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My Cell Phone is Stuck in the Stone Age

My cell phone has an alphanumeric keypad. At least that's what I keep reminding myself so I don't go crazy.

For those of you who are curious, I own an LG Cosmos, a Verizon compatible cell phone. No, it's not a smart phone.(To be honest, I never liked the term 'smart phone' anyway. If it was so dang smart, it would be able to program itself.) It does have bluetooth capabilities and is internet ready.(although I didn't purchase the bluetooth accessories nor a data plan that includes internet access.)

Yet my cell phone has an alphanumeric keypad. That was the main selling point for me at the local Verizon Wireless retailer. I told the customer service rep at the sales desk I was looking for a phone that had an alphanumeric keypad(so I could send out text messages more easily), but did not require me to purchase a data plan. So I settled for the Cosmos, and I signed up for a 450 anytime minutes monthly calling plan, along with a texting plan that includes 500 monthly texts to any mobile phone in the United States, along with unlimited texts to any other Verizon Wireless customer.

Why didn't I choose a plan that allowed me access to the internet, when almost every other person in the free world who owns a cell phone has the internet at their fingertips?

The short answer is that, at the time I believed both data plans available to me were too expensive. The unlimited data plan seemed too expensive from the get go, as I knew I wouldn't be able to make payments with an extra 30 dollars added to my monthly bill. The other option was a 10MB monthly data plan, which cost only $10 a month. I found this to be feasible, but I wondered if I would be to avoid overage charges, so I did not choose that plan either.

The longer answer, however, is that I am an idiot. First of all, while I can't really complain with Verizon Wirless' service(although I know people who don't like them, but, as the saying goes, you can't please all of the people all of the time), I am sure they are overcharging me for my calling/text plans. Heck, I probably pay more for my cell phone bill than some people do for their cable-high speed internet bill. So when my last cell phone contract expired, I chose to stick with Verizon rather than shop around. Now I am stuck with them until at least the fall of 2018, and if I want to cancel my contract before then it will cost me $150 at least. Not to mention that should I want to switch carriers I might have to purchase a new cell phone altogether, which could cost another $50-$100 anyway.

Then, to make matters worse, I was worried about accruing overage charges on my bill with a 10MB monthly data plan. Yet had I added that feature to my bill, it …

Mobile Phone Beginners! Be an Expert Now!

So you just bought your first mobile phone! Congratulations for that. I can understand the queries that your mind is going through right now. I still remember my first experience with a mobile phone. I did not know even to unlock the keypad. Slowly with time and practice I got familiar with the concepts and features. I know that, in any case, you do not want to wait to unleash and utilize the features of your new mobile phone. So I am here to help you out. Rest assured.

First of all you need to understand the difference between your home phone (more commonly a landline phone) and the mobile phone. Both can be used to make phone calls to your near and dear ones. So where is the difference? It just seems to be a vague question at the first go. But it is not. There is a long list of differences between the two. You must be aware about the features of a landline phone. It can be used to make calls, it is not at all portable, used by any member of the family, etc, etc.

Now let me introduce you with the most basic functions which your new mobile phone will offer you. Get ready to be amazed at the things you were missing in your life till now! But finally you are going to enjoy these very soon right after going through the following section.

SMS: Abbreviation for Short Message Service. Do you remember it when you called one of your friends from other city to deliver an important message and they could not answer your call. So what did you do next? Most probably you kept trying their phone over and over again till the time they could have a talk with you. Wasn't that too embarrassing? Yes it was! So what else you could have done? Here comes SMS to our rescue. It is delivered in written form from one mobile phone to other. You write your message, add the number of the person to whom SMS is to be sent and send it. Its just that simple. You would need not stuck up with your landline phone if you had a mobile phone at that time. But no worries! From now onwards, you can use this.I know you can not just wait to send your first SMS. But before you send your first SMS, why not get yourself acquainted with some other great options!

