Archive for the ‘Useful websites’ Category

There is a website called Jott (free) which lets you call their phone number, designate a person to “jott” in your address book, and leave a voice note.  Then they will transcribe the note, and then send it to you, or whoever is in your address book as a text message and/or email.

There is even a feature to upload your whole gmail address book, but turns out this is not a good idea.

There seems to be a bug where if you don’t say a name right in the list, then it will keep asking you to choose one of the say 3 on the list.  But if the one you wanted to choose is not on the list, then you’re out of luck.  Need to hang up and call again.

Just keep a few in your Jott address book to minimize confusing Jott’s voice recognition system.

Note:  it’s in beta stage, so their website is a bit slow – hope it gets better.


Read Full Post »

If you’ve been busy with the shopping and haven’t had time to take a good look at all the different websites from which to order your holiday/Christmas cards, then take a look at Costco.com’s photo center.

Yes, Costco sells everything, but I bet you didn’t know they do Holiday photo cards well. They have a variety of templates from which to choose from, and the price is just right. You just upload your digital picture, choose a template, then order.

FYI, they are 5×6 cards and here is the pricing:

5×6 Photo Card Prices

1st set = $15.99

Additional sets = $5.99 per set

First set contains 50 cards and envelopes. Each additional set contains 25 cards and envelopes.


That’s only about 32 cents each. The best part of all is that you can literally pick them up the next day from your local Costco. I just picked up mine today, and they are great quality! 1 day turnaround, you can’t ask for more.


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!


Read Full Post »

With the proliferation of different software out there, one thing that becomes a problem for the average joe is that there are different file formats to deal with, and quite honestly, the average joe doesn’t understand the many formats out there too well. What in the world is the difference between jpeg and bitmap anyways, and how do I save one as the other or vice versa?

Also, now there are different audio and video formats. There is .mov which is used by quicktime (belongs to Apple) and then the more generic .mpg. And now you don’t know what software players you need for all of them, or just don’t want to deal with it.

You can do various file conversion for free at the following website!


I’m not sure what the name means, but it sure is a nifty idea (esp. that it’s free).

You just upload your file that you want to convert (sorry, just one at a time), and then you select the type you want to convert it into. For example, you can convert a video file in .mov to .mpg or vice versa. A nifty feature is that you can download a google video (.gvi) playable only on their google video player to a regular .mpg type that you can play on any typical video players (such as your windows media player). Then it emails you a link to where you can download the converted file.

Anyways, try it out. I just converted a .pdf (adobe) to a generic word document (.doc) for free! It was 5mbs and over 700 pages, but now my .pdf file, I can edit in Microsoft Word! Took only about 10 mins total. Pretty amazing.

Give it a try.

Read Full Post »

Maybe your internet connection via AT&T Yahoo is not as fast as you expected for your plan.  Or maybe you’re just curious.   Either way, you can check out your internet connection speed here for free via ATT&T’s help site:


You can use it regardless of what company you have internet with by the way.

Read Full Post »