Sunday, August 31, 2014

MIM (Museum of Musical Instruments) (in Phoenix)

If you've never been to a museum dedicated to musical instruments, then you've never been to MIM. It's huge, modern, beautiful and slick. You can watch and hear instruments as they are played in every country in the world. The technology is cool, in that you are given a little box with ear buds that automatically connects to and lets you listen to whatever screen you are in front of that's playing music. The little box is free once you've paid your nearly $20 entrance fee (kids' prices are discounted but not old people's--although the ticket seller will clap in appreciation for your attending). The restrooms are very nice and the parking (which is free) is excellent. Younger kids (say 8 year-olds) could get bored but are sure to like the interactive room where they can bang on or strum instruments. Older people could get a bit bored and might be stumped as to what they are supposed to have learned from the whole thing except that music is much more alike than different no matter where it supposedly originated. One screen per mini-area would make the experience less frenetic than the current set-up where there is a screen every 20 feet.

Attention Safeway Shoppers

If you have and use a Safeway card, when buy stuff at Safeway it automatically adds to your "Chevron account." Then, when you go to a Chevron station, you can select on the first screen to tap into that account toward your gasoline purchase. The savings can be enormous, e.g., like 60 cents per gallon.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Amazon Prime Shipping Option

A new shipping option now presents itself under Amazon Prime. It gives you $1 credit for any streaming if you choose a slower shipping option. In actuality, however, the product often will ship and be delivered as fast as though you had chosen the 2-day delivery option, and you still get the $1 credit.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Excellent Bluetooth Car Speakerphone

For about $50 from virtually everywhere, the Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone is excellent. Once paired, which is easy, it will announce incoming calls and you just say "answer" to answer, and make calls upon your saying "dial xxx-xxx-xxxx or the name in your phone's address book." It's got an excellent internal speaker or you can set it up to play through your radio. You can even set it to read incoming texts and respond to or initiate texts with voice commands. So, if you're still holding a phone while you drive, this unit removes any excuse for continuing to do so.

Motorola In-Car Speakerphone Amazon Link

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Going to Bat for the Consumer

The Arizona Republic this morning (Aug. 28) had a Tech Q&A column written by the CEO of Data Doctors that raised some objectivity and related issues. Here is that story: Arizona Business Section Tech Q&A Link

In response, the following letter was submitted to the Editor and Business Editor of the Republic:

Text of Letter:

While the Valley is blessed with a wealth of non-commercial high-tech expertise, the Republic has afforded valuable space on its Business page to a “Tech Q&A” by the CEO of a company whose business depends on people bringing in their computers because of infections or other problems. It is not surprising, given the nature of that business, that, in response to the question of “how am I supposed to protect myself?” against Crypto ransomware, today’s (Aug. 28) tech column left out the single most useful and easiest and free way to do so. Specifically, Hitman Pro Alert 2.6 is a small, free, unobtrusive download that incorporates CryptoGuard that detects and protects against crypto ransomware. Further, ignored by the column, and again it is not surprising given the conflict-of-interest, even if one gets infected by crypto ransomware, there is an at-home, free, simple-to-use unlocking service called DeCryptolocker that obviates the need to pay any ransom—or take one’s computer in to a shop to have it “fixed.”

So there is no mistake, I have no financial or other interest of any kind in anything mentioned in or related to this letter. Nor do I have any objection to companies such as Data Doctors providing and profiting from the services they provide. But I do object to the Republic’s giving a forum in the guise of a technology column to an entity whose profit is maximized when consumers bring their products in for repair rather than turn to preventative measures or free repairs they can do on their own, especially, as happened today, when that column fails to alert consumers to such preventative measures or free dyi remedial measures.


How to Track and Benefit From Airline Price Changes: Yapta

Yapta tracks changes in airline seat prices. Whenever a price drops in the first 24 hours after purchase, or when it drops more than the cost of the airline's change fee, Yapta sends you an alert and you can rebook at the lower price, paying the change fee and pocketing what's left. On a recent business class Tampa to Shanghai ticket, the price dropped from $19,000 to $12,000, allowing Yapta users to save $7,000.

