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Review of the Samsung Captivate Smartphone

The Samsung Captivate Smartphone comes with a stunning Super AMOLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display screen, 16 GB of memory built into the phone, the Captivate has a 1 GHz processor. Also, the Samsung Captivate has an expansion slot where you can add more memory if necessary. The Samsung Captivate features the Google Android 2.1 operating system that provides excellent calling quality. The Smartphone also has complete wifi options for services.

Samsung Captivate Design and Style

The Samsung Captivate is similar to other touch-screen Smartphone's on the market. The design of the Captivate Smartphone is not really that nice. The phone stands 4.18" high x 2.5" wide. The 4-inch AMOLED screen supports 16 million colors with a resolution of approximately 480×800 pixels. The screen displays text very crisp and clean on the phone. The phone seems bigger than most Smartphone's on the market, but it still fits in your pocket plus provides an on-screen clarity that is not seen on most Smartphone's.

The Samsung's Captivate touch screendisplayscreenis really receptive as well as extremely fast. On the bottom of the screen on the Captivate are 4-Android shortcuts such as home, menu, search and back button. The volume button for the Captivate is on the left and the power button is on the right. The Samsung Captivate has an earphone jack port on-top of the phone along with a USB slot. As with other similar phones, the Samsung's Captivate 5-megapixel camera in on the back.

Samsung Captivate User Interface

The Samsung Captivate features Samsung's Touchwiz 3 interface that has new buttons compared to older versions of the interface. You can customize the home screen as you see fit. The Samsung Captivate operates like similar Smartphone's in that you can touch the screen and slide to find exactly what you're looking for. The Samsung Captivate has GPS capabilities allowing you to search and find directions or your location at any time.

Samsung Carrier and Cost

The Samsung Captivate is only available on the AT&T; network at this time. You can download Android apps for this phone and as we all know Android is less strict on app control like Apple is with the Iphone. The Samsung Captivate costs anywhere from $100-$500 depending on what plan or special AT&T; is offering to its customers.


Cell Phone Etiquette in the Oughts (’00s)


Cell phones are ubiquitous and they're here to stay, though they'll probably be imbedded in our skulls eventually. There have been many etiquette guidelines written, but few people seem to be reading them. We're going to make this easy. And please, let's self-regulate before the phone control liberals create a national registry and take away our right to carry a concealed communications device.

It's simple: Treat cell phone usage just like smoking cigarettes in public. (Or if you like, belching or flatus production in public.)

Our social consciousness has finally been raised regarding smoking etiquette. Let's not take as long to do the same for cell phones. You wouldn't blow smoke in someone's face; therefore, don't blow your cell phone conversation in someone's face. You wouldn't light up while you're in line at the bank; likewise, don't cell phone there either. YOU think your conversations are enlightening, cerebral, and important, but the rest of us don't. Old-fashioned telephone booths had a secondary purpose besides giving you privacy–they also shielded us from your blathering.

Now that distance conversations can take place anywhere you can get a signal, society is in more dire need of a cell phone courtesy in-service training session than any white man in history. Furthermore, these manners should be taught early to children, along with not holding their fork overhand, not putting their after-dinner cigarette out on the plate, replacing the roll of toilet tissue when they finish it, not putting their shod feet on the furniture, and saying please and thank you. If you're not teaching these things, we pity the poor fool that marries your kid.


Turn off your cell phone (or at least the ringer):
– in court
– at the ballet
– in church, synagogue, mosque, or NRA services
– in drivers retraining school

Only answer your cell phone if absolutely necessary:
– at your Co-dependents Anonymous meeting
– during your social worker's surprise visit
– while in line at the adult bookstore
– when you're already talking on a land line (you popular person, you)
– at any service window where you might interact with a fellow bipedal primate

If a true emergency call comes in during these or similar situations, then (and only then) quietly and apologetically excuse yourself and take or return the call in private. Your fellow ditto-heads will wait. Surprisingly, you are not that damned important. All other calls can be returned later.

If your cell phone rings or you must place a call in any other scenario not mentioned above, and there are others within earshot, excuse yourself and go talk in private. This will REALLY impress 'em. We don't want to hear your conversation–for real. The one exception here is if the call concerns the close friends, family members, or cellmates that you're with at the time. The other one exception is: If it's your wife's (or girlfriend's) "work" calling, all etiquette rules are suspended.

You may ultimately …

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 …