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TECH TIPS

Volunteer Today is looking for one or more authors to write about technical issues, computer or otherwise, in the volunteer management world. If you are interested in contributing or know someone who is, please contact our managing editor Nancy Macduff at: editor@volunteertoday.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

This month's articles are provided by Laura Bunt.

~ May 2006 ~ Topics

Finding the Best Seat!
How to eMail BIG


Finding the Best Seat!

It is time once again for you to book a flight, travel to a conference or out of town meeting. You have picked your flight and now have the option of picking your seat. Where will you sit? For those of you who want to make flying easier, here is a suggestion.

Matthew Daimler, an avid traveler and frequent flier, founded SeatGuru.com. He decided to build a warehouse of information regarding the differences between airlines, including seats with extra legroom, laptop power, Internet access and in-seat video screens. Since the launch of his website in 2001, over 8 million visitors have helped to give potential fliers up-to-date and complete guides to airplane information on the Internet.

The best part of this site is free access. And once you travel, the site welcomes your comments. They verify their accuracy and if found to be accurate, those comments are incorporated into the website. Currently, the site provides information for over 29 airlines. If nothing else, it is fun to go look at. SeatGuru.com does not guarantee that your seatmate will be wonderful, but you will at least be able to find the best place to sit the next time you need to travel.


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How to eMail BIG

It is late Thursday night; the big meeting with staff is in the morning. You have finished your final presentation and you go to email the document, when the inevitable happens. The attachment is too large to ship. What do you do? First, you breathe and remember that you read a snappy article on VolunteerToday.com that helped you find your way out of that snafu.

It is a website called, MailBigFile.com. This free website walks you through simple steps of how to upload (pick) your file via the Internet, put your address (or even someone else's) and he/she will receive notice telling them where they can download the large file you were trying to send. All it takes is a couple of clicks and you will be able to go to sleep, knowing the big project will be in your "in-box" first thing the next morning.

It's simple, straight-forward and best of all its free. And just think, no one will be the wiser, they will think you stayed at the office all night.


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