Password protect your flash drive!

I have been researching how to protect the files on a flash drive. I tried a couple of programs that didn’t work well or were very cumbersome to use.  Then I found one called SafeHouse that I recommend!

This is a FREE program you can download onto your PC and your flash drive. Here is a video that explains how to use the software: 

To read about and download this software, see the SafeHouse website.


Speed up internet on your BlackBerry

I’ve only had my BB Curve a few months, but the few times I do want to use the internet on it, it is terribly slow or just freezes up. I just found a good post about this tonight and changed the settings. It seems to be faster already! Thought I’d share this link!

Celebrate Life!

I just got this by email and thought it was worth posting and remembering again and again!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old,

of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:”

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

34. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

35. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

36. Your children get only one childhood.

37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s,we’d grab ours back.

40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

41. The best is yet to come.

42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

43. Yield.

44. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Food Tidings

If you know of someone who is in need of having some meals brought in due to having surgery, having a baby, or they are laid-up for awhile, this website lets someone coordinate with a group of people who is bringing a meal on what date, etc. Check their website, Food Tidings. You can create a schedule and email the link to people who can log on and sign up for a date to bring a meal! Really a great idea!



After months and months of trouble syncing my Palm Treo to my Vista computer, plus the Treo dropping calls and triple-syncing my calendar entries, I gave it up. Sad in a familiar way because I’ve used a Palm since 2001 and a Treo since about 2006.  I now have a pink Blackberry Curve! After using a Palm with a touch screen and full qwerty keyboard for so long, I do have a learning “curve” with the Blackberry, but now that I’ve had it about 3 weeks, I’m getting the bugs out (on my part) and really like it!

I was a Datebk5/6 user for many years also. I heavily depend on my calendar and task list, liked the dated tasks, repeating ones and all of that.  I do not really like the built-in task list on the Blackberry. I’ve been searching for a program for the Blackberry that will do this, and have finally found a solution I want to share!!

First of all, I have now switched over to Google Calendar, and after some struggles with setting it up correctly on the Blackberry, I now have it working! Along with Google Mobile Sync, my entries on either the Blackberry OR the computer will sync automatically and I no longer get double entries of things. This is a HUGE plus!  My only complaint with Google Calendar and Blackberry is that it will only put the next 24 weeks’ appointments on the Blackberry, and only keep the last 4 weeks on it, unlike Palm which kept an indefinite calendar on your handheld.

Google Calendar has added Tasks, but they don’t show up on the Blackberry. I’m hoping that will eventually be fixed, but in the meantime, I have found Agendus for Blackberry! From a cost perspective, it is only $20, so that is better than some I found for $60. I downloaded the trial last night and am ready to buy it, but will give it the 30 days!

Here is what I have found: on the Agendus Today screen, I can see my calendar entries, tasks for today, the weather and a few other things which I have turned off. I can add an item to my calendar or tasks on the Agendus screen and it DOES put the calendar entry on my Google calendar online! AWESOME!  The tasks show up on my default Calendar on the Blackberry (if I look at that one instead of the Agendus one), but it doesn’t put the tasks on Google online. This is OK with me (for now).  I am also sharing my calendar with my husband and kids, and I don’t really need/want my tasks showing up on there anyway.

Setting up Agendus was a BREEZE. I just downloaded the application and it automatically looks at the default calendar and tasks on the Blackberry. The items are kept there as well, so if you ever stopped using Agendus, you wouldn’t lose your entries.

The link is here:

Free Ringtones

I have known about Phonezoo for a long time, but could never get it to work with a Palm Treo. Well, I know how now and I’m enjoying being able to use more than the few standard Treo ringtones!

First set up your account and verify your phone.  My son sends sets it up to go to an Envy instead of a Palm, and that works. Next, save the text message as a sound, which will save it as a Voice Memo.

Next open the Voice Memo program on the Palm Treo and play the sound. Click on the preferences button on the phone while it’s playing and select “copy to ringtones”. Now when you look at your list of ringtone choices, you can select from the free ones you downloaded!

You can save them as calendar reminders, text message alerts or phone calls!  On the Treo 700p, you can assign different ring tones to specific people and even have a picture of them come up with their call!

Google Notebook

Another feature of the Gmail account is Google Notebook. This is very handy, too!  If you are researching something, just copy and paste the article to a Google Notebook. You can have as many different subjects as you would like. Research for a vacation, remodeling your home, work research projects, etc. can all be put into their own Notebook. You can then print the whole thing or make a PDF of it, or share a particular notebook with someone else!

The nice thing is, again, it is stored online.  You can log onto your Notebook from ANY computer by logging into your Gmail account!