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August 13, 2022

Business Card Generator

Create Professional Looking Cards quickly

Are you looking for a creative and unique way to create your business cards?

If so, then you should check out Business Card Generator. This website allows you to create custom business cards that reflect your unique personality and style. You can choose from a variety of templates or design your own card from scratch. You can also add text, images, and logos to make your card stand out from the competition. Best of all, Business Card Generator is free to use!

Website Description

Business Card Maker allows you to easily create business cards in seconds, for free, using high quality professional designs, in your web browser without having to install any extra software.

Just type in your contact details on the business card, add a logo or picture, and get a printable PDF that you can print at home or at your local printer, or a high quality picture that you can share on Facebook, or anywhere else online.

Business Card Generator

August 12, 2022

Combine Similar Images

Easy Tool to generate a new combine image

There are times when I want to combine two similar screenshots. Usually, it's because I want to combine multiple popovers over text.

It happened this week. I had a screenshot of tooltips that had data and they didn't match up. I wanted to create a screenshot with the two pieces of data.

It's been a while since I did it, and I can't believe that I didn't blog about it in the past. So here's how I combined two images that had just a slight change.

Combine Image Difference

So the key to get this done is to use the Focus Merge in Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo's Focus Merge feature is a great way to combine similar images into one composite. This can be especially useful for landscapes or photos with a lot of detail. By selecting the images you want to merge and then using the Focus Merge tool, Affinity Photo will automatically align and blend the images together for you.

Focus Merge

To create a new Focus Merge, go under the File menu and select "New Focus Merge."

Add a similar image that you want to merge together.

Then use the "New Focus Merge" tool to add and remove sections from each image. This takes some practice, basically, you select the layer and remove anything that you want.

It makes takes some time to understand this tool. It is the fastest way that I have found to combine similar images and touch them up.

The above image only took me 3-mins to clean up. It really is a useful tool for combining similar images.

August 11, 2022

California Commercials

Classic Commercials from 1999

These are just some of the commercials that I found on a VHS tape in my collection. It was interesting to take a step back in time of the early internet.

These are 12 commercials that I feel that are worth sharing.

Feature Commercials

  • Introduction
  • Be there tomorrow. Stop Smoking Today.
  • Do You Smell Smoke?
  • Flex Your Power
  • California Earthquake Authority
  • California Lottery - Who's Next?
  • SuperLOTTO Plus Mega Number
  • Best Buy - Now Open
  • Good Guys
  • eTrade - The Lottery
  • - Financial Advice you can actually understand.
  • Microsoft - We salute the Imagination that drives the Developer.
  • Sprint PCS - The clear alternative to cellular
August 10, 2022

Zip Disk Riser

Another Way to Reuse Stuff

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about using floppy disk as a monitor riser. This week's post is about using Iomega zip disks as a riser.

I ended up buying a lot of zip disks back in the late 1990s. I was obsessed with using them as a backup. Nowadays, I don't think I can read the data as my zip drive doesn't seem to be working.

I thought having them as a monitor riser would add a little tech appeal to my desk.

Zip Disk Monitor Riser

Things I Learned

Two Zip Disk Case equals an inch in height. This means that to raise it 3 inches, I needed 18 disk cases. This is because I have set up three stacks to balance the monitor.

As for Floppies it takes 10 Disks to raise it one inch. I also have set up three stacks. So for ever inch of height, I need 30 disks.

Bare VHS tapes are about 1-inch in height. Since they are bigger, you might be able to get away with 2 stacks.

Cassette Tapes in the cases are about 3/4 inch. I would recommend having 6 stacks. This is because the cassettes are smaller and it would be easier to balance the weight of the display.

Not only is using Zip Disks / Floppies / Cassette Tapes or VHS tapes good recycling but they add a nice decoration to your desk.

The bad thing is that you can't put anything under them - unless you spread them out and have a board on top. That might be something I'll do someplace else on my desk - stay toon for a future blog post!

