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Shortcut: Simple rubber strips to make a phone easier to hold without the bulk of a case

A few weeks ago, my iPhone pulled a disappearing act worthy of Houdini. I was taking an early 6:30 am shuttle flight from Boston to La Guardia. As the plane taxied away from the gate, I checked for any last … Continue reading

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Shortcut: Overcome cell network congestion by dropping to 4G

Ever been in some crowded area, like an airport, and tried to pull up a web page on your phone? Your connection strength looks fine with three or four bars, the LTE symbol shows up, but the pages just hang… … Continue reading

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If you travel frequently, take a look at Arro app for taxis

I find myself traveling down to New York from my home base of Boston at least once a month.  While I generally aim for taking the subway and Amtrak, there are a lot of times I find myself in a … Continue reading

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Am I really saving money as a cord cutter?

A little over five years ago, we cut the cable cord. I had analyzed our television watching, and we really just watched a handful of shows.  I concluded that if I set up a TiVo with an Over The Air … Continue reading

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Answered: What is the project at the Artesani Playground on Soldiers Field Road?

Over the last few weeks, crews have shut down the parking lot at the Artesani Playground on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton, a neighborhood in Boston.  It is the most bizarre system of giant rubber tubes that seem to be … Continue reading

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Parents: create a treasured memory by recording your baby’s lullaby

A few months after I started dating the woman I would eventually marry, we made a visit to Boston over President’s Day weekend. One evening, we had dinner at the home of her long time family friends, which was a not … Continue reading

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Speed up customer service by using Twitter instead of calling on the phone

Last weekend, I was booked on a Southwest flight from Boston to Nashville for a series of work meetings. Most of the Northeast had been crippled by a winter storm, but both Boston and Nashville just received glancing blows. My flight … Continue reading

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Putting a home repair theory to the test

About four and a half years ago, I posted about my belief that warranties usually aren’t worth the money. Our sump pump had failed, and the company that had installed it charged me $850 to put in a new one. … Continue reading

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Star Wars makes great strides in creating strong female characters, but the toy makers lag far behind

  Without revealing any spoilers about the new Star Wars movie, I can safely say this… they have made great strides in creating  strong female characters. While there were initial concerns about there being relatively few female characters in the … Continue reading

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A kids’ superhero book that’s actually worth buying

With the holiday season now officially started and gift shopping in full swing, I thought I would take a moment to share a surprising book I stumbled across… a superhero book that is actually worth buying. Every time my son … Continue reading

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