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Sites of the Week: April 19, 2015

“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

– Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

Factoid: Americans are five times more likely to commit suicide with a gun than to be shot by someone else.

The Washington Post

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


I recently learned I was one of millions affected by one of the many data breaches in the past year. Even if you have not been, it is important that if you don’t already have an IRS.gov account, you create one immediately. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes and can prove invaluable. Criminals are fraudulently creating accounts in taxpayers’ names to steal tax refunds. After creating an account, the thieves gain access to all of your earlier return data. With this information, it’s easy for them to create a fake bank account in your name and file a fraudulent return. You’re unaware anything is wrong until your return submission is rejected because the IRS records indicate your return has already been filed. An added benefit of creating an account is you’ll know now if anything is amiss. This happened to one of my wife’s co-workers who wrote “When I tried to create the IRS account I was told there was already an account for us. Clicking the link to reset the password should’ve sent a link to our email account to reset the password but we received no such email. I’m confident the criminals received it at the email they had registered the account with.”

To create your account, click the above link and select “Get Transcript Online.” Under Create a Login on the next page, click “Get Started.” You’ll then complete a 6-step process to create and verify your identity. You can then view your transcripts if you’d like, but the important part is simply creating the ID verified account with the IRS before a criminal does.

Ask Bob Rankin: Are Bluetooth Beacons Tracking You?

I’ve recommended this newsletter in the past. This column on Bluetooth beacons is a “must read”.

Find My Phone

If you have an Android phone, this should be of interest to you. This won’t replace Android Device Manager, but Google has made it easier to find your misplaced, lost or stolen phone. You just need to be signed in to Google with the same credentials as Android Device Manager on your device. See the article at the above link for details. Click the Google+ image in the article to see an animate gif demo.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: April 12, 2014

(To Neil Patrick Harris) “Now, there’s nothing wrong with being gay. Some of my best friends are going to hell. But you are also the biggest threat of all …You are a gay person I like. Your threat is that you make being gay seem non-threatening. It’s almost as if your happiness does not take mine away.”

– Stephen Colbert

Factoid: Through voucher programs, 14 states funnel nearly $1 billion a year in taxpayer money to private schools, including religious schools that teach that the world is 6,000 years old, Adam and Eve coexisted with dinosaurs, and most of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a lie.


REMINDER: The Heartbleed bug has affected roughly two-thirds of the world’s Web sites. If you haven’t already done so, protect yourself by updating your passwords for all important online sites.

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

Office for iPad (and Android)
http://hopto.com/ (iPad)
http://site.cloudon.com/products-new/ (iPad and Android)

Last month, Microsoft released Office for iPad apps and reported downloads for the separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps reached a combined 12 million downloads in the first week. The mobile apps are also available for Android tablets. You can download the Office apps for free and read, view and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations. However, full creation and editing functions require an Office 365 subscription. If an annual cost of $99.95 is too steep for you, you may want to check out one of these FREE Office-compatible alternatives. Both apps connect to your cloud storage accounts such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive (SkyDrive). HopTo also connects to your desktop with a desktop plugin.

Map: Income Taxes in Your County

For the USA readers, income taxes are due next Tuesday. Especially if you subscribe to the truism “Misery loves company”, then you may enjoy this site that comes to you via my friend, Ralph. This interactive map allows you to view the tax burden by county. You can view either average taxes paid in dollars or as a share of income.

Sundays Are the Worst

The ‘Sundays Are the Worst’ site was created by a pastor as a forum for servers to share their stories. It is intended to “challenge and encourage Christians to be aware of their behavior, mindful of their actions and attitudes.” If you’ve never worked in the food service industry, you may be unaware that the church-going crowd has unfortunately earned a very bad reputation for their behavior in restaurants following Sunday services. Complaints include tying up tables for hours, being rude and condescending to the wait staff, making unreasonable demands, leaving a mess and then leaving little or no tip. If you don’t like this site, please don’t shoot the messenger. I know this poor treat of wait staff isn’t universal, but it’s common enough that I first heard about it years ago. The people highlighted in these stories are what I call “hypo-Christians” (hypocrites) who undermine the reputations of those who are witnesses to their faith. Below are three story excerpts:

    • “The service was great this week, like always! That’s why we always ask for you, you take good care of us, unlike the other servers here. For that I saved your soul this morning, your tip went in the tithes and offerings plate at church. You’re welcome!”


    • “The last Sunday I worked, I had a pastor tap his knife against his glass when he wanted my attention. Didn’t matter if I was at another table, he tapped continuously until I went to HIS table. When I pre bussed his knife, he whistled at me as if I were a dog. He also left me a dollar on a $48 ticket. How do I know he was a pastor? He had on his nametag. You can bet that dollar I won’t ever visit his church.”


    • “On one occasion I waited on an elderly man, his wife and another man. They were difficult to wait on and constantly needed something, complained about many things. They said their food was good, I gave them great service and they sat for a long time after they were finished eating. They had plenty of refills, free bread and kindness from me. After they left, I went to the table to begin clearing it off and noticed what appeared to be a $20 bill. It was folded and had another dollar bill inside. I quickly grabbed it and opened it and discovered it was not a $20 bill. It was a paper that appeared to look just like a $20 bill and when you opened it, the bill said, “Disappointed? You won’t be if you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and invite Him into your heart.” The bill inside of that was a folded up single dollar bill. I am a Christian and a believer in Christ, but this made me furious. This is NOT a way to get people to come to God. So for a $38 check, I was left a $1 tip and one of my 3 tables was tied up for almost 2 hours. It was very upsetting. People need to realize that servers only make about $2.13 per hour plus tips.”


    Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”