Link to Yapta

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lucy Phone App

LucyPhone (AndroidiOS)

LucyPhone spares you the inconvenience of waiting when you could be working.
Life is too short to spend 20 minutes on hold. Enter LucyPhone, the lightweight app that does the holding for you, so you can get back to work or just goofing around. Just enter the number of the company you're calling and your own number as a call-back, and LucyPhone will put the call through. If you're placed on hold, just hit **, and LucyPhone will call you back as soon as your party picks up.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Costco Services

People often think of Costco first for televisions, prime meats, and other such items because of Costco's pricing and excellent return policy and customer service (e.g., Costco personnel are not on a commission basis for hearing aids). But there are some non-obvious Costco services that definitely are worth a look at, including: health and dental insurance; Mexican auto insurance; identity protection (Costco is 30% lower and just as good as the next best provider); mortgages. Here are Costco's service categories:

Costco Service Catalogue Link

Staying In Touch Even in Remote Locations

Say your kids want to do a bicycle trip down the Great Divide or through the Alps, and you would like to track their progress. Delorme InReach will let you do that and a whole lot more--all by satellite and GPS on steroids. You can follow and pinpoint them wherever they are and even zoom in on your computer, tablet, or phone to see that very spot. Further, it lets you and they communicate with instant text messages worldwide. In the event of an emergency,  it will trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate back and forth with its 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (which actually will do something, and not merely state, "Emergencyeverybody to get from street "). To say it is way cool would be an understatement. It's fantastic!

InReach Info Link

PS: It's not free, but the price is amazingly reasonable given what you get, and it's less than the cost of two pedestals for your washer/dryer combo.

Excellent Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder Anywhere in the World

Heading for a new place? Going abroad? Don’t want to pay for roaming? Then discover available Wi-Fi hotspots in point of your destination on Wi-Fi map with osmino. Enjoy your trip and free and fast internet across the world. 

osmino Wi-Fi - provides you with access to fast and free internet wherever you are. The unique Wi-Fi manager to accomplish automatic connection to free Wi-Fi and to share public or private Wi-Fi hotspots across the world. You turn on the automatic search and connection to open Wi-Fi networks by one tap. Neither any settings nor complicated terms. You can check the nearest open networks on our Wi-Fi hotspot map. The first and only service that provides access to wi-fi hotspots details around the world WITHOUT HAVING TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET. And above all, you can find a wifi point right around you on the streets and in different places with the help of augmented reality. You get an automatic access to available Wi-Fi. Without having to know any parameters and network settings – osmino Wi-Fi will do it for you.

To access the wifi hotspots database whenever and wherever you are without having to connect to the Internet you can download the data to your device and use the augmented reality. Place your phone on the space around you and you will see where, how far away from you is the nearest hotspot, its name, users’ reviews of the connection speed and the location comfort rating.
osmino Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is a great way to improve the quality of communication through Viber, Skype, WhatsApp, ICQ and other instant messenger services and VoIP, 3G when the signal is not strong enough, or if you do not want to incur additional costs for mobile 3G Internet. Use social networks Facebook, VKontakte , Twitter and Instagram with osmino Wi-Fi easier and cheaper, this app will allow you to get an opportunity to significantly increase the speed of the Internet connection of your smartphone or tablet. Video calling, voice, streaming video, downloading movies and music, or just surfing the sites - all this will be made much easier if you have installed a mobile application osmino WiFI: Free WIFI.
Information about public hotspots is automatically set on map, according to the data received from users’ devices. When you connect to any public network we receive on our server the network location, name and access settings and automatically show it on the map.
So we create the use-proven public Wi-Fi hotspots map based on users’ data. The more users subscribe to osmino, the more disposable wifi hotspots there are on the map.

Izanami (Restaurant in Santa Fe)

Izanami is a unique and fabulous Japanese restaurant nestled in the foothills above Santa Fe. It offers an extremely wide variety of dishes that are served in small portions (just ignore the categorization as to whether something is an appetizer, salad, or a main or side dish). So, you start off with several dishes for the table, and then just keep adding and sharing more dishes until you've had enough. With one exception, the dishes are reasonably priced and you will be amazed at how reasonable the total is given how many different dishes you will have had. The one exception is the beef priced at $17.50 per ounce (the portion is two ounces), which seems hardly worth it given the portion size especially if you are doing the sharing route which is definitely the way to maximize your dining pleasure, but, if someone else is paying, you might go for it because it is said to be amazingly delicious. The french fries are as good as french fries get, and be sure to order rice-ball things to mop up any left-over sauce from various dishes. Complementing the taste treat, the setting and view (especially from the outdoor tables) are spectacular. And don't worry if you chose an outdoor table and the mountain air is crisper than you had planned it to be in choosing your garb (which can be as casual as you want), indicative of the service-oriented nature of the place, just ask for a shawl. Finally, don't worry about parking on the hill as you drive up---there is plenty of parking at the top, and be sure to visit the restrooms to see the latest in Japanese commodes.

