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Sites of the Week: January 31, 2015

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

– Vince Lombardi

Factoid: Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the public participated in a survey last fall. Eighty-seven percent of the scientists questioned said human activity was the main cause of global climate change, compared with 50 percent of the public. There was an even bigger chasm over genetically modified foods, with 88 percent of the scientists saying they were safe to eat, compared with 37 percent of the public. On evolution, 98 percent of scientists said humans had evolved over time, compared with 65 percent of the public.

Pew Research Center

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

SafeShare.tv
http://safeshare.tv

SafeShare is a website that takes YouTube videos and removes the distractions and advertisements we’re all familiar with. SafeShare even removes the ads that are shown before many videos. Using SafeShare is simple. Just paste the YouTube link into SafeShare.tv and you are given a new link to use instead of the YouTube link. As an example of the clean, uncluttered video, check out this video forwarded by my friend Jack about a mechanic who built a unique truck. Click here.

Should You Cut the Cord?
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox

Are you thinking of cutting the cord? Many people are switching from cable or satellite to streaming alternatives including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and now Sling TV. But how many of these services can you subscribe to before you’re paying more than you would for cable or satellite? Use Slate’s calculator to help you decide.

What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)
https://www.yahoo.com/travel/what-every-state-in-the-u-s-is-worst-at-105417305752.html

We all recognize that each state in the U.S. is unique with its own strengths and weaknesses, but have you ever wonder what each state is worst at? I guess it’s not surprising that Hawaii has the highest homelessness rate (465 per 100,000) although you do wonder how they were able to travel there. Anyway, you may find some surprises in this Yahoo! Travel article.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: March 10, 2013

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and turns into a racket.”

Eric Hoffer, American moral and social philosopher (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983)

 

Factoid: More than 41% of births were to unwed mothers compared to 33% a decade earlier. 

2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States

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

Ooma
http://www.ooma.com/

I’m not ready to give up my landline, but I was tired of paying $55/month to CenturyLink. My nephew, Jacob, told me about Ooma which is a VoIP service. You can purchase the Ooma box at many locations for $150 or less. Set-up is easy and takes just minutes. We are able to use all of our existing phones and voice quality is excellent. Ooma offers both basic and premium service plans. The basis plan is FREE. You pay only applicable taxes and fees (typically $3 – $5/month). The premium plan is $100 annually or $9.99/month and offers all of the features we had with the phone company plus a few extras such as the option to simultaneously ring your mobile phone and home phone. You can also receive e-mail messages with an mp3 file attachment of voice messages. We’ve had our home phone number for years so we chose to keep it. Porting it to Ooma was free and took less than a week. You can try Ooma risk-free. The Ooma box has a 30-day return policy and Ooma offers a 60-day free trial of their premium service.

 

Stick-N-Find
http://www.sticknfind.com/product/sticknfind

This site features three ingenious products:

Stick-N-Find: This small disc with an adhesive backing is a Bluetooth tracker with a range of about 100 feet.  It uses a standard watch battery that is good for roughly 1 year.  The product enables you to track valuable items such as luggage, smart keys or tablets using your Android or iPhone. Another nice feature is Virtual Leash.  If an item with a sticker moves away more than the specified distance from your phone, an alarm will sound to alert you. A pair of these trackers runs $49.99, but I wish I had one on my car’s smart key before I lost it and learned that a replacement was $400.

BluTracker: This is a small Bluetooth GPS locator able to track an outdoor location within less than 10 ft. With a range of over ½ mile, it is ideal for locating lost pets. The BluTracker costs $69.99 and includes a USB charger. The battery lasts for over 2 months in between charges.

MeterPlug: This device resembles a 3-prong plug adaptor. It plugs in between any appliance and the outlet. It measures your consumption and sends that information to your Android or iPhone where the app displays your real electricity costs for your location. Both live and historical data is displayed. You can program it to turn off an appliance at a specified time or when you leave, and turn back on when you return. You can also manually turn on or off any appliance connected to MeterPlug within a 100 ft. range. Although this is a cool idea and it might be worthwhile to determine whether that space heater is worthwhile, the $50 price seems hard to justify. USA, UK and European plugs are available.