Calendar And Clock: Will your birthday fall on a Sunday this year? Probably you do not know the answer. So how you are going to check it! Going to your room to check the calendar? You need not do that. No! I am not going to teach you any magical calculations. But your phone can magically show it to you. That is what calendar built in your phone does. Check any day and date at ease. Tired of wearing a watch to keep a check on your schedule? …

Want Work at Home Jobs? Create Self Employment Opportunities

Is it easier to create self employment opportunities, or hold out for work at home jobs to find the path to independence and success? For many professionals, it’s worth it to try both avenues in hopes of reaching the goal of self-sufficiency and self employment. Work at home jobs don’t always come along at the right time, so learn how to create opportunities where needed.

Self employment can actually be achieved by anyone who isn’t afraid of a little risk and instability. Sometimes, work at home jobs just don’t seem to be there, or they just don’t seem attainable. Waiting for self employment opportunities can be exhausting, but there are ways to gain success even when the work at home job well seems to run dry.

Work at Home Jobs

Want work at home jobs? The problem is, so does everyone else (or at least, that’s how it seems when it’s time to start applying). Competition is fierce in self employment, with many candidates vying for few positions. The traditional method of finding self employment opportunities is scouring the Internet for job boards that promise freelance, telecommuting and work at home positions.

But sometimes, they just aren’t there. Learn how to create work at home and self employment opportunities to compensate.



Self Employment Opportunities

Work at home jobs hard to find? Money getting a little thin? Thinking about chucking the idea of self employment and combing through the classifieds for a nice, safe clerical job somewhere? Don’t give up on work at home opportunities just yet; there might be a way to force an employer’s hand.

Create self employment opportunities by finding the right market. Graphic designers may comb the Web for underdeveloped pages, while product writers might search out online catalogs that could use a little help with their copy. Transcriptionists can look to local businesses; people with services or products to sell can look for new markets both online and close to home.

Once these potential customers are found, it’s time to get to work on creating some self employment opportunities. Let them know what they’re missing by sending samples that have been custom-designed for their business and/or Web site. Send a cover letter which features these samples and offers all pertinent information (contact numbers, price, etc.). This type of solicitation may not always work, but when it does it’s well worth the time and effort. Even when this doesn’t lead to steady work at home, it can create self employment opportunities just by providing a little self-promotion, which is very important in self employment.…

How to Find or Advertise a Microjob

Microjobs are small jobs that require few resources to perform and generate a reasonable profit for the effort. Finding and advertising a microjob should involve using inexpensive or free services that don't detract from the profit made by the microjob.

Use Personal Networks to Advertise

Telling people what services are available, especially to people with many friends or contacts in the industry, also known as "networking", is the easiest, cheapest and simplest way to get clients. Just have the courage to speak up in a suitable forum. A worker mentioning in a staff meeting that she is moonlighting in a microjob is not appropriate, but bringing a diaper bag that she has made to a bridal shower and generating a conversation about baby accessories is appropriate.

Twitter for Microjobs

Other articles, such as Daniel Gansle's article, "Ten Twitter Must Follows for the Job Seeker" focus on Twitter for the general job search, but Twitter is also a powerhouse to list and find microjobs. Simply joining Twitter and searching the tweets for the keywords "job" and the offered service, will turn up some opportunities. Other people have had luck listing the name of the service they offer and the city code, usually the local airport code, to advertise their services. Twitter can get fed directly to a subscriber's cell phone and since subscribing to a Twitter feed is voluntary, it escape the stigma of spam.

Using Posters to Sell Services



Deciding what to spend on advertising should not cost more than a person would make on the job. Printing up fifty color posters when it will take ten jobs to pay for defeats the "minimal resources use" priniciple of microjobs. Start small and let the jobs pay for the advertising.

Some people, such as pet sitters or handyman services, may find that putting posters up in a high traffic area like a grocery store, coffee shop or community center is enough to find clients. Other people working microjobs find that they need to list their services online or make their own website with the items or services they offer for sale directly from the site.

