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Showing posts from January, 2011

How to send a text message from email

In my Family Tech column for Sunday, January 23, 2011, I talk about how to receive text message alerts for various emergencies.  Some of the services schools use to alert parents, teaches, and students of snow days provide emails for free, but charge for text messages.

I have audible notifications for emails on my phone turned off since I receive so many emails.  I do have audio notications on for text messagres, since I receive them infrequently and they always tend to have information I need to know sooner than later.

It is possible to send an email to a text message :

To send an email and receive it as a text message,  just replace "phonenumber" with your phone number.
For example, to send an email to the text message 703-555-1212 if the cell phone that number uses Sprint, then just address the email to ""
You need to change the part that comes after the @ symbol depending on who the carrier is for the phone number you are sending …

Things my Smartphone has replaced...

In the column appearing tomorrow [link to column], I start to list all the devices my Smartphone  has replaced.  I realized that list alone could fill the entire column.

I've seen lists like this before but bear with me.  I think I'll have a few other lists do not.

Alarm clockClockeBook ReaderFlashlightRemote terminal for my Desktop PCBarcode ScannerWeb accessCalculatorCalendarCamcorderCameraAddress bookDocument ScannerFile CabinetEmail deviceMovie GuideCassette Tape playerMapsGPS Navigation DeviceMP3 PlayerPortable Video PlayerWeather RadioTV GuideKitchen TimerVoice MailTV StationPhoto AlbumStudy GuidesTwo way pager
and of course....

Looking over the list, most are natural.  Even if someone hasn't  owned a Smartphone, most know it can play videos, music, has an alarm, can show photos, take pictures and shoot video.  A couple are probably a bit of a surprise.

File Cabinet?  Yes, using Evernote and a scanner, I can put all the documents in my life into Evernote, and mak…

Family Tech: I love it when they think I'm a wizard

Last Friday I went to a friend's house to help get her Christmas present, an HP netbook, up and running.

I had done the same for her when she bought a new laptop several months ago.  She wanted to make sure the same programs she used on the laptop were on the netbook, and she had access to the same files.

I looked on the laptop for the notes file I had made with the list of applications, and her logins and passwords, specifically for Dropbox.  Dropbox is very useful for making sure the files she uses on the laptop, she also has on the netbook, and indeed, on her office computer.

I couldn't find the notes file on the laptop, but I quickly pulled it up on my phone in Evernote where I'd stored a copy.

When we decided she needed a copy of Office on the netbook, I reminded her she was eligible for a student discount.  We went out to one of the many websites that market Office to students.  When it required a scan of her student ID card, I used DocScan on my Android phone to tak…