Sites of the Week: September 14, 2013

“Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, but don’t swallow it.”

Hank Ketcham, cartoonist

Factoid: A 100-year flood or storm is an event that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year, said Robert Kimbrough, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado. Provisional data from a gauge on Boulder Creek, which runs through the town of Boulder, suggests that the flash flood that occurred there had about a 1 percent chance of occurring — thus, a “100-year-flood.”

NBC News

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.


Even though you may have signed up for the Do Not Call registry, you’re probably still receiving robocalls. Last year, the FTC received a record 3.8 million complains, up 69 percent from 2011. Soon, you can do more than write down the phone number, hang up and call the FTC to report it. Available September 30, Nomorobo blocks annoying robocallers and telemarketers from calling your land line or cell phone. Nomorobo, which launches online in September free of charge. It was designed by Aaron Foss, who won a Federal Trade Commission contest for his invention.

Wi-Fi Analytics Tool

Free Windows and Android tool download that will analyze your Wi-Fi network and optimize its speed and coverage. The utility displays signal strength and also provides useful information such as which Wi-Fi channels are in use and whether there is potential interference from nearby networks.


Many years ago a family who lived across the street from us barely escaped with their lives when their house burned to the ground. I recall them saying how difficult it was to recall for insurance purposes all of their lost belongings. They said they tried to visualize each room and its contents. They also had to fight their insurance company because they had no records to prove their losses. That’s when I began keeping an inventory. EnsureMyStuff is an online secure inventory management system that allows you to create a detailed list of your personal belongings and insurance information. All data is encrypted and only viewable to a user with access credentials to your account. If disaster strikes, you’ll have a complete and detailed documentation of your belongings including photos and receipts. EnsureMyStuff is free to inventory two rooms. Standard membership is $8.85/mo. for unlimited inventory and up to 4 attachments per item. Android and iOS apps are in development for release late this year or early 2014.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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