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Access Over 1 Million Books Online for Free

July 30, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments

Did you know Google and Sony now allow online access to over a million public domain books all for free?  You can search, browse, and read the books with a Sony Reader or on your computer.  If you have a smart phone, such as an iPhone you can use that as well.

U.S. owners of Sony readers PRS-505 or PRS-700 can download the books to them.  New users can access books by downloading the free software and creating an account.

The selection of books includes romance novels, biographies, and historical texts along with hundreds of other genres.  The books have been digitized by Google as a part of the Google Book project.

To get your free access, visit

Five Free Overlooked Microsoft Applications

May 11, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments

Check out these five free Microsoft Applications that many people don’t know exists or are overlooked.   Some of these apps can save you hundreds of dollars because you don’t have to purchase their desktop versions by allowing you to easily use them online.   Some of these applications are also offered by Google, Yahoo and other smaller companies, however, these apps by Microsoft match or beat them.

The free Microsoft applications are as follows:

  1. Windows Live SkyDrive – Offers 25GB of online storage free.  You can create folders online and upload files to it. You can also share folders with others.
  2. Windows Live Sync – Allows multiple PCs to keep their files and folders synchronized.  You will have to download and run a small app on each PC, then use Windows Live Sync and specify which folders on which PCs should be synchronized.
  3. Live Mesh – Allows you to keep your files in the cloud.  Instead of synchronizing files and folders from PC to PC, your create folders in Live Mesh. And then have your PCs sync with those folders.
  4. Virtual Earth 3D – A better app that Google Earth that gives you a dramatic 3D views of places around the world.  The downloadable app uses simple controls, allowing you to fly in and out of cities in full 3D.  You can get guided tours that other people have created or make a tour your self and sharing them with others.
  5. Office Live Workspace – This service is similar to Google Documents and Zoho that allows you to create and share documents, schedules and to-do lists, etc.  Applications you can use are Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  You can view documents from almost any computer with a Web browser.  No need for flash drives; files are there when and where you need them.  Your files are password-protected.

Send a Hallmark Mother’s Day Card for Free

April 30, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments

Mother’s Day is almost around the corner.  So you better get going and send your mother a card.  Hey wouldn’t sending a free customized paper card via online be really cool?

Hallmark is offer a free personalized paper card sent by mail when you register for a free account.  You can choose different design cards and customize the card as you like.  When you check out use the promotional code CARD4MOM.  Below is what you’ll see when you check out.

Screenshot of Checkout with Promotional Code


You need to order by May 1, 2009 to ensure delivery on time.  If you want to send another card, you can use coupon code APRILCARD.

I don’t know how many cards can be sent via these promotional codes so you better hurry!  Good luck!

Visit to get your free card.

Companies that are Hiring

April 26, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments

Are you currently looking for a job? 

According to a recent article several Fortune 100 companies have at least 150 openings as of mid-April; even as the U.S. market struggles with 5.1 million job losses since 2008 with a 25 year high 8.5% unemployment rate.

The following companies are hiring:

Company – Number of Job Openings

  1. Wal-Mart Stores – Thousands
  2. Hewlett Packard – 150
  3. Bank of America – 1,860
  4. State Farm Insurance – 800+
  5. WellPoint – 1,225
  6. Boeing – 2,400
  7. MetLife – 1,000+
  8. United Parcel Service – 3,070
  9. Medco Health Solutions – 300+
  10. Lowe’s – 7,900

The jobs available are in a variety of positions.  Visit the company website to see if any jobs fit your background.

Quick Tips to Avoid Home Foreclosure

March 9, 2009 | Quick Tips | 2 Comments

If you are worried about your home going into foreclosure or you’re in foreclosure already, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers the following tips:

  1. Do not ignore the problem by letting things get worst.  The more you fall behind the harder it will be to catch up.
  2. Be sure to contact your lender ASAP because lenders want to work with you and avoid foreclosure.  Many lenders have options to help homeowners.
  3. Do not ignore warning of foreclosure.  Respond immediately to all mail and communications from your lender.  Ignoring the problem will not cause it to go away.  Most notices you receive by mail will have options to prevent foreclosure. Not reading your mail can cost you dearly.
  4. Know your rights by reading your loan documents and know what your lender will do to foreclose your home.  Also, know the foreclosure laws in your state.

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