When I am working on my computer, whether it is watching a video on how to paint, or typing staff work hours into a schedule, I don’t want to be distracted for any reason. I find it inconvenient, or perhaps annoying at worse.
In our daily lives, when we meet strangers, it is natural to keep our privacy, at least initially. The internet and the ubiquity of mobile phone texting is a legitimate privacy concern for some people. For others, texting is an opportunity to reach out and socially connect with people. Texting anonymously has its benefits. The squeakby texting app makes it very convenient to protect your cell phone privacy with a temporary number whenever you need it. One is able to text freely and anonymously, and it is just as easy to cancel it when one becomes better acquainted with the other party, and/or decides they can be trusted to do business.
Why text anonymously from my cell phone
Here are some short-term legitimate situations that are suited for the squeakby texting app and anonymity:
Coordinate a food delivery or taxi pickup by texting, or arranging a new service with a contractor or merchant.
Sending an anonymous text message to your boss concerning a sensitive company policy, or personal behavior.
Con artists and scams who use texting to target the elderly. AARP has a Fraud Watch Network that explains how identity theft works, and it might be worth checking out.
Comparing your college grades with the grades of the other students in your field of study.
Texting directions or instructions from a stranger in an unfamiliar place. Finding a texting companion to walk you safely home.
An alternative is to get permission from a friend to text one time from her mobile phone. Your friend will likely want to know why and what you are going to text. Or you can buy and swap in a prepaid sim card for your mobile phone prior to texting messages.
The squeaby texting app
The squeakby texting app serves as a middle-of-the-road solution if you are thinking of protecting your mobile phone privacy. It is one-on-one 2-way texting. When you cancel the service, the temporary number is recycled. There is a mute/block feature, and a no-spam policy. Squeakby can be thought of as equivalent to the old-fashion bulletin boards with written notes posted on them. The app allows you to talk on your mobile phone, and instantly set up arrive times in your google calendar. You see who you are texting to but they see only the anonymous temp number, and not your personal phone number. From its desktop web portal, you can copy-paste and send 1-way anonymous text messages.
In sensitive situations, anonymity helps us be more forthright and blunt without causing undue embarrassment to people. They are decisions we make all the time when we socialize with real people in real situations. It mitigates social risk in this age of the internet. For more involved social situations, such as texting your ex, there are numerous web-based messaging software and mobile apps available. They include titles like WhatsApp, omegle and tinder. Some, like Aim, come with built-in avatars and social profiles. WonderHowTo covers additional ways of texting with privacy. Finally there is group SMS texting where messages are broadcast to a group of personal contacts all at once.
You are having so much fun shopping as a tourist. At the last minute you realize that your travel group is about to leave for their next stop. Or there is a change of plans, perhaps due to bad weather, and there needs to be a quick way to reach you. Help! There is SMS group messaging to rescue your travel group. Or you can use it to send text messages to your ♥ family and friends back home. One message gets sent to all of them at once. Another alternative is to arm a group of people with buzzers or pagers when they are out exploring the city. Try it for FREE at SeniorTravelAide and see how it might work for you.
If you have a large mobile workforce that works independently away from your main office, calling them individually is time-consuming. There are mandated protocols and legal compliance to adhere to. Group messaging can automate those routine notifications. It frees up time to deal with the exceptions, such as a missed appointment, that may require individual handling. It might work better than e-mails for some situations, especially when promptness is important.
We have the means to automate the link between the work performed on the computer and connecting it instantly to the mobile telephones that everybody seems to have nowadays. The approach streamlines some of the routine procedures, increases productivity, and only trigger situations that require urgent attention. Activity logs can be printed for hardcopies.
We offer a straightforward basic one-way messaging service. Nothing fancy. Try it for FREE at SeniorTravelAide and see if you like it.
Whether you love it nor not, what are your experiences with group texting on mobile telephones? Twitter has Direct Messaging, or DM. With it, you can set up group chat with up to 20 twitter users. This is akin to the traditional online chatroom. To the right, you may request notification of new postings, or write any comments below.
