.

After reviewing the website, everything that I looked at in my area didn’t seem to be in stock. However after looking at other states, I did see items were in stock. Thus, this indicates that Milo’s network is still growing and the accuracy depends on the location.

http://milo.com/

Thanks again to Mike Kimmel for find.

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GM to Sell New Cars On Ebay

10 Aug

According to the New York Times General Motors will start selling brand new cars on eBay tomorrow, August 11th. As part of a test group of California auto dealers, the beta program will allow eBay users to bid on new GM cars, but customers must choose the “Buy It Now” option.

The eBay motors concept has been running for years but now GM is taking this concept of online auto bidding to the next level, however this time, it’s out of necessity. Will this direct option of purchasing cars and avoiding seeing the stereotypical plaid dressed car salesman save the auto giant? How does this option of directly buying a new car straight from the manufacturer make you feel? I personally would purchase a car direct, however I still would stop into the dealership for a test drive and get consultation.

Would you buy a brand new car off of eBay at the “Buy It Now” price?
http://gm.ebay.com/

Thanks to Mike Kimmel for the info.

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