- Who needs a phone book? You can look up phone numbers and
search for businesses online. With switchboard, enter the name,
city and state, and up pops the phone number of the business.
- To verify spellings, word usage or definitions, use Webster's online
dictionary. The site has a thesaurus, and different versions of
the Webster's dictionary, and comes in handy while writing letters,
compiling documents or composing an E-mail.
- Working on taxes, and need to locate some instructions or
forms? You can download electronic copies of many forms and
instructions. On the web site you can also locate the current mileage
reimbursement rate, and IRA contribution limits.
- Cannot find what you are looking for? This is
your one stop shop to find anything and everything on the web. It
not only searches web pages, but you can find pictures, search
newsgroups, read the news, go shopping, and find local shops and
- Forget to record mileage for a business trip that you
drove? Mapping we sites can help. Go to the site and enter the
directions from the starting point to the destination. At the end of
the directions, it will report the number of miles from start to finish.
- There's a lot of information for small businesses,
including free advice, success stories and online seminars.
- This site provides a starting point to get free credit
reports from the three credit bureaus. As of September 1, 2005, the
credit bureaus are required to provide one annual credit report per year.
- Gotten E-mail about a virus or
request for donation that looks suspicious? Before forwarding it on, visiting
this link provides a list of hoaxes, E-mails that ask to be passed along to
others, promoting a fictional virus or trying to spawn the recipient into action
under false pretenses. (eBay and PayPal will never send an email asking for
your account info. These emails are hoaxes and should be removed immediately).
- There are some new gadgets that can
monitor an automobileís use. One is the Road Safety RS-1000, a box
approximately six inches square that can hook into the data link in many
cars. It keeps tabs on the speed and turns, responding with different alerts
if driving habits are outside of acceptable norms. The device records
activity, which can be downloaded to a personal computer via a USB
connection and reviewed. The unit runs approximately $280.
- Donít have the latest
release of Office, and need to open a file that someone else sent you?
Visit Microsoft to get free utilities that will read Office 2003 files,
including viewers for Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
- There is a free
utility called CutePDF that you can install and use to generate PDF files.
It works like a printer. When the software is installed, it creates a
printer named CutePDF Writer that you can select when printing a document.
Instead of printing to a printer, it generates a PDF file in the printed
format. The files that are created are compatible with Adobe Acrobat
reader and may be viewed by anyone who has the Adobe reader installed.
entered the mapping game, with a new web site. While the site is
currently in beta, it provides some new features to compete against
current mapping sites. It includes satellite photos, and a birdís eye
view available for metropolitan areas via pictures taken from a plane.
Other capabilities include a cookie-based scratch pad for retaining
locations that youíve selected before, and a click-and-drag feature used
to define a map area for enlargement.
If you have
Microsoft Office and want a kick-start on a document, check out
templates that Microsoft provides for Office users. Youíll find
templates for many Office applications including Word, Excel, Powerpoint,
Access, Visio, OneNote, Project and more. The templates cover a variety
of uses, including letters, calendars, business forms, budgets, charts,
diagrams, mortgage calculations and brochures.
Your internet connection has two speeds associated with
it Ė an upload speed and a download speed. The upload speed affects how
fast you can send to others, which is useful when sending messages with
large attachments. The download speed affects how quickly you receive
from others, how quickly you can download files and speed of surfing the
internet. If you would like to check out the speed of your connection,
this page will test and provide both the upload and download speeds.