Keurig (GMCR) will release Keurig Cold, the cold-drink version of its single-serve coffee machine this fall. You are going to have a new choice in addition to the SodaStream (SODA) soda maker machine. The new machine took Keurig engineers five years to develop the new product for people’s homes. It puts the fizz in drinks without using cartridges and can add the right amount of bubbles. It is unclear exactly how it is done. You have to decide if it is worth the wait. You or someone you know may already have one of their K-Cup coffee makers at home. If anyone has more information about the upcoming Keurig Cold machine, please share them in the comments section below.
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Share your love of television shows at home (Part 2 of 2)
In part 1 of this post, if you love TV a lot, sharing Internet TV at home makes it more enjoyable and meaningful for your family. Stream new TV channels and discover exciting television content. Here in part 2, we explain the details of setting up internet streaming at home.
There is a plethora of excellent Internet TV channels to watch: Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and more. The best deal is a subscription to Amazon Prime for TV for $99/year.
Streaming internet TV channels on your large-screen HDMI television set in the living room is quite affordable. For about $40 or so, the Roku Stick, or the Google Chromecast will do the job easily. I recommend the amazon Fire TV Stick with built-in voice remote. In the case of Google Chromecast, you have to install an app on your smartphone before you are able to select the TV channels with the smartphone.
You want a portable internet TV to watch shows as you go about your chores around the home. I recommend the Fire HD 6 tablet from Amazon. The 8Gb version goes for about $99. This is a 6-inch tablet that you carry with you at home. It will stream movies and shows as well as surf the web. Install the free Fire TV Remote App for voice control. Pressing a button will flip the TV show from the portable tablet over to the large-screen television set in the living room.
Finally the amazon version of the web site InstantWatcher is a very fast and easy way to search for streaming television content for viewing. The regular InstantWatcher web site searches for shows on Netflix, and here is the web site NASA HDTV. The book Amazon Fire TV Stick Made Easy provides an extensive guide into all the features of the Fire TV Stick.
Start with setting up the Fire TV Stick on the television set in the living room. See how you like it.
Share your love of television shows at home (Part 1 of 2)
For those of us living the semi-retired life at home (lucky you?) and you love your television shows, here is an idea to consider. You must love TV a lot because this may cost you USD $250 out of your pocket.
A portable TV you watch movies and shows with while you are barbecuing in the yard, or while you are in the exercise room, or cooking in the kitchen. Here’s the new twist on an old idea: If you are in the living room, pressing a button will “flip” that TV movie from the portable instantly onto the large-screen television set sitting in the room. Now grand kids can watch it with you.
There’s tons of quality television shows to watch on the internet: Cooking and exercise shows, NASA TV, and lots more. Yes, these are channels you stream right from the internet, some are free, and others may cost you $1 to $4 to watch online. It is the power of choice – you search and find any genre that interests you. Then watch them when it suits you at a convenient time and place. With the voice remote, you have the option of searching by speaking into the portable gadget.
For football TV fans, do jumping-jacks in your exercise room when your team intercepts a pass; or if the opposing team fumbles, do some push-ups. You get the idea. For dog lovers, here are two samples to whet your TV appetite.
Through a Dog’s Eyes 2010 ★★★★½ PBS documentary Movie | Documentary explores the human-canine bond through the moving stories of service dogs and the people whose lives they change. This documentary takes a look at the rearing, training, and placement of service dogs, and the profound impact they have on the lives of all the people involved in the complicated process.
My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story 2009 ★★★★½ Cindy Adams New Video documentary Movie NR | Explores the unique relationship between people and their beloved pets through candid interviews with notable dog lovers. Viewers are offered an intimate glimpse into the lives of these actors and musicians, Starring: Glenn Close, Richard Gere, Edie Falco (Rent SD 2.99 Buy SD 9.99)
What are your experiences with streaming internet TV? In Part 2, we will give the specific details on how to make this happen in your home. Visit the storefront at seniortravelaide. On the right, you may request notification of new postings or write comments related this topic. Responses will be in Part 2.