Read the instructions first? Really?

Now comes the time for getting acquainted with our new products.  Assembly instructions.  Operating manuals.  Warranties.  Oh my. It’s not just the digital camera, the cell phone, the hand steamer, the bagless vacuum with three different filters, it’s also the computer which had to be replaced in an ill-timed holiday rush....more

Does a Male Name Mean More Success as a Writer?

Women have done some remarkable things over the years to feed their kids and keep a roof overhead. Not a few women have pretended to be men in order to advance in their chosen field. It's a particular temptation for a writer, because writers are represented by paper (or pixels) and not present in the flesh. Think George Sand, George Eliot, PD James, and Taylor Caldwell. ...more

Apparently you've got to be misogynist and male to get any attention in this system. Like ...more

Geek-lovers’ Gadget Gift Guide

Money is tight. Maybe you can't afford to give that new iMac your techie is longing for. But there are still many gadgets and services that the tech loving geek in your life will love. ...more

As an entrepreneur recently who entered the competition sponsored by the Golden Field office ...more

Note to Smartphone Makers: We Still Need to Be Able to Call People

It's a simple question, really. What is your phone for? Making calls, or checking email/browsing the web/using apps/playing games/updating Facebook/posting to Twitter...? Of course, your smartphone should do it all, right? But what if you had to choose? I am ready to retire my iPhone. I love it to death. I check my email. I have apps that sync with my desktop. I have games that lull me to sleep. (Because that's what games are good for, right?) I check the weather. Read headlines. Set an alarm to wake up. Find out where the heck I am on a map. ...more

I've hated my iPhone for phone calls almost since day one. The AT&T coverage is pathetic ...more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

Why Can't Twitter Be More Like Facebook or Linked In?

It can. Are you looking for a way for Twitter to locate mutual friends or people who know people you know? I love this feature on Facebook and often find BlogHers or long-lost classmates based on the application's suggestions as to people I may know because they know people I know. People who know people. Or some such. Now there is a Firefox add-on that will help you locate mutual friends you may share with the people you follow on Twitter. (Yeah, sorry, it only works in Firefox right now.) It's not exactly like what happens on Facebook, but it can be helpful. ...more

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Just hang up and drive!

That's right, hang up the damn phone! You're hurtling in 2 tons of machine down the street, weaving in and out of your lane, slowing down, speeding up, cutting people off. And you, backing out of your driveway, cutting me off (and fortunately not running over a child): I'm sorry, but I just don't get what is so damned important than you have to be yakking on the phone right after you got into your car. Couldn't you make the call, then drive? Oh, you weren't talking, you were texting? What are you, stupid? You're a hazard. A menace! ...more

Every frigging day that I walk I have to deal with cCell phone & texting users in cars. ...more

TV NOT Worth Watching? Mine for gold in TED Talks

Been a long day? Want to veg out on the couch for a couple of hours before bedtime with the TV? You turn on the tube and what happens? You find nothing but moronic programming, repeats of cop/detective/mystery shows, and movies you've seen twice already. You could shut the damn thing off and read the latest Diana Gabaldon novel. That would keep you busy for a while. Or you could go to your computer and be amazed and enlighted watching a video from TED Talks. ...more

I looove TED Talks! Have listened to many over the past few years, on everything from science ...more

With Green Hosting, Actual is Better Than Offsetting

With the trend quickly becoming to be more environmentally friendly, web hosting companies are doing their part to do less damage and even give back ecologically.  Most participate in the purchase of carbon offset credits - wind, solar and other clean energy dollar amounts equal to what the company produces - however, a few are actually using cleaner energy....more