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Get E-Mail Notifications, From The USPS, Of The Mail That Is To Be Delivered To You That Day!

by Anura Guruge




This is June, so this is NOT an April Fool’s gag. Honest.

A real service from our USPS — yes, the ‘Post Office‘ — for free and for gratis.

It is called ‘Informed Delivery‘. Check it out.

They didn’t have to really do much to offer this service. They already scan all the mail as a part of their first-cut, automated sorting system. They use state-of-the-art OCR (optical character recognition) to pick-out the zip-code. So, extending that to read the rest of the address was not too difficult.

It could be a GREAT help. For a start you can see IF the check is indeed in the mail — way ahead of the mail being delivered.

I like it — THOUGH alas it is not available in my zip though it is SUPPOSED to be! As ever my loss and the price I pay for living in the stick.

But, check it out. Sign-up for it. It will be handy.


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by Anura Guruge

Did You Know That You Can SCAN The Screen Of A Mobile Device — On A Scanner?

by Anura Guruge


Yes, I know that if I can hit the ‘Power’ and one of the volume buttons I could get a screenshot of an Android device. But I have never done it and once I got one I still needed to get it to WordPress (i.e., this blogging platform).

Well a few minutes ago while chatting with a WordPress ‘Happiness Engineer’ about the cropped header on my new Panasonic Lumix ZS100 blog I really wanted a screenshot from my 10.1″ Le Pan so that I could show her what the cropping was like. Occurred to me that I might be able to scan the screen on my scanner! Couldn’t see what real damage it could do. The camera was off so the bright light should not have bothered it. Plus the Le Pan is on its last legs and I will be getting my new 10.6″ Dragon Touch X10 in a FEW minutes! So I tried.

It worked. I did scan in color but it came out b&w. But that was OK. It showed the cropping. So I achieved my goal.

Appears that with the theme I am using, EXPOUND, different types of cropping occurs depending on the size of the end device. On a 6″ header appears FINE with no cropping. On a 10″ the header is cropped! Well, I got around that, but that is another story.

For now the moral of the story is that in a pinch you can get a quick screenshot of a mobile device by scanning the screen on a scanner.

Yes, I know that I could have taken a picture too — with a camera. 


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Scan to ENLARGE and admire. Screenshot of my “Panasonic Lumix ZS100” blog — showing the amusing cropping.


by Anura Guruge