Have you ever had your phone die but still needed to send a text message? Or maybe you are working on your laptop and don’t have a cell phone signal? You can send a text message from your email to the person you are trying to reach. The only catch is that you do need to know the other persons cell phone provider.

send text messages from your computer

Send Text Through Email:
  • AT&T: @text.att.net
  • Boost Mobile: @sms.myboostmobile.com
  • Cricket: @sms.mycricket.com
  • Metro PCS: @mymetropcs.com
  • Sprint: @messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • T-Mobile: @tmomail.net
  • U.S. Cellular: @email.uscc.net
  • Verizon: @vtext.com (or @vzwpix.com to send video & pictures)
  • Virgin Mobile: @vmobl.com

Example: If you wanted to send a text message to your friend who is with Sprint and their phone number is 321-987-6543 you would email 321-987-6543@messaging.sprintpcs.com and they would get your email via text message. If the email is long it will be broken up into multiple text messages. When they respond back it will go to your email inbox where you sent it from.

If there are other carriers you would like me to add to this list make a comment below and I will add to this list. So next time your in the airport, out of the country or don’t have cell phone service you can still keep in contact with friends and family.


I’ve been using CrashPlan for a couple of years now and have never had any issues with it till the last update that it automatically did. Not sure what happened but all of a sudden my little crashplan tray icon was grayed out and said “unable to connect to the backup engine.”

After making sure my antivirus program wasn’t blocking ports or doing something odd to hinder the operation of Crashplan I downloaded the newest update from their website and proceeded to do an uninstall and reinstall of it thinking that should fix any problems that had happened during the last update. Boy was I wrong!! After doing a couple of hours of research and reading forums and even sending off emails to them about my issue I was able to finally figure out my problem.

The problem was that the Crashplan backup service would not start. If I tried to start the process it would stop immediately.

So here is the fix…You need edit the crashplanservice.ini file. For me it was in c:\program files\crashplan\crashplanservice.ini or you could do a file search for this if you can’t locate it. Open up the file in notepad and edit the line that has Virtual Machine Parameters=-Xrs -Xms15M -Xmx1024M and change the Xmx1024M to Xmx512M then save the file and now try and start the Crashplan backup service again or just reboot the computer.

Hope this helps anyone out there that has this issue and save you the many hours trying to resolve this.


If you ever have logged into windows and your desktop doesn’t come up or your files aren’t showing up, you probably have a corrupted profile. This can happen for a number of reasons as sometimes the computer doesn’t shutdown properly or power outage or hard drive failing.

I was able to find a nice tutorial online at http://www.theonlinetutorials.com/how-to-resolve-windows-xp-temp-profile-problem.html that gives good detail instructions on how to recover from a damaged profile. I have tested this out and it works great.

So if you ever run into this give this a try and let me know if it helps you.


reset-trio-stealth-g2Here is a quick tip for today on how to reset the Trio Stealth G2 tablet. This is helpful in case you forgot your password or looking to do a clean reset of your tablet.

1) Turn the tablet off.

2) Hold down the + volume button and then turn on the tablet.

3) Keep holding down on the + volume button till you see a safe mode screen (like the picture on the right). Takes about a minute for this screen to show up.

4) Now let go of the + volume button and press the – volume button to move the selection down to do a factory reset. Then hit the power button to select this option. It will ask you if you are sure and again you will need to hit the – volume button to scroll all the way down to select Yes, delete data and reset. Now hit the power button and the tablet will reboot.

5) Once the tablet reboots and comes on again it will ask you all the questions again to setup your tablet. Go through the process and once you are finished your tablet will be back to where it was when you first bought it.

If you have any problems or questions leave a comment below and I would be more than happy to help. Just know that all data on the tablet will be lost.

Having updated Adobe Reader XI on several machines I have noticed that it can be really slow to open up and display the PDF file you are trying to view. So here is the quick and easy tip that will make Adobe Reader XI open up much quicker.

Open up Adobe and then hold down the CTRL key and hit H (CTRL+H). This hides the comment pane on the right hide side and puts Adobe Reader into read view mode. Now close out of Adobe.

Now open up a PDF file you have on your desktop or email and Adobe so load up much faster without the comment pane.

Let me know if this helped you by leaving a comment below.