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Friday, January 27, 2012

99 Cent Movies Through TIVO

For those of you who have been doing this for years, read no further. For the rest of the world this was my first experience using Amazon movies through my TIVO. I have an non-HD TIVO. I will have it until it dies and then I will consider a replacement. Due to the non-HD aspect of my TIVO I have been less than thrilled with the playback of many of the things I have TIVOed. However being genetically predisposed to use things until they drop, I have been unable to replace my TIVO. So on this past Christmas holiday when my choices of viewing were limited to reruns both OnDemand and live or animated chipmunks, I tried the movie feature through my TIVO.

I discovered that the viewing quality was excellent. Downloaded movies, for whatever reason, are much better viewing quality that what I TIVO. An additional discovery was that I could watch a movie for $0.99. That is $2.00 cheaper than anything on my Comcast OnDemand menu. In addition, I wanted to watch the first Sherlock Holmes movie to decide whether to go to the theater to see the new one. Sherlock Holmes was not to be found on Comcast.

A minor caveat, you will want to set up the Amazon synch prior to watching your movie as they caution it may take up to 30 minutes to download a movie.

To wrap it up, I saw a movie I wanted to see in my time frame, I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my humble abode to battle unruly holiday mobs and it cost me $0.99.

How is that for a Money Saving Tech Tip?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gillette ProGlide Styler

First this works really, really well so do not, I repeat do not use the trimmer without comb attachment unless you want a very, very tight cut. It isn’t shaving razor cut but it is Marine Corp tight. With that said, it works as advertised. I used it to trim my eyebrows, sideburns and shave. The shave was no better nor worse than my normal Gillette Fusion power razor, a nice shave but no better. The trimmer works very well as I now have serious whitewalls above my ears. I suggest the #2 comb as opposed to the no comb use.

I particularly like the ability to wash the hair out. That is a big deal since getting the hair out of even a razor can be problematic. This is a nice trimmer, I suspect it will be even nicer for the folks who have beards or mustaches. I couldn’t find a price on this anywhere so I don’t know if it is a good value but it is a good product.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Great Ways To Safeguard Against Life’s Not So Pleasant Surprises: A Guest Post

You never know what kind of challenges; hurdles and unexpected surprises that your life is going to come up with for you, and while there is nothing you can do about a lot of them, you can make things way easier on you and your family by being prepared.

You never know what kind of challenges, hurdles and unexpected surprises that your life is going to come up with for you, and while there is nothing you can do about a lot of them, you can make things way easier on you and your family by being prepared. Even just thinking about possible situations before hand can make a huge difference, though going a step further and getting some tools to help out if you need them, can mean a horrible situation all of a sudden is a lot less of a problem The following are some of the great ways that you can safeguard yourself against some of life’s not so pleasant surprises.

Income Protection Insurance

Having a serious health issue can be a traumatic experience, and often can come totally out of nowhere. So if you are unfortunate enough to have to take time off work to deal with a health concern, it’s a good idea to have a way to ensure that your income won’t just disappear once your few paid sick days are used up. Income Protection insurance is a great way to have you prepared for any hidden health hurdle that you may just have to deal with.

Travel Insurance

There is nothing better than finally having some time off work to relax and enjoy your holidays, though as unfair as it may seem, sometimes things don’t always work out, even on your special holiday. If you have the unpleasant surprise of being robbed, having travel plans ruined by poor weather or political disturbances, or you require health services, having travel insurance will ensure that you have all the back up you need to be able to deal with the situation and take whatever action necessary. Don’t go on any trip outside of your home country without good travel insurance.

Make A Will

The most unpleasant of surprises is obviously one that proves to be fatal. Make sure you have all your paperwork in order and a will made up just in case your number comes up sooner than you expected. Death isn’t something to be feared, it really is just another part of life, though make sure your death won’t create a nightmare for your family and get yourself a will made up while you have the time to do it properly.

A Panic Alarm

If you are an elderly person and live alone, a great way to be prepared for the unexpected and to give yourself some extra peace of mind is to get a panic alarm that you wear around your neck. This way if you have a fall, are attacked or have any other type of emergency you will be able to simply press the button and have someone come to your aid immediately.

Self Defense Skills

A great thing for every person to have is some basic self-defense skills. Hopefully you’ll never need to use them but if you have the unpleasant surprise of someone breaking into your home or attempting to attack you in a back alley, having skills enough to repel someone is a great thing to have. You shouldn’t need to do intensive training though you’ll be ready for just about anything armed with even just a couple of good self defense skills.

