Tagged: e-mail

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 Weather.com 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!”


Sites of the Week: July 14, 2013

“It is perfectly monstrous,’ he said, at last, ‘the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely and entirely true.”

Oscar Wilde

Factoid: For every deceased person who is buried, four are now cremated.

The Wall Street Journal

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


Pulse is a FREE powerful and intuitive news reading app available on Android, iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nook and the Web. Select your preferred news sources, and Pulse pulls in images and text and arranges them for you. It also features video channels, local news feeds, and a read-it-later feature, as well as paid content from the Wall Street Journal.


Inky is an alternative e-mail client that works with Web mail including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, Apple iCloud, etc. Inky consolidates all your e-mail accounts into one simple interface. All your messages are categorized into smart views and sorted by relevance. Set-up is easy. Just enter your e-mail address and password and Inky will detect the service you use.

myFICO: Free Credit Score Estimator

myFICO is the consumer division of Fair Isaac, the company that invented the FICO credit risk score that lenders use. This site naturally wants to sell you services, but it also includes a free credit score estimator. Yes, it only estimates your score, but it’s free, requires no identifying information and it’s quick because the site only asks you 10 questions before immediately displaying an estimated score range.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: April 13, 2013

“If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else.”

Douglas Adams, author

Name That Movie: Listen to this brief audio clip and see if you recognize the movie. Click here to play.  (Answer at end of newsletter)

Factoid: The U.S. government spent $74.6 billion on food stamp benefits last year, up from $30.4 billion in 2007.  With 15% of Americans now receiving food stamps, the program’s budget is equivalent to the combined budgets of the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the Department of the Interior.

Wall Street Journal

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


This site is similar to Burn Note (https://burnnote.com) which was featured in the June 3, 2012 issue. Sending confidential information such as passwords, account information and other sensitive data in emails and IM is unsafe. OneShare.es is a free service that enables you to securely share private data using an encrypted self-destructing e-mail. Once someone visits your private URL you provide them, the information is unlocked and the message is deleted. You can also automatically specify that the message should self-destruct if not viewed in a specified time period. Android and iOS apps are available for creating self-destructing messages while mobile.

FingerPrint 2

Apple’s AirPrint technology is cool because it enable you to print from any iOS to a supported printer. Unfortunately, the key is having a printer with built-in AirPrint support. FingerPrint is a $20 Mac and Windows utility that finds your printers–including those connected to your network–and makes them available to your iPad and iPhone. A free trial is available and it’s $19.95 to purchase.

Road Runner – Coyote Falls

This site comes to you via my friend, Dale H. I was never a big fan of The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons, but if you were then you’ll enjoy this 3 minute cartoon. Even if you weren’t a fan, you may enjoy this computer graphic HD reboot by Warner Bros. Looney Tunes.


Name That Movie Answer:  “Better Off Dead”, 1985 starring John Cusack


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: June 3, 2012

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.”

George Bernard Shaw

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

Burn Note

This site is ideal for any James Bond fans out there. While it may have limited practical use, its coolness factor is unlimited. Burn Note enables you to send sending private self-destructing messages. Messages sent using Burn Note can only be read once, and are deleted automatically minutes after being opened or 72 hours after being created if no one accesses the entry in that time. The service is free and even an account is optional. Message options to increase security include a spotlight mode that requires you to click your mouse and hold it to reveal words in short phrases makes copying and pasting the message contents difficult. There is an optional countdown timer at the top of the page and the message is deleted permanently once that timer expires. There is no way to recover a message once this timer has passed, and the page can only be loaded once. Messages can also be password-protected. If you sig’5n up for an account, Burn Note will send the message link for you. Otherwise, you simply click the [Copy Link] button to copy the note URL and paste into an e-mail.


Recently, we had a service call at our home. The tech gave me his card and I noticed on the back of his business card it said “Business Cards are FREE at http://www.vistaprint.com!” The card looked pretty nice so I checked it out. You can order 250 free business cards. All you pay is shipping. They also have 250 premium business cards for only $10 with shipping included.

The iCache Geode

Until Near Field Communications (NFC) catches on here in the U.S. as it has in Europe, this may be the solution for those with an iPhone. The iCache Geode mobile wallet is a combination iPhone case and secure digital wallet for your credit cards, loyalty cards and membership cards secured by your fingerprint with its built-in biometric reader. It comes with a card reader which you attach and use to scan and store your cards. Then to use a card, you simply tap the Geode button and select a desired card. The case includes a universal GeoCard whose magnetic strip is temporarily programmed with your selected credit card data and works just like your regular credit cards. The case also features an e-ink screen that can be read by any bar code reader and replaces all of your loyalty and membership cards. The iCache Geode is $199.



Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”