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  1. Don’t buy cards at the store…..

    March 29, 2013 by Karl

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    Buying cards for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions at the store can be very costly.  I have recently been introduced to a method of sending professional quality cards through the mail (not e-cards) for less money, which is also more convenient than shopping, writing, addressing, and sending traditional cards.   You can choose from hundreds of existing designs, or create your own design with photos from your computer.  You don’t need to print them, stuff them or send them.  All this is done for you at a lower cost than a traditional card bought from the store.  Send one card, or send 100.  Quantity doesn’t matter.  Whether you send cards to personal friends or business  associates, this is a fantastic way to let people know that you are thinking of them.

    Sending cards is something we can do to have a significant impact on the lives of family members, friends, business contacts or even strangers.  Many people have a desire to send a card to people several times a month for various reasons (sympathy, birthday, anniversary, etc.).  More often than we would like to admit, the card does not get sent.  We struggle to find the time.  We don’t get to the store.  We forget.  The cost of the cards is high.  We aren’t thrilled with what the inside of the card says.  There are many obstacles.

    There is a movement going on in our world toward computer based services.  Sometimes we aren’t sure if it is a good thing or not, but it is becoming an increasing reality.  There is always good and bad associated with change.  What did Netflix do to the video rental industry, Amazon do to the bookstore industry or itunes do to the music store industry?  People are getting used to getting products and services online.  So, let’s revisit the need to send cards for different occasions.  A company I have discovered is revolutionizing the greeting card industry.  That company is SendOutCards.  It is an online greeting card and gifting company.  Imagine being able to pick a card from a virtual card store, personalize the message on the inside, and send it for less than a third of the cost of a card purchased at the local card store.  Imagine doing this from your home, office, coffee shop or even the beach.  With the click of a button a card can be sent in a matter of minutes.  The card is printed, stuffed in an envelope, stamped and taken to the post office by the next morning.   Because of this cost and time savings, it is possible to send cards more frequently.  It has a positive effect on the recipient and creates a positive feeling in the sender as well.  There is so much more that can be done with this system, but you can explore and find that out if this has aroused your curiosity.  I have found it to be very helpful in my day-to-day need to reach out to people, and I am now using it to help market my business.

    Click on the image below for more information.  This will link you to the site of a friend of mine who is in the business.  You can test drive the system at no cost!!  There is also an income opportunity with this company and product if interested.

    SendOutCards Link

  2. How to Convert LP to CD or MP3 for FREE

    February 18, 2013 by Karl

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    This article will show you how to convert vinyl records to CD or MP3 for FREE. This assumes that you have the appropriate cable, a computer, and a turntable to play the record. This conversion can be very time-consuming (about one hour actual time per LP), but if you don’t mind spending the time, you can save lots of money in CD purchases, or in sending it out for professional transfer.  My personal reason for doing this has been to convert the approximate 150 albums that I have into something I can listen to without having all this heavy equipment taking up space in the house.  Once I am finished with all of them, the turntable is likely to go.

    Some audiophiles will tell you that this method of conversion is not going to give you the best quality recording.  This is true, but for 99% of the population this will provide a very good quality recording, and we are, after all, talking about vinyl records with all their hiss, pops, and skips.


    First, if you still have a turntable you are in good shape.  Others will need to beg or borrow from friends who still have this stuff sitting in their attics.  Check Craigslist.  You may be able to find one locally for free.

    The next thing you need is a cable to go from the turntable to your computer.  A laptop is very handy for this, but you could use any computer that you can move close to your turntable.  In most cases the cable you will need has RCA connectors on one side, and a 3.5mm microphone jack on the other.  If you don’t have this type of cable in your house, you can buy one locally from Radio Shack, or on Amazon HERE.






    Now we need some software for the computer that can be used to record and edit.  For this we use a free program called Audacity.  Download and install the program on your computer.

    The rest is fairly simple.  Just follow the video below:

    How to convert LP’s to CD or MP3 from on Vimeo.