Izanami FAQs Link

Monday, August 25, 2014

Passport Card

You now can get a passport card in addition to a passport. The card is good for travel to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. You can apply online and get further information at the link below. If you have a passport book, you might want to wait until you get back from like an upcoming trip to Greece you might have planned because you have to mail in your passport book to get the passport card.

Passport Card Info and Application Link

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Estate Planning

If you have an estate plan that was prepared more than a year or two ago, and it has not been reviewed since, it is strongly advised that it be reviewed. Although Congress and the Arizona Legislature (and perhaps other legislatures) have slowed their pace of making changes, there have been substantial changes in the laws over the past several years that should be taken account of in any estate plan (and related documents such as powers-of-attorney, medical powers-of-attorney, and the like).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Looking Out for You

The following suggestion has been made to Walgreens and CVS:

"Suggestion: If [Name] Pharmacies went to a pager system when there is a long wait, where the customer were given a pager to alert him or her when the prescription is ready, customers would tend to shop instead of just sitting or standing and waiting at the pharmacy. This would make the wait more tolerable for the customer and should result in additional sales for [Name], i.e., a win/win for [Name] and the customers."

Removing a Windows 7 Password

When first setting up a Windows 7 computer, you will be prompted to password protect it so that, whenever you boot up, you have to put in the password to get to the desktop. If you are tired of doing that, and would like the computer to immediately go to the desktop, you can remove the password in under 30 seconds. Here is how: 

1. Click on Start/Control Panel/User Accounts/User.

2. Click on Remove Password.

3. Enter your password in the next box that comes up.

4. Click on Remove Password.

That's it. All done. 

Fabulous Add-in That Speeds Up Webpage Loading and Enhances Privacy

You likely have noticed that web pages nowadays take longer and longer to load.  Even if you have a decent internt connection, there's still a noticeable delay while certain pages load.  And it's worse on particular sites.
If you look down to the bottom of the screen when you're waiting for a site to load, you'll often see messages pop up which provide the clue as to why your page is taking so long to load.  The server hosting the content you're interested in is working just fine, but the delays are caused because of all the other advertising platform systems that your browser is also being asked to connect to, so your movements can be tracked. This extensive tracking slows down your browsing, increases your internet traffic usage, and decreases your privacy.  It means that one advertiser can find out about your browsing habit on another company's web site, if both companies subscribe to the same tracker provider.
Fortunately, there is an EXTREMELY useful and EXCEEDINGLY easy to use browser add-in called Ghostery. Once installed (and it takes just one click to install), you can click the small ghostery icon at the top of your browser window to view details about the trackers that the currently displayed web page is calling on your behalf.  In the example below, you can see that the page being viewed was connecting to no fewer that 16 separate tracking networks.  By moving the sliders, you can block connections to the trackers, thus speeding up your browsing and preventing companies from finding out about your browsing. And if removing any tracker causes a problem, you just move the slider back. You will be stunned by the amount of "things" that are tracking your every move.
It should be noted that the makers of Ghostery are totally up-front about how they make their money. Anonymous data from their 20 million users of Ghostery is sold to web site operators so that they can find out which trackers are worth using and which are commonly blocked by users. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Managing Video Feeds on Facebook

Yo, the Ice Bucket Challenge has been wildly successful in raising money for ALS research, but the resulting videos that have been showing up in your Facebook news feed may be raising your data charges. By default, videos are set to autoplay in Facebook. When we looked at the disabling this feature last year, you could disable autoplay when on a cellular connection, now you have the option of disabling autoplay altogether.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
On an iPhone, go to Settings and scroll down until you find Facebook. Tap on it and then tap Settings. Next, tap on the Autoplay setting and choose either Wi-Fi only or Off so you don't use a big chunk of your monthly data allotment on Facebook videos.
On Android, you will find the auto-play settings within the Facebook app itself. Tap the menu button and then choose settings.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
You can also disable autoplay videos on the desktop should you find it an interruption to have videos play as you leisurely scroll down your Facebook feed. To do so, click on the downward arrow in the upper-right corner and select Settings from the drop-down menu. Next, click on Videos from the left-hand navigation panel and choose Off.
[Except for adding the word "Yo," the above is from cnet]

