This Passport PREVENTS Travel!

Written by Mike Valentine

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"The Microsoft .NET Passport you used to sign in is valid, but we cannot locate your bCentral account"

When I attempt to convert again, I getrepparttar message over again. I still can't get through onrepparttar 133576 phone and cannot afford to spend much more time trying.

They have not answered my queries sent to support and now I've gone two weeks without sending my newsletter out. I sent a post to LinkExchange Digest, but of course as a Microsoft sponsored publication, they won't publish my complaints.

I'm locked out of my account, I have only a two month old subscriber list for backup and I can't get any attention. This isrepparttar 133577 most absurd thing I've seen since trying to change registrars from Network Solutions to a helpful and reasonable vendor that charges less and actually talks to me when I need help.

We're forced to use passport, but then can't convert from our previous account when we establish a passport. This behavior could only come from a corporate behemoth that doesn't give a flying @#$% about individual customers. Onlyrepparttar 133578 mass market. And then only when they don't complain.

I found a page at bCentral for support phone calls and found that phone support costs $9.95 monthly with a minimum commitment of one year! or you can save $20 and pay forrepparttar 133579 year in advance. So, in essence, you can pay us now or pay us more now. But wait, atrepparttar 133580 bottom ofrepparttar 133581 page it saysrepparttar 133582 following:

bCentral Subscriber Phone Support is available to current subscribers of:

Traffic Builder Commerce Manager Customer Manager

Sorepparttar 133583 truth is that you can't even PAY to talk to them about ListBuilder! Does anyone find this inrepparttar 133584 least bit objectionable? I've never seen worse customer service for paying customers anywhere!

Can you imagine signing up forrepparttar 133585 .NET passport zwallet and getting this kind of help when they have control of your money at (if they getrepparttar 133586 adoption they are hoping for) HUNDREDS or even thousands of sites acrossrepparttar 133587 web? This ought to be a warning call for those considering handing over personal information to passport and .NET and a clear signal that they won't provide customer support when you have trouble with it.

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My PDA, Myself

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

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The folks at ZDNet have created a guide to help you decide which PDA models are best for you. While you're there, you can view a list ofrepparttar most popular models and user reviews and even shop online forrepparttar 133575 best prices:,4161,2581305,00.html

Using Your New PDA

All PDA models come bundled withrepparttar 133576 two most important organizing functions: Address book and Calendar. If you use Microsoft Outlook on your desktop computer, you can import all of your current entries with ease via your new handheld's syncing function.

Creating new entries is also a cinch. You haverepparttar 133577 option of tapping an on-screen keyboard with your stylus or "writing"repparttar 133578 text using your device's built-in handwriting function (called "Graffiti" on Palm based systems). Graffiti takes a little bit of getting used to, but it's pretty easy to master. Most users tend to fluctuate betweenrepparttar 133579 two entry systems.

There are thousands of third-party software programs that you can download into your new PDA - many of them are free. My personal favorite is AvantGo, which allows me to carryrepparttar 133580 movie listings from every theater in my local area. These update automatically whenever I sync my handheld to my desktop.

Each ofrepparttar 133581 major PDA manufacturers carries software links. You'll also find much to choose from at these sites:

Bear in mind that you are limited byrepparttar 133582 amount of RAM included in your device. If you find yourself running out, you should look into adding a new memory module.

Technology writer Mark Kellner offersrepparttar 133583 following advice on getting along with your new PDA:

1. Synchronize and backup at least once per day. 2. Watch your batteries. The more inexpensive models tend to use AAA-sized batteries - make sure you have a steady supply. 3. Protect your device with a case. Chances are, your new PDA came with a catalog of third party vendors offering a wide variety of products. Check them out. 4. Get a screen protector. These are thin sheets of plastic that use static to adhere torepparttar 133584 screen.

I received my new Handspring Visor as a Christmas gift and I love it. Because it fits right into my handbag without adding much weight, it is as constant a companion as my wallet and cellular phone. I'm trying out some expense tracking and vehicle expense software, as well as a diet and exercise log and feel good about my prospects of meeting this year's resolutions... I'll let you know in a couple of months!

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