How to know when it’s going to rain

UPDATE March 2020: Apple likes the people so much they bought the company. UPDATE: has changed. It's still great, but it's now called Read my new article about, written in October 2016. When it comes to rain, most of us have questions like these: "Do I have time to walk the... Continue Reading →

How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card

Apple is offering a trade-in program for old smartphones via this link. Just go online, click a few buttons, and see how much your old phone is worth. It doesn't have to be an Apple iPhone (though it can be) and you don't have to use the trade-in value toward a new iPhone (though you... Continue Reading →

My Four Favorite Money-Saving Shopping Websites

Our friend Ben Franklin said "A penny saved is a penny earned." Actually, there's some debate about whether he actually said that, but the thought is a good one. You can't always bring in more money but if you buy stuff at a discount it's almost the same thing. The four websites described below will... Continue Reading →

Get Faster Internet Just by Asking

I get my internet service through Time Warner Cable. I think the speed originally was 5 Mbps. Somewhere along the line I upgraded to Time Warner's "Turbo" internet and got it up to 20 Mbps. I thought that was pretty fast. (I test the speed at Avoid clicking the links that install MacKeeper.)A few... Continue Reading →

NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010

Note: this is a repeat of a blog entry from last year, with updated data for 2010. Preseason games are not included. I wanted an iCal calendar of the prime-time NFL games (Monday Night Football, the Sunday night game, the occasional Thursday night game) but I couldn't find one online. I did find the entire... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Shopping Site

(Note: last week one of my customers-- Tom Nevermann,AKA "The Moving Doctor"-- asked me to help him find a good deal on USB-powered speakers for his Mac. I took him to and set up an email alert for him, and now every time a good deal on USB-powered speakers comes along, Tom gets notified... Continue Reading →

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