Find Microjobs on Freelancing Websites

Freelance websites, such as iFreelance and Virtual Vocations, are good sources of microjobs for writers, web workers and programmers, though it helps to be discriminating to get the best jobs. Some of the freelance sites also charge the person who applies to the job, not the job poster, to use the site, so make sure the jobs offered on the freelance site will pay for the cost of joining.

Classified Advertising



Advertising in a newspaper, even in a small community or commuter newspaper, can be expensive. However, running an online ad in a relevant publication can get an ad directly to the person who needs the service. so it can be worth the expense. Look for newspapers that have an online presence and that run any print ad that appears on their website as well to get …

Online Video Game Rental Tips

There are a few different websites which allow you to rent video games online, and they will mail them out to your home for you to play. Once you are done with a video game, you just mail it back to them, which is prepaid shipping, and they will send you another video game of your choice. It is a great option to be able to try more games without having to purchase them.

Spend some time research the different companies that are available for you to choose from. Take the time to read their terms and conditions to see which one will be right for you. Some offer different kinds of free trials so that you can try out their services before you start paying to rent from them. It pays to research before you sign up.

See where the company is located, and where their warehouses are located. This will make a difference in shipping time, and if they are across the country, it may take some time for your video game rentals to arrive. It is a good sign if they have warehouses that they ship out of in many places because you know that you will get faster service.

Check out the different plans available to choose from. Most vary in price, and it typically depends on how many video games you would like out at a time. If you have a lot of family members in the house that enjoy playing video games, you may opt for a larger plan. If you are looking for an online video game rental for the occasional family night, a smaller plan would be your best bet.

Find online reviews of different online video game rentals to hear real life experiences of these companies. There are pros and cons to all of them, and you need to choose which one is right for you. If you spend the time to do the research it will pay off.

Online video game rentals are a great way to rent the video games that you want without having to go to the store and hope they have the one you want. It is also a lot more inexpensive than purchasing video games. It is a way to try a video game before you purchase it, just to make sure it is a video game that you will enjoy and play for a long time. Online video game rentals are becoming more and more popular everyday.



Tech Tutorials: How to Find Free GPS Apps

These days if you are an avid runner, you know that there is a huge market for running accessories. From your feet to your head, athletic apparel companies are trying to compete to cover you with the sleekest clothing that also proves beneficial during a long or short run. That is why when runners get a chance to save a little money on a product for their favorite hobby, they should do it! Technology is playing an increasing role in how we track each and every one of our runs. It can help us overcome mental hurdles and increase our best times. If you are a runner and have a smart phone, then today I am going to tell you why you need the Endomondo App.

Let me tell you the best part of this app to start out: It's free! While there is a fancier Endomondo app that you can upgrade to, for most runners their lite version does enough to satisfy. There are many other run tracker apps that do many of the same things the Endomondo app does but at a cost.

Endomondo tracks your mileage for you and their GPS tracker is very reliable. I have found sometimes it is a little slow to recognize when you turn around, but other than that, its' precision is spot on. There is also a feature next to miles traveled that tells you your time and calories burned. A great feature of this app is that a narrator pops up at the end of every mile you run. It gives you your overall time and your lap time. At the end of every run, it shows you a general map of the path you took and a complete breakdown of your entire run. Finally, there is also a social aspect to Endomondo. You can add friends and do other networking type things, but I have yet to fool around with that feature yet.

Endomondo also offers rewards and prizes the more miles that you claim. Much more information about this topic is listed on their website, There are plenty of GPS run trackers out there, but I have yet to find any that compare to the overall value of the free Endomondo app for the iPhone.



Technology and Knowledge Divide America

With President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act receiving so much attention the last five years an increasing divide is shaping between high school graduates across the country. High school graduates can be categorized into three distinct categories: those that are technologically fluent, those that are technologically literate, and those that are technologically illiterate. These terms have nothing to do with reading and everything to do with understanding and using technology in the modern workplace and learning environment.

