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In search of sit stand desk solutions

Numerous health related studies the last few years have pointed to sitting for long periods as being extremely detrimental to good health.  One Canadian study has even described sitting as “the new smoking”.  I don’t know if I’d go that far but too many years of sitting at a...

Mi Band – My $15 fitness tracker gets the job done

If you’re looking for a simple fitness tracker to count your daily steps, provide simple sleep tracking, work with the Google Fit app, and run for over a month on a single charge, look no further than the Xiaomi Mi Band. I paid only $15 with free shipping from...

Chromebook impulse buy

I am writing this post from the keyboard of my new Asus C201 Chromebook.  Normally, I research my technology purchases to death, reading every review and weighing every choice, however, when I saw the $159 little Asus, I was honestly a little excited by the possibilities and my thoughts...

Cox TV Flex Watch

Is this the future of cable TV?  A new package from Cox Cable makes a tempting offer for a cord cutter wanna be.  These days more and more customers are cutting the cord and relying on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.  Many more customers want to drop...

“Cord Shaving”

People tend to forget that the easiest way to cut your cable bill is just to reduce the services you pay for. Sure you can take the “chicken challenge” and call your cable provider to cancel your cable service in the hope of getting a last minute deal. From...

FIOS is coming

Sometimes the fates converge and I think this is one of those moments.  Right after I started my recent efforts to reduce our cable/internet/phone bill, I noticed a large number of Dig Safe markings on the road and grass covered right of ways in my neighborhood.  The mystery was...

Minimalist Wallets

Lately, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect front pocket wallet. Like many of you out there, I have been guilty of approaching near George Costanza levels of wallet bloat and having a large wallet in my back pocket wasn’t attractive let alone good for my back. Once...

Joining the 21st century (part 2 setup)

One of my favorite things about the Nexus 4 is that it’s a largely blank canvas, the latest Android OS without modifications from the vendor. Also nice is that Nexus phones tend to get OS updates earlier than many other devices.  Currently, my phone is running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean...

Joining the 21st century (part 1 hardware)

I am now the proud owner of a white Nexus 4 cell phone.  Yes, I broke down and joined the 21st century and the ranks of the mindless always connected collective. With corporations embracing mobile apps and the cloud, I found I finally needed a smartphone. While I love...

Raspberry Pi OpenELEC Media Center

The last few weeks I’ve been experimenting using my $35 Raspberry Pi as a media center. My goal is to have my DVD collection instantly playable with the disks and cases safely stored away. The concept is very enticing because the solution is low power, low cost, and has...