August 9, 2022

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Map of the Famous Stars in Hollywood

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles. Spanning 15 blocks and containing more than 2,600 stars, it's easy to see why this attraction is so popular. The Walk of Fame honors celebrities who have made a significant contribution to the entertainment industry.

If you're planning on visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there are a few things you should know. First and foremost, be sure to wear comfortable shoes - the walk can be quite long and tiring! Also, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water; it can get quite hot in LA! Finally, don't forget your camera - there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way!

1997 Map

I visited Hollywood and got a map of the star locations. This doesn't include all the stars just some of the popular ones.

Over the years, there has been a lot more has been added - but this is still a good map to use as a reference. (At least you don't have to spend $10+ for one in Hollywood.)

Download the PDF version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame map.

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August 8, 2022

Breast Cancer Relief Committee Pac

Automation Call Gone Wrong

There is a Political nonprofit that has been calling people asking them to contribute to their organization. According to a report, this is a scam as most of the money raised doesn't go to help any Breast Cance Relief. The calls are misleading and very deceptive.

Listen to this call in action...

August 7, 2022

Mystery Text Messages

Creative Way to Respond to the Text Scams

Recently I have been getting a lot of strange text messages. I think scammers are starting their transition from phone calls to text messages.

Here's a sample message that I recently received:

Apple Text Scam

Good Response

I thought of a creative way to respond to these mystery text messages- once I confirmed that these are fake messages. Here's my new response:

Federal Communication Disclosure: Text and voice messages sent to this number will be archived. All content will be available to the public at the National Archives of the United States. All text messages may be monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

What do you think? Will this scare people from replying?

August 6, 2022

Open Badge

Cool Tool to create custom badges

Badge Builder is an online design tool that allows users to create custom badges. With Badge Builder, you can create a badge in minutes with no design experience required. Just select the type of badge you want to create, add your text and images, and customize the colors and fonts to match your brand. Badge Builder makes it easy to create professional-looking badges that will help promote your business or event.

There are 102 badge designs to select your best badge.

Website Description

Our Badge Design tool is freely available for you to use to create open badge images. Please design, edit and export your badge images and use them to recognize your achievements.

Badge Builder

Sample Images


P D F Badge

August 5, 2022

OBS Studio

Great Tool to Capture External Video

One of the limitations of Final Cut Pro is that you can't capture Video/Audio from a USB source. So if your using an UDB capture card you can't record it in Final Cut Pro.

Quicktime is an alternative solution, but I have been thinking there has to be a better way. The OBS Project looks to be a good solution. I'll be using this tool to capture video from my VHS player to my iMac.

OBS Studio macOS

Five Things I Like About OBS Studio

Instant Audio - When I launch OBS I can hear the input audio right away. I don't need to turn up the audio every time I launch the application. If you use Quicktime for video recording, you know what I mean.

Easily Record Segments of Video Feed - I can click Start Recording and Stop Recording when ever I want. In Quicktime, when you stop recording the 'main feed' is gone and your 'stuck' with the recording window waiting for me to save. The nice thing about this format is that I can save clips with relevant names. The bad thing is that it takes time away from doing the next clip. OBS Capture makes it easy to focus on the capture part.

Separate Scene Setting - I can setup different input configurations and easily switch between them using the Scene collection.

Quality Video - OBS Capture has Good Quality input. I am not loosing quality by using OBS Studio. I can capture raw video/audio and make final edits in Final Cut Pro.

Enhance with Filters - I can apply filters on Import. There are eleven filters available: Apply LUT, Chroma Key, Color Correction, Color Key, Crop/Pad, Image Mask/Blend, Luma Key, Render Delay, Scaling/Aspect Ratio, Scroll, Sharpen.

Still Lots of Learning

I am just getting started learning how to use OBS Capture. The application looks to be what I am looking for in a USB Video capture.

