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Earliest: March 17, 2003Latest: November 17, 2019Total: 152
November 17, 2019

Hulu Price Increase

This week Hulu announced a price increase for all customers. This is a big deal since a previous increase only impacted new customers.

What this Means

Hulu will increase the price of its Hulu with Live TV service by 20 percent on December 18th, setting the new subscription rate at $54.99 a month, up from $44.99.

Both new and existing customers will be affected by the increase. New subscribers as of December 18th will be served the $55-a-month price tag while existing subscribers will see the changes in their following bill cycle.

Hulu Blog

Why a Hulu is Still a Good Always Investment

  1. Still Cheaper than Cable - Ya, Comcast is still way more expensive. If your cutting cable, you won't miss most of your live shows!
  2. DVR Capabilities is great - Thanks to Hulu, I am catching up to watching classic Adam-12 shows. Simply search for the shows you like and add them to your favorite. Hulu will record the shows and let you watch them on your own time.
  3. Lots of Good Live Options. - You can see a lot more Live TV than using a stand-alone antenna. (Sorry NESN is still not on the network - yet!) Plus with DVR you won't miss local news shows if your not at home - very convenient for those times when I want to know more about a local story and working late.

Still Going Strong for US!

We have been using Hulu since February 2018. We have been very satisfied with using Hulu. We have the "Enhanced Cloud DVR" which gives us 200 hours of DVR time and Stream recordings to unlimited devices.

Stream recordings work great when working out. I can set the shows that I want to see and don't have to worry about the limited selection at the gym. (Most Gyms offer Free WiFi)

October 27, 2019

Thought to live by

I found this piece of advice in my Evernote notebook. I am not exactly sure where I found it - I couldn't find another site online that had this.

The title of this story is "Thought to live by "

Dr. Howard Conley an Honored professor for Northern Arizona University, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. "Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can't push.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
October 6, 2019

Scotch Shipping Tape

In December 2019, I blogged about remembering things to buy before the Christmas season started. (Check out the Blog post)

One of the items was to buy some packaging tape in October - while it's cheap. According to the blog post, the Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Package Tape was $9.09. Today that same tape is $8.70.

Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping
Stock up on Scotch Shipping Tape over on Amazon.com.

Not a Huge Savings - But Still

Not a huge saving, but who knows what the price will be in a few months when demand will be high.

I checked over at Target and they have Target brand Shipping Tape single packs for $2.99.

Meanwhile, over at Walmart, it's $2.97 for a single pack.

Camel Camel Camel

The CamelCamelCamel is a great Amazon.com price tracker. According to the tracking page, the most expensive time to buy Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 2 x 800 was at the end of July when it reached $16.62!

The $9.09 price point is one of the lowest price points. Seems the cheapest was on September 25th.

Checking it again in December 15

I'll check the prices in December to see how much they have gone up. This year the busiest shipping day of the year will be December 16. It will be interesting to see how the prices change since then.

September 29, 2019

Massachusetts Medical Leave Act

Beginning in January of 2021 most workers in Massachusetts will be eligible to get up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave.

To get this to work a new payroll tax will be applied to all workers in Massachusetts, it's the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave (PFMLA). This is helping contribute to the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Fund - which is what people will tap into when they need to take a leave of absence.

Massachusetts FMLA

How Much will be Contributed to the Fund

Employers may deduct up to 40 percent of the total medical leave contribution from a covered individual?s wages and 100 percent of the total family leave contribution.

The contribution rate was 0.63 percent on the first $132,900 of an individual?s annual earnings (the maximum taxable earnings as established by the Social Security Administration). This means that if you make $100,000 you'll be contributing $6,300 annually.

Learn More

You can learn more about the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Act from the official website.

Need more information? Read the Official Law:2018 Act - Chapter 121.

September 8, 2019

Strong Caffeinated Drink

Sometimes you just need a strong drink at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks to get through a tough day. Here are the top two strongest drinks that you can get at either establishment from their regular menu.

Little known secret menus may not be available at all locations. Besides you can spike any drink by adding an additional shot.

Turns out that a cup of coffee has more Caffeine than any "specialty" drink. Most drip coffee will have 100 mg per 8oz.

Dunkin Coffee On Tap
The Dunkin Donuts at the new Encore Boston Harbor always has Coffee on Tap.

Caffeinated amounts

Caffeinated amounts is not the same in every drip coffee. For example at Starbucks their is a -30 mg difference between reports from the official site and third party sites.

You best bet is to stay with the standard beans and request it black. (Remember it's about getting the strongest coffee for your dollar.)

If your looking for a good pick-me-up coffee - the best place to go is Starbucks and ask for a Venti Blonde Roast.

Dunkin Donuts

  • Coffee (Brewed) Extra Large - 359 mg
  • Coffee (Brewed) Large - 300 mg

Starbucks

  • Brewed Coffee Venti - 475 mg
  • Brewed Coffee Grande - 310 mg
July 28, 2019

Credit Card at Air Machines

If you need air in your tires the new air machines are great. These new machines make it easy to know when your tire is properly inflated. When the tire pressure is right - you?ll get a couple of audible beeps.

