17 of the Most Useful Websites on the Internet

  1. netflixroulette.net — Find something random to watch on Netflix.
  2. keepmeout.com — Lock yourself out of time wasting websites.
  3. nophonetrees.com — Talk to an actual person instead of a machine when you call customer service.
  4. paperbackswap.com — Swap books with others.
  5. ripetrack.com — Find out when certain fruits are ripe .
  6. unlistmy.info — Find out which websites store data about you, and tell them to unlist your info.
  7. dropbox.com — Backup your sensitive document online. Control who you share this info with.
  8. wetransfer.com — An easy way to send big files.
  9. woorank.com — Find out what your website is missing, how you can improve it, and how to make Google recognize it better.
  10. searchtempest.com — Search all of craigslist with one search.
  11. spreeder.com — Improve reading speed and comprehension.
  12. charitynavigator.org — Evaluates various charities.
  13. pipl.com — A search engine for finding people.
  14. duckduckgo.com — A search engine that is not following you
  15. deadmansswitch.net — Have emails sent when you die.
  16. keybr.com — Practice your touch typing.
  17. shouldiremoveit.com — Find out which applications you should remove from your computer.

Feeling Misunderstood At Family Holiday Events? Apple Ad Says It All

For many people, especially parents of teens, we are frustrated at the amount of time and energy that goes into electronics, especially smartphone and tablet devices.  I do believe there needs to be a balance of use and these devices, specifically the Apps are designed to be addictive to get you to come back over and over again.  Two Words, Candy Crush – see what I mean?

We all desire more face time with our family members, and technology seems to be a huge interrupter of quality family time.  So you can see the dilemma that many parents face.

Apple, one of the leading technology leaders and creator of the iPhone and iPad, wants to bring some perspective to the debate and I was impressed with their recent holiday ad called “Misunderstood”.  It plays into the bias towards technology that many parents have, that technology is isolating my teen/child from me and the memories we are creating.

But just like one of the yummiest fruits known to man comes from one of the ugliest trees, the Dragon Fruit, so too are the results or fruit that sometimes this technology produces.  Take a look at this Ad produced by Apple for the holidays and see what I mean.  Sometimes we might want to see the fruit before we judge the tree.

Happy Holidays!