If you do not have a smart phone with a data plan, Google SMS may be a useful tool to check flight arrival times, get definitions, search for local restaurants, do basic web searches, and more. Simply send a text to 466453 (GOOGLE) and you will receive a reply that is similar to a typical Google search. View an interactive demo
- Airline code – “aa101″
- Restaurants – “pizza 94040″
- Web search – “web free sms tools”
- Sports – “score red sox”
- Definitions – “define missions”
- Weather – “weather atlanta”
- Currency – “5 usd in eur”
- Time – “time nairobi”
Start | GoogleTwitter Facebook Kinstant
Email | Gmail Yahoo Hotmail
Google | Mobile Calendar SMS Voice Talk
Travel | Kayak TripIt FlightStats XE
Travel | Maps Weather
Work | Dropbox RTM Evernote gDocs
News | CNN BBC GNews NYTimes Fox
Read | GReader ESV YouVersion Wiki mhelp
In comparison to the popular Apple and Android tablets, the Kindle is a “poor man’s tablet.” While it cannot do everything a tablet can do, it can do several important things for less money. The Kindle costs half of the price of most tablets, is half as thick, and the battery lasts more than twice as long. You can browse the internet and use online services like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, and Remember the Milk, as well as read news, blogs and other websites without paying for a monthly data plan from a mobile phone network. Amazon uses the AT&T wireless network for either 3G or EDGE service for free. If you live where the power is limited and do much of your reading outdoors, the Kindle is a good choice. As a missionary visiting the US, you can use the Kindle as a free internet browser while traveling, as the battery lasts several days and the display is readable in direct sunlight. You can keep reading material handy for down time and have your sermons ready to go.
Reasons to get a Kindle:
- Digital Library – The first thing people think of an e-reader for is reading. This small device can hold over 3,500 books. If you are a reader and a traveler, you will welcome the space, weight, and shipping cost savings.
- Personal Documents – The Kindle can receive your files three ways. File types include DOC, DOCX, PDF, HTML, TXT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC, and MOBI.
- USB cable – Plug the Kindle into your computer and transfer files to it without any special sync software
- Wi-Fi – Email files to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be delivered to your Kindle for free when you have Wi-Fi coverage.
- 3G – Email files to email@example.com and they will be delivered to your Kindle for a small fee when you have Wi-Fi or 3G coverage.
- Long Battery Life – The Kindle is very energy efficient and boasts a one month battery life with wireless off and 10 days with wireless on.
- E Ink Display – The Kindle is readable in sunlight because it uses an E Ink display. This looks very similar to a printed page and is easier on your eyes that a laptop or tablet display.
- Free 3G connection – The Kindle can download books and visit Wikipedia in many countries, while in the US and some other countries it can also browse the internet for free. More Coverage Maps
- Internet Browser – The Kindle includes a simple “experimental” internet browser. It can browse most common internet pages, but I would recommend visiting the mobile version of common websites. In the US, you can visit any site (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, etc…).
- Audio – The Kindle can play MP3 files and read your books to you.
- Notes and Highlights – You can enter notes about the book you are reading and underline important passages.
- Search – You can search a book, your entire library, or the dictionary.
- Size – The Kindle is so small and thin you may forget it is in your backpack, briefcase, or purse. You can even put it in your pocket in a pinch.
- Email DOC files (Microsoft Word documents) to your firstname.lastname@example.org to transfer articles to your Kindle
- Send your sermons and college notes in a DOC file to your Kindle
- See the Kindle Active Content for apps like a Notepad Calculator
- Bookmark the mobile websites as they load faster and are better formated
- Several Bibles are free (ESV HCSB Message
- Use Google Voice to send SMSes (text messages)
- Use Google Talk
- Use Kinstant
- Use Kindlefeeder
Do you have a netbook? Are you considering a purchase of a netbook
To keep things simple I use Portable Appsmy PDF printer Dropbox
- 14 hour battery life – great for travel or power outages
- SD card
- F9 Restore
- Express Gate – a rapid-booting non-Windows operating system with basic functionality
- Atom N450 1.66Ghz processor
- 250 GB hard drive – plenty big
- 1 GB RAM – I always upgrade this to 2GB right away – buy the Crucial 2GB 200Pin DDR2 SODIMM PC2 6400
- 3 USB ports
- LAN port
- VGA port
Are you trying to learn a new computer program or just keep up with the technology? Lynda.com
- Google Docs
- Google Apps
- Windows 7
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- RAM memory – most netbooks are only sold with 1GB of RAM; make sure you can expand this to 2GB and do this right away – it will make a big difference
- VGA port – make sure you can connect it to a larger monitor or video projector
- Keyboard size – make sure it is not too small to type comfortably
- Battery life – most people use netbooks while traveling or at other times when they are not plugged in, so make sure you have good battery life.
A recommended model is the Asus EeePC 1005PE. It boasts a 14 hour battery life.
You know you should always use a surge protector for valuable electronics, but most conventional power strips are bulky and are either 120V or 240V, not both. So instead of traveling with two power strips for just a laptop, you should consider a special surge protector for your laptop. This multi-voltage model plugs in in-line between the two parts of your power cord and attaches to the power supply with a velcro strap. Once you plug it in you never have to worry about forgetting a surge protector again. It also provides protection for LAN and phone cables.3-pin model
Do you wish you could have your important computer files on your different computers and backed up online? DropboxDropbox.com More ways to use Dropbox
Different standards are used to produce videos. You need a video format that matches your player. NTSC is the video format used in North America, while PAL is used many countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.