When I began college in the mid-90s, email was just beginning to penetrate college campuses and students were receiving email addresses. My first ever email address was [email protected], at that time we had no idea how far technology would push into our lives. Most students saw computers as a luxury item, so most students used labs like the TigerLAN computer labs on the campus of the University of Memphis or the computer learning centers on the campus of Rutgers University.

However, in the last ten years, a major push in integrating technology in the classroom has begun and most students are expected to not only be able to use a word processor program like Microsoft Word and a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel but presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint and creative software like Adobe's Illustrator. The problem arises when college students arrive on campus having never created a PowerPoint presentation or created a database in Microsoft's Access database software application.

This puts some students at an unfair disadvantage, basically placing them in an environment where some students are speaking one language (albeit it an information technology one) and some completely unfamiliar with it. The contention is that this is an issue based on economics and can be sorted out on college campuses around the country. That thought is faulty because a college professor at Rutgers does not have time to tech a 19-year old how to create their first web page when other students have web sites, photo albums and blogs.

In effect, a class workforce has been created based on technological competency. With people having typed letters for years, adjusting to a word processor program is a small adjustment. On the other hand, introducing a college student to tabbed browsing, favorites menus, and other technologies is an all together different equation entirely. When Peter Drucker, the management guru coined the term knowledge worker in the late-1950s, I know he had no idea what a knowledge worker would become. Today we call them information literate knowledge workers and technology literate knowledge workers. These individuals use information and technology universally in the workplace and are perfectly situated for the modern work environment. The problem is, as America and the world moves to an even more technology and information driven economy, the divide between the literate and illiterate will balloon even moreso than the differences experienced today. By comparison, a literate knowledge or technology worker can expect to make between $15-20,000 more than an illiterate one. On the other hand, in twenty years that …

Are Smart Homes Making Us Lazy?

Smart home technology is seeing tremendous development day after day. All of the homes which had been built earlier are now being converted into smart homes. Day by day the tasks that seemed mundane to us are getting replaced by technology. Most of these technologies are being developed to make the life of humans convenient in more ways than one. Some of these technologies are being developed to minimise the use of natural resources such as water. A complete smart home is still a dream which is far fetched, but we can soon see something like that in our future. A fully functional smart home is the one in which the home appliances communicate with each other and they coherently complete all the mundane tasks of the house. Here, we will tell you about the appliances which are a part of the smart home and will see if they are making us lazier.

  1. Smart thermostat


All that you need to do with this appliance is program the temperature of the house just once. This temperature can be then adjusted throughout the day to maintain a constant temperature in the house and decrease or increase it depending upon you are sleeping or working or doing any other activity. You can decrease it while you leave for work and can increase it back once you are back home. This helps in reducing the amount of electricity consumption, which is in a way good for the environment. This appliance in no way makes the user lazier.

  1. Smart locks

Smart locks can be installed in he indoors of a house and can open or close according to the will of a person, just by using a smartphone. If a person goes to work and accidentally leaves her or his door open then she or he can very easily close it back with the help of her or his smartphone without needing to travel back to the house. This appliance might make the user a bit lazier as it can reduce the need for remembering to carry the keys with yourself wherever you go, but on the other side it will also keep your house safe as well as secure.

  1. Amazon Echo

If there’s one appliance for the smart home, which can make a person lazier, it’s probably this one. This is a smart speaker that can be placed anywhere in the house. The Amazon Echo can interact with all the smart devices which have been installed in your house. The best part about the Amazon Echo is that it is controlled by the voice of the user. With the help of his or her voice, the user can very easily do petty chores such as set alarms, mark calendar dates, play music, ask questions, etc. If used judiciously this appliance has got a wide variety of uses.

There is a possibility that the smart home with all its appliances can make a person lazy for sure. These gadgets are also pretty useful. Finally, …

Top Android Cell Phones

Top Android Cell Phones

Over the past few years Android Phones have been on the rise of the hottest phone around to have. With so much selection and phone specifications it could be hard to choose the best one. Here is the top 5 android phones that you should definitely check out.

