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BluePhone Personal Tech Experts Pick Online Resources Every Woman Should Know AboutOur Monthly Recommendations on Sites and Online Resources That Help You Be More Productive at Home, Gain Career Advice, Balance Work and Kids, or Just Have More Fun With Your Computer (February 10, 2009)
SAMMAMISH, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/10/09 -- BluePhone (www.bluephone.com) is the new personal tech support hotline that helps consumers get maximum value from their tech gear by eliminating the hassles, fears and runarounds typically associated with trying to get help for even the most common glitch or issue. We think http://www.bluephone.com/how-bluephone-works.aspx should be as easy as getting your oil changed -- we also think that once your gear is running properly 24/7, you should not only use it more, you should also know where to go for the best online sites and resources to help you do the things you most want to do.
So here are our top picks for this month:
Online Organizing.com (http://www.onlineorganizing.com)
If "getting organized" has been at the top of your to-do list, but you haven't tackled it yet, check out OnlineOrganizing.com. Billed as "the first truly comprehensive, one-stop-shop for web-based organizing tools," its goal is to "bring professional organizers, product managers, and the general public together in one common forum."
The site provides a wide assortment of solutions to everyday organizing problems -- both at home and at work. OnlineOrganizing.com offers an online destination where users can learn and share ideas about how to better use our time and space -- and reduce clutter-induced stress. The site offers tips, products and services to organize project management, closets, goal setting, memorabilia and photos, retirement, time management, mobile office, travel, shipping/mailing, labeling and much more.
Home Inventory - Know Your Stuff (http://www.knowyourstuff.org/)
It's much easier to document your possessions before you suffer a loss from a fire, hurricane, burglary or other disaster! Sponsored by the Insurance Information Institute, this software makes creating a home inventory fun, easy and up-to-date. Know Your Stuff software is free to download and use, but once your inventory is stored on your computer they encourage you to keep a back-up copy (for example, on CD, memory stick, or even a printed copy). The site provides the option to sign-up with Vault 24 -- a secure online storage facility for a nominal fee. With Know Your Stuff you can create a room-by-room inventory of your personal possessions. And with the click of a mouse, you can update this list as you buy or eliminate personal possessions.
For example, if you've been setting up a household, starting a home inventory can be relatively simple, and the site suggests attaching recent wedding registries to substantiate new possessions. Or, if you've been living in a house for many years, "set aside an afternoon and get your entire household involved, it can be an enjoyable experience."
Busy and Working Moms:
We know firsthand how hard it can be to get an at-home business off the ground! As one of the largest online work-at-home mom sites, Bizymoms.com has helped thousands of moms find and start a home business since 1997. Bizymoms.com "believes all a woman needs to make her home business dream a reality is determination and an idea" -- and offers free resources like chats, message boards and support articles, as well as career kits, e-books and online classes for purchase.
For example, Career Kits include everything a mom needs to start specific businesses. There are three workbooks, an easy-to-use website, and online support during the startup months, and depending on the career kit purchased, additional software features are given to help moms market the business to its fullest potential.
Mom's Refuge (http://www.momsrefuge.com/)
We all know how hard it is to manage work and raising a baby while still finding time for yourself -- if you're a new mom, this site targets women who "juggle babies and dinners and work and sanity."
Blue Suit Mom (http://www.bluesuitmom.com)
Another great site for helping moms juggle the demands of everyday life is BlueSuitMom.com, one of the premier online resources of work and family balance information -- targeting executive working mothers and their employers. It offers advice on parenting, career advancement, the balancing act, meal planning and family health and fitness -- delivered in a format that nurtures respect for professional mothers.
It is the mission of BlueSuitMom.com to "provide the tools and information necessary for a woman to reach her full potential as a mother, professional, business owner, spouse or woman." In addition, the site offers a newsletter, an "Ask the Expert" column, and a "Daily Stops" section highlighting its picks for the best of that day's news and articles. BlueSuitMom.com is affiliated with Mom Talk Radio, "the first radio talk show dedicated to real-life moms" and hosted by BlueSuitMom.com founder Maria Bailey who is also a mother of four.
Fun and Games:
Wordtwist.org offers an online variant of traditional Boggle, with different rules of game play and board distribution. The purpose of the game is to discover as many words as possible within a jumbled square of sixteen randomly selected letters.
Here you'll be able to play competitively against nearly 20,000 others from around the world. The online game has retained many of the same basic rules as the popular board game, but with a few key twists in terms of scoring and letter distribution. What's more, users who opt to register an account will have all their games tracked and scored in their ongoing competitions. Top players are listed in their Wordtwist hall of fame! Wordtwist also offers a chat room, forum and links to other games like hangman online you may want to try out!
Smilebox® makes it easy to connect with friends and family in a more creative and compelling way by making it super easy to create slideshows, ecards, scrapbooks, photo albums and postcards -- using your own photos and videos.
According to the site, Smilebox "creates a new category of service called 'creative messaging,' which draws elements from photo services, scrapbooking, and ecards to deliver a new medium for communication unparalleled in its ability to convey mood, thought, and emotion."
Unlike other "first generation" solutions that focus on organizing, editing, and sharing photos or sending pre-packaged ecards, Smilebox enables users to create something truly powerful by:
-- Choosing from hundreds of unique multimedia designs -- Easily personalizing them with photos, video, music, words, and style -- Sharing them via email, blog, or print
Smilebox is free, but offers a premium service if you join Club Smilebox.
BluePhone is a leading online computer support company committed to helping our members get the most out of their PC, Macs and connected devices. Using remote-desktop technology by WebEx® from Cisco® to diagnose, repair, and optimize your computer, we resolve hundreds of computer problems every day. Our success is measured by the quality of service and satisfaction we provide each of our members, and we are proud of earning a best-in-industry 98% customer satisfaction rating. BluePhone Personal Tech Experts are certified solution engineers who diagnose and fix problems that plague computer users daily -- security, configuration, desktop performance -- and things like how to organize digital photos or making sure your MP3 is giving you maximum enjoyment. BluePhone Personal Tech Experts are extensively trained and certified to resolve nearly any computer software problem, offer expert advice, and troubleshoot and fix hardware issues. BluePhone membership includes unlimited assistance for all the computers in a household (up to 3 PCs or Macs) for $199.95 per year, monthly membership for $24.95, one-time service calls for $89 and a two week free trial. BluePhone offers a money back guarantee. Members get assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone, email, chat or remote computer access. For additional information, visit www.bluephone.com or call 877-442-BLUE (877-442-2583).
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