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ContactMonkey helps you get in people's address books



As a business person I'm always trying to find easy ways for people to get me into their address books. Over the years many methods have come and gone out of fashion. For some time attaching your vCard to every outgoing email seemed to be the thing to do, but it became annoying to have the same attachment over and over. That eventually brought spam filters to begin filtering out messages with vCards. QR Codes are trying hard to become a mainstream method of getting your info scanned in, but to many people, the QR code looks like nothing more than an ink-blot test psychiatrist's use.

This means that we're left with the manual task of copy and paste. Although this is a time consuming method, it is a process people understand. I'm happy to report that I have found a service that can offer a simple solution that everyone's grandmother will understand and be able to use, and its name is fun to say, "ContactMonkey." Best of all? For individual users, it's free!

Use your BlackBerry to login to Gmail account from an unsecure computer


Bold with Google Login Screen

Update: DOH! Well that was quick! It looks like this was just an "experiment" on Google's part, if you go to the page you now get the following message:

Hi there - thanks for your interest in our phone-based login experiment. While we have concluded this particular experiment, we constantly experiment with new and more secure authentication mechanisms. Stay tuned for something even better!

If anything else pops up we'll report back!

I have a great deal invested in my Google account -- between GMail, calendar, address book, Google Docs, Google Voice and Google+, my account has most of my online life attached to it. So I treat my Google password like the valuable Precious that it is.

There have been times where I've needed to login to my Google account from some pretty sketchy computers, like my mom's HP -- which is connected directly into her cable modem with no firewall between the internet and Windows XP. I get sick just thinking about what is living inside that grey box.

QR Code Scanner Pro for BlackBerry


QR Code Scanner Pro 

Barcodes are an integral part of our modern lives.  So much so that the Smithsonian Institute has within its collection the very first product sold by barcode, a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum (along with a Research in Motion Inter@ctive Pager 900).  

If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that I have a certain affinity for barcodes, Quick Response (QR) codes in particular.  These black-and-white squares pack a large amount of information in a simple and efficient form.  With a simple scan, users can be directed to web pages, share contact information, and even send emails.  Enter QR Code Scanner Pro.  It does what it says on the tin, does it well, and does it for free.

But all of this free functionality comes with a bit of a warning.