Tech treats: I found cool gadgets! |

Tech treats: I found cool gadgets!


I have no theme for you today. I would simply like to share some quite interesting – yet completely unrelated – technology treats with you. So without further ado, let’s get going with today’s themeless article.First up: Have you ever sat around wondering whether or not your friend or business associate received an important e-mail you sent? Have you ever been skeptical of the co-worker who insisted she never got your e-mails?Well wonder and fret no more! MSGTAG is here! MSGTAG is a cool, little application that actually alerts you when your friends/family/associates have viewed the e-mails you sent them.

At the MSGTAG Web site,, you can choose from three product levels. There’s MSGTAG Free, which works great but places an MSGTAG footer at the bottom of your e-mails. There’s MSGTAG+, which, for $19.95 gives you the ability to customize those footers plus receive unlimited technical support. And there’s MSGTAG STATUS, which gives you even more power, allowing you (among other things) to monitor the status of your tagged messages in the Status dashboard and decide whether you wish to receive e-mail notification when your messages are viewed – among other things.Check out the MSGTAG Web site and see if any of their three products are right for you.Next up: I have some great news for all you Mac and PC users: Apple has just recently unveiled its brand new Airport Express and it works with both Macs and Windows machines (Windows 2000 or XP)!

As soon as you plug this cool little base station into your wall, you have a wireless network, your computer has power and you have DSL and AirTunes! In a nustshell, Airport Express allows you to share your DSL/network with any other 802.11 wireless devices … AND share your iTunes songs with absolutely any stereo in your house. Cool.New topic: Occasionally, you’ll see that Internet Explorer automatically inserts your password into the correct field when you revisit a site requiring a login. Have you ever forgotten what that password was? If you’re a normal human being, you probably answered “Ohhhh yeah.” That’s the reason some clever people developed Asterisk Key.Asterisk Key is a nifty utility that actually shows you the password that’s hidden behind almost any row of asterisks! Do you need to uncover hidden passwords in password dialog boxes and Web pages? The people at allow you to download and use Asterisk Key for free at

And if you go to the homepage of the Web site, (, you’ll see a list of all the full password recovery solutions the company offers, from Word document password recovery to Outlook Express Identity password recovery. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep this site tucked away in your Favorites list … just in case. I think that wraps it up for today. I hope the lack of a theme in today’s articles didn’t bother you and that you learned something useful. See you soon, everyone!eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake ( eRin can be reached at(970) 668-0709, or at

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