Sites of the Week: Best of 2014

Below—in no particular order—are the ten best ‘Sites of the Week’ of the past year.

Adult Fitness Test
http://adultfitnesstest.org/

The Adult Fitness Test site provides instructions and data collection form for performing 4 fitness tests (aerobic, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition). After you complete the testing, enter your data online to receive an evaluation.

iCracked
https://www.icracked.com/

Repair or sell your iPhone, iPad or iPod with a local technician. iCracked offers same-day repairs of broken screens, water damage and other issues by certified techs. iCracked techs set their own prices so they can stay competitive in their local markets. Once you talk with your local tech he will provide a no commitment repair quote. You can also purchase a replacement kit (parts, tools and step-by-step instructions) to repair your device yourself.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

Just over one year ago, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee was featured as a ‘Site of the Week’. Each unscripted episode features Jerry meeting up with a fellow comedian for a drive–usually in a classic car–and coffee. If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend it. Season 4 just began June 19. Sarah Jessica Parker was guest star and frankly I was surprised at how enjoyable the episode was.

RezScore
http://rezscore.com/

RezScore is a free service that analyzes and grades your resume using an algorithm for measuring your resume against different metrics such as brevity, impact (effective language choice – active over passive voice, for example), and depth (enough information at each level of experience).

While the basic service is free, the site offers additional billable services including consultation, resume make-over, resume writing and more. So before clicking [Get Your RezScore], be sure to uncheck the “Contact Me About” checkbox-unless you wish to be contacted. Scoring is almost immediate. Along with an overall grade, additional information including tips for improvements are supplied. The site accepts .doc , .txt, or PDF file types, but the parser works best with .doc files. Although the site assures that they “do not sell your information to anyone and only [they] have access to it,” solely for the purpose of contacting you based on the contact preferences you specify, I suggest you modify your resume with invalid contact information before uploading to RezScore.

my Social Security
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

Up until 2011, the SSA mailed annual Social Security Statements to everyone age 25 and over who was not already receiving Social Security benefits. As a cost-cutting measure, these mailed statements eliminated. However, now you can create an account on my Social Security to view your statement online including estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits; your earnings record and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. If nothing else, you should do so to check for errors or omissions.

Boxcryptor
https://www.boxcryptor.com/

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 Box.net, 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.

Scribd
http://www.scribd.com

Scribd is a subscription service digital library offering over 400,000 books from over 900 publishers. Scribd is compatible with all your devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and any web browser. Books are synced automatically, so you never have to search for where you left off reading. And Scribd allows you to download books to read offline. After a free 30-day trial, the service is $8.99/month. If you are an avid reader, this could be less expensive than buying your books.

PC Pitstop
http://www.pcpitstop.com/internet/default.asp

I just upgraded my internet service from 12 Mbps to 40Mbps. I wanted to ensure it truly is faster so I turned to this site to measure performance before and after the upgrade. This site doesn’t just measure your speed. If your speed isn’t what you expect, PC Pitstop’s diagnostic tools can help you diagnose and fix connection problems.

Wunderlist
https://www.wunderlist.com/home/

I’m a list-maker. If you are as well, then Wunderlist may be just what you’re looking for. Wunderlist is top-rated, FREE and available for several platforms. I’ve been using Wunderlist for several months now and am pleased with it. While I believe the recurring event functionality could be greatly improved, it’s solid. I especially like that since it’s cloud-based, I have access to my lists from my work and personal laptops, tablet and phone. You can also share lists and collaborate with co-workers, family and friends.

WeTransfer
https://www.wetransfer.com/

WeTransfer is an online file-transferring platform. Yes, there are numerous file sharing/transfer sites, but I like this one because it’s free to transfer multiple files-2 GB total-to multiple contacts. There’s no registration or sign-in and it’s simple and secure to use.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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