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fix for Typing Slows Down in Chrome

If you find that typing into URL/Address Bar has become excruciatingly slow, such that you are waiting for the typed words to catch up to you, try this to fix it: Go to Settings/Advanced Settings and scroll down to Privacy. Then uncheck the box that says: "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box" or anything like that. It could be instant relief.

Easy Way to Sell Your Phone

If you are done with your smartphone or some other categories of stuff, USell is a very fast, easy way to sell it. You sign-up for free, then enter the product you want to sell. You will get immediate offers. If you accept, you will get a postage-paid free-shipping box. As soon as the product is delivered and confirmed it is what you say it was, you will get paid. It's a shame USell does not do more products, because it really has many advantages over eBay and other "markeplaces." It is meet to note that an 8GB iPhone 3GS will fetch $2.40, which might not seem like a lot, but if you look at this method of getting rid of old technology, given free shipping and not having to leave your house, it's can be seen as a good deal.

USell Link

Mo'ne Davis

In a world where it is increasingly difficult to turn on the television, this Wednesday (Aug. 20), if history is a guide (and alas it often is not), turning on (or at least recording) ESPN at 7:30 pm EDT (4:30 pm AZ time) could take you to a most amazing and most joyful event at the Little League World Series. Mo'ne Davis will attempt to pitch a third-in-a-row shut-out ever. With a killer smile, it's done with uncanny control and an astounding 70 mph fastball. Go to a batting cage and see how fast 70 mph is, and remember you'll be seeing it thrown from 50% further away than the batters facing Mo'ne see it. And no matter how she does on the mound, I can guarantee that her interviews will be true delights.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Falling into the trap that great special effects can save a remake from its failure to capture the genius of the original, even the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still's special effects are not that good. Similarly, whether or not intentional, the mid-movie re-location of Klaatu's bullet wound does not capture the humor of the ever-shifting of the hump in Young Frankenstein or of the eye patch in Captain Ron, and just might have been a transitional mistake. Compounding these short-comings, the only award this movie might get is "Least Subtle Movie of the Century." While environmentalists would applaud its message, only those who think Tennessee Williams' symbolism  (e.g., the iguana "is at the end of its rope" from Night of the Iguana) is sublime will find the messaging bearable. All that said, Will Smith's son turns in a fine performance among a star-laden cast that includes Keanu Reeves (as Klaatu), Jennifer Connelly (as Helen), Jon Hamm, and Jon Cleese. Instead of remaking the 1951 movie, the producers might have done better with a re-make entitled, "Klaatu and Helen's Excellent Adventure."

2008 IMDb Link

1951 IMDb Link

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The One I Love (2014)

A quite strange if not innovative attempt to blend science fiction, mystery, horror (without any blood or violence), and the intricacies of healing a marriage. Unfortunately, I have no clue what to say about whether this genre works, but will say it likely will hold your attention, even if you find it labored and preposterous and are annoyed by the constant playing of unnecessary eerie music. What is in arguable is that the performances of Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss are first-rate, and it's just a shame that Elizabeth Moss got hooked on cigarettes in her appearing in Mad Men. Two subtle details to watch for: (i) see if you can figure out whose voice is the mother's (hint: Ted Danson has a cameo on-screen role); and (ii) the executive producers which might give a clue as to casting.

IMDb Link

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Real Easy Unsubscribe

It's common practice that newsletters from retail websites and the like include an "unsubscribe" link in their emails, but that's often buried under fine print and a swath of ads, and often don't work. Some email providers recognize this, and have stepped in to make it easier to unsubscribe. In Gmail, look out for an "Unsubscribe" link at the very top of your email, and Gmail will remove you from the mailing list. In Outlook, the "Unsubscribe" link appears at the bottom of the message window.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wireless Home Phone

