How Can I Send A Shorter URL In Email So The Link Doesn’t Break?

One way to make a shorter URL (link to a web page) is to snip it with a URL shortening service. One of my favorite free URL shortening services is URLSnip. The service is free, they have a public and private option, and you can make the shorter URL last forever. It’s pretty neat; check […]

How Much Can You Write Off On Food, Hotel And Travel Fees For Business?

Every area has what is known as a maximum per diem rate you can write off for mileage, travel, food, lodging, etc. Check the Office of Allowances web site for details on what foreign and domestic per diem rates are.

Do You Have Any Unclaimed Assets?

Have you ever wondered if a family member who has passed away still has money sitting in a bank account somewhere? I wonder that every now and then; my grandparents never kept records of anything and never talked about money. So I wonder if they have some unclaimed assets somewhere. All 50 states have unclaimed […]

Find Real Estate Owned (REO) Homes On For FREE

Found a new site that deal in REO (Real Estate Owned) homes that give away the data for free. There are a ton of sites that make you pay. One thing the site only deal in certain areas. Redfin serves these areas: Baltimore REO’s Boston REO’s Los Angeles REO’s San Diego REO’s San Francisco REO’s […]

Afterthoughts Birthday Insurance By Commemorative Life Insurance Services

Here’s a funny thing I read the other day… Commemorative Life Insurance Services based in Laguna Hills, California is now offering Afterthoughts Birthday Insurance. Here’s how it works. You pay an insurance premium each year. After you die the insurance company will send a check to your kids on their birthdays for as long as […]

Do You Buy Your Prescriptions At WalMart?

WalMart has recently been discounting some of the fees on select prescription drugs to $4.00 for a 30 day supply, and $10.00 for a 90 day supply. With some medical insurance plans charging a $40.00 co-pay for prescription drugs, that can be a real money saver. Not to mention a time saver. Why drive all […]

Where To Find WIFI Wireless Hot Spots

Here are a couple sites where you can find WIFI Wireless Access Hotspots: WiFinder Wi-Fi-FreeSpot The Wireless Database Project If you know any others please comment & let me know so I can add to this list. Another option to consider is connecting your laptop to your phone via a data cable or Bluetooth. Monthly […]

Make Sure To Backup Your Web Server

I know quite a few people, myself included, who have lost their entire web site because they did not backup their web server. Sometime if you get a spam complaint the hosting company will immediately delete your entire web server and not allow you to copy the files on it. Some hosting companies only keep […]

Have You Backed Up Your Home Computer Lately?

Just a friendly reminder to never forget to backup your home computer; I made the mistake of not backing up my main computer roughly 2 years ago. I had everything stored on a hard drive in one of those portable hard drive enclosures like this one: It happened to be exceptionally hot here in Northern […]

What’s My IP Address? How Do I Find My IP Address?

Hey everyone! Have you ever wondered what your IP address is? Or ever wondered “how do I find my IP address?” Well, you’ve come to the right place. Vacation Rental Wonderland now has a great tool that tells you what your IP address is and even your computer’s hostname. Check it out! What’s My IP […]

Can You Buy A Life Insurance Policy On Anyone You Want?

In order to buy a life insurance policy on someone you must have what is known in the industry as an “insurable interest”. But what does that mean? Let’s say you and another person are business partners. If the other person in your 2-person business died, you would lose 50% of your labor force & […]

Have You Created A P3P Privacy Policy?

In most regions a privacy policy is required and if you run AdSense on your site, you are now required to have a privacy policy implemented. Check out my previous post about the new AdSense Privacy Policy rules for more details. Here’s a sample of my privacy policy if you are interested. I don’t make […]

AdSense Now Requires A Privacy Policy On All AdSense Sites.

You may not have heard of this new rule, but it’s true… Any site you currently have AdSense ads on must have a privacy policy. Feel free to use my site as a privacy policy sample. You can also use the free DMA Privacy Policy Generator. The Google AdSense Blog details the changes: “We’ve also […] – Find The Perfect Pet For You

There are a lot of things in life that are complicated: your job, your kids, your spouse; but choosing a pet shouldn’t be one of them. You could choose to adopt an animal from a shelter, a pound, or a pet store, but how do you know which animal to get? Do you get an […]

Vonage Voice Over IP

Several years ago I purchased the Vonage Voice Over IP telephone service and I have never looked back. For $24.99 a month I get unlimited local and long distance calling to the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus FREE calls to land line phones in Italy, France, Spain, UK and Ireland. But that’s only the […]

What Is the Difference Between Bits, Bytes, Megabits, Gigabits, etc?