There are a couple of tricks I had to learn to get started:

Getting Audio to Play While Recording

People use OBS Capture to stream games and things on your computer. The OBS Project team disabled playing audio on capture because of audio feed back. It's easy to enable it once you have your Audio Input and Video capture sources enabled:

Select Edit Menu and then Advance Audio Properties Scroll to the right and under 'Audio Monitoring' use the pull down option list and select 'Monitor and Output'

O B S Audio Properties

Showing Only the Live View

When you first launch OBS Capture, you see two video windows. You can simplify the view by only showing the one view. This is done by clicking on 'Studio Mode' in the Controls section.

Program View O B S

August 4, 2022


Various clips from a 2001 broadcast

When I was living in California in the early 2000s, I watched a lot of KRON News. There was something about it that made the stories enjoyable and I did learn a log.

This series of clips came from a VHS tape recorded in early January 2001.

TBT Feature

This 6-minute video features the following clips:

KRON News Promotion - Lots of changes were going on with KRON 4 as New York City-based Young Broadcasting recently bought the station. At the time they ran various promotions to keep loyal viewers.

KRON Morning Team Promotion - a 15-second promotion of KRON News morning team.

California Power Crisis - 30- second promotion for the Power crisis show that would air later that night. This was a KRON news TV special.

California Power Crisis Show Introduction - A 2-minute introduction that highlights some of the power crisis in 2001.

AOL 6.0 - 30-second commercial for AOL 6.0.

Pacific Bell DSL - A 30-second commercial for Pacific Bell. Kind of a weird way to sell DSL services.

XFL Bay Area - A 30-second commercial for the new XFL league. This air a month before the 2001 inaugural season. This aired during the sports section of KRON news. The Oakland Raiders were a game away from going to the Super Bowl. The San Francisco Demons were the XFL team.

Taco Bell - This 30-second commercial Taco Bell commercial features the Zesty Fiesta Burrito.

Jack in the Box - This 30-second commercial features Brad at the convention hall. For $25,000 he will try your food and tell you if he likes it. Jack doesn't give in.

August 3, 2022

Propane Tanks

How to Get Rid of Expired Tanks.

If you have a small collection of expired Propane tanks in your yard, it's probably because you don't want to have to pay a fee to dispose of them. As a result, some people have a small collection of tanks behind the shed or next to the grill.

But what can you do with those old propane tanks? You don't want them taking up space in your yard, but you also don't want to pay for disposal. Luckily, there is an easy solution: recycle them!

There are several companies that will recycle your old propane tanks for free. All you need to do is call and schedule a pick-up time. Then, simply leave the tanks at the curb and they will be taken away for recycling. It's that easy!

So if you're looking for an easy way to get rid of those old propane tanks, recycling is the solution for you!

Blue Rhino
You can see someone left an empty tank next to the Blue Rhino cage.

Blue Rhino to the Rescue.

Did you know that you could simply drop off any unused/unneeded tank at a Blue Rhino establishment and they will recycle the tank for you - for free!

I didn't know this until recently and was so happy to find out. I had an old propane tank in my backyard that I no longer needed and was dreading trying to get rid of it. But, Blue Rhino makes it easy! They take the tanks, recycle them, and turn them into new tanks - all for free. So if you have an extra tank or two lying around, be sure to take advantage of this great recycling program from Blue Rhino!

Used the location finder on Blue Rhino website for the nearest drop off point.

Simply place the propane tank next to the cage and walk away - there's no need to go inside the establishment.

August 2, 2022

Boston Celtics Lineup

April 13, 1986 Lineup

In my collection, I found an old Boston Celtics program from 1986. I probably got this when I went to a game. In the middle of the program is the lineup for the Boston Celtics vs the New Jersey Nets.

The Boston Celtics won this game 135 to 107.

The Boston Celtics would go on to win the 1986 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets.

Here is the line card of that April 13, 1986 game. (Download the PDF file)

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August 1, 2022

Medicare Scam Calls

Quick Sample of the Calls

I keep getting these Medicare Scam calls. Here's a quick clip of two calls that I got today. These are short because I don't think the people that are calling are paying much attention to the calls being successful.

