Libox

Having just wrote an article featuring a media streaming service called Orb, I was recently turned on to another media streaming service that I’ve been testing over the weekend.

Libox is a media streaming service that allows you to stream your music, photos, and video from your computer.

It works similiar to Orb in that you download their FREE software and sync whatever media folders you want.
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Orb

Have I mentioned I have a large music collection? For the past year, I have managed to convert my hundreds of CD’s to digital format so I can preserve them and of course listen to them with my computer. I have also bought Western Digital’s WDTV Live so I can wirelessly stream them from my computer to my stereo system so I can rock the house!!

The last remaining task that I have recently accomplished is to be able to stream my music collection through any internet connection.

Enter Orb.
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You Have Wave

I’m pretty excited. I’m finishing off 2009 as a kick butt year. While most of the construction industry was in a free fall, the firm I work for and myself had a banner year.

2010 looks to be a little bit tougher and as of right now, I don’t have any backlog going ahead. I do have some great irons in the fire that I’m sure some of which will work out.

This is my last post of 2009 and I thought I’d finish it off with another new found excitement.

It’s Google Wave. MORE>>

FilzMail

Last week, I set up a new user account on my computer for my oldest daughter who is almost 10. She has been after me to get her own user account for about a year or so. I told her if she could compute responsibly and not cause any significant registry damage, I would go along with her request. She has shown excellent computer resonsibility and so I followed through and set up her own user account.

Along with the user account she also wanted her own email address. I was somewhat indecisive if I should or not but ultimately set one up for her at Gmail.

Gmail is a real pain to set up if you don’t have another email address (non gmail). They wouldn’t let me use my pop3 email address because it was already being used for my wife’s gmail account.

So I’m thinking, wow. I need a disposable email address.

Enter FilzMail. After doing a little research on the web, I came across this simple web application that gives you a free email address that self destructs after 24 hours. Using it to set up my daughter’s email account worked fabulously.

In this world of spam, if you come across something that you don’t want to give your regular email address to, head on over to FilzMail and create a disposable email.

Google Voice Today

The wait is finally over.  At precisely 6:37 PST yesterday, I received my official invite to join Google Voice.

I first signed up for this service about 7 months ago. I have spent most of the this morning setting it up and running it through its paces.

If you are a Google fan (like yours truly), the setup procedure will be nothing new to you. It is as easy to set up as Gmail or any other of the fine Google products. It took me all of about 15 minutes to learn what needs to be done to make it work. MORE>>

Email Misunderstanding

Those that know me, know I’m a diehard Google fanatic. I like useful things and Google just seems to hit on all cylinders.

I use iGoogle for my homepage, Google Chat, Google Notifier, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Video, Google Desktop, and my big favorite – Google Gmail.

I’ve been a faithful user of Gmail since they started it. Even though it is still in “beta”, there is a good reason. It is constantly in development. Always getting better and more usable.

So when you email me from the likes of your Yahoo account, or Hotmail, or other web based email platforms, it makes me wonder what is wrong with you. I just don’t understand you. Why on earth are you using a web based email platform that isn’t Gmail? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not speaking from inexperience with these non Gmail email platforms. At one point in time or the other, I have used them all.

And for your information, none of them even comes close to the form and function of my coveted Gmail.

Gmail makes it so easy to convert. It practically walks you through the process of importing all of your contacts, forwarding your account, etc. So what are you waiting for? Make the move to Gmail and you won’t be disappointed! In fact, you will discover a whole new world of emailing. In a nutshell, Gmail is fun to use.

Gmail is free and with over 7gb of free storage space, there is plenty of space to archive all of your messages.

Take it from me, my life is about form and function and getting the job done. Gmail is a great tool that should be used by everyone.

So head on over to Gmail and take it for a test drive.

Google Voice

After two long years, the wait is nearly over. What used to be called Grand Central, which was bought by Google about two years ago, is now called Google Voice.

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get signed up in time so I’m still on the list and not the active list so I don’t get to try it out just yet.

I have been looking forward to it for some time and can’t wait until it’s available. If any of you are on the list, please report in after you have had a chance to check it out.