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Sites of the Week: January 25, 2015

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

– Dolly Parton

Factoid: With 88.8 firearms per 100 citizens, the USA has 35 percent to 50 percent of the civilian-owned firearms in the world.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes

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

Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

This site comes to you via my friend Ralph. In December 1968, Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first humans to leave Earth and travel to another body in space. This video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic flight and the crew’s capture of the famous Earthrise photo by using photo mosaics and elevation data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and other sources to recreate the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. The video is accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

NPR: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR’s All Songs Considered features live performances by musicians at Bob Boilen’s desk at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. You can find likely a few of your favorite musicians as well as discover ones you’ve never heard before. For me, I enjoyed hearing Yusuf/Cat Stevens perform one of my favorites and hearing the Dublin Guitar Quartet for the first time. Each intimate concert consists of just a few songs with the videos 10 – 15 minutes in length.

Allstate Digital Locker

You don’t have to be an Allstate customer to download and use Allstate Digital Locker which is a FREE and easy-to-use household inventory application. The app enables you to create an inventory by room or category of your personal property and store your data securely in the cloud. You can include photos, descriptions, serial numbers, purchase prices and dates of your items. Unfortunately though, to date there’s only an iOS version.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: September 14, 2013

“Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, but don’t swallow it.”

Hank Ketcham, cartoonist

Factoid: A 100-year flood or storm is an event that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year, said Robert Kimbrough, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado. Provisional data from a gauge on Boulder Creek, which runs through the town of Boulder, suggests that the flash flood that occurred there had about a 1 percent chance of occurring — thus, a “100-year-flood.”

NBC News

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


Even though you may have signed up for the Do Not Call registry, you’re probably still receiving robocalls. Last year, the FTC received a record 3.8 million complains, up 69 percent from 2011. Soon, you can do more than write down the phone number, hang up and call the FTC to report it. Available September 30, Nomorobo blocks annoying robocallers and telemarketers from calling your land line or cell phone. Nomorobo, which launches online in September free of charge. It was designed by Aaron Foss, who won a Federal Trade Commission contest for his invention.

Wi-Fi Analytics Tool

Free Windows and Android tool download that will analyze your Wi-Fi network and optimize its speed and coverage. The utility displays signal strength and also provides useful information such as which Wi-Fi channels are in use and whether there is potential interference from nearby networks.


Many years ago a family who lived across the street from us barely escaped with their lives when their house burned to the ground. I recall them saying how difficult it was to recall for insurance purposes all of their lost belongings. They said they tried to visualize each room and its contents. They also had to fight their insurance company because they had no records to prove their losses. That’s when I began keeping an inventory. EnsureMyStuff is an online secure inventory management system that allows you to create a detailed list of your personal belongings and insurance information. All data is encrypted and only viewable to a user with access credentials to your account. If disaster strikes, you’ll have a complete and detailed documentation of your belongings including photos and receipts. EnsureMyStuff is free to inventory two rooms. Standard membership is $8.85/mo. for unlimited inventory and up to 4 attachments per item. Android and iOS apps are in development for release late this year or early 2014.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”