18 August 2009

Send a Letter via Internet

Something that reminds me of my friend Dale's favorite Google jokes -- Google Classic. This web site is, however, not a joke. It actually allows you to compose a full letter, address the envelope, and have it stamped and mailed to the destination of your choice, all for only $1. Sure it costs more than postage, but when you consider the effort involved in obtaining an envelope, a pen, and a piece of stationary (not to mention the fact that I have to actually type the letter in Word first because I can't survive without spell check), it seems like a pretty sweet deal.

I've always had a thought that, in our world of instant and global communication, we are missing out on something special about sending a handwritten letters to people. Letters require time and effort, and because the communication is not instantaneous I feel like the format lends itself to a more refined type of writing (someone must spend more time and consideration about making a clear point when there is no means for instantaneous feedback or clarification). I've always been happily surprised to recieve a real letter or card from a friend, especially when most of the communication we get consists of a 'poke' or 'like' on Facebook. This site may be the perfect bridge between these two worlds -- fast and easy composition but still retaining some of that real-world feel of an actual envelope and piece of paper.

03 August 2009

Backup your Files to Paper

Really cool program, allows files to be backed up to your printer. Fits approx 300-500 Kb per page!