Most vendors specify their transfer rate as Megabits per second (Mbps) or gigabits (Gbps). One megabit = 1 million bits, and one gigabit = 1 billion bits. However, most of us think in terms of bytes. One byte = 8 bits. So you can just divide bits by 8. 1Mbps = 131,072 bytes (128 KBps) […]

Using Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition On Your USB Thumb Drive

Firefox has come out with a new edition called Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition, which with the help of a USP thumb drive, allows you to bring all your saved history, bookmarks, cookies, and passwords with you wherever you go. Firefox Portable, with the help of your thumb drive, also has the ability to store everything […]

Where Can I Sell My Used Cell Phone?

Pace Butler Corporation pays up to $50.00 per used cell phone. Does anyone know any other places that offer used cell phone recycling that help people in need?

DayStar Technologies, A Solar Energy Company Moves To East Bay.

DayStar Technologies, a solar energy company, has plans to move to the east bay area of Northern California. DayStar will rent 157,000 Sq. Ft. in the Pacific Research Center in Newark, CA. Solar energy has been experiencing tremendous growth, roughly 40% according to Stephan DeLuca, President and Chief Executive Officer of DayStar. In fact, DayStar […]

How To Pass Gas Stations On Your Trip With An Auxiliary Fuel Tank.

When towing a trailer I sometimes get nervous about running out of fuel and end up stopping more often than I need to. I’d sure hate to run out of gas in the middle of the desert or in a snow storm. I decided to have an auxiliary fuel tank installed in my pickup truck […]

Don’t Show Your ID If Paying With A Credit Card!

Stores are increasingly asking shoppers to see their ID or drivers license when paying with a credit card, in order to curb losses from fraudulent charges. Sounds pretty smart and safe, right? Well, you may want to think twice before handing over your ID the next time you pay with your credit card. In today’s […]

A Trio Of Value Oriented Mutual Funds Have Reopened to Outsiders!

A trio of value oriented mutual funds has reopened to outsiders! Dodge & Cox Stock (DODGX) Longleaf Partners (LLPFX) Royce Opportunity (RYPNX) Remember to do plenty of research before choosing a mutual fund.

Can I Use Tap Water In My Computer Water Cooling Rig?

You should never use tap water in your computer’s CPU water cooling rig (or in your car’s radiator). Tap water contains certain metals that will negatively react to the metals in the water cooling system, and it will erode away; especially if your water cooler is made of aluminum. Use only distilled water to fill […]

Does My Web Server Location Affect My Ranking In Search Engines?

YES! We have seen some huge web page ranking increases from search engines that are using a server located in the same city as your business. For example, if you have a vacation rental in San Francisco, CA it would be ideal to also have your server located in San Francisco. How Do I Find […]

Where Can I Get Recovery CDs From Top Computer Makers?

Here’s a list of 7 computer manufacturers through whom you can order recovery disks for your computer: Alienware 866 – 287- 6727 Compaq Presario 800-652-6672 Dell 800-624-9896 eMachines 408-273-0888 Gateway 800-846-2301 HP & Compaq 800-474-6836 Velocity Micro 800-303-7866

What Does It Take To Run Windows Vista Premium?

In order for you to run Windows Vista, your computer must meet the following requirements: 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 GB of system memory DVD-ROM drive Audio output Internet access Support for DirectX 9 graphics with: WDDM Driver A […]

Protect Windows XP With Windows Defender

Microsoft has finally launched an application for Windows XP that protects your computer from spyware; it’s called Windows Defender and you can download it for free at Once Windows Defender is installed, I recommend that you perform a full system scan and set up a schedule to scan your system at least once a […]

Why Can’t People Receive Emails I Send With Attachments?

The most common reason people are unable to receive your emails with attachments is size limits set by the ISP (internet service provider) First, check with your own ISP (i.e. AOL) for size limits on attachments. Then check with the ISP of the person to whom you are sending the attached file (i.e. Yahoo!). Some […]

Why Does My Hard Drive Run All The Time?

Typically, 3 things contribute to your computer’s hard drive running all the time: 1. The LED is connected to the wrong plug on the motherboard. 2. Your computer has a virus or malware, so it’s always doing bad things; like taking screen shots every time you log into your bank account and sending them to […]

How Do I Find Out What Motherboard & CPU I Have?

I found a great site called CPUID, with the downloadable application CPU-Z, which gives you the specs of your motherboard, CPU, and memory. Download the application through the link above the graphic, or get it here: CPU-Z; this version may not be up to date however. CPU Name and number. Core stepping and process. Package. […]