If you are getting a lot of these calls make sure to report it! You can report Medicare scams to the FTC at or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Medicare Scam Calls Video

July 31, 2022

Lawn mower repair

Advice on Taking Care of Your Push Mower

Recently I had issues with my lawn motor. It was smoking and wasn't always starting. I saw a lawn sign for a local small engine repair guy. I had him check it out and see what was wrong with the machine.

My Craftsman 675 Series Lawn Mower stopped working.

Things I Learned

He told me that I had too much oil in the engine and was flooded. It appears that there were oil deposits in the filter. It took him a lot of work. It cost me $140 for the repair.

He said I was fortunate as many people lose their machines because the cost of repair is greater than the device itself.

He advised not to leave gasoline in the tank in the winter. He suggested letting the gas burn out at the last use in the fall.

The blade didn't need replacing but he suggested that next year to replace it.

He told me that it's natural to see some smoke when starting the engine with new oil. The smoke should go away shortly after using the lawnmower. If it doesn't, make sure to stop the lawnmower and check the oil level.

Thoughts on Taking Care of a Push Mower

There is a lot of debate on the best way to take care of a push lawn mower. Some people say that you should only use a specific type of oil, others recommend using gasoline and ethanol mixed together. But what is the right answer for taking care of your push lawn mower?

The truth is that there isn't just one answer when it comes to how to properly take care of your push lawn mower ' it depends on the make and model you have. However, there are some general tips that will help keep your machine running smoothly all season long:

  • Always read the owner's manual before starting up your machine. This will give you specific instructions on how to operate and maintain your particular model.
  • -Be sure to sharpen or replace blades regularly ' dull blades can cause damage to the grass and make pushing the mower more difficult.
  • -Check engine oil levels before each use, and be sure to refill if needed (using proper viscosity oil as specified by the manufacturer).
  • -Keep in mind that overfilling or underfilling engine oil can also cause problems, so always consult the owner's manual for correct fill level specs
  • -If possible, avoid leaving the machine in direct sunlight or other extreme weather conditions; excessive heat or cold can damage internal parts over time

If you follow these simple tips, you can help ensure that your push lawnmower lasts for many seasons!

July 30, 2022

Grammar Check

Make your text look professional

Is your writing looking a little rough around the edges? Are you worried about grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors? Relax! There's an easy solution: Grammar Check.

Grammar Check is a free online tool that helps you find and correct mistakes in your writing. Simply copy and paste your text into the online editor, and Grammar Check will identify any errors for you. It's that easy!

So why wait? Start using Grammar Check today to help improve your writing skills!

Grammar Checker will find common Grammar Errors, Spelling Errors, Punctuation Errors, and Capitalization errors

Website Description

Grammar checker is a revolutionary AI writing assistant software. It allows you to check grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and other writing mistakes. Our punctuation checker tool is easy to use and available in a web-based version. It checks spelling, grammar, and punctuation and suggests corrections according to grammar rules.

Grammar is the set of rules that gives us the ability to make sentences. It is a fundamental skill for learning how to speak and write. English grammar isn't always as simple as it seems. Understanding the rules of grammar is one thing but learning when and how to use them is another.

Our artificial intelligence writing assistant tool checks English grammar errors and suggests corrections without changing the meaning of the original message. It makes sure your content is well-written, and error-free. It is also useful for those people who want to learn the English language by using their own mistakes. We help millions of people with grammar and punctuation daily.

Grammer Check

July 29, 2022

Page Curl

Image Tricks is the Best Option

Back in 2017, I blogged about using Page Curl in Graphic Converter. At the time it was the only application that offered any decent page curl effect.

Turns out the Page Curl library is part of Apple's Core Image library. So any application that uses Core Images has the ability to add the Page Curl with Shadow functionality.

I was surprise to see that Affinity Designer. Affinity Photo, Pixelmator Pro and Photoscape X don't offer any page curl feature. Yes, you can always use masks and layers but there has to be an easy way.

While it's not something that I use all the time, it would be nice to add a page curl effect. Besides Apple provides the library for free.

Image Tricks Page Curl
Image Tricks is a great application to add Page Curl to any image.