If you like the convenience of a home land line (e.g., multiple phones throughout the house and not having to schlep your cellpone while in the house), but are tired of spending $33+/month (plus taxes and fees) for it, you might consider a home wireless system. There are various alternatives from various places, but here is one from AT&T that sets out the basics: For $20/month (plus taxes and fees), you get voice mail, long distance, caller id, call waiting, call forwarding, and conference calling; it will not support faxing or an alarm system. It will work with your current corded or cordless phone system. So, all you need to buy is the wireless device (a box) that costs $99, but that cost is waived if you do a 2Y contract and typically the activation fee can be waived. One really cool thing is you can take the box with you if you move and, as long as there's coverage, you're phone system is set up as soon as you plug it in with no additional activation fee. You get a 14-day free trial so, if you don't like it, you can return it. One note of caution: If you have a bundled discount associated with your current land line, be sure to check about losing that discount before making the switcheroo. Normally, if you do make the switcheroo, and then want to do a switcheroo back, other than a possible activation fee, there should be no problem. 

AT&T Home Wireless Phone System Link

Monday, August 11, 2014


Facebook is now just for grandparents. Twitter is now just for businesses and social revolutions. No one does email. Instagram is hardly cool. And texting is so yesterday. That said, Yo promises to be the fastest growing communication app ever!  Yo is a single-tap zero-character communication tool. Yo is everything and anything, it all depends on you, the recipient and the time of the Yo. Wanna say "Good morning"? just Yo. Wanna say "Baby I'm thinking about you"? - Yo. "Done with my meeting, come by my office" - Yo. "Are you there?" - Yo You determine the context. There is no search, no nothing. Just Yo. Open the app, tap on a friend, that's it. The possibilities are endless!

Android Play Link

Apple Link

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Getting Files Back From CryptoLocker for Free

Over the past few months, one of the most dangerous viruses affecting computers has been Cryptolocker.  Once infected, the virus encrypts all of the document files on your PC, and then demands payment (usually by Bitcoin) in order to divulge the necessary decryption key.  While it's possible to remove the virus with standard antivirus software, and thus stop the infection spreading any further, the encrypted files remained encrypted. Until now. It turns out that some of the key servers used by the Cryptolocker scammers had been intercepted by the authorities, and they managed to capture enough information to allow them to decrypt the documents of anyone whose computer had been affected.
So, if your PC was affected by Cryptlocker, or you know someone whose machine was, head to site noted below and upload one of your encrypted files.  This will allow the site to determine the code for unlocking all of the files on the affected PC.  Full details are on the site. The unlocking service is provided by 2 reputable security companies.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cool Add-On for Gmail

Here's a neat extension for users of the Chrome and Firefox web browsers. Rapportive automatically looks up information on the web about the person whose message you're currently reading, and displays it on the right hand side of the page in a separate panel. The system can trawl social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, even if you're not a member of those systems yourself. If there are pictures of the person available online, Rapportive can often track those down too, and display them for you. Not only does Rapportive add useful social information to your overall Gmail experience, but it also displays its information in the panel that Gmail would normally use to display adverts. 

Rapportive Link

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What "Good till Canceled" Actually Means

Let's say you put an order in to buy a particular asset (e.g., stock, ETF, etc.) at a given price. You then are asked to choose one of two options, namely: (i) to keep the order in place until a specified date; or (ii) to keep the order in place until canceled--typically called "good till canceled." It turns out "good till canceled" does not mean "good until you cancel it." Rather it means, "good until you cancel it" or, if you don't cancel before, it means "good until it automatically cancels 180 days after the order was opened." In other words, "good till canceled" will cancel automatically on the 180th day and you cannot, when you open the order, specify a date beyond the 180th day. So, if you want the order to continue after the 180th day, you have to put it in again on or before the 180th day. While this is spelled out (albeit in very confusing and ambiguous language in the smallest of small print) in Paragraph 12 of your 21 paragraph Terms of Agreement, if you have an honest broker, he or she will confess that he or she had no clue this was how open orders operated.

