Shopping Safely – 101 Days Until Christmas


September 15th, 2009

WWW LockOnline shopping.  To some, this is the only way to go (yours truly) and for others these words bring forth images of masked internet bandits, stealing their credit card numbers and identity.  The truth is, there are risks in everything we do, but with a few words of wisdom and a few minutes of your time, you can feel at ease with internet shopping and save a boatload of money in the process.

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ShareThis makes sharing easy


September 14th, 2009

The amount of content on the internet grows every second of every day.  As I post this blog, there are thousands of others doing the exact same thing.  Many of those “bloggers” are likely contributing their own opinions or even new facts to the web.  You might stumble upon these blogs or ideas in a number of ways: Facebook, Twitter, Google searches, JumpstartMyPC.com, etc.  Occasionally you are going to come across an article or blog post that you really want to share with a friend.  What then?

Until recently, people have shared web site addresses (URL’s) via email or even verbally.  With the success of Facebook and Twitter, millions have found new ways to share information with friends and family.  And now, there are hundreds of sites that allow you to quickly share information with others on their “network.”  There is one tool however that combines all of these ideas and more.  That tool is ShareThis.

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Social Networking – now sugar free


September 11th, 2009

Although I know we are not ALL on Facebook, there are a vast majority of us (65 million) who have turned to social networking for our chance to stay in touch with friends, new and old.  Facebook started out as a way to do just that, but has quickly become much, much more.  The possibilities are virtually limitless now, with applications that let you do everything from play a game of UNO to become a “virtual farmer” (see the highly addictive Farm Town).  Are there too many distractions now?  It really depends on who you are.

If you feel like Facebook has become a bit overwhelming or you are a little timid about beginning life on Facebook, maybe your time has come.  Facebook is now launching a Lite version of the uber-popular social networking phenomenon.

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