Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Save Your Tabblos Today

I haven't really used it in a while, but tabblo was a lot of fun.  It was a great site that allowed users to upload photos and arrange them into artful and interesting pages.  There is quite a community of users, and people have put together some amazing things!

Thankfully one of my tabblo contacts shared her final tabblo yesterday, and when I visited I found the following notice:


Dear Tabblo Users,
We regret to inform you the Tabblo service and website will not be available after May 30, 2012. Please visit to explore other HP products and services.
Thank you.
That's today!

So I've been busy saving all my tabblos.  I may not have used the site in a while, but I've got several that I'd hate to lose - whether I ever do anything with them or not.  If you've got some you'd like to save - even if you haven't been there or done anything with them in a while, do it today.

The process is simple - view your tabblos, and next to the thumbnails of each tabblo you'll see several options.  Select 'print' - this opens the tabblo as a PDF in Adobe Reader.  It will also open your printer dialog, but just hit cancel, unless you want an actual printed copy.  Look over the PDF to be sure all your photos loaded - what you see is what you'll have, so if they don't load the first time, close your PDF and try again.  I had to load a few of mine 2 or 3 times.  Once you get the whole thing, choose 'Save a Copy' from the file menu in Adobe Reader and choose where to save it.   Repeat for each tabblo you want to save.

My way only saves a PDF version.  I just found this Tabblo Lifeboat Downloader which sounds like it saves them in the same format as they appear on the site, which might be nice.  Maybe I'll do that too....

Whatever you do - save them today if you're going to do it, because they won't be available tomorrow.

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Free Kindle Books

I'm never going to find the time to read them all, but I certainly do love collecting free kindle books!  There are a couple sites I visit - and Like on facebook so I know what they're posting - to find them.  Today I got an email about a site I hadn't visited before, and I'm really liking it.  It's a nice, visual site with just the covers and titles of the books.  I know they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I do tend to pick books with interesting covers, so this page is kind of like browsing the shelves in the library or bookstore - and being able to grab the ones that look good.  All you have to do is click on the ones that look interesting, and the site takes you directly to Amazon to 'purchase' them. 

Of course, since I haven't read any of them yet, I don't know if the insides of the books are as interesting as their covers.  The ones I grabbed all had pretty good reviews, though.  And since they're free kindle books, they'll be worth at least as much as I paid for them - and they won't take up any room on my shelves.  I'm not sure how often the site is updated with free books, but I'll be checking back to see what's listed.

As always, be sure to double-check the price before you buy - because prices can change.  Don't have a Kindle?  You can get your Kindle here.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Find a Common Connection Through DNA with ConnectMyDNA™

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Here's an interesting service.  It's called ConnectMyDNA™.  They analyze your DNA, not to look at your ancestry or your past, but to find connections today.  They combine your numeric DNA test results into graphical data and apply it to a circular pattern of 13 rings - called the Gene Ring™.  It's like your own personal fingerprint where the green markers and their position around each ring represent the unique values found in your DNA.  You get an eye-catching symbolization of your unique genetic makeup, which is also a scientifically accurate tool that allows you to visually compare your DNA profile to friends, families and population groups around the world - to find connections with other people you probably had no idea you were connected with!

I don't really know my ancestry or genealogy - mainly because it just doesn't seem all that relevant to me, so I've never paid that much attention.  But this in not an ancestry test, but a way of finding similarities to today’s populations and people around the world.  Finding out who I'm connected with now could be fun.  Maybe I've got a lot in common with people who live somewhere tropical near a beach!  I really have no idea, but  it  would be interesting to find out, wouldn't it?  ConnectMyDNA™ compares your personal genetic markers to a massive world-wide database of DNA profiles to determine which population group you most closely resemble.  In some cases, it might be what you expect, but it could also be very surprising.
The process is fairly simple:
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How Fast Do You Read?

This is fun.  Take a quick test to see how fast you read and how your speed compares to other people.  Then you'll get to see how long it would take you to read popular and classic books at that speed.

Click the image to start your test.  You can use the little Options Cog to pick the book you'd like to read from and the length of the sample.  The say a longer sample is more accurate.

Be sure to come back and let me know how you did!  I got 367 words per minute - 47% faster than the national average.  My son got 900 and some words per minute.  I'm jealous.  I wish I could read as fast as he does!  (of course, he was reading at a 7th grade level at the end of 2nd grade, and he's been reading voraciously ever since)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Were You Doing Last Year?

Timehop (Photo credit: dklimke)
If you're like me, you don't know.  Hey, sometimes I can't even remember what I did last week.  Or yesterday.  Or earlier this morning...

OK, maybe it's not that bad, but sometimes I do have to stop and really think about it, and I definitely do not remember what I was doing last year.  So, I just signed up for Timehop.  It's a FREE service that searches your Facebook status, Twitter updates, and other online services and sends a daily email letting you know what you were talking about and doing a year ago. 

Timehop turns your web services into a time capsule. Everything you post today becomes a note for the future!
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?  
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