Como enviar cartas pela internet

Pode parecer estranho neste mundo onde reina a internet e o correio digital. Mas ainda assim há horas em que precisamos recorrer ao bom e velho correio convencional para enviar correspondência. Além do que, uma carta em papel é muito mais formal e impactante do que um email. No entanto, se você está com preguiça de ir até o correio apenas para postar uma carta, ou se precisa enviar correspondência para outro país e não está certo de como preencher o envelope nos padrões do país destinatário, não se preocupe! Existem serviços que permitem enviar cartas convencionais através da internet de maneira eficiente e confiável!

Para enviar cartas pela internet, existem vários sites que podemos utilizar.

Para o território nacional

Serviço próprio dos correios. Uma carta custa, em média, R$3,60. Pode ser usada para cartas internacionais também, mas é um tanto caro e as opções de pagamento incluem penas cartão de crédito.

http://www.correios.com.br/produtos_servicos/catalogo/carta_internet.cfm

Para outros países

O melhor serviço que encontrei (e já utilizei) é o Mail A Letter. Uma carta internacional custa U$1,99 (R$3,53 em out/2009) e sua maior vantagem é que o site aceita pagamentos via paypal. Para cartas para os Estados Unidos, o serviço custa apenas U$0,99.

http://www.mailaletter.com/

Dicionário de Correção Ortográfica em Português para o Windows Live Writer

Se você prefere utilizar o Windows Live Writer em inglês, mas gostaria de ter a correção ortográfica em português do brasil disponível para quando precisar, baixe o dicionário de correção ortográfica em pt-br disponibilizado no link abaixo, descompacte-o e copie os dois arquivos contidos para dentro da pasta C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveWriterDictionaries

Dicionário pt-br para correção ortográfica no Windows Live Writer

 

Após isto, basta reiniciar o Windows Live Writer e selecionar o idioma desejado nas opções do programa!

How Google Tricks Microsoft Into a Fake Competition

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Or: The Most Overlooked Point In How Google Competes With Microsoft And Nearly Everyone Else Outside The Web

From the very principle, it was never Google’s aim to replace other browsing software such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari with Chrome. In fact, what Google truly wanted, was rather to improve them.

 

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Let me explain in simple words: Google doesn’t actually cares if you are using Chrome, IE or Firefox as long as you are using them to access Google. Didn’t you notice what happened after Google released Chrome? All other browsers adopted the concept of a JavaScript VM. All other browsers incorporated inovation from Google so now the Web loads faster. By adding competition and promoting the benefits of a secure browser architecture, Google has increased the momentum for further web-as-software-platform development. This will make sure not only Google and its services loads faster and look more appealing, but that it does so in every browser, for everyone.

 

Google indeed seems to have a brilliant plan: bringing innovation improving and exploring ideas and then letting everyone borrow its ideas improvements for free so it can profit while every other competitor wastes time and money improving their own products, thinking they are competing with Google. While, in fact, they aren’t: They are just building more room for Google to expand upon. And the Google Chrome Operating System is certainly part of this.

But note that, while those may be bad news for Google’s (virtual) competitors, for us, users, it means a lot more. It’s no doubt the Google Chrome OS will surely play a major role in the paradigm shift we are all living now, where everything is becoming web and being put in the clouds. Lets just wait for some real competition, let the technology evolve, and we shall all benefict.

 

Truth is: In the end, even if Chrome OS fails, it still a win. For Google, and for us.

A few Chrome thoughts

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Chrome is obviously missing an undo close tab function. It is really annoying to mistakenly click “close tab” (the x button next to the tab’s name) while switching tabs. Also, I would expect Chrome to remember what I typed on a form whenever I go back and forth in a site just like Opera does.

On Opera, the only thing one has to do to restore a recently closed tab is hit Ctrl-Z so the tab magically reappears with all information one had previously typed in. It is true the browser can restore itself whenever it crashes, but this ain’t necessarily true for user-typed information. I think this, the lack for mouse gestures and good bookmark synchronization are the only major drawbacks for the browser at the moment.

Also, Chrome doesn’t seem to perform very well on old machines, such as the old 1GHz Athlon Thunderbird box I use when I’m back to my hometown on the weekends. Opera and Internet Explorer ran just fine, but Chrome is sometimes sluggish, specially with Youtube videos or with more than 5 tabs open. Bad news, since I like to start mid-clicking everything I find interesting, opening new tabs in the background for later reading. This is probably due to how Chrome manages tabs using separate processes, but is a drawback, nonetheless.



Last note: In order to get the dead tab picture, I googled for some random website and started middle-clicking it like crazy. After 10 or more clicks, one of the new tabs (only one) finally crashed, showing that picture. But after a few seconds, all my other tabs (including the Blogger’s post editor I was using to write this) began chaging to the same screen! I think those tabs processes aren’t exactly as separate as it seems!

Advice: Never link directly to a Microsoft page

Is it only me or nobody can reliably link to a Microsoft site without ending with a broken link less than two weeks after?

Also, adding to the fact that their search engine is totally utter crap, once you hit a dead link the only option left is to ask Google for that missing page. Well, whenever I feel like referencing Microsoft’s site again, I think I’ll just link to a Google query for the page title instead.

Nossa! O Google Chrome travou. Deseja reiniciá-lo agora?

Simplesmente não consigo entrar nas configurações do Chrome sem crashar o browser. Talvez seja porque estou rodando Windows XP x64 Edition, ou porque, logo na instalação, quando o setup avisava que estava prestes a importar as configurações do Internet Explorer, cliquei no link azul “Alterar preferencias de importação” [ou algo assim] e o setup simplesmente fechou e sumiu, sem mais nem menos.

Achei legal o espanto na mensagem de erro. Nossa! Ainda bem que é beta =P