Ever wished to send anonymous text messages to someone? Ever wished you can send free text messages to your girl friend or someone else … ? How about the time you wanted to send holiday greetings or anonymous tips? Okay, if you don’t care about privacy or anonymous text messages, how about the fact that you hate paying 10c for each outgoing and incoming text message. Yes we feel ya.

In this article, we will show you how you can achieve this objective of sending FREE anonymous text messages to any cell phone in the United States

Option # 1: Send SMS messages via Google

Google has a service where you can send a text message to any cell phone based in the United States. You can achieve this by using the Google Send to Phone service. All you need to do is enter the phone number, select your phone’s cellular carrier, an optional subject and send your message.

SMS text messages using Google

Link: Visit Google Send to Phone

Option # 2: Send SMS messages via AnonTxt.

Procrastination“Procrastination attracts us because of hyperbolic time discounting: the immediate (guilty) rewards are disproportionally more compelling than the greater delayed cost. Procrastination is the reward itself.

An MIT professor found that when he allowed his students to give themselves their own homework deadlines, they would artificially restrict themselves to counter procrastination. However, they did not set deadlines for optimal effectiveness. I am personally a huge procrastinator and it’s always a pull between rational logic (giving yourself the most time by choosing end dates as the deadline), and your past experience saying you will put it off so force yourself to start early.”

At the same time, while it is inefficient to start late, but one should not try to start earlier than necessary. The task will occupy your mind longer and especially if you don’t like to do the work, it will stress you longer. The task does not become more difficult if you put it off until you need to do it. It just gets longer, because you will allow interruptions (there’s still time, so…).

Bigman2003 on SlashDot quotes this from his personal experience

” I manage a small programming team, and one of my jobs is to set up deadlines. The nature of where we work means that we don’t really HAVE deadlines at all (gubment) but we need to make progress. So, I impose deadlines on my team. Usually they are fairly aggressive, but we always meet them. Two days before the last deadline, my team was all working frantically trying to get things done. One of the guys asked, “Why the hell did you make the deadline so early? Why not just push it out two more months?”

My answer was the same as always: “If I had pushed this deadline out two months, we’d be going through this same exact crunch time, just two months later.” It’s just a fact, if we have six months to do a job, we’ll finish in exactly six months. If we’re given 12 months to do the same job, we’ll finish in exactly 12 months.”

I have observed two things. If the imposed deadline is shorter than the time actually needed to do the job, then the job will appear to be finished (i.e., people will say they are done), but there will be many things missing. Later, people will say “Oh, we were all under a tight deadline, so I guess we must have forgotten to do that”.

More interestingly, if the deadline is longer than the time actually needed to do the job, I have observed that the job is done early. But (and this is an important but), all of the functionality is actually there.

To perform this experiment for yourself, I suggest that you take several small problems (small bugs are good for this). Try to find problems that will take from 1/2 a day to a day. Assign deadlines ranging from 2 hours to 3 days. Record the amount of time it actually takes to do the work. Then do code reviews of all the work.

I think you will find the experiment very instructive.

I have found that when there is always work in the queue, there is no point to setting deadlines. Instead it is better merely to estimate the work (so that you can make predictions). It is also counter productive to measure the amount of time each task takes (otherwise people will cut corners in order to meet some kind of unreasonable expectation, sometimes self imposed). Instead, just keep a rolling average of how close your estimates are to reality (i.e., we’ve gone 10 days and we’ve finished 11 days of estimated work, therefore we are going at 1.1x our estimated rate). This gives you predictability without the negative side effects of measuring too closely. IMPORTANT: Don’t complain or cheer if the work rate is different than the estimated rate. This is to be expected. The information is only to allow you to communicate progress with management.

In every case that I have implemented this (and obviously this isn’t my idea — it’s standard practice in many shops), productivity, quality and predictability have all improved. It’s worth a try

Another reader winknerd suggests the following tips for a geek on how to beat procrastination

Free software list for college studentsThe 2007.01 release of Software for Starving Students is now available for download at Softwarefor.org.

Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). We’ve gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a fully-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more.

This list provides you access to high quality software, free of charge. These guys, even if something on the list is not open source/free, have permission to distribute it via their compilation CD.

The List of free Software for Microsoft Windows includes

1. 7-zip – rar/zip/ace file archive reaer
2. ant renamer – batch file renamer
3. audacity – audio file editing tool
4. blender – 3D image creator
5. clamwin – free antivirus program although AVG is a much better free Anti Virus Software solution out there
7. deepburner – cd/ dvd burner
8. dia – diagram creation tool (visio copy)
9. eraser – file shredder, data removal tool
10. exact audio copy – audio cd ripper (lossless)
11. filezilla – ftp client and server
12. firefox – best free web browser 

This guide will show you how to make subtle changes in your favorite web browser whether it is Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer for faster internet access and faster net browsing and reduce web page loading times. The tweaks we will be making will result in increasing the maximum simultaneous connections per page.

Mozilla Firefox Tweaks for faster browsing

Step # 1: Open Mozilla Firefox. Type about:config in the address bar.

About config in Firefox

Step # 2: Filter for ‘network‘ in the filter bar

Filter for network in firefox about config

 Unlock cell phone for FREE and use it with any provider in the world with a single download and install. Then get the unlock codes to unlock the phone and use your mobile phone with anUnlock Cell Phoney service provider around the world.

This version adds ‘Model auto-select’ feature, ‘Nokia Expert’ option, and improves Nokia 6620/5140 support.

Step # 1: First go to this link on download.com and download the NokiaFree Unlock Codes Calculator.

Functions: Repair, remove sim restrictions, and unlock Nokia, Samsung, Siemens, Maxon, NEC, Sony, Panasonic, Vitel, AEG/Telital, Alcatel cell phones.

Step # 2: Download and install the NokiaFree Unlock codes calculator software.

I am pretty sure everyone of you might have experienced such a situation where you wanted to access say your Office License Key which you punched in a year ago and do not have your CD anymore and once you rebuild your machine, Microsoft Office with its license key is lost.

In this tutorial, we will show you a neat tool called SIW or System Information for Windows. SIW is a System Information tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings. A utility that includes detailed specs for Motherboard, BIOS, CPU, Devices, Memory, Video, Drives, Ports, Printers.

SIW displays information about Operating System, Installed Programs, Processes, Services, System uptime, Product Key (CD key), Users, Serial Numbers, Open Files, Network, Users, Network Shares and more, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, Memory, Page File usage and network traffic.

SIW also displays currently active network connections, Passwords hidden behind asterisks, installed codecs, and more. A standalone tool that does not require installation.

Step # 1: First, go to Google or your favorite search engine and type in “download SIW“.

Step # 2: Download and install it onto your computer. SIW is completely freeware.

Step # 3: You want to access the license keys of all the applications stored on your computer, in the SIW left pane, scroll down till you find licenses and click. Here, I will show you an example of accessing your windows and MS Office product keys.