Image Tricks

Image Tricks by Belight Software, offers a lot of the Core Image functionality. It's a nice application that makes simple touch ups easy.

To get the best use of Image Tricks, I would suggest getting the pro version. It's only $9.99 - a one-time fee. You can read my quick review from the March 4th blog post.

Page Curl in Image Tricks Pro

Here are some notes from my use of the Page Curl feature in Image Tricks Pro:

There are nine options for Page Curl with Shadows: Time, Angle, Radius, Shadow Size, Shadow Amount, Extent, Shadow Extent, Target Image, and Backside Image. You can use these settings to customize the look of your page curl.

To make the curl appear on the bottom right, set Time: .2, Angle: 2.44, Radius 28.71.

To make the curl appear on the top right: set Time: .31, Angle: -2.29, Radius: 28.71

When you click on the thumbnail on the Backside image or the Target image you get some images to pick from. This is a feature not offered in GraphicConverter.

Easy and Fast

If you're looking to add Page Curl effects to any image, I highly recommend using Image Tricks.

July 28, 2022

Apple Studio Display

Appears to Be Broken

I've been using my Apple Studio Display LCD monitor for a while and it has always worked great, but today it just stopped working! The screen is completely black and I can't seem to get it to work no matter what I do.

Has anyone else experienced this issue? If so, does anyone know how to fix it?

Is it really worth fixing? Some people on eBay are selling them for about $70 - not bad for a monitor that was selling for nearly $300 in 2002.

Apple Studio Display

I was using this display to interact with my Power Macintosh G3 - however, I haven't taken care of it much in the past few years..

Right now the only way that I can use the PowerMac G3 tower is to connect a VGA cable - I don't have a VGA monitor, but I might be able to connect my ADC monitor as a VGA monitor.

Worst case, I can look to see if someone is looking to get rid of their old VGA monitor.

July 27, 2022

Monitor Riser

Declutter Your Goods For Practical uses

There are a lot of different ways to recycle floppy disks, but one of the most popular is to stack them up as monitor risers. By doing this, you can create an eco-friendly and functional workspace.

Here's how it works: first, gather a few old floppy disks. You can find these at thrift stores or garage sales, or you may even have some lying around your house. Then, stack them up so that they form a sturdy base for your monitor. Make sure that the top disk is slightly elevated so that your screen sits at eye level. Finally, secure the disks together with duct tape or hot glue.

Not only does this recycling project help reduce wastefulness, but it also creates extra storage space on your desk! So if you're looking for an easy way to go green and organize your work area simultaneously, try using floppy disks as monitor risers

Sample Use

Monitor Riser

July 26, 2022

Knotts Scary Farm Map

Park Map from 2000

Knotts Scary Farm is the perfect place to get your scare on. This Halloween season, experience the fear of being lost in a dark corn maze, the terror of being surrounded by hundreds of zombies or clowns and so much more. There are plenty of haunted houses and mazes to choose from, so you can find the perfect level of fear for you. Plus, there are rides and other attractions to keep you entertained between scares. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!

28th Annual Halloween Haunt

Back in 2000, when I lived in California, I visited the 28th Annual Halloween Haunt. It was a great event. I enjoyed all the scare and attractions.

I know some people don't like getting scared - but for those that want a unique Halloween experience - Knotts Scary Farm is certainly a great place.

This is a PDF copy of the Entertainment and Show schedule from 2000:

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July 25, 2022

Senior Financial Solutions

Why Do They Need My Birthdate?

I get these calls all the time. Companies that want to sell me final expense insurance.

The callers want to know my date of birth. I am sure that they are trying to steal my identity.

Here's proof, in this call they ask me for my age and then they ask for my date of birth. Why would they need to know that?

July 24, 2022

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection

Replace your Nest Smoke Detectors when you move

Before moving out of a house in Massachusetts the current owner has to undergo a Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection. This ensures that the house is up to standards on the fire codes.

Massachusetts Fire Alarm Rules

We recently put out house on the market. The house was built in 1954 but the last major renovation was in 2004. Our house needed to meet the Massachusetts requirements for a one-family residence after 1997.