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Feature in Process Explorer

Process Explorer has long since been a go-to troubleshooting.  It helps you find out which programs and services are running in the background on your PC, along with how much processor time and memory they're taking up.  The tool is a great way to find out just how much stuff your PC is doing in the background, along with running the programs and applications you actually choose.
The latest version of Process Explorer also includes a handy new feature.  You can now right-click on the name of a program or service, and it'll automatically be submitted to VirusTotal for instant checking.  Within just a few seconds you'll have a display of whether any malware was found in the file, right alongside all the other details about it.  So now you can check not only what's running on your PC, but also get a simple indication as to whether a file whose name you don't recognize might be hiding a nasty surprise.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Paint Your Wagon (1969)

Released the same year as one of the top five movies of all time (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paint Your Wagon is a must-see or must-see-again movie. Although a couple of the songs are not great, none are as bad as Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head, the rest are sing-along wonderful, and with one exception, they all fit into the movie perfectly and move it along. The scenery is magnificent and one can only wonder how the finale was shot in a pre-computer-animation world--it rivals going to the moon the same year with chronometers instead of digital clocks. The casting director deserves kudos, hitting the right tone with each character, and once you realize that the actor who played Rotten Luck Willie goes on to play Wade Gustafson in Fargo, that alone makes seeing the movie worthwhile. And if you thought Clint Eastwood was cute as Rowdy Gaines, he outdoes himself as Pardner. But here are the two compelling reasons to see PYW: (i) for anyone with a psychological bent, it does a marvelous job of capturing human frailities and quirks and essences in a totally delightful way; and (ii) for anyone with a sociological bent, it does a marvelous job of capturing organizational frailities and quirks and essences. Finally, while the movie is a bit longer than most, when it's over, and even though it ends in the right place plot-wise, you wish it had just kept going.

IMDb Link

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cat Ballou (1965)

Every bit as good as it was in 1965, this was Jane Fonda's 10th movie, and she shines in it. But if you're a Dobey Gillis fan, you will be knocked out to see just how good Dwayne Hickman can be, along with Lee Marvin's multiple roles (including one that got him an Oscar), and his horse (whom was credited for the Oscar). And while Nat King Cole's performance is no surprise, this undoubtedly is Stubby Kaye's finest movie performance.

IMDb Link

Two Phoenix Restaurants

Fuego Bistro: At the site of many restaurants that have failed, the Fuego Bistro has delicious food, terrific service, and a superbly pleasant atmosphere. The place is attractive, and the background music is the perfect music for meals and played at just the right volume. Easy, convenient parking as well. It's sister restaurant, Fuego City Scape, is downtown, and has the same menu.

             Locations and Menus

Eden's Grill: Generous portions of and quite tasty Mediterranean food. The service is efficient even if there is only one server for the 16 tables, and it unwittingly mimics a hybrid of SNL's Cheeseburger shop and Seinfeld's Soup Nazi. They might not have the wines on the wine list but they likely will have a red wine and a white wine. Don't ask what kind. Do not hesitate to get your own water from the pitcher at the end of the restaurant. Do not hand your credit card to the server until she brings the bill. Try not to ask any questions. Do not ask for a particular table. Sit where you are told. Most important, having a reservation is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED--otherwise you might be "greeted" by from the other end of the restaurant when you open the door with an emphatic "NO TABLES. GO AWAY!" If you like memorable meals, this is a must-visit restaurant.

               Home Page

Google URL Shorteners

When you want to share a web address or a link to a webpage, it’s a good idea to shorten the link, making it easier to tweet, share or email, particularly so if the link is long.  Among various online services, you may use Google’s URL shortener in a browser (just bookmark it to your Bookmark Bar) or simply use its mobile app on your smartphone. 

Download From Play for Mobile Android Devices

Link for Use in Browser

Friday, August 1, 2014

Repositioning Cruises

I could be the last person in the world to have heard of a repositioning cruise, but in the event you haven't, this posting is for you.

Some cruises ships sail the same route over and over and over. Other cruise ships, however, change their routes for seasonal or other reasons. When that happens, they "reposition" the ship by going from Port 1 to Port 2 with no stops. Sometimes, this might be of little interest, e.g., repositioning of a ship from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal to Houston. But sometimes, it can mean a trip from the U.S. to someplace in Europe or the Far Pacific (e.g., Tahiti) or to Alaska. And if you have the time, such a cruise will give you all the amenities of a cruise (the food, the service, the health club, etc.) at a cost WAY BELOW not only what a cruise would cost but even what it might cost to fly the same route, and often the cruise will pay for you to fly back home. So, if you would pick a destination you'd like to spend time in, this can end up to be a fabulous deal. If you put "repositioning cruises" into The Google, you will find many websites that can show you what is available for 2014 and into 2015.

Bon Voyage!

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