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United States Postal Service Intelligent MailThe United States Postal Service is in the process of switching all users to the new Intelligent Mail Barcode. It was formally called the 4-state customer barcode. It offers additional features such as enhanced tracking and ACS services. The code holds the class of service, the mailer's ID, the recipients Postal Code and a unique piece identifier. This code allows any piece of mail to be tracked.

The postal service offers software downloads which will generate the code for you but they appear to designed for IT departments. Small b Systems will release shortly a program that will automate the process for our clients and the program will be a free service to you. Please let us know if you would like a copy.

ADOBE© EXPORTPDF is a new online service to convert PDF files to Microsoft© Word. An annual plan is $19.99 per year.

AutoDesk New AutoCad WS web service for sharing drawingsThis is a new FREE WEB SERVICE offered by Autodesk for those using AutoCAD drawing products.
The web application uses the latest Flash Player and the mobile version is currently available for the iOS operating systems only. Their blog suggest that the next version, 1.3, will have support for Android users. This service is for sharing and modest changes to existing drawings that you upload. It is not designed to create drawings from scratch. The plugin offered are for AutoCAD 2010 and 2011 and allow user to update copies of drawings in their AutoCAD WS web space. Click here to try AutoCAD WS for yourself.
New Times LogoThe New York Times will beginning charging users a fee if they read more than 20 articles per month beginning March 28, 2011. The fee is reasonable at $15 for 4 weeks subscription. OPINION: While it is nice to get things free, people are entitled to be compensated for their work. Gathering and reporting the news at the level we expect of the New Times cost a lot of money. The people deriving knowledge and profit from that information should pay for it.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's new public database and reporting web site where any person can file a safety complaint against a product and the company can respond.

We strongly suggest that all clients who are involved with customer products keep an eye on this site.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall web site.
A link to up to the minute information released by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Digital TalkStart using the available digital technologies to get your message to your current and prospective customers or clients. Most business people use a program like Microsoft© Outlook to manage their email and contacts. Outlook can export and import contact information via vCards. vCards are a text file which tells Outlook where to put the contact information contained in the file. The user does not have to enter any information. vCards are used extensibility on the web and among email users. Small b Systems has written a program that will generate a vCard for you if you do not own Microsoft©. Just enter your contact information into the form and it will generate a vCard and download it to you. Click here to start.

Menu to export vCard from Microsoft Outlook. Outlook Import vCard menu example.


The following are excerpts from Kaywa FAQ
QR Codes (= Quick Response Codes) are 2D Barcodes (two dimensional Barcodes) developed by Denso and released in 1994 with the primary aim of being easily interpreted by scanner equipment in manufacturing, logistics and sales applications.

Japan, the first country with a highly developed 3G network and high usage of the mobile internet, was also the country where telecoms like NTTDoCoMo and KDDI achieved a breakthrough by bringing QR code readers to mobile phones. By installing QR code readers on consumer phones, if was suddenly possible for everyone to create and read QR codes and to connect easily to mobile sites. Today QR Codes are so pervasive in Japan that it's almost impossible not to see one. You can find them in advertisements, mobile campaigns, on maps, in magazines, on billboards etc. In that sense the QR Code revolution is comparable to SMS. It's an easy and simple tool, the cost of the connection to a mobile site is below the price of an SMS and it's up to you to decide whether or not you want to scan it.

The QR code is about to become widely used in the United States as well. Google Maps already uses them and offers posters for clients to use. Facebook is starting a location service that relies on QR code. We recommend that all our clients start using QR code on their web sites, front door and in advertising as we are on our contact page.

This is a video demonstration of QR code being used in Elle© magazine advertisement.

We have developed a program which will generate the code for you. It is web based and very easy to use. Just enter your contact information and QR code will be downloaded to your browser.

Click here to get your QR code.

QR Code:
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Microsoft Outlook© can not SEND emails

We have received a number of questions about Microsoft's Outlook© not being able to send emails when you are away from your office, or home and trying to use Outlook on your laptop. Without going into a long explanation, you need to change the sending port from the default 25 to 587.

Outlook© Advanced email account setup to change SMTP port from 25 to 587 logo
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