Tag Archives: travel

FaceTime in the car for the ultimate GPS

One of the recurring themes in my marriage to my wife Aviva is her getting lost and calling me for help. When this started almost 16 years ago, she was new to Boston and had a job that required driving around … Continue reading

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App makes dialing into conference numbers from your cell phone easy

Have you ever tried to call into a conference number from you mobile phone?  It’s a royal pain. The challenge stems from the fact that once you dial the number, you have to enter a 9 or 10 digit conference … 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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A parent’s emergency mnemonic for bolting out the door with kids

Friday, April 19th was a hell of a day here in Cambridge.  In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, several communities went into lockdown as the police combed a 20 block area of nearby Watertown searching for the remaining … Continue reading

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TripIt Pro is absolutely worth the money, even if you travel infrequently

I’ve been using the free version of TripIt for years as a way to keep track of the reservation details of flights, hotels, and car rentals.  It’s brilliantly simple – you take the confirmation emails that you receive when you … Continue reading

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Why I switched to an AT&T mobile share plan

After having spent the past two years optimizing my AT&T plan for the lowest cost, I bit the bullet and switched us over to a mobile share plan.  I’m not saving the money I had been, but I’ve picked up … Continue reading

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My examination of an Apple mapping mistake shows that the fault lies with TomTom

In the midst of the media frenzy surrounding the flaws in Apple’s new Maps released in iOS 6, there has been a lot of finger pointing going on.  Apple has been quick to state that the problems are a result … Continue reading

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When flying with young children, make sure to bring a landing treat

We recently took a vacation out to San Francisco with our two young children, ages 2 and 4.  While we were excited for the trip, we knew that getting there and back was going to be tough.  There is just … Continue reading

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Traveling with three portable devices when one would be sufficient

My wife and I were sitting at the dining room table after the kids were in bed.  I was paying some bills on my laptop, and my wife was using the iPad (with a plug-in keyboard) to send emails.  In … Continue reading

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