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When your rental car fails

 I’ve rented hundreds of cars over the years, mostly from the major companies, including Avis, Hertz and National, but my worst experience with a car failure occurred this week. I picked up a rental car from Avis at Boston Logan. I’m a preferred member, but got a better rate via Costco than directly with my […]

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The Big Apple Keyboard Fiasco

 Let’s talk about computer keyboards, something that should be one of the most constants in our computing work, and a subject that you think would be settled by now. Keyboards are a basic necessity for writing, emailing and doing most everything we create on a computer. Computer companies got keyboards just about perfect decades ago, […]

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AT&T’s LG V35 ThinQ – The best phone/audio player you can buy

 Smartphones have matured to a point where it’s difficult to keep track of new models and the differences between their predecessors and their competition. While there are two main competitors for all practical purposes, Apple and Samsung, sometimes another model comes along that betters its competition. In this case it’s LG’s latest phone, the LG […]

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Solving the spam mail and spam call problems

 Technology has benefit us with time saving products but has also encumbered our lives with annoyances that interrupt us, scam us and have aggravated us to no end. Think of all of the robocalls and the cascade of unwanted emails that are smothering us daily. If there was an argument for our government and corporations […]

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How Silicon Valley failed

 (Originally appeared on www.techpinions.com) The new bestseller about Theranos, Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, is a must-read for anyone in the tech world, particularly those in Silicon Valley. Not only is it disturbing in its own right, but it’s a reflection on Silicon Valley and not in a positive way. How could its founder, Elizabeth […]

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Exciting new audio product SpeakEasy

 Como Audio’s Kickstarter campaign for it’s new product, SpeakEasy™ is coming to an end this week. Before it does, I highly recommend you give it a look. SpeakEasy is a true hi-fidelity music system with exceptional sound quality, stunning design, and multiple source options, including Bluetooth, Spotify, Tidal, and Internet & FM radio. Most exciting is the addition of […]

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New map of Paso Robles

 Check out the new Wine Art map of Paso Robles at my other site, www.wine-maps.com. It’s the third in a series of hand painted and drawn wine maps using watercolor and India ink printed using fade-resistant inks on heavy stock, suitable for framing.

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Waterfield Business Backpack

 Waterfield makes some the best business bags and wallets for the price and quality. What’s more, they’re made in San Francisco by hand and not in some distant factory in China. By selling direct, you’re getting a great product at about half of what you’d pay elsewhere. But, you’ll be hard pressed to find a […]

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Apple’s obsession with thinness

 Originally seen at Techpinions While recently shopping at Costco, I strolled by the notebook computer aisle displaying all Windows machines, and stopped in my tracks.  I was struck by how sleek and compact some of the new Windows machines had become, particularly the Lenovo X1 Carbon with its matte black carbon enclosure and the Dell […]

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The best phone mount for your car

 As an early adopter, I’ve been trying to find a good to access my phone safely while driving, particularly for one of it’s most important attributes, navigating. Unfortunately, the auto manufacturers, likely driven by their lawyers, don’t want us to even think of our phones while driving, and relegated them to slots and cubbyholes out […]

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Facebook’s dilemma and solution in 200 words

 Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are incapable of showing any understanding or empathy for what they have done to their users. Watching their performance during recent interviews, they looked like programmed robots or deers caught in the headlights, showing little human emotions. After their performance, a survey showed that Facebook is now trusted by only […]

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Facebook deserves to go out of business. Let’s help them.

 Recode reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally responded to the company’s ongoing privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the data firm with ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In a post to his Facebook page on Wednesday, Zuckerberg reiterated Facebook’s stance on this issue: That the company was hurt by a bad actor that didn’t follow the company’s […]