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Do you know someone you’d like to write email to, but they don’t have, don’t want, or don’t use a computer? You probably think there’s no way around it, huh?

Well, think again. You actually have a choice: Presto or Celery.

Celery

Neither is magic or tasty — though you may feel otherwise — but either of these services will cross the communication gap between the computered and the computerless.

Celery

Celery is an email service that works with a fax. No Internet connection needed. If you’re computer-shy you can handwrite a letter, place it in the fax, press two buttons, and that’s it.  The Celery service converts it to email and delivers it for you. You can also use it to send news or magazine articles, coupons, photos, or anything that can fit into your fax. When someone sends you email it prints out on your fax. It will even print photos and PDF attachments. Watch the video for a demonstration.

Presto

Presto: One Way Email

Not everyone has a fax, nor do they want one; and if they had one, they might not be comfortable operating it. Now along comes Presto. Presto allows you to receive email messages.  With Presto you have a printer called a “Printing Mailbox” from Hewlett-Packard (HP). Anyone who has email can send unlimited messages to the Printing Mailbox via the Presto service. Those messages can include photos, too. Presto will print at a time during the day that you choose. Watch the video at right for more information or visit www.presto.com.

No Spam or Viruses

Both services filter out spam and junk mail, and since they use a fax or printer, and not a computer, viruses are of no concern.

Costs

For Presto there is a one-time $99 cost for buying the HP Printing Mailbox, and there is a $9.99 monthly charge for the service. Presto will deliver unlimited email messages per month. Visit www.presto.com for more information.

For Celery you can wither use your own fax, or you can buy their customized Lexmark fax machine for $89, and you pay a monthly fee of $8.98 for black-and-white, or $13.98 for color. Celery delivers uip to 100 email messages per month. Visit www.mycelery.com for more information and a 20 day free trial.

If anyone has a question, please email them to me using the Contact link, or, if it relates to today’s message, please use the Comment and Question link below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


Hewlett-Packard Co. Recalls Fax Machines Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard Co., announced a voluntary recall of the HP 1010 and 1010xi Fax Machines. Consumers should immediately disconnect the recalled fax machine from the electrical power source and contact HP to receive a rebate.

HP 1010 and 1010xi Fax machine
HP 1010 and 1010xi Fax Machine

Name of Product: HP Fax 1010 and 1010xi Machines

Units: About 367,000 units (an additional 84,000 units sold outside of the U.S.)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: An internal electrical component failure can cause overheating of the product posing a risk of burn or fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Hewlett-Packard has received three reports of overheating including two in the U.S. resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the HP Fax 1010 and HP Fax 1010xi models manufactured from November 2002 through September 2004. The HP logo and the model name and number are printed on the front of the fax machine.

Sold at: Electronic, computer and camera stores nationwide, as well as Web retailers from November 2002 through December 2004 for between $130 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately disconnect the recalled fax machine from the electrical power source and contact HP to receive a rebate.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact HP toll-free at (888) 654-9296 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit HP’s Web site at www.hp.com/go/fax1010recall

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions recall page. Contact the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

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