Monthly Archives: March 2013

No Land Line? Bad Reception on Cell Phone? Here’s a $2.99 Solution

I got rid of my land line at least two years ago and haven’t missed it because I don’t talk on the phone often, and I travel a lot. But when I’m home and do want to talk, I’d have to stand in the doorway of my kitchen and hold my head at a certain angle. Otherwise, the reception would be spotty and, eventually, the call would be dropped.

DING! Problem solved. I signed up for unlimited calls using Skype for $2.99 a month. I can call land lines and cell phones in the US and Canada and talk as long as I want. They also have plans for calling other countries. I could use a headset with mic, but most of the time, I use my external microphone and speakers that I usually have connected to my laptop.

Calls are crystal clear, and I’m hands-free!

SMH. Couldn’t believe I’m just now setting this up. That is what I call a digital breakthrough.

PEACE.

How to Create a New Channel Banner for YouTube Using PowerPoint 2010 (with video)

YouTube has made more design changes, eliminating the background and replacing it with a banner. Now, no matter which device someone views your channel on, they’ll see a consistent design that works. I used my favorite software, PowerPoint, to create the new banner.

YouTube has a requirement that your artwork has to be 2120 pixels wide and 1192 pixels tall. You’ll receive an error if it’s too small. PowerPoint doesn’t size in pixels, so I had to convert these measurements to inches (AuctionRepair.com/pixels.html is the site I used). The pixels converted to 22.08 inches wide and 12.42 inches in height, using the 96 flat panel display option. This ended up being a perfect fit.

Here’s a how-to video I just recorded to show you how to use PowerPoint to create your new banner and how to upload it to your YouTube channel.

Let me know how yours turns out. Leave a link in comments.

PEACE.

How to Create and Save Locations on the iPhone for Google Maps

As someone with absolutely zero sense of direction, I need all the help I can get. I’ve created some maps at maps.google.com, and was anxious to use these saved locations. I downloaded the Chrome browser to my iPhone so I could see my saved maps (only way I know how…if you know otherwise, please leave a comment).

Getting to my maps via Chrome didn’t feel convenient enough so I started creating Saved Locations directly on the iPhone. Here’s how I’m doing it. If you know of a better way, please leave a comment (I know about tapping and holding down the map pin, but I ended up saving addresses I didn’t want).

Create Saved Locations

On iPhone and inside Google Maps app:

  1. Search for desired address. Map will appear with location name at the bottom.
  2. Tap location at the bottom and tap Save. Star turns gold when saved.

Now when I want to go somewhere and need voice commands:

  1. Tap the Profile icon in the Google Maps app. You’ll see all your Saved Locations listed under Home/Work in the “Recently Saved and Shared” section.
  2. Tap desired location, then tap travel time to display your current location along with where you’re going.
  3. Tap travel time again then, tap Start.

When I’m headed back home, I click the up/down arrows for reverse directions. Nice! I don’t see how to describe the locations, but at least now I’ll have driving directions a tap or two away.

UPDATE: I’ve figured out how to add location name (description) to a saved map. When I search for a location, I add the business name to the search. Then when I click to save it, that name is there too! For example, I wanted to add my closest post office to maps. When I searched, I typed “Post Office, then the street address, city and state.” When I saved the directions, the words “Post Office” appeared with the address. Hope this makes sense.

Edit Saved Locations

You can edit, including delete, your saved locations using Maps history. To view your Maps history on the iPhone:

  1. Navigate to the Maps history page (My Profile , Settings , Maps history).
  2. Touch the Edit button in the upper right to enter editing mode.
  3. Touch the red minus sign next to the entry you wish to delete, and click Delete in the confirmation window.
  4. Once you’re done editing, click the checkmark icon in the top-right corner of the screen to exit out of editing mode.

Remember to let me know if you know some shortcuts.

 

PEACE.