 

Opening Themes
http://www.OpeningThemes.tv

This fun, nostalgic site features the opening theme songs from hundreds of TV shows. Songs are organized alphabetically and by decade making it easy to replay a piece of your childhood.

 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: December 8, 2012

“Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths without giving offense.”

Winston Churchill

Factoid: Just 2.8% of bills introduced in this Congress have been passed.

Los Angeles Times

 

Chag Hanukkah sameach!

I received the following earlier this week from my sister, Cathy:

An old man in Miami calls up his son in New York and says, “Listen, your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough.”

“Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams.

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” he says. “I’m sick of her face, and I’m sick of talking about this, so call your sister in Chicago and tell her,” and he hangs up.

Now, the son is worried. So he calls up his sister. She says, “Like hell they’re getting divorced!” and calls her father immediately. “You’re not getting divorced! Don’t do another thing, the two of us are flying home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, don’t call a lawyer, don’t file a paper, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and she hangs up.

The old man turns to his wife and says “Okay, they’re coming for Christmas and paying their own airfares.”

I think you’ll enjoy this short video my wife shared with me:

http://entertainment.msn.com/videopreview/?channelindex=9&from=en-us_msnhp#/video/b6ad249f-5aa7-4891-afb2-348f1b7473a2

 

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

OneSimpleWish

http://onesimplewish.org/

Over 500,000 children live in the foster care system in the U.S. Foster care often includes multiple home and institution placements–sometimes within the same year or even month. One Simple Wish is a nonprofit organization founded four years ago. Their goal is to brighten the lives of abused, neglected and homeless foster children by fulfilling their wishes. They do this by connecting these foster children people with people like us. Their site features wishes from these children who make their wishes through One Simple Wish’s network of partners and organizations. Wishes can be clothing, school supplies, music lessons, etc. with most wishes ranging from $5 to $100. If you wish to  help, just search their wish database. After finding a wish you’d like to grant, click on [Grant Wish]. You can then either pay for the wish online or send a check for the wish value shown. Once payment is received, One Simple Wish will purchase the wish on your behalf and arrange delivery.

RoboForm

http://www.roboform.com/

I’ve written in the past about the importance of online security. The Username for many sites is your e-mail address which can easily be uncovered. This means nothing stands between you and a hacker other than your password. Strong passwords are critical and if 2-step verification is available, you should take advantage of it.  Those of you who know me won’t be surprised when I say that I take security seriously. In spite of this, in the past 6 months two of my online accounts were compromised even though both accounts had passwords that were upper/lower-case, alphanumeric and 8 characters. Fortunately, I discovered the intrusion and quickly changed my password before any damage could be done.

Your best protection is:

  1. Create strong passwords consisting of 8+ characters consisting of upper/lower-case, alphanumeric, special characters that can’t be found in a dictionary such as Z*dkdLbx2X.
  2. Use unique passwords (i.e. do not use the same password on multiple sites).
  3. Update your passwords regularly.

The problem with the above guidelines is how do you remember your passwords. I’ve mentioned RoboForm in the past. It is a leading password management program that automatically generates strong passwords, securely remembers them, automatically logs you into Web sites and auto-fills online forms with one-click ease. I purchased RoboForm Desktop over 6 years ago and absolutely love it. However, with the even stronger passwords I recently implemented, I needed a way to sync my passwords on my home and work notebooks, iPad and iPhone so I upgraded to RoboForm Everywhere. The cost of the RoboForm Desktop license is a 1-time $29.95 while the RoboForm Everywhere license is subscription-based with an introductory 1 year license price of only $9.95. Warning: Shameless self-promotion.  If you decide to purchase RoboForm Everywhere, please click here and I will receive a 3-month extension to my RoboForm Everywhere subscription.

Every Apple TV Ad Ever Made

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUKB83fAKU3YoXXuGDH5B1YA&page=1

This site comes to you by way of my wife Betty and is a compilation of every Apple TV ad ever broadcast.

 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”