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Why one NPR show wins my support but the other loses out

I’m a sucker for NPR shows that offer t-shirts in exchange for a donation. I like supporting the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis, and when one of them offers a t-shirt, I immediately pull out my wallet. … Continue reading

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Using your iPad or iPhone to sign contracts electronically or scan documents

My wife and I both switched jobs this year, so we have had to email a large number of documents back and forth. There were employment contracts to sign, background forms to complete, and so on. Before the days of … Continue reading

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Fix it now or wait until it breaks?

Most things in life get replaced at one of two points – when it breaks, or when it becomes obsolete.  Well, perhaps obsolete isn’t quite the right word.  I’ve owned seven or eight coffee makers in my life, but only … Continue reading

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Rationalizing a subscription to Amazon Prime and finding it generally useful

Amazon has designed their free two-day-shipping Prime subscription program well.  For any item sold directly by Amazon, you can just order it while you sit on the couch and know you will have it the day after tomorrow with no … Continue reading

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When traveling with kids, renting a car using Hertz Gold is a must

We just returned from a trip to the California with our two kids, ages 3 and 5.  Flying with kids is never easy, but for the for the first time, it wasn’t difficult, either. Their attention spans are now long … Continue reading

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Underwriting on NPR finally pays off for Ally Bank – I’m dumping E-Trade Bank and opening an account

Since today is Valentine’s Day, it’s appropriate that I am making a big relationship change – I’m dumping my old bank and opening an account with Ally. Ally has been chasing me for years now.  I’m a huge NPR podcast … Continue reading

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Being a packrat finally pays off after 16 years

I admit it… I’m not very good at throwing things away.  Ever since I left college 16 years ago, I have a hard time parting with anything that I think might be useful again some day. If you walk around … Continue reading

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