Archives for December 2008

Online After-Christmas Sales and Savings

shopping

Wondering where the online deals are?

This year, they should be easy to find. After a dismal Christmas retail season, the worst in 50 years, retailers will be wooing you with deep discounts.

“Similar to Cyber-Monday, the post-Christmas time of the Holiday’s is another great time to shop online for deals on electronics and other sought-after items before ringing in 2009! Check out the deals at the following four merchants for online sales this weekend!

Continue reading at Associated Content for a brief roundup of shopping savings available online.

photo: robholland

Merry Christmas

Welcome to Our World (Chris Rice)

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting

Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please make Yourself at home
Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking Heaven’s silence

Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy

Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

What’s New on Modern Media Mom:

This month I am reviewing online storage sites on Modern Media Mom.

Want to know the differences? Which one is best for you?

I’m layin’ it all out for you.

Resolve to back up your computer data in 2009.

Store Your Documents Online: Mozy

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photo: thatjonjackson

This month, I am taking a look at some of the sites available online for storing your documents.

At the end of the series, I will provide an overview of each of them – pros and cons, so that you can choose the product(s) that best suits your needs.

Previously, we took a look at Box.net, which offers both free (via the link on the post) and paid storage options.

Mozy, another online storage site, also offers both free and paid options. The free option allows for up to 2G to be stored/backed-up; 1G more than Box.net. For unlimited backup, it is $4.95 per month. However, unlike Box.net, it is strictly for storage.

One of the nice things about Mozy is that it can be set up to automatically back up your files. I was able to quickly backup my files, without much of a noticeable slowdown to my computer. There is an option to choose quicker backup speed or quicker computer. If you backup while away from your computer, this isn’t even an issue.

Bottom line: Mozy is a reasonable storage option for anyone who wants to be able to backup their computer without having to remember to do it.

*note: I have updated the Box.net post with more detailed information.

Open Source Food: A Social Network for Foodies

red-velvet-cupcakesphoto: chengaleng

I love to cook and bake. And one of the things that I have loved about having a laptop is the ability to follow recipes online, in my kitchen, right on my computer.

There are a lot of recipe/cooking sites online. But there aren’t any others quite like Open Source Food.

Not only can you find amazingly tempting recipes, such as the Red Velvet Cupcakes, pictured above, Thai Chicken Peanut Satay and Beer Beef Stew, but it also serves as a social network for foodies.

By following others, commenting and voting for your favorite recipes, you can socialize and learn from and share with others.

The three issues I found with the site are:

1. Right now, the steps for a lot of the recipes clump together. A form that makes the recipes show in an easier to read format – ie: step numbered and separated, would alleviate this problem.

2. Also, most of the recipes only show metric; us American are pretty metric-illiterate, in spite of it being taught in elementary school. A metric conversion capability would help this silly metrically-challenged American immensely.

3. There is no “print version” for the recipes. This isn’t an issue for me, but if you don’t have a laptop, it would be.

I’ve suggested changes to Yongfook, the developer, so I’m hopeful that they will be implemented.

I love that the recipes are international. And the pictures for the recipes are fabulous.

To become a member and become active:

Simply create an account.

Upload your favorite recipes.

Follow people, leave comments and vote for your favorite recipes.

Then be sure to grab a widget to paste on your blog to show off your recipes.