Major renovation means a new addition was put on the house, it doesn't mean when new floors or electrical work is done on the house.

The 1997 rules are:

  • One smoke alarm on every habitable level of the residence.
  • One smoke alarm at the base of each stairway.
  • One smoke alarm outside of each separate sleeping area.
  • One smoke alarm inside every bedroom.
  • A minimum of one smoke alarm must be installed for every 1,200 square feet of living space per level.
  • Must be hardwired and interconnected smoke alarms with battery backup.
  • Battery-powered alarms must have 10-year, sealed, non-rechargeable, non-replaceable batteries.
  • If the smoke alarm is within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom (containing a bathtub or shower), the smoke alarm is required to be a photoelectric alarm.

Nest Smoke Alarm

Nest Smoke Alarms Fail

Nest smoke alarms are a popular choice for many homeowners. However, Nest smoke alarms will fail the inspection if you use Nest smoke alarms as your primary smoke detection source. This is because the smoke detectors don't have a sealed 10-year battery, which is required by most municipalities.

While Nest does offer a 10-year battery pack that can be installed in the alarm, it's not a sealed unit and therefore won't pass an inspection. Additionally, even if you do install the 10-year battery pack, it's only good for one cycle - after that, you'll need to replace it again.

You will have to replace the alarms with a Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector that has a ten-year sealed battery.

It's easy to get the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector as they are available in most hardware stores and online.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector should have a tone and simulated voice alarm to distinguish the type of emergency.

This means to pass inspection, you may need to purchase a separate Carbon Monoxide Detector. If you are unsure, you may want to purchase it and have it available for inspection.

Failed Inspection

If you fail inspection, you will have to schedule another inspection and pay the inspection fee again.

In Framingham, the fee is $50 for a Smoke and CO Detector Certification.

Helpful Documents

July 23, 2022

Background Image Generator

Create Awesome Patterns for Your Background

Adding a background image to your website can be a great way to add some personality and visual interest. But finding the right image and then adding it can be time-consuming. A background image generator can make the process much easier.

Siteorigin background image generator tool is an easy way to create a pattern image from any base color you like. It's a great tool to create patterns for use in various image applications. You can select the Pattern and Overlay that makes your image unique. The nice thing about this generator is that the patterns are simple and won't take away from the main image.

Website Description

Create background patterns for your website or graphic design project.

  • Use the Color setting to select your base color.
  • Use the Pattern column on the left to select your background pattern.
  • Use the Overlay column on the right to select your background overlay filter.
  • The Invert toggle switch inverts the pattern and overlays colors.
  • Adjust your chosen pattern with the Pattern Intensity setting.
  • Adjust your chosen overlay filter with the Noise setting.

Siteorigin Background

July 22, 2022

LaunchBar Quick Search

Use LaunchBar to start. your Amazon Searches

Here is a quick uses for LaunchBar.

Search Amazon Launch Bar

Quick Amazon Search

LaunchBar can quickly search Amazon with just a few keystrokes. Once you get familiar with this process, you'll see how this is much better than using bookmarks or the browser Bookmark Bar.

  • Enable LaunchBar using the Command - Space
  • Type: Amazon
  • Type: ( spacebar )
  • Then type in your search term and hit enter

If you see a lot of files when you type in "Amazon" you may have your Cloud Drive Index. I would recommend disabling your iCloud Drive so that you can better navigate around LaunchBar.

How to diable the iCloud Drive

  • Enable LaunchBar using the Command - Space<
  • Type in: Command Option I to open the LaunchBar index pane
  • On the right scroll down and right-click on the iCloud Drive
  • Select Disable

Note: You can always re-enable the index by following the above steps but select "Enable"

Some Parting Thoughts

As you continue to use this LaunchBar will put the Amazon search higher in the quick action/

This is much faster to use than opening a browser, clicking the bookmark, and then typing your search query.

The nice thing about this method is that you get a new tab every time you use it. So if you're searching for multiple items, you can stay focused on what area you're shopping for.

