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Artrage

Posted: 2011-10-05 by Liv in Good
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Ambient Design’s ArtRage is, well… it’s artrageous!

We were at a press event where Artrage was available to try and where professional painters domonstrated what can be created with this truly remarkable – and inexpensive for what it can do – high end digital painting software. It is windows and Mac compatible and likely (we hope!) to come out with ArtRage for the Android as well. You can paint using your mouse pointing device or, if you have a touch sensitive monitor – you can use your fingers. we tried our hand at some water color simulation on an HP Touchscreen PC. Awesome! If you have an inclination toward painting but don’t want the painters’ supplies expense or to mess with cleaning brushes and stretching canvases, etc., Ambient’s Artrage is the way to go. At this writing you can get ArtRage Studio for U.S. $40 and ArtRage Studo Pro for U.S. $80.

Here is a link to a very nice detailed hands-on review:
ArtRage: quality digital painting on the cheap.

Cell Phone and Land Line in One Unit

Posted: 2011-09-26 by Liv in Good
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Landline and Cellphone All In One – It’s called the Vtech DS6421-3

You can answer your cell phone and your land line from one handset. You can also make calls via this handset from your cell phone number or your land line number. And it really works. I’m doing that very thing with the vtech DS6421-3 phone system. It comes with three handsets and two bluetooth connections. Pairing the Vtech and the cell phone was a snap. You can add another bluetooth device — for instance a hands free headset or another cell phone. This means you can answer your cell phone or your land line from anywhere in the house. Just rest the cell phones near the Vtech’s phone base and you’re good to go.

If not for Verizon Wireless’ arrogant, dismissive and, in general, bad customer service I would not be enjoying Virgin Mobile now. I would still be paying three times more to Verizon.

About two years ago, I noticed that my Verizon Wireless Motorola smartphone was not getting reliable signal at home – that there were more dead zones in my apartment than live ones. A self described troubleshooter, I began – well troubleshooting. Never expecting anything but a satisfactory resolution, (more…)