I’m Cleaning Out My Inbox

This is something that I should have done ages ago, something I should do on a regular basis, but I don’t. Now I have to. I’ve been using an email address from AOL that let me pick my own domain. I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but they actually registered the domain I chose and allowed me to use it for my email. Well, now they’re releasing those domains. They’ve given me until the end of the month to transfer the domain if I want to continue using it. Otherwise all my email goes away. At least it looks that way. I can’t find any way to just convert that email address to a regular AOL or aim.com address.

I really don’t need to keep that domain because I’ve really only given that email out to a couple people. I can easily notify them that it’s going to change. The problem I have is that one of those people is a big time email forwarder. Since he’s practically the only person who emails me there, I have practically every email he’s ever forwarded sitting there in my inbox. Do I just leave it there, let it go, and figure I’ll get plenty of forwards in the future? Some people could probably do that, but not me. Luckily, I just found out about a new service called ForwardOn, and I’m forwarding all the emails in my inbox there. At least, as many as I can get to before the end of the month.

ForwardOn is a free and easy alternative to all those email forwards. When you get an email, instead of forwarding it to all your friends, you know you’ve been guilty of this, simply forward it to ForwardOn. You can send all kinds of attachments, photos, video, Powerpoint, etc. ForwardOn will host the email and send you a link. Then, if you just have to share with all your friends, simply send them the ForwardOn link – like this one. No more cluttered inboxes or email messages that take forever to download. Your friends who still have dial-up will thank you! No more worry about viruses in email attachments.

You earn points when people view your emails, and points can be redeemed for rewards or donated to charity. I haven’t really checked into the points and rewards yet. I’m more interested in cleaning out my inbox, and maybe convincing my email forwarding friends to start using ForwardOn so I can keep it cleaned out.

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Add a Favicon to Your Site

Are you tired of that bright orange B (if you’re using a Blogger blog) in the address bar and on the tab? You can display your own icon on the browser address bar when visitors view or bookmark your web page instead. It’s really simple, too.

  • Choose an image you like – ideally it will be very simple because a favicon (short for favorites icon) is pretty small, and complicated pictures don’t translate well. It should be an image you want people to associate with your blog.
  • Upload your image to this Free Favicon Generator, and it will create your favicon for you.
  • Then you can either download it so you can upload it somewhere else, or just host it there. They even give you the code to copy.
  • Once you’ve copied the code simply go to your Blogger Dashboard, select Layout, and edit HTML. Paste the code into the head of your page, right before the tag and save it.
  • Now, you should have your very own, personal favicon.

I actually used this Favicons from Pics generator to make the favicon for this blog. If you use this one, you will have to download and unzip the file and then find somewhere to upload it so that you can link to it and use it. Since you can’t directly upload the favicon to Blogger, and many photo hosting sites don’t accept .ico files, it’s a little more complicated.

Here’s a great tutorial on adding a favicon to your Blogger blog.

PhotoShop Actions

I’m going to be honest here and say that I don’t really know what PhotoShop actions are, but I found this list of free actions today, along with an explanation for how to use them. I clicked on a few of the links just to get an idea, and it looks like you can come up with some really neat pictures using these PhotoShop actions – so now I really want to try some of them out. Which is why I’m saving this list.

All My Faves

I just learned about this website today in an email. It’s called All My Faves, and I think it links to everything on the Internet. Email? They’ve got it. Travel sites? Those too. Video, music, dating, chat, and games. If it’s not here, I don’t think it’s on the web.

The blog gives more information about a lot of the sites. It looks like a good place to find all kinds of fun and useful sites.

Comparing the Bills

I shared this video on my other blog, but just in case you missed it, here it is again:

Cory as Bill Sykes in his school production of Oliver.

Since I uploaded this, I’ve been watching other videos, of other schools performing this musical and other people playing this part. I may be a little prejudiced, but so far I think Cory’s one of the better Bills.

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Get a Free Photo Book

Inkubook wants to give you a free photo book. All you have to do is sign up by October 31, 2008. Yes, I know that’s tomorrow, but I just found out about this. Tell your friends, and they can get a free book, too. Then, upload your pictures, get your friends to share some pictures, and create your photo book. I think the hardest part is deciding which pictures to use.

The 1-2-3 of your FREE BOOK
  1. Sign up with Inkubook by October 31, 2008 and start your book.
  2. Using the “Invite Friends” feature, invite someone to join Inkubook and submit a few photos to include in your book. We’ll send your friend a promotion code to use for a free book.
  3. Finish your book then order it within 30 days of joining Inkubook. Use this code EJR372, which is good for any book up to 120 pages!

I found out about this on MomReviews. Thanks for mentioning it, Elizabeth!

It Only Works if You Use It

A Master Lock brand padlock.Image via WikipediaCory found a combination lock in his saxophone case this weekend. He hasn’t used it for a while, and he forgot the combination. That’s when I remembered Master Lock’s Combo Locker.

Create an account and store your combinations online. Then, if you ever forget, you can just look them up again. So, I logged in to see if I could get the combination. I have two locks registered with their combinations, but not this one.

The Combo Locker is a great idea, but it only works if you use it. Register your locks while you know the combinations.

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Print What You Like

Just read about this on Cariboo Ponderer – Vic Grace always finds the neatest things.

Print What You LikeIt’s called Print What You Like, and it lets you do exactly that. Well, it’s supposed to, only it’s new and it’s neat, and everyone is trying it, so right now it is ‘ temporarily over its serving quota’. That means I’ll have to go back and try it later. It looks like it is going to be a really handy tool. All you have to do it enter the url of the page you wish to print, edit out anything you don’t want to print – like ads, images, extra stuff you’re not interested in, whatever. No more copying and pasting into Word or Open Office just so you can print the parts you want. You can even combine multiple pages and print them as one, save your changes so you can print again, and even use other people’s changes.

I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Share Just a Portion of a YouTube Video

A while back I wanted to share a portion of a YouTube video, but I didn’t know of an easy way to do it. So I ended up not sharing the video at all. Today I found Splicd, and it does just that, easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Find the YouTube video you want to share.
  2. Enter the YouTube url and then the beginning and end points of the clip you want to share,
  3. Splicd generates it for you and gives you the link so you can share it with your friends.

Here’s the portion of the Pretty Woman video that I wanted to share before. The only thing that would make it better is if you could embed it that way.