Seasons Air Machine

Credit Card Options

Some of these machines now include the option to swipe your card to pay and enable service.

The problem is that if the machine isn?t working there?s no way to know if the charge went through. I have seen these new machines out of service at different stations.

If you swipe the card multiple times you may get charged for each swipe.

For security purposes, I would recommend just having the proper change in the car. Having $2 in quarters in your glove box would be a good idea. That way you have enough change in case you ever need it.

July 21, 2019

Nest Thermostat Power

One of the nice things about the Nest Thermostat is that it keeps the temperature in the house the same all day long.

Back in late-May, we inadvertently discovered another benefit - it will stop working if the air filter is full.

Nest Power Issue

Not Enough Power

We notice that the Nest console wasn't getting enough power. We knew it couldn't be a battery issue since we connected the device to the existing thermostat - and that had power.

After some investigation, it turns out the problem was the air filter was dirty. As a result, it was slowing the flow of air through the filter.

This caused power to be reduced to the Nest, and it stopped working.

Quickly Got it Working Again

I ran down to Lowes and purchased a replacement filter, installed it. After a few minutes, the Nest was working again.

To prevent this from happening again, I set up a reminder to install a new filter in late August.

So if your Nest Thermostat suddenly stopped working, you may want to check the air filter.

July 14, 2019

Purity Supreme Circular

Recently I was going through an old bin in the basement and came across an old flyer for Purity Angelo's and Heartland. This is from July 9th, 1989.

Purity Angels Heartland1989
Download the Flyer and check it out!

Yes this flyer is 30-years old! Download the PDF version of the Flyer and check it out!

The flyer was for the stores on Cape Cod. I probably saved this because that's when I was working at the Purity Supreme in Dennis.

Purity Supreme was acquired by Stop & Shop in 1995.

Four Things I Learned from this Flyer

  • There are lots of coupons in the flyer. It appears it was a way to get people to read the flyer.
  • Sweet Bing Cherries are about a $1 more at Market Basket.
  • Today's flyer's all full of color. This particular flyer appears to only use green and black.
  • This flyer came out when coconut oil and palm old was considered bad. The flyer mentions how it was cut out of all the bakery products.
  • One of the things I remember When I workin in the Dairy department, was that when Tropicana went on sale we would have to stock it up. On some days, Tropicana half gallons would have to get restocked more frequently than some gallons of milk. In this flyer it had Tropicana for 2 for $3, which was a good deal.
  • Klondike Bars are advertised at $2.39 - about the same price today at Market Basket.
May 26, 2019

Spotify Music Collection

If your looking for what?s hot in music - Spotify is the place to go. You can find some awesome playlists from people that know music.

You can find the playlist for the office, workout or by mood type. You can find the perfect playlist by searching via the Spotify database.

5k Collection

My Spotify
View the Spotify Profile

I put up my workout music that I am using for my two 5k runs. This is the official playlist that I will be using as I try to break my personal best records.

Gary Vee Collection

Gary Vee
View the Spotify Profile

Gary Vee has an update playlist of music called "Monday to Monday". Listen to some new songs - as he updates the playlist for songs that inspired him.

March 24, 2019

Google Plus

This time next week the Google+ service will be discontinued. The service officially went live in June 2011 to compete against Facebook.

The service is shutting down due to the lack of use. A couple of security issues found in 2018 forced Google to reconsider the service and prompt the shutdown rather than fix the issues and face possible lawsuits.

I first joined the service on September 21, 2011, and didn't post much over the years.

google+ tombstone
There is no product "grave yard" at Google Headquarters. If there was, this is what it might have looked like.

Five Things I learned about Google+

Google+ got into a lot of trouble of forcing users to their users to join the social network. On November 6th, 2013, if you wanted to leave a comment on a YouTube video, you needed to be a member of Google+. On July 27, 2015, Google announced that the Google+ requirement wouldn't be needed anymore.

Google+ was promoted by Guy Kawasaki in "The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users" and "What the Plus!" His main focus in the book was that Google+ was a better Social network then the popular Facebook. It's these books and his promotional podcasts that got me interested in Google+.

While Google+ is shutting down, this doesn't impact any other Google Services.

No other Google products (such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, YouTube) will be shut down as part of the consumer Google+ shutdown, and the Google Account you use to sign in to these services will remain. Note that photos and videos already backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

Patrick Spenceley was the first person that added me on Google+. He is a "Paranoid programmer :-) JS/CSS/CF/.Net/HTML/tSQL/XML"

Trey Ratcliff is the most active person that I have been following on Google+. He post amazing photos from around the world. He has been active over on Facebook for a while. "He's not at all bitter about Google+ shutting down."

Download Your Data

If you used Google+, don't forget to download your data this week! You can download your data on Google's Take Out page.