Sunday, July 26, 2009

Google Voice Review

Alright, everyone. This is of something you should take note. Google acquired GrandCentral and is now pursuing using the service for themselves. Luckily I have received my Google Voice account and have my own Google phone number, yay me. Now let me actually get to how this could help you out.

If you have multiple phones, say a house phone and a cell phone, you can set up Google Voice to ring the house phone, cell phone, or both depending on who calls. If you aren't able to answer either phone, then the personalized voicemail for that person will play (if you set it up). So you can greet them specifically the way you choose and they can leave you the message.

If you are away from your phone and would like to check those messages, you will be able to do so online via Google Voice. You can sign in and read/listen to those voicemails. Yes, I did say read the voicemails. Google evidently has software that will guess at what words are being said and provides you with a rough transcript to read. I believe it does a pretty decent job. If you wanted to take it a step further, you could even embed those voicemails online for others to listen to them. That's just a warning for anyone who would choose to leave less than decent messages in my voicemail.

Google Voice also enables you to SMS online with your contacts. You can send them from your computer for free, and you should be able to reply to them for free. That's if you avoid actually sending or receiving them with your own phone since mobile rates would apply. As I understood the instructions, you can avoid sending the messages to your phone by not indicating that your phone is your mobile phone. Use this information at your own risk. I won't pay for your mistakes.

There are many more features that I have not had the pleasure of trying out just yet, but let me name a few just to get you curious: ListenIn, Call Record, Call Switch, Call Screening, and Call Blocking. Those are just some of the nice features that you should really look into. Comment if you want to know more, or email me if you prefer to do that.

Google Voice About page:

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Site Layout

So I've got a new site layout. If you're reading this on Facebook, please go to to see what I'm talking about. I would like your feedback on the new layout. I don't want to clutter the page with many elements, but I do want elements that are relevant to the page. Maybe I will begin to add polls to my website. Any suggestions are welcome at Thanks again, everyone.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review

So I went to the midnight showing of the movie. I would have to say that it was a decent movie that stuck to the main themes of the book. It seemed like there were things taken out of the movie, but that usually happens with a book made into movie. There weren't that many new places shown in this movie in comparison to the other films. Or that's how it seemed. There were maybe three places that we hadn't previously see in the movies. I do have to say that I think that Michael Gambon, who plays Dumbledore in the movies, did a better job at portraying the character. I don't recall much yelling going on. In comparison to the other films, I didn't think there was all that much going on. There is more drama in this movie in comparison to action, in my opinion. From the movies that they have done so far, I would have to say the fourth film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) had the most action so far. I believe that the last film (with it's two parts) will have the most action. Alright, after saying all that I'll give my score on the film. I'll give it:


Warner Brothers Harry Potter website:

(Poster photo from, which will be taken down if requested)