Questions, answers, and advice related to software programs.

Where can I download free Holiday screensavers?

Question: Where can I download a free Christmas screensaver?

Answer: There are a lot of free screensavers that you can download, but be careful because many of them come loaded with spyware or adware that can invade your system. It's not worth downloading something that appears to be free, but then slows down your system, tracks your online activites, or steals private financial information.

A better way to go is to download a shareware screensaver from a trusted company like Astro Gemini, that makes high quality 3D screensavers for every holiday. You'll get the chance to use the screensaver for free to make sure it's the one you like.

Here's a snippet of the extremely popular Christmas Time screensaver from Astro Gemini, which is part of their Christmas Collection CD:

This 3D screensaver will help you feel the magic of the Holiday Season. You will find yourself in a quiet winter forest with a few cottages scattered around. Everything is covered with snow and the nature is waiting for a miracle to happen.

A huge Christmas tree in the middle of this peaceful setting and the outstanding background music add to this unique holiday mood.

Check out the huge selection of high quality - and safe - 3D screensavers from Astro Gemini. Each screensaver comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which means you get your money back risk free if you aren't completely happy with their screensavers (but I know you will be!)

How do I send and receive faxes using email?

Question: I need to send faxes but I don't have a fax machine. Is there a way for me to send and receive faxes using email?

Answer: Yes, you can send and receive faxes without owning a fax machine, just by using software that converts your email program into a fax service. It's called email faxing, and here's how it works:

You install software on your computer that links your email account with your fax number through an email faxing service. When you want to send a fax, you instead send an email and the service converts it to a fax message and delivers it immediately. Simply attach the document you'd like to fax to an email. Input the number of the fax machine to which you'd like to send the fax, and the software handles the rest. You can also send your faxes to multiple recipients online, so you don't have to repeat the procedure again and again (with a new cover letter each time).


Are there any tax software programs that you recommend?

Good question, especially since it's getting closer to the tax filing deadline.

I’ve used TurboTax Online several times, and each time received about $2500 back from Uncle Sam.

TurboTax knows about all of the latest tax laws. For example, this year you can claim a $60 deduction on long distant phone charges without even having to provide a receipt. It’s one of the questions asked by TurboTax, which saved me the cost of using the software right off the bat! :)

I refinanced my home last year as well, and TurboTax walked me through all of the deductions I could take, included points, prepaid interest, and real estate taxes. I like the “interview style” approach that it takes, where it asks you relevant questions and you just have to answer yes or no… and then they tell you if you’re eligible for a deduction.

Even with my self-employment income, TurboTax greatly simplified the Schedule C filing, and helped me find several home office deductions that completely offset my self-employment taxes for the year!