Once you use this method, you'll see the advantages of other search sites such as DuckDuck Go, Bing, and others. I added Etsy and Stackoverloy to my custom Search template.

July 21, 2022

Apple Website 2007

Moments before the big announcement

I was randomly going through some personal CDs and DVDs and found some interesting files. One of the disks from 2007 had this screenshot of Apple's website:

Apple Website January 20079

This is an interesting point in time in Apple's history because it was taken on January 9, 2007, at 10:42 AM. It was just hours before Steve Jobs would unveil the iPhone.

I can't wait to see what new things Apple will add to the iPhone in 2022

July 20, 2022

Storage Unit

Considering Getting a Unit? Some Fun Facts

When you start accumulating things, you may think about renting a storage unit so that your house doesn't appear that cluttered. Here are some fun facts about renting a storage unit:

You can find many different sizes of storage units to fit your needs. This means that whether you are just storing a few boxes or have an entire room to fill, there is likely a storage unit for you.

Storage units come in both climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled varieties, so be sure to choose the one that fits your needs best. Suppose you are storing items such as electronics or musical instruments. In that case, it is important to choose a climate-controlled unit in order to protect them from extreme temperatures and humidity levels.

Rental prices for storage units vary depending on the size of the unit and the location where it is rented; however, most people find that they spend between $50 and $250 per month on their rental fee.

When looking for a storage facility, be sure to ask around for recommendations from friends or family members who have previously rented units themselves - this can help ensure that you select a reputable company with good customer service practices."

Storage Unite

Storage Unit Statistics

These statistics come from the National Self Storage Industry. The numbers are from June 2022 - the latest public numbers available:

  • There are 60,000 storage facilities in the United States
  • The average unit storage price per month is $132 for a 10x10 unit
  • The average rental duration is 14 months, meaning the average consumer will pay approximately $1,848 to store their goods.
  • Only 9% of all households are using rental storage. This is likely because people do not think they need it or they believe that they can store their belongings for free by utilizing space in their home.
  • According to a recent study, people that are downsizing makeup about 32% of people renting storage units. This is the largest group of people needing a storage facility. People that are moving represent the next group of people needing a storage unit (27%). Other reasons for renting a storage unit include remodeling their home (10%) or having too much stuff (8%). Whatever the reason, it's evident that more and more people are relying on self-storage to help them manage their belongings."
  • The most expensive storage facility is in San Rafael, California with a monthly rate of $308 for a 10 x 10 unit. The cheapest place is Bardstown, Kentucky where a self-storage goes for $50 for a 10 x 10 unit.
  • The largest storage unit facility is in New York City. The Public Storage facility at 385 Gerard Avenue, Bronx is the largest one in the nation. A 10 x 10 unit goes for $235 a month. There are a thousand units at this 11-story location.
July 19, 2022

Power Computing Ad

1997 MacWorld Boston Ad

Back in 1997, the Apple Clones were hurting Apple's hardware sales. They offered faster computers for less money than Apple.

When Steve Jobs took over as Interm CEO, one of his first orders of business was to cancel all the clone contracts.

Power Computing Corporation was one of the most successful clone businesses. They offered Macs with better performance with built-to-order models - similar to Dell.

At the 1997 MacWorld Boston trade show, Joel Kocher the CEO of Power Computing, tried to rally the attendees to change Apple's strict licensing policies. This failed and the board of directors voted to be acquired,

On September 2, 1997, Apple acquired key assets of Power Computing.

Power Computing Ad Details

This is the advertisement that Power Computing ran during MacWorld Boston. Oddly enough, it was probably the last one done by the marketing team.

This was a full-page center spread, in an Expo-Special MacWeek edition. This is the computer they promoted:

"The first and fastest G3 Mac OS systems on Earth."

PowerPC 750 with 24x CD-ROM Drive, 275/250 MHz 1MB Backside Cache - starting at $3,695.

"The PowerTower Pro G3 earns the title of fastest Mac ever-by a long shot." - MacWorld, September 1997.

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July 18, 2022

Medicare Healthcare Advisor

Who Are These People??

