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By far the most frequently asked question I get from people is "How do I transfer a photo from my computer to my cell phone? (or vice versa)".

How to create ringtones for free with iTunes, and upload them to your cell phone with a USB data cable or a Bluetooth connection.

My home computer systems were both recently infected by the MalwareAlarm program, and I captured screen shots as it attacked my system - to show you the kind of grief this program can inflict, and also to demonstrate how to clean your system of malware, spyware, and adware.

Apple made a stellar product with the iPod (I own a black 4 GB nano that I use almost every day), but for various reasons they decided to not allow music stored on an iPod to be transferred to your computer using iTunes.

The school year is coming to an end, and many students are scrambling to finish up their homework assignments. They may be asking you questions that you aren't able to answer, or may be hesitant to ask you for help.

Some people might think there's a catch when they see an offer for a free cell phone, but it's really just a matter of knowing one key piece of information: Wireless providers such as T-Mobile and Verizon make the vast majority of their money on monthly service rates - not on the phones they sell.

For example, if you pay $59.99 a month for a basic calling plan with T-Mobile, that adds up to about $720 a year (far more than the one-time price of a new phone)! Compare that to a new cell phone priced at around $200 and it's easy to see where they make their money - monthly subscriptions... not phone sales.

Can you see now why they're so willing to hand out free phones?

When considering where to look for free cell phone offers, you can go directly to a wireless service provider or look for an authorized wireless reseller.

  1. Direct through Wireless Providers
  2. Wireless service providers like T-Mobile make a lot more money from your monthly subscription than from the sale of a phone - so much so that they're always running promotional sales on brand new phones, complete with free shipping.

    Wireless from AT&TYou get to choose the monthly plan that works best for you, and you can carry over your current phone number from another wireless provider.

Whether you're a PC, Mac, or Linux user there is one common document format that's viewable across multiple operating systems - the Portable Document Format... commonly known as PDF and viewable with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader.

Good question, especially since it's getting closer to the tax filing deadline.

I’ve used TurboTax Online several times, and each time received about $2500 back from Uncle Sam.

TurboTax knows about all of the latest tax laws. For example, this year you can claim a $60 deduction on long distant phone charges without even having to provide a receipt. It’s one of the questions asked by TurboTax, which saved me the cost of using the software right off the bat! :)

I refinanced my home last year as well, and TurboTax walked me through all of the deductions I could take, included points, prepaid interest, and real estate taxes. I like the “interview style” approach that it takes, where it asks you relevant questions and you just have to answer yes or no… and then they tell you if you’re eligible for a deduction.

Even with my self-employment income, TurboTax greatly simplified the Schedule C filing, and helped me find several home office deductions that completely offset my self-employment taxes for the year!

Digital cameras have been on the market for several years and have come a long way in features and quality, but the one drawback still remains - the slight delay when you take the picture. It's not as bad as it used to be, but even a half second is far too long to capture the perfect facial expression or snap a shot of your child scoring the winning goal.

Digital SLR cameras eliminate this delay completely, and also provide an auto-shoot feature that lets you snap a few shots each second.

I highly recommend the Nikon D50 DSLR camera, which I have owned for about a year. It's available at Buy.com for about $500 (and here's a coupon link to save $15 on any camera purchase at Buy.com).

I also bought a SanDisk Ultra II SD 2GB Card that holds about 1100 pictures, and took the D50 to Disneyland with my family last year. We took hundreds of priceless shots with this camera, and never had to worry about timing the shot to account for a delay - because there is absolutely no delay. The D50 instantly captured the shot every time.

Yes, I think Digital SLR cameras are very much worth the extra cost! :)

The wife of one of my best friends sent me this question via email recently, wondering which one she should get her husband for his birthday.

First of all, I applauded her thoughtfulness - I mean, wouldn't you love to get an iPod for your birthday? My wife gave me a 4GB Black iPod Nano for Christmas a year ago and I still use it every single day. :smile:

The answer of course depends on how your husband will use his new iPod (working out, passing time in rush hour traffic, etc). But I recommended the iPod video because of its large storage size, bright monitor, and highest cool factor.

Here's the lineup of iPods from Apple, with the pros and cons of each one. As you can see, they range in price and size from small to big. Any of these would make a great gift, but they do have different uses.

  • iPod Shuffle

    Apple StoreThe smalles of iPods, it stores about 240 songs and is great for working out or other activities where you can't stop to change songs. However, it doesn't have a screen or display to indicate which song is playing, and it simple plays each song at random - hence the name "Shuffle".

  • iPod Nano

    The sleek Nano is what I have, and it ranges in storage size from 1 GB to 8 GB - enough to store about 2000 songs. Apple just redesigned it with a 1.5-inch color display that's 40% brighter than before (and it was already great before).

    One thing I like about the Nano is that it doesn't have any moving parts. It's great for working out with and I never have to worry about it skipping.

    There are also tons of add-on gizmos you can buy for the Nano, such as the landyard headphones or the armband for working out. You can even get an FM-transmitter attachment if you want to listen to the radio on your Nano (hey, ya never know).

  • iPod Video

    This is what my friend ended up getting for his birthday, and at my recommendation too.

    It's about twice the size of the Nano, but still just right. It comes in 30GB and 80GB sizes for up to a whopping 20,000 songs! He has the entire Battlestar Galactica first season series loaded on it, along with ALL of his music, and he still has plenty of room left for more.

    Oh, and don't worry about whether your husband will ever actually watch videos on it. The fact that he can is what makes it such a great gift, and the show-off cool factor is out of this world :cool:. (it turns out the video is good quality and fun to watch too)


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