Sites of the Week: March 15, 2015

“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.”

– George Burns

Factoid: Around 35 percent of bandwidth usage in peak evening hours in North America is from Netflix use.

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

Google Inbox

Have you heard of Google Inbox? Eventually, it’s expected to replace Gmail. Google states “Built on everything we learned from Gmail, Inbox is a fresh start that goes beyond email to help you get back to what matters.” Similar messages are “bundled” into default categories or ones you create. For example, purchases and travel emails would be grouped in corresponding bundles. (I’m not sure how this differs from folders.) An appealing “highlights” feature extracts key elements of an email and allows you to see the summary information such as order updates, flight status, reservation details, and pictures without having to open the message. You can also create reminders and then “snooze” both reminders and emails. If all of this sounds good to you, you’ll have to first request an invitation to join as it’s still in Beta—almost done, but still not officially released.


There’s no shortage of weather sites out there, but this is one of the best I’ve come across. It is absolutely loaded with features. There are too many features to mention them all, but I will highlight two that I especially like. The dashboard view is nicely laid out providing key current and forecast data. Another key feature is its Historical Weather data. When you’re planning a vacation, there’s nothing more useful when it comes to the weather than checking the average highs, lows and rainfall for the location and time of your visit. I relied on for this feature until recently when they inexplicably dropped it.

Should I Remove It?

If you’ve recently purchase a new computer, it’s likely bloated with unwanted software commonly referred to as crapware. Even if your computer isn’t new, it’s likely you have inadvertently downloaded adware, spyware, toolbars and unwanted applications. This issue was recently in the news because of the Superfish scandal involving several Lenovo models. This free utility is here to help. It identifies and removes all kinds of crapware and bloatware.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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