I get calls all the time from people thinking that I am over 65 and have Medicare. (How do I fix this- )

This is a sample call that I get. Sometimes I play along - only if I have some free time. By the way, this is a telephone not a court of law, there's no presumption that I must tell the truth when a caller from an unknown number asks me questions.

Medicare Healthcare Advisor Phone Call

July 17, 2022

U-Haul Truck Rental Tips

More great tips when renting a U-Haul Truck

IN 2015, I blogged some tips on renting a U-Haul. There's some great advice on that particular experience. This year I had the pleasure of renting several trucks - so I thought I update my experience.

U-Haul Truck 2022

Six Things I Learned Renting a U-Haul

When you reserve your truck online - make sure to check the pickup location. U-Haul will change your location based on local availability. This usually won't happen if you pick a major U-Haul location - such as one that offers storage.

U-Haul offers cheap prices on boxes. We did lots of shopping around for boxes and U-Haul has the best prices for small and medium size boxes. You can always buy more than you think you need and just return the unused boxes.

The 15' truck has many mirrors so you can see the cars behind you. I have found that this can impair your vision when you look left and right to merge onto a road. When merging, it is important to be aware of what is happening around you. If you are not paying attention, because you are looking in the mirror, you may miss an opportunity to merge or worse yet cause a collision. Just pay more attention to the location of the mirrors in your viewing area.

The 15' truck has some purchase extras in the truck such as a Utility dolly and furniture moving blankets. These are extra and you have to break the seal to use them. The only downside is that these take up space in the truck. You don't lose a lot of space but its still space that could be used for something else.

When packing the truck make sure to use all the space! When we had professionals move our house, they had a dedicated truck packer that would make sure to pack boxes from floor to ceiling. Just about every space gets used. When packing up as a team, have a dedicated truck packer to make sure that you get the most out of your truck.

U-Haul locks. Something new in the recent move is that U-Haul includes a cabin lock. This is nice to lock down the truck when you sleeping at night. In prior rentals, you would have to buy your own lock. You know when your rental has a cabin lock when you see two keys on your keychain.

July 16, 2022

JPEG Compressor

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JPEG Compressor is easy to use. Simply drag and drop your images into the compression window or paste in a URL of an online image. You can then choose from a range of presets or enter custom settings depending on your requirements. The compression process is fast and efficient, so you can get back to work in no time at all!

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Every uploaded image file is going to be analyzed with jpeg encoding technology without reducing the quality and width and height of the images. If the size of the image file is large, you can easily compress it by clicking the Select Files button or simply drag and drop the files from your device.

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July 15, 2022

360 Photo Viewer

Spherical Viewer vs RICOH THETA

My 360 Camera

The Ricoh Theta is a unique device that captures spherical images with just the press of a button. No post-processing or stitching is required; the Ricoh Theta does it all in-camera. This makes sharing your spherical images quick and easy, as they can be viewed right on your smartphone or computer.

The Ricoh Theta also has some great features for business users. For example, you can embed 360 degree views into your website or blog to give customers a better sense of what your business is like. You can also use the Ricoh Theta to create immersive marketing materials such as product demos and virtual tours.

Spherical Viewer

Spherical Viewer is a free Panoramic view application that you can use to view 360 degree photos and videos. With Spherical Viewer, you can pan around the photo or video to see all the details.

This is a good application to view 360 images or videos. However, all you can do is view images - there's no ability to save views.


The RICOH THETA app is a powerful panoramic viewer that enables users to view 360-degree photos and videos. With the app, users can easily share their photos and videos with others via social media platforms or email. The app also provides a variety of viewing options, including split screen mode and full-screen mode. In addition, the RICOH THETA app offers users the ability to control playback speed and add music to their videos.

The one feature that I like about this app is the ability to take capture of the current 360-view. Images captured are saved with the following dimensions: 3418''-1958 - which is slightly bigger than the 16:9 ratio.

Embed 360 image

Panoraven has the ability to host the image:

momento360 can also host the image:

Which 360-Viewer do you like better?