Last time I booked an appointment with a doctor from home (or dentist, or optometrist), I went through my insurance website and picked an in-network provider almost at random. Sure, I could see their name and location, but I didn't have access to any reviews. There was also no option to quickly find out how soon I could schedule an appointment. Fortunately a lot of that has changed since then, with a few new online tools for more informed options choosing a healthcare practitioner...
In today's hyper-connected world, shopping is a serious endeavor. There's an insane amount of choices for everything, from where to shop to how many HDMI ports you want. But we're apt to believe that sometimes lots of choices is a good thing and can actually help you make the right decision and save some money in the process. More
Last week I posted about a site which simulated the ambient sounds of working from a coffee shop. But maybe a coffee shop isn't your cup of beans? How about the relaxing lull of the San Diego shoreline, the spray of a park fountain, the pitter-pat of rain, or even the gleeful sounds of children playing?
Yeah, I didn't believe it either when I first read it, but Google Reader is riding into the sunset on July 1st. Google is abandoning the service to focus on other projects and technologies (all hands on deck for Google Glass?). Since Google Reader has millions of users - you might be reading this post from it - the impact and groan will undoubtedly be heard across the interwebs. Get ahead of the curve by trying out these RSS reader alternatives before the sun sets.
For Netflix subscribers a fast and reliable internet connection can mean the difference between sitting back and enjoying a movie or scowling and watching the digital version of a pixelated flipbook. Netflix has been regularly compiling data about ISP streaming speeds and sharing it on their site for users to check where their speeds rank, including data for subscribers in Mexico and those in European countries like the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark...
Is there any greater small joy in life than reaching into a coat pocket or opening a desk drawer and discovering a forgotten $5 bill? Heck, I'll settle for a few quarters hidden in-between sofa cushions. Well, I found the online equivalent, but instead of .25 cents here and $5 there, I discovered $55.00 owed to me I had long forgotten.
I hate to be a Daniel Downer, but it's approximately a month away from that most detested day of the year: Federal taxes must be filed by Monday, April 15th. As someone who juggled W2s galore as a freelancer for years, I know all about the pain and procrastination of filing season. Here are a few helpful tools, both online, offline, and hardware to ease the burden of tackling all those forms.
Are you increasingly becoming wary and concerned about your privacy online, specifically on Facebook? We've just opened the doors of discussion about "social media TMI", but before you decide to opt out, check out how this helpful how-to graphic from today's Wall Street Journal might help strengthen how and what you share...
We've all got those friends. They practically share their blood type on Facebook and post their bathroom visits on Twitter. But in real life, they aren't so "personal" all the time. In fact, they act like normal people. And so I've been wondering: how far is too far when it comes to being honest online? More