Grand Central – Centralized phone number solution

Google does it again, purchasing a startup Grand Central. At this point its a free service that allows you to centralize all your phone numbers into one, allowing you to give out one number that can be routed to any number you may have.

Currently its has been put into a beta state, presumably because its been pruchased by google, but without much wait I was able to obtain an invite into the service. If any of you would like an invite just comment in this post with your email address and I will pass it along.

Noteable features include the ability to dial as your grand central number, from your address book online (currently unlimited but will become a paid service when beta is over). Switch numbers in the middle of the call, this is great if your cell phone is dieing or you are not getting good service inside your home. Listening in on people leaving a voice mail, even answer the call in the middle of the voice mail too! Others include call blocking, forwarding, voicemail and more…

Check it out for yourself over at Grand Central for more information and if you are interested, dont forget to drop me a comment and I will send you an invite.

Bloging Tip: Blog directly from flickr

?, originally uploaded by Chitra Aiyer.

Flickr has a great feature that allows you to post directly to your blog from their site! Its quite amazing and easier than you think.

First you will need to actually have a account, which will store your blogging account information.

Once you are logged into your flickr account browse to a photo that you would like to blog about and take a look at the top of the image. Click the link that says: “Blog This” If you haven’t yet setup a blog, you will be able to walk through the process from the options in the drop down menu.

Once you blog type is configured and your user credentials are entered, you can easily post any image to your blog just by clicking the “Blog This” icon! Don’t worry Flickr gives you the option of saving your password or entering it every time if you are one who doesn’t like storing your passwords.

One great thing about posting directly from is the ability to set the style and type the body of your message without ever having to leave!

Enjoy and happy posting!

Blogging and a free image mapping tool!

It has become very apparent to me that information in my head will either by useful or completely useless, however, that is for the readers of this blog to decide. Many of the topics posted here will be information that is useful to me in someway shape or form. The internet is about spreading information to those who aren’t as fortunate and can’t surf the net for hours on end each day. I think of the bloggosphere as thousands of my own little data miners, collecting on the best information for me to consume. This is my outlet to contribute such a cause.

While rummaging through the digital clutter that is sometimes the internet, a very interesting tool crossed my path. For months/years I have been using demo versions of the popular Alcohol image mapping software, but switched to mac and never really had to worry about mapping ISO files. Never the less here is an “unofficial” “unsupported” free image mapping tool from our pals, Microsoft.

Tool of the day

This find is something too good to keep to myself, a free image mounting tool. You are able to mount anything from ISO to IMG files and the best part is that its totally free. Brought to you “unofficially” by Microsoft here winxpvirtualcd

Here’s the readme:

Readme for Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel v2.0.1.1
System Requirements
– Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional
Installation instructions
1. Copy VCdRom.sys to your %systemroot%system32drivers folder.
2. Execute VCdControlTool.exe
3. Click “Driver control”
4. If the “Install Driver” button is available, click it. Navigate to the %systemroot%system32drivers folder, select VCdRom.sys, and click Open.
5. Click “Start”
6. Click OK
7. Click “Add Drive” to add a drive to the drive list. Ensure that the drive added is not a local drive. If it is, continue to click “Add Drive” until an unused drive letter is available.
8. Select an unused drive letter from the drive list and click “Mount”.
9. Navigate to the image file, select it, and click “OK”. UNC naming conventions should not be used, however mapped network drives should be OK.You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.