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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: February 2, 2013

“A secret is something you can only tell one person…at a time.”

“Allen Ginsberg

Factoid #1: U.S. gun deaths in the 7 weeks since Sandy Hook Top 1,280.


Factoid #2: More than 200 shootings across this country just today.

Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News January 31 Broadcast

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

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Vulnerability

I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes: “Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it’s always something–if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” Roseanne Rosanadana.  In the January 12 newsletter, I warned about a Java security risk. Now I’m passing on news of a serious vulnerability in Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) affecting many network routers and both Windows and Mac OS X computers. Run the Rapid7 Router Security Check at this site to test your router. The test will indicate whether your router is vulnerable to external attack. If you are advised that you are vulnerable, you must turn off UPnP in your router. Instructions vary by router so check here and Google for additional information.


There are plenty of weather sites and LocalConditions.com is one of those, but what sets it apart and earned it a Sites of the Weeks entry is its road conditions reporting service. In addition to the local weather forecast including current conditions and 5-Day outlook, the site features an interactive map of live local traffic with flow, incidents and construction.

Fastest Gun

With gun violence so prominently featured in the news recently, I debated whether to feature this site or not that I received from my friend Jack. Bob Munden, was a world-renowned exhibition shooter with handguns, rifles and shotguns, but is most well-known for holding 18 world-records in Fast Draw and holding the title, “Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived.” Bob Munden passed away December 10, 2012 at the age of 70.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”