Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Greatest Thing Since.....

sliced bread?
well, not necessarily
but what about 
since blogging and the internet!!!!

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first things first, though
here's my offering from the Guess Who post yesterday (answers now posted) 
after a little bit of texture playtime 
using Kim Klassen's "Pour Vous" and "Sweet Treat"

if you love textures, you'll love Kim's 
so if you're not signed up for her weekly freebies, click HERE!

thanks to those who played along...it ended up being harder than we all imagined.
(i guess i need to start working on my own style)
a big hand to Amy for guessing SEVEN of them correctly!

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now back to the greatest thing....

okay, i'll admit...i'm not the quickest when it comes to all things internet 
normally, i wait to hear about something through the grapevine
but yesterday i, me, JG, went on my own internet excursion to look for some hidden treasures
 and i actually found a couple of keepers!

for all you know-it-alls....you may leave now

Internet Savvy Tip #1 
 i fight a battle every single day with Google Reader and GR keeps winning..ugh
 so if you, too, are drowning in a sea of blog posts because your blog peeps keep throwing an endless stream of them at you, this savvy tip may be right up your alley
i can't say the battle of numbers will change using this extension
 but the fight will be much more enjoyable!

may i introduce you to....


this little gem will help you with your end of the battle by....
1. taking all the blogs you follow and wrapping them in colorful little boxes
2. taking those boxes and creating a beautiful mosaic on your screen that will probably mesmerize you because it's so pretty, which would be anti-productive, so don't let that happen...keep it movin
3. some boxes will have numbers on them letting you know how many presents are inside waiting for you...isn't that just too sweet?  who would refuse opening a box?
4. when you take the ribbon off and look inside you'll find each post waiting patiently and all you have to do is click it to open it up full size (customized screen size options are even available)
and there's more...
up on your Google Chrome tool bar, there will be a pretty pink icon that will always show you the amount of presents (posts) that are waiting for you to open!
I'm telling you right now...this little gem has already saved me time making my rounds!
ooh...i just looked and I have 9 new presents waiting for me!

 for technical questions...all i can tell you is that it is a Google Chrome extension
so you would need to use Chrome as your browser, but it also looks like it's an android app so it probably works with android phones as well.   I won't vouch for that since, as I said earlier, I'm no intenet guru by any stretch of the imagination.

Internet Saavy Tip #2
do you use an internet based email service such as hotmail, gmail or yahoo?
if so...don't you just hate it that you have to go into the service to see whether or not you have new messages?
this is especially annoying since i have four email addresses, therefore, having to check multiple accounts

so, if you are still doing it the old way like i was (wink)
and if you aren't an old dog who can't learn new tricks (wink, wink)
may i introduce you to tip # 2....


even though I have given you the link from the Chrome App Store, this app is also available for Firefox users.  Just go into Firefox and look for it in their add-ons.

this baby provides an icon up on the Google Chrome toolbar for easy use
( Firefox adds a bar on the bottom of your screen just for the app which is not quite as nice because it decreases the size of your main window)

how this gem will save you time...
when a new email comes in there will be a pleasant little ding along with a small pop up window notifying you of your new email arrivals, no matter how many different email addresses you may have.
  and there's more...
with just a click from their icon you can go directly into your separate accounts!
can't get much better than that!  well, maybe you can...listen to this...
you don't have to sign in!!

that's it in a nutshell!

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