So we did it. Remember I'd been flirting with the idea of renting a storage space. After much research, we found the location and "moved in" over the long weekend. Here is what I learned and what you should know before you rent your own space.
Despite it being the holidays and everyone's in a cheerful mood, we want to get a bit negative. Facebook's "like" button sure is a celebrity both on and off the internet. "Like" has become almost as ubiquitous as "googling." But lets talk about the like button's evil cousin: the dislike button. We're interested whether or not you'd use it but also the implications of its existence.
Thanks to the Internet Age companies are being started at an unbelievable pace. And it seems as though the naming pool is drying up. Companies are forced into becoming quite... um... "creative" with their naming strategies for various reasons and it has lead to some regreatable results. But Google, in our opinion, has been one of the few to emerge victorious from the din that is the internet startup community. And they managed this with a simple naming strategy and we believe other companies should take note.
The holidays are approaching, and that means catalog season on steroids. Every day, my mailman drops a stack of catalogs into my mailbox, and every day, I drop them into my recycling bin without ever opening them. And now, just in time to save my sanity, a new opt-out service called MailStop has launched.
In an age of online shopping, having packages shipped is almost a daily occurrence for some. It can become almost as normal as walking down to the corner store. But what happens when you don't have a doorman or aren't comfortable having a package sit outside your house all day long? Amazon thinks they might have the answer.
If you have ever hunted for an apartment in the Bay Area and thought, there has to be a better way, this site might be worth a bookmark. In addition to helping you find an apartment, San Francisco-based start up Lovely helps to try and ensure you are the one who gets the apartment. No easy task, these days.
It's no secret that more and more of our data is being hosted on someone else's servers -- the "cloud" if you will. Why do we do this? Because it's convenient and efficient. But is it safe? You would never just hand over your banking info on a folded sheet of paper to some random stranger for safekeeping. So why do we trust these numerous websites to store our most private data? Is the risk really worth the convenience?
We don't know about you, but online banking has made our life a whole lot easier and convenient. You can manage your money on the go, check your savings on your phone, and pay all your bills with a few mouse click without ever setting foot inside your bank. However, the user experience for online banking definitely has room for improvement. Here are 3 simple apps that we think could ease your digital money managing experience.
With many people losing faith in their global banks, there is a growing movement to shift money away from banks "too big to fail" and into community banks and credit unions that serve the needs of their neighborhoods.
So it makes sense that green banking goes hand in hand with green renovation. After all, you have to wonder whether your big multinational bank — the same one financing your energy efficient upgrades — is also the one bankrolling environmentally destructive projects elsewhere.
This last week, I had my 2-story garage tented for dry wood termites. I didn't want to use toxic gas (Vikane, also known as sulfuryl fluoride), but both eco-friendly pest control companies I called for inspections advised that I go with tenting to save the structural integrity of the building. But, even now, I have my reservations and regrets if it was the right solution because of the toxicity involved.