Sites of the Week: April 5, 2014

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933, Statement on National Industrial Recovery Act)

Factoid: The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours per week, or 2 months per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube, and for children these numbers are often higher.

A.C. Nielsen Co.

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

Yearbook Yourself

You can have fun with this site which allows you to place your photo in vintage yearbook photos. After uploading your photo, you can select the yearbook year and adjust your photo. For instructions, click the ‘Tips’ link and view the short demo video. When you’re satisfied with your creation, you can save and share the photo if you desire.


If you distrust the security of cloud-based storage services, pre-encryption software can secure your files. Boxcryptor creates a virtual drive on your computer which acts as staging area for files stored on your cloud-storage service. The process is transparent with files automatically encrypted with a combination of AES-256 and RSA algorithms and then synched to the cloud. Boxcryptor has Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome clients as well as all major mobile platforms and supports all major cloud-storage providers including, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and SugarSync. Boxcryptor is free for personal use, but you are limited to only one cloud service and two devices.

Pittsburgh Bald Eagles

A pair of Bald Eagles are nesting within 5 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Monongahela River. Experts believe it has been more than 250 years since bald eagles have nested along Pittsburgh’s rivers. Bald eagles enter long-term relationships, usually mating together for life. The nesting eagle laid her eggs on Feb. 19, Feb. 22 and Feb. 25. Thanks to a pilot project by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and PixController, you can see the Eagles and their eaglets on a live Webcam. The camera is mounted in a tree about 30 yards from the nest site with a view down into the nest. During the day the video will be broadcast in color and during the night the video will switch over to black & white.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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