December 2013

iPad, Not the Most Economical Choice for Blind Consumers

Are you in the market for a tablet? If you happen to be a blind consumer, I'm going to gently discourage you from making that investment, and although my experience is primarily based on the iPad, my rationale could apply to tablets across the board. No doubt my position will raise a few hackles, and I encourage you to make heavy use of the comments to offer a different perspective on a topic that is subjective by nature.

Tech Toys and the Expensive Normal

This past week I discovered for myself an ugly reality of financial management: The more you possess, the more expensive normal becomes. It was one of life’s little ironies, as I just read a blog post warning me about just such a thing on The Simple Dollar, one of the best financial blogs you’ll ever subscribe to.

You, Me, and the Horror Contract Between Us

If you’re a horror fan, you will eventually hit those ruts when you feel there is nothing really scary left to read. You know, the juicy stuff that keeps your lamp burning and your heart jerking at every unusual sound outside your window. It’s a fair assumption. Next to humor, horror is the most difficult genre to hit it out of the park, because what could be terrifying to me could be a big-o knee slapper to you. Yet I’ve discovered something that should have slapped me upside the head a long time ago.

The Paranoid's Guide to Protecting Your Identity While Traveling

Wouldn't it be awful to lose your wallet or smartphone while on vacation? Change the scenario to a foreign country, and the situation will quickly go from dismal to desperate. Plan for precautions now while you have a clear head, because thinking of everything in a moment of panic is just setting yourself up for failure.

Keep Copies of Your Personal Documents

Scan copies of your driver's license, social security card, credit cards, passports and other sensitive documents to an encrypted file in your computer. The account and telephone numbers will be important to temporarily cancel cards and services.