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A phantom zone for kids’ toys and artwork

“Jeremy, why is there a kid’s bath toy in the closet?” my wife asked me this morning. “I’m trying to get rid of it,” I answered. No further explanation needed. My wife knew exactly what I was up to. The item … Continue reading

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Shortcut: Getting a Mac to behave during presentations and conference calls

One of the best things about leaving the world of enterprise software for a small startup a few years ago was getting to use a Mac as my primary work machine. The interface is refreshingly modern, I can send and receive … Continue reading

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Breaking a bad habit with some help from an app

The last time I drank a soda was at a casual business lunch on Wednesday, May 21st.  My coworkers each ordered a sandwich and a soda to go with it, so I did too. I was trying to cut soda … Continue reading

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Answered: What’s inside a Crest “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tube

Have you seen the “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tubes from Crest? Rather than being a flexible tube that crumples as you use it, they are a more rigid tube that always stands nicely on the sink counter. They claim that … Continue reading

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Today’s Legos have too many specialty pieces, and how I’m fixing it for my own kids

Like many parents, I want my kids to experience some of the memories I cherish most from my own childhood, and this means having a great Lego collection in the house. I spent thousands of hours as a kid building … Continue reading

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Shortcut: Generate realistically distributed randomized data in Excel

I recently wanted to create some randomized data for use in a simple proof-of-concept experiment.  I was creating a simulated population of users in various locations around the world, and so I needed to take a few hundred rows and … Continue reading

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Shortcut: convert pre-paid credit cards to Amazon gift certificates for easy spending

Pre-paid credit cards sound good, but they are really quite a hassle. These are often given as a gift or a reward that comes in the form of a one-use credit card. It has already been loaded with a specific … Continue reading

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