## Happy Birthday Mel
Starting a new series in defiance of video 😉
A couple of months ago, I read a small article about Google Voice. Â I had seen stuff about it before, but was unclear exactly what it was. Â A few trips to Google pages and I got a general idea, but still could not see how it would be of great benefit toÂ me, especially since I have an iPhone 3G and my home number (a landline). Â Anyway, Â I found out that it was only available by invitation only, just like Gmail used to be. So, I applied for an invitation. Â The more I read during the previous months, the more intrigued I became. Â Finally, I received my invitation a few weeks ago and just Â sort of looked at it. Â I submitted it, and got my new phone number (which you can choose yourself).
It’s really cool because the calling is free except for international calls (which is a very small amount in terms of money). Â You can have different answering messages for different Â people. Â Free text messaging, voicemail transcription to name just a few of the advantages. Â I can see why AT&T did not want Apple to allow Google Voice as an app on the iPhone. Â Basically, I am trying to understand why I should even pay AT&T, when I could get all my services fro free.
The most obvious answer is that it is not as smoothly integrated. Â For one, in order to have any of those features, you have to have people dial the new number. Â Also, having to use an HTML5 app to make calls is a lot slower than just using the phone app on the iPhone. Â Another drawback, is you would have to use your Gmail addressbook, or import your iPhone addressbook to Gmail.
Want to try it out for free?Â On the bottom right of the page is a widget that says Call Me.Â Enter your name, number and check the box that protects your anonymity, and it will call anyone you like. Â Â Feeling brave enough? Â BTW, if you have a Google mail account, you can make free calls from there too.
I had a chance to meet the cast and people behind the scenes but due to a case of the shingles, could not. I’d kick myself if it didn’t hurt so much.
I like Louise because she reflects what I think often. I especially love her quest to let her artistic self come out and actually DO IT, rather than thinking about it all the time. Make sure you see the latest version at Anne Flournoy’s site.
i’ve tried to get my own “art” out by photographing more. I used to use high end cameras and equipment… I’m now seeing if I can explore the low end and playing wiht point and shoot, then altering the images… This goes totally against what I know, so it might be interesting. We’ll see.
I recently found an app for the iPhone called iStego. Â Basically what it does is hide photos (and text if you like), inside of photos. Â So what appears to be one thing, is actually something else.
The “envelope photo” does not look altered in anyway. Â It reminds me of our hidden everyday lives while we walk around dealing with our day to day encounters, placing a face over the turmoil inside.
Anyway, the thing with this app is that no one seems to know about it. Â There is only one review. Â If I place two photos here, without the program you would not know which has a secret picture/message and which does not.
In checking this little experiment, I found out that it only worked on my iPhone!!! Â So, here is the photo that was inside: