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I’m Jim Barr, and jimstips.com is one of my little corners of the Internet–my voice for all things tech. I love riding on the bleeding edge of technology, and I love exploring new gadgets, services, Web sites, programs, and anything interesting! Here you will find all sorts of tips and information about those things that interest me.

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Wow, What a Wild Ride!

April 13, 2018

It is now 10 years later, and I sit here typing this very relaxed and unburdened. I just completed a year of serving as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of South Carolina, the fourth year as...

Machine Embroidery: I caught the bug!

January 2, 2018

The Geek finds (another) hobby I'm a geek by hobby and profession with some experience in Web design, image conversion, desktop publishing, electronics, etc. I've always had a love for processes that can take a virtual design on a computer and result in a physical item....

Samsung Chromebook Plus Mini Review

December 1, 2017

The Samsung Chromebook Plus I purchased a Samsung Chromebook Plus for $309.00 from Rakuten on a Black Friday sale, and after putting it through its paces for a couple days, I am very, very happy with it. I'm not going to go into any details...

The Pebble Time Smartwatch

December 30, 2015

I really like the Pebble Time Black. It provides everything I need in a smartwatch, and the long battery life makes it worth it. Why I Bought It I was having issues with my LG G Watch running Android Wear, so I bought a Pebble...

The Kindle 3G+Special Offers edition

August 25, 2011

I just purchased a Kindle 3G+Special Offers ebook reader, and I have to say that it has far exceeded my expectations. To me, when assessing a device like this, it is always important to put into perspective just exactly what such a device can and...

Vonage: Revisited and loving it!

August 22, 2011

In an earlier post, I moaned about how though Vonage was a great service, it just didn't fit our needs due to several significant shortcomings. Well times change, and so have my views about Vonage. We recently got a faster, more reliable Internet connection through...

CR-48 and eyeOS - a match made in Heaven?

March 10, 2011

Many years ago, I played around with an "online desktop" site called eyeOS. After playing around with the CR-48, it got me thinking that a virtual, online desktop just might be useful on the CR-48. Remember, the CR-48 is a completely Web-centric device. It is...

CR-48 Important Security Tip

February 17, 2011

I love the CR-48's fast bootup, and I absolutely love its instant-on feature: Leave it powered on, close the lid, and when you re-open it, it's instantly on where you left off. This standby mode is easy on batteries, and it is extremely useful to...

CR-48 Verizon 3G Info and Tips

January 31, 2011

I was searching for some specific information about how the Verizon 3G data plan works for the CR-48. I found very helpful information at Google's Chrome OS support pages. By all means, go through those help pages. There is much useful information to be found...

CR-48 Verizon 3G Data Plans

January 31, 2011

In addition to Wi-Fi access, the CR-48 has 3G access capability through Verizon. Once activated, you get 100MB of free data per month for two years. You can also optionally purchase several plans: $9.99 day pass with unlimited data $19.99 1 GB (valid for 30...

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Complete Collections

These are full collections of a couple topics that might be useful.

Gmail Tips: Complete Collection

Masonic Tips: Complete Collection

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- PC Magazine, 2006
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- PC Magazine, 2006
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