Tagged: utility

Sites of the Week: May 17, 2014

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”

– Leo Aikman

Factoid: On average, American audiences watch just 9 percent—or roughly 17—of the 189 TV channels available to them.

A.C. Nielsen

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

International Space Station HD Earth Viewing

This site is very cool. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment was activated April 30, 2014. Four HD cameras on the exterior of the space station stream live video of Earth for online viewing. If the image you’re viewing is black, it just means the International Space Station is on the night side of Earth. Since it orbits the earth every 90 minutes, you won’t have long to wait. For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here. The image also turns gray when switching between cameras or communications with the ISS is temporarily unavailable.


A recent episode of Portlandia had a Rent It Out segment that highlighted the growth of the “sharing economy”. This site is a peer-to-peer rental clearinghouse matching up private individuals who wish to rent their unused room, house or apartment with those seeking accommodations. Airbnb offers 250,000 rooms in over 30,000 cities in nearly 200 countries. You can save money while also finding unique accommodations.

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities is a free all-in-one utility offering a suite of tools for maintaining your Windows PC. I’ve used it myself and recommend it. Ccleaner is an alternative cleaner and optimization tool you may also want to consider.

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!”

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!”