Archive for April 24th, 2007

Here’s a free call to get a Business phone number vs using those costly 411 calls.

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

  • search for a local business by name or category.
    You can say “Giovanni’s Pizzeria” or just “pizza”.

  • get connected to the business, free of charge.

  • get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.
    Just say “text message”.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.

Pretty slick, eh?  Besides Google, another free 411 service can be attained by calling 1-800-411-SAVE.  You can get free numbers for both businesses and individuals.

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Here’s a neat little Firefox hack.  As most of you know, Firefox is a gobbler of memory, but here’s a way to reduce it quickly when you minimize Firefox.  In preliminary testing, it dropped Firefox from 85MB of memory consumed to 10MB when it was minimized.

Check it out at Panther Moderns

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