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How to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

How to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

It's a common problem: you have a bathroom with thin walls and/or a flimsy door adjacent to a living room or other common area. Whenever someone uses the toilet, everyone can hear the person doing their thing. My condo has that problem. It's...

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How to Deal with the Worst Condominium Villains

How to Deal with the Worst Condominium Villains

Living in a condo is fundamentally different than living in a free-standing house because your property decisions are intermingled with the desires and needs of other people. This is very important to understand, and many current or potential condo-owners don't get...

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Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked

Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked

I recently attended a major information security conference here in L.A. where leading industry professionals talked about the current state of Internet security, mostly from the perspective of developers, managers, and network folks.  But, from their talks I also...

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How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours

How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours

In the past few years, I've become a huge fan of using Craigslist and eBay to sell items that I no longer need to folks who do, while earning some extra cash on the side. But, when it came to selling cars, I had been afraid to do it myself.  After all,...

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The Ten Worst Things About the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ten Worst Things About the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

From the title of this article, you might think that I hate my 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. But actually the opposite is true. I love my Fusion and I highly recommend it! Read my article, Top Ten Things I Love About My 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. But, no car...

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How to Play DVDs and .mpg Files on Windows 10 for Free

How to Play DVDs and .mpg Files on Windows 10 for Free

One thing that sucks about Windows 10 is that Microsoft has removed the ability to play DVDs and .mpg files in Windows Media Player! This apparently is due to licensing issues. So, how do you play DVDs on your Windows 10 system? First, check to see if...

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Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Building your own computer can be a rewarding experience and can save money in some situations, but not all. I recently undertook my first Windows PC build. Here's what I learned from the experience. I'll try to help you gauge whether building your own computer is...

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Amazing Things to Do in Las Vegas That Aren’t on the Strip

Amazing Things to Do in Las Vegas That Aren’t on the Strip

Las Vegas is famous for gambling and the Strip, but there are many other cool things to do there that are often overlooked in the afterglow of the casinos. If you aren’t into gambling, or you ran out of money, or you're just plain tired of the madness of the strip,...

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The Best Way to Carry a U-Lock on Your Bike

The Best Way to Carry a U-Lock on Your Bike

This is the best solution I've found for carrying a U-lock on a bike. I discovered the hard way that a steel cord bike lock is NOT secure and can be cut in seconds, so I switched to a U-lock for my bike. I'll never rely on a cable to lock my bike up again! But, a...

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My Favorite Things About Taking the Train

My Favorite Things About Taking the Train

In the U.S., we might think of train travel as a slow, outdated, and expensive way to get around.  Yet, in other countries, it's the primary means of transportation and it works well!  In certain parts of the U.S., taking the train can be a great alternative to...

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Ten Ways to Increase Your Productivity on a Computer

Ten Ways to Increase Your Productivity on a Computer

Do you work on a computer all day? How would you like to get more done in the same amount of time? Here are my top ten tips on how to be more productive on a computer, without getting a new computer. Some involve hardware changes; some involve behavioral changes. Some...

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Why I Love My Standing Desk

Why I Love My Standing Desk

Concerned about the long hours I spend sitting in front of a computer working at home, I had been wanting to jump onto the standing desk bandwagon for a while.  Finally, when Apple CEO Tim Cook said that “sitting is the new cancer” (which actually doesn’t really make...

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My Top Tips for Freelancers Just Starting Out

My Top Tips for Freelancers Just Starting Out

Many people dream of quitting their jobs and going freelance. Are you one of them? Maybe you want to control your own schedule, escape a bad boss, or get out of the cubicle and work from home. In 2012, I did just that, becoming a freelance web...

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How I Lived Without a Car in Los Angeles

How I Lived Without a Car in Los Angeles

In 2016, I was hit by a drunk driver and my car was totaled. After I recovered, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do an experiment: to go without owning a car for at least three months (from November through January) in the car capital of the world, Los...

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How I Lost $30,000 Due to Sheer Laziness

How I Lost $30,000 Due to Sheer Laziness

This isn't a story about how I blew $30,000 one weekend in Las Vegas, or sports betting.  It's about the slow leaks in our lives that drain money steadily but surely. I took a look back at the last ten years of my life and documented the biggest money leaks.  Many of...

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My Childhood Piano Lessons – Wasted?

My Childhood Piano Lessons – Wasted?

I recently attended a “house concert” put on by a friend of mine, Tom.  He had some great musicians there, including an amazing young pianist (I think she was in her early 20’s).  As someone who took piano lessons for many years growing up, I had an epiphany that...

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