HTC Droid Eris

The HTC Droid Eris runs a 1.5 platform and comes with a HTC sense interface, which is customizable. This phone is very modern looking and has a nice look to it. There is no QWERTY feature on this phone so if you are okay with typing everything straight onto the touch screen this is a great choice for you. The Droid Eris is very lightweight, just over 4 ounces, and can be comfortable carrying around in your shirt or pants pocket. Features include WiFi Capability, which is great for anybody, Bluetooth and over 1,000 apps to choose from. My favorite app for this phone is “Shazam”, it will analyze any song and tell you the name and artist. It still to this day amazes me. The HTC Droid Eris is retailed by Verizon Wireless for $469 or $179 with a 2 year contract. Buying online will save you another $100. So this phone has great features, looks cool and is only $79.

Motorola Devour

The Motorola Devour has been recently released by Verizon Wireless. It runs the android 1.6 platform and also has a Motoblur interface. The bright touchscreen interface is 3.1 inches wide and is Bluetooth compatible. There is also a featured QWERTY keyboard that can be used to dial phone numbers, text, and use the internet. The full retail price of the Devour from Verizon Wireless is $479.00 but if you purchase it with a 2 year contract it comes out to $249.99. Purchasing this phone online will also get you another $100 online discount. This phone is great for social networking site users such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace as all your accounts and e-mails can be streamed into one section of your phone. Real Time updates of all your linked pages is also a plus when using th3 Motorola Devour. The price of this phone is good for users who do not want to spend much money on a Droid phone but still love all the features included.

T-Mobile G1 with Google

The T-Mobile G1 is also known as the HTC Dream. This android phone was first released in late 2008 and is still popular to this day. The LCD touch screen glass looking display is clear and vibrant and it weighs just over 5 ounces. This smart phone also features a QWERTY keyboard and trackball, so choices of use is up to you. This phone is my favorite of all the android phones out there. I think it is very useful and I have always been obsessed with Google. The storage on the phone is great, coming with 1GB of memory but you are able to purchase memory cards with …

Metro PCS Cell Phone Service Review

Metro PCS Cell Phone Service Review

I recently switched cell phone providers thinking that Metro PCS would give me a better deal. I’ve seen Metro PCS posted on billboards and online advertisements stating that their cheapeast phone plan with unlimited local calling and text is only $30 a month. I figured I would try it out since it sounded like something that might fit my budget.

I decided to sign up for the $35 a month plan because it included unlimited long distance calling and texts. After taxes, it turns out to be about $43 a month. While first trying to activate my phone, the customer service was not very good. Apparently they had a problem with the computer system and they told me I had to go to a Metro PCS store to have it activated. I understand that problems can happen and I was very patient and courteous about it. 
I decided just to wait a couple hours and call back. The lady on the phone was very hard to understand because of her accent and I had difficulty understanding how to activate the phone. Finally, the computer systems were running so she was able to activate the phone.

After a week or so of using the phone, I noticed some defects. While I am texting to someone, it sometimes says “message failed”. Then there are times when I send a text message and the recipient will not receive the text message until the next day. It also messes up the times that the messages are sent. I called Metro PCS to explain the situation. I was hung up on several times in an attempt to speak to a human customer service representative. I spent about two hours on the phone trying to speak to someone. I called from both my house phone and my cell phone. Each time I called, I was hung up on. So, needless to say, the customer service is very poor.

After many attempts, I was able to reach a man who explained to me that I cannot return the phone because I had already used it for one hour of airtime. Well, if that is their policy, then fine. I did not complain to him. I barely could understand his accent. It makes it difficult when it’s hard to communicate.

After a few weeks of having this phone, I am realizing that I made a bad mistake by switching to Metro PCS. I do like that there is no contract and that your first month of service is free, but I’ve done research and have heard from other people that there are much better cell phone service providers out there that do not require a contract to sign up for their service.

Here is another negative thing about Metro PCS. You have a few options to pay your bill. One of the options is going to the store to pay directly. I went to the store to pay directly and they charged …