This is a guest post, I run them when I think they make sense for my blog. The links obviously benefit the linked companies. That is reasonable, they are writing a common sense article that has some value. I do not endorse any of the linked companies or products nor do I benefit in any manner except I have one less post to write.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Viewsonic VFA720W Digital Photo Frame

Viewsonic VFA720W Digital Photo Frame

I am a fan of these little photo slide show frames. This one is a nice size and supports SD cards and USB. I’m a little disappointed in the resolution though. It isn’t as clear as the last one I had. It was priced nicely but it certainly isn’t as nice as the no name brand that I had last time. Frankly I didn't check out how poor the resolution was, so note that when you buy your next one. The control settings are not that easy to use either. Clumsy best describes them. Frankly I'm almost shocked as I have had plenty of Viewsonic monitors over the years (I sold them.) and this picture frame is a disappointment.

Brand: ViewSonic
Model: FA720w-50

: Black
Screen Size:7"
480 x 234
Aspect Ratio
Format Card Reader Function
: Yes
Memory Card Supported
Image File Format

Power Supply

Slideshow with transition effects

USB Port
Intuitive menu control LED back light Contemporary frame

Dimensions & Weight:
8.66" x 7.09" x 2.64"//0.95lbs

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another Super Free Service--Weebly

Not long ago I wondered what value I was getting from my website. I don’t sell on it. I use it to inform people about my writing. $72/year was not exorbitant but besides having an email address that was to my website, what was I getting.

I pondered that and then Googled free websites and read reviews and read more reviews and then more reviews. I’m convinced that there is a positive, a negative and a neutral opinion on everything and it is on the web. I settled on Weebly. I haven’t found Google Adsense a revenue generator. If I had, I probably would not have chosen Weebly. The most frequent complaint I read about Weebly was that they take 50% of your Adsense revenue. Well, 50% of nothing is nothing so I wasn’t overly concerned about that.

They have a slick interface and idiot proof tools for creating and more importantly maintaining your website. It is easy to use, highly customizable and dismayingly more professional than the site that I had laboriously created myself using such antiquated tools as Pagemaker, Dreamweaver and WebPlus 4X. Not to mention software that I didn’t use long enough to remember its name.

So after a month, I am happy with what I created at Weebly…FOR FREE!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Free Tool For Your Web Site or Blog

Stat Counter is a super tool that is FREE. I have used it for several years and after recently redesigning my website I added more Stat Counter buttons. This software allows you to track the number of visitors to your site or to individual pages. It provides you with a report you can set to arrive at your time specifications, i.e. weekly, monthly etc.

It does not track ip addresses or who is visiting just numbers. It is customizable and can even be invisible. You can set it to show count or just to show you are counting. The reports are invaluable when you want to determine traffic changes. A great tool and did I mention.. IT’s FREE!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Great Monitor Deal 18.5" for $69, 3Year WarnT

This deal is at New Egg, it is VGA only but it is a great deal if you need a very nice monitor at a very low price and the three year warranty is outstanding.
I have no financial connection to New Egg or Acer and I earn nothing for posting this, it is just a darn good deal that fits well with Money Saving Tech Tips!

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Acer America G185HAb
Cabinet Color
Screen Size
LED Backlight
Recommended Resolution
1366 x 768
Viewing Angle
160°(H) / 160°(V)
Pixel Pitch
Display Colors
16.7 Million
250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio
50000:1(ACM), 1000:1
Response Time
Horizontal Refresh Rate
30 - 80KHz
Vertical Refresh Rate
55 - 75Hz
Complies with
Energy Star
Power Supply
Power Consumption
15.5W (typ.)
Regulatory Approvals
Stand Adjustments
Built-in TV Tuner
Built-in Speakers
HDCP Support
VESA Wall Mounting: 100 x 100mm
17.82" x 13.74" x 6.84"
8.81 lbs.
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years limited
3 years limited

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fujifilm Finepix F505EXR

This may be my 7th digital camera, I’m not sureanymore. It is as small as my lastcamera but with more features. I’m notsure what you couldn’t do as an amateur with this camera.

It fits into a front pocket on my jeans which is good sinceI will not hesitate to take it with me. The shutter lag I have had in many of my digital cameras does not existin this camera. If you have activegrandchildren, that is huge. I took avideo of my one grandson playing the piano in very low light conditions. The video was more than adequate. I am not impressed with the microphonethough. If you are looking for goodsound quality in your video, this isn’t your first choice.

The self timer is self evident and works well. I particularly like the burst feature, againthe active grandkids. This helps get agood photo when they are moving. Thered eye does not seem to screw up the shutter speed which I noticed in one ofmy past cameras. Red eye removal workswell.

It took 1 hour and 50 minutes to charge the battery. That is the bad news. The good news is that I have taken a boatloadof photos and video and the battery is still going strong. I have long avoided cameras that used proprietarybatteries due to the expense of a backup battery. I have always tried to have cameras thatused AA batteries. This battery maychange my mind due to it’s apparent staying power.

My photos have turned out as I expected and I am pleasedwith the camera. This would be a goodchoice if you are looking for a pocket size, full featured 16megapixel digitalcamera. I think it would make aterrific stocking stuffer!

I was provided this camera for review purposes.
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