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  •  Pirateship - save money when you need to ship a package by USPS, UPS, Fedex

  • Company Contacts - Christopher Elliot writes for the Boston Globe and maintains a list of company contacts for complaints

  •  Free annual credit reports - request a free report from each of the 3 credit reporting agencies - (do a different one every 4 months for constant monitoring)

  • Mr. Clean magic eraser - removes scuff marks and stains from a wide variety of surfaces. It really works.

  • Whole house, or central, vacuum system - one large vacuum unit in the basement, and a hose outlet on each floor.


    • Highly recommend this site for reliable international hotel bookings - I had a great results with them on my 2010 trip to Normandy. Also accessible through

  • DSL Speed Tests and - if you have broadband internet service, you should test your speed periodically

  • Heavens Above - Astronomy site: see when visible satellites will pass overhead

  • Digital Photography Review - Good information if you're in the market for a digital camera

  • Treating the Common Cold - Feel a case of the common cold coming on? This has worked for me

    • OTC Clemastine Fumarate has become hard to find; it can be special ordered by Theater Pharmacy, Lexington if you are near there

  • - Good information if you are in the market for a car

  • Shields Up - Check how secure your computer is - scroll down to the Shields Up link. There's also a security podcast that's quite useful. Text of the podcasts are available as .pdf files, too.

  • USNO Real-time clock: When you need to know what time it really is!

  • - reasonably priced cables for your electronics


Local Businesses

  • Kevin's Tree Service, Lexington MA - 978-327-9177 - Kevin has done several tree removal and trimming jobs for me - very good work; I'm a satisfied, repeat customer.

  • Lexington Lock Service, Lexington MA - 781-861-1056 - Bob provides an excellent service for all your lock and key needs



Tech Corner 

Firefox is my preferred browser. One reason is that it can be customized to reflect your preferences using Add-ons. Following are some Add-ons that I find useful:

  • AdBlock Plus

  • uBlock Origin

  • Brief (RSS reader)

  • SingleFile - save web page to single HTML file

  • HTTPS-Everywhere - available here, not from the regular Firefox Add-ons page

  • AlDente - if you have an Apple laptop, you can extend battery life by restricting max charge to 80%. Follow the link.

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Last modified: Friday, May 19, 2023

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