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Nine, ten, eleven (and Sunday Beauty)

I have a question for you today, Dear Reader, and I am hoping you can give me some “feedback”  — are any of you using a Skype enabled home phone (or their FREETALK® Connect•Me phone adapter), or MagicJack? These are devices that use the Internet to make (cheap or free) calls. If so, would you tell me your experience? I mean.. do you recommend it?
(BTW, if you act today, you can sign up for a 30 risk-free trial of Magic Jack. Click the link above for the 4-1-1.)

Also, has anyone “automated” their home? Specifically, is anyone using Homeseer? ‘Preciate some feedback from you folks as well..

* Today is 9/10/11. I noticed that number string at 11:11. Eerie weirdness. Wonder what it means?
No.. don’t get me wrong: just because I am a born-and-bred Kallyfornyan does not mean I am “into” numerology, astrology (what’s your sign, good looking?), wearing Birkenstocks, nor granola. (But, yes, we do have plenty of those “types”..) Sometimes.. I notice things and sometimes my mind just wanders to strange places. Shrug.

Plenty of people are making an issue of the date, because we are approaching an anniversary – a 10 year anniversary. An awful anniversary.
I am not going to tell you that to me “it seems like yesterday”, but I will say that the fact that ten whole years have passed has changed my perspective on what a decade is. Wow.

* Today is Saturday, and here where I am it is a lovely day. The kind of day where I am going to try to get the chores done with enough time left over to plant my bottom in a chaise lounge and sip some iced tea. I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Because tomorrow is the day that it is, I am going to post this week’s Sunday Beauty today.

Click here to see more by this artist

“Luckiamute Falls” by Ian Sane, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s free download: Panda Cloud Antivirus

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Today’s quote:Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill

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  1. TechPaul,

    Re: MagicJack… I currently use MagicJack and it will get the job done; however, I do not use it as a primary phone in the house. It is great to make those long distance calls to Mom and Dad. Make sure you have a good broadband connection and don’t be streaming music or video when making a call.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you, Rick. I hope others will follow your lead, and share their 2¢


      Comment by techpaul | September 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. I have had Magic Jack for 4 years. I phone Ireland and Australia frequently also US and Canada long distance. It works like a dream. What i have noticed is that on calls exceeding two hours one may have to recall the number and there can be as much a 10 minute wait to get reconnected. Love it!


    Comment by Ann | September 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Ann,
      Thank you for taking the time to share with us.


      Comment by techpaul | September 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. I’ve been using Magic Jack for over a year. I leave my computer on all the time so it’s not a problem I have a regular landline which I use only for local calls, MJ for all long distance. If they would port my local number I’d use it for my landline but so far they haven’t done that. Calls are clear but slightly lower volume than my landline.



    Comment by Jim Darnell | September 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Jim Darnell,
      I appreciate your taking the time to relate that for us.


      Comment by techpaul | September 10, 2011 | Reply

  4. Today… a sad day for many people. I know exactly where I was standing when I saw the terrible tragedy in shock of the towers coming down. …and ten years, seems like only yesterday…

    as usual another lovely Sunday Beauty, thanks Paul.


    Comment by Gaia | September 11, 2011 | Reply

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