Author Archives: jrothmanshore

My favorite travel gear – electronics edition

As I have spent more time traveling over the past several months, I’ve settled on a set of must-have electronics that make the logistics a lot easier. I thought I would share some of my favorites. Take the HEAVIER iPhone … Continue reading

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Shortcut: How to cheat when your child tells you to close your eyes

With my kids now ages five and seven, they often get quite involved in their projects. They will build forts out the couch, or draw elaborate pictures and mazes, or set up theatrical performances for us to watch. They are … Continue reading

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Solved: How to move iPhone contacts to a different account on the device itself

Last week, I discovered that my wife’s iPhone has been incorrectly saving all new contacts locally on the iPhone, rather than storing them in Gmail. I stumbled on the issue when setting up a new MacBook Pro for her to … Continue reading

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How my iPhone 6 Plus wore out the pocket of my jeans

At this point, I’m fairly used to people jokingly asking me if my iPhone 6 Plus fits in pocket. Yes, it fits, no problem. Well, as it turns out, “no problem” turns out to be a slight exaggeration. A few weeks … Continue reading

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Shortcut: Convert unwanted retail store gift cards into iTunes credits

Gift cards always make me a little uncomfortable. I worry that I am going to stick them in a drawer somewhere and forget about them, effectively wasting the money on them. So when I get one, I find myself rushing … Continue reading

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How Twitter saved my credit card

Once again, staying active on Twitter has paid off. This time, it saved my credit card. For a few days between Christmas and New Year’s, my wife and I took a short trip to New York City while the kids … Continue reading

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I can admit it: I’m superstitious

Living in Boston, I am surrounded by devoted fans of the Red Sox and Patriots. I don’t really follow sports, and I am always caught by surprise when I see lots of people wearing sweatshirts with the Patriots logo or Red … Continue reading

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Home Depot is missing a huge opportunity by not selling toy tools for kids

This morning, I needed to make a trip to the Home Depot to pick up a dehumidifier and some other supplies.  My older daughter was having a playdate with some friends, and I needed to coax my younger four-year-old son … Continue reading

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A four-year-old superhero on a special mission

Lately, my four-year-old son Rafael has been quite taken with dressing up as a superhero.  If you asked him who he was, he would probably say Captain America, but it’s more of a mashup of Spider Man, the Flash, and … Continue reading

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The Lands’ End science t-shirt I bought for my daughter ends up being a surprise hit

Lands’ End caused quite the stir this past summer over their science t-shirts. As part of their 2014 clothing line, they had a series of science themed shirts with diagrams showing the planets or detailed skeletons of dinosaurs. However, when a … Continue reading

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