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Text the Google April 18, 2007

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in cool, HowTo, Tips and Tricks.
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I have been a big fan of Google SMS for awhile now.

For those I haven’t told, Google SMS allows you to send a text message to Google and get a quick answer to a question. I usually use it to find places and phone numbers. For example, if I text “papa johns 85203” or “pizza mesa az” to 46645 (GOOGL), google will send back local results.

It’s really amazing when you try it for the first time, because the results get to you in about five seconds.

Other things you can do by texting google:

  • get flight info
  • price shop
  • driving directions
  • currency conversion
  • and lots more…

Its great when you’re on the go and saves you from trying to call of someone with the internet to look something up for you.


Now there is something even easier when searching for a business.  1-800-GOOG-411 will connect you with any business for free, or, if you want, they will send you a text message of the results of your search if you call from a cell phone.  Check it out.

Club Cards are the Worst Thing Ever January 24, 2007

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in cool, HowTo, Internet, Tips and Tricks.

Ok, I’m feeling a little more dramatic than usual (see title), one, because I was just reading Things I Hate (warning: language, but funny), and second, because I just found a way to eliminate (almost) all my “club cards”.

Club cards are the worst.  First of all, you have to sign up for them, which they always want you to do at the most inconvenient time, like when your kids are being nightmares.  But, of course, I cant just let that three dollar savings go down the drain…

You also have to carry more and more cards around.  So, unless you want a mom keychain or a Costanza wallet, you then have to limit the stores you shop.  Maybe thats the point?

I’ve just ended up giving my phone number when I can, but that’s a pain too.

The fix is called “Just One Club Card”. You input all of the barcode numbers for your club cards (Fry’s, Best Buy, Staples, etc.), and it spits them all out onto one convenient card. Awesome.

Reach Out and Skype Someone June 4, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Friends/Family, HowTo.

As the self-proclaimed ambassador of new technology to friends and family, let me introduce Skype. For those of you completely and utterly out of the loop, I will explain what Skype is. Skype allows you to talk to anyone for free across the internet. All you have to have is the free Skype program and a microphone (or a USB phone). And, until the end of the year, Skype is allowing free calls to any phone in the US or Canada for free.

For those of you that have heard of Skype, but have not downloaded it, let me tell you from my experience that it works great and is very easy to use.

So Skype me. My username is mikecourt480, and my wife Stephanie's is courtfamily.

Elevator Etiquette January 25, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Blogging, Friends/Family, HowTo.
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For those of you that have to spend any time in an elevator, my friend Meadow wrote some rules for proper elevator etiquette.  A sample:


1.  If the elevator button is lit, this means it has already been pushed and no amount of repeated pushing will get the elevator to sense your urgency.


Shiny Mud Ball January 23, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in cool, HowTo.
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This looks so cool.  The website gives you instructions on how to make one, with just dirt and water.  I have to try it sometime.  Let me know if any of you do.

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