Joy’s sister recently sent her an email saying: “Look at your text messages.” (She implied, but did not add, “Dummy!”) We’re much more likely to see email on our computer than texts on our phone and Sis knows it. We’re that rare couple who doesn’t live on their phones. So what we needed was a free Windows app called “MySMS,” which is for Android phones only. The acronym stands for “Short Message Service.” You can get it from MySMS.com. Once installed on your computer, it can copy all the text messages that were sent to your smartphone — as long as you have another app installed on your phone. That’s also called MySMS and you get it from the Google […]
Every new Windows computer is supposed to be better than the last. But the old ones do something the new ones can’t: they run old programs. There’s an estimated 250 million Windows XP computers out there. They are powerful computers, better than anything NASA had when they landed men on the moon, and they’re cheap. Joy bought a refurbished Dell for $70. That’s less than we paid for an electric toothbrush. And furthermore, it works great. So what’s the problem? Well, Microsoft has abandoned Windows XP — no more support, no more updates. But that doesn’t matter if you don’t go on the Internet. In short, this has to be a stand-alone machine, isolated. They — the mysterious and malevolent […]
Publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization takes you to thousands of items you can download for free from the New York Public Library. These were all online before but are newly downloadable. You can group the collection by century (going as far back as the 11th century) or by color or genre. In the 20th century section, we saw a lot of commercial posters, and we like those, but there’s a little bit of everything.
Artsy.net has a lot of art: 300,000 images by 40,000 artists. There are over 230,000 works for sale, ranging in price from $100 to a few hundred thousand. We liked their Vincent Van Gogh page, with his bio, over 70 works, articles and exhibit listings. (An aside: Bob went to the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Holland one time, and there was a sign in the parking lot that said: watch out for wild boars when you get out of your car. You don’t see that in your average museum parking lot.)