This actually surprised me as I wrote this book seven years ago and haven't paid much attention to it since.
The coins in your pocket are probably more annoying than interesting. They have little purchasing power and generally aren't very attractive. And yet, collecting coins can be a lifetime hobby.
Duolingo.com is the free way to learn a foreign language. It's fun, and your efforts to learn can actually help other people too! I think it beats Rosetta Stone hands down.
You may not need to pay anyone to transfer your old XP files and settings to your new computer. Windows Easy Transfer is free and easy to use.
Some household odors are easy to identify; some are not. I've had a few of the latter kind.
What to do with family heirlooms? Sometimes you feel like a conscripted caretaker, forced to care for items that someone in your family will later sell off without thought.
If you think something is wrong with your glasses or contact lenses, fuss about it. Get a second opinion or even a third if you have to. Don't let a technician's mistake affect your comfort.
Pedants are find of pointing out that we are not really afraid of heights or even of falling - we are afraid of hitting the ground, they say. As amusing as that observation may be to some, it isn't true. People with a...
Revenue stamps have been used for all manner of goods - whiskey, cotton, tobacco and more. If something was taxed, there was some way of proving that the tax had been paid. That proof was often a "revenue...
Inspect my roof? I had NEVER inspected my roof. It would be a safe bet that none of my neighbors ever inspected their roofs either. You'd have a roof inspected when you were buying or selling a house. Other than that,...
I grew up in a home with large, old fashioned radiators. The house was built in 1900, in the typical style with a massive central fireplace. As radiators had only been invented a few decades earlier, the house may have...
The first awning I ever encountered on a personal basis was attached to our very first camping trailer. When considering purchasing this trailer, my wife and I had been delighted to see that it had both an awning and a...
Nobody pays the actual metal value. Refiners have costs and even without that, you usually aren't selling to the actual refiner. In many cases, you aren't even selling to someone who actually is selling to the refiner -...
The woman seemed so anxious and distracted that I told the clerk to go ahead and help her first. She blurted out a tale of woe about some electrical thing. Her husband had sent her out to buy a "continuity...
While there are some disadvantages and problems with Google Voice, the advantages for a sole proprietor like me are great. In this article, I'll cover everything I like about Google Voice as well as everything that...
If you wake up in a blizzard and find yourself without heat as I did this morning, there are a few things that you might want to try before you give up and call for repair. Even if you can't fix the problem yourself,...
I was surprised to find that there isn't much available. While there is a wealth of information available on-line, apparently few have thought about the tremendous advantage of mobile apps. After all, coins are found...
I measured the humidifier fan as drawing 60 watts. That won't change - if we run it for eight hours, it will pull nearly half a Killowatt hour. Of course, that doesn't reflect its true operating cost: those filters are...
What attracted us was its obvious simplicity and ruggedness, the comfort, and that it really can provide everything from a short, extremely high intensity workout to a more leisurely long aerobic session.
There's never enough stuffing if you cook it in the turkey. With pan stuffing, you can make as much as you want. We have been making stuffing this way for decades, but never bothered to write any of it down. This year I...
We males do tend to minimize things we should not, and that can be dangerous. I imagine women do the same at times, especially when stressed by the demands of work or family. I will also note that our current medical...
I know I am not the only person to have fallen off a toilet. I'm sure uncountable people have done so while drunk. I'm sure others have had this misfortune while ill and, because certain bodily functions can lower your...
I suspect the 1950's were probably the ideal time for collecting U.S. coins from pocket change. You could find Mercury dimes and Buffalo nickels daily. Even the older Barber dimes and the Liberty or Shield nickels would...
What makes the 1877 Indian Cent so valuable? The mintage was low at 852,500, but the 1909 San Francisco issue was only 309,000 and might have been worth less than $40.00 in similar condition. Why such a difference?
A confession here: I'm a bit of a compulsive brusher. I can't go for more than a few minutes after eating without flossing and it's not long after that I want to brush. I very often brush three to four times a day. The...
I mentioned losing a battery in our Club Car EZGO electric golf cart at my "How to repair a broken battery terminal". That repair didn't last long; I soon had to buy a new battery.
Exercise is very important for all of us. It's easy to get lazy as you get older and cutting back may even be necessary because of health issues. Don't stop entirely ever.
I've been seeing Rosetta Stone ads on TV and all over the Internet. I suppose that our current recession might mean good times for Rosetta Stone : people competing for a dwindling supply of good jobs need every extra...
How to clean your shower, your car and even your pepper mill with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (Melamine Sponges)
I used to hate cleaning the shower. The built up soap scum on the walls and the glass doors seemed to be nearly impossible to remove. People said to use vinegar - that didn't work. Abrasive cleaners didn't do much...
Mice belong outside. How I rodent-proofed basement windows, pipe openings, and cabinets.
In the days of old, when networks were built with hubs rather than switches, it was much easier to trace network problems. A hub exposes all network traffic to each of its ports; a switch only puts traffic on the...
If you are going to be doing any kind of network support, you need a cable tester. Even if you are not a support geek and don't know a ping from a netstat, if you own a network, you need tools.
My golf cart came to a sudden halt. My battery meter was fluctuating on and off. With some help, I managed to repair my broken battery terminal post. Here's how I did it.
The problem: a small pot of flowers we want to raise up. We could transplant them to a bigger pot, but these sit in our driveway and need to be removed in winter. Filling a big planter with dirt makes it very heavy. We...
One of our complaints about the GE was that it didn't seem to wash very well. We happen to be big water drinkers and we filter our tap water rather than contributing to more pollution with bottled water. We had noticed...
A home inspector's job usually doesn't include cosmetic items that you might really care about. Many are all too easy for you to miss too, especially when you are excited about your brand new home!
Making the decision to leave your home and move to a retirement community isn't easy. Learn what we experienced.
We bought a Keurig B-60 single-cup coffee maker about a year ago. Since then, many friends have also discovered the convenience and possible cost savings these devices offer. Learn what we like and don't like about our...
Whether it's penny ante or matches, playing cards is a popular pastime. Learn some fun wild card poker games to spice up your game night.