Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • Interesting Thanksgiving Facts

    November 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, and was to celebrate the first successful harvest by the pilgrims.  It was a 3 day festival which included eating, hunting and entertainment.  The Indians came and brought with them 5 deer.  The menu did not include turkey, potatoes or pumpkin pie but rather venison, indian corn, fowl and barley.

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    More than one hundred years later on Thursday, November 26, 1789, President George Washington announced the first National Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Thanksgiving did not become an annual tradition until the 19th century.  An American writer, Sara Josepha Hale led the charge to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She worked hard for 30 years. She also published recipes for turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing which became common menu items of the present day feast.

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  • Black Friday, Black Thursday or Black November?

    November 17, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Black Friday has traditionally been the official start of holiday shopping with fabulous deals for brave consumers who wait in lines early in the morning and fight (sometimes literally) for the best deals. Lately though, black friday has been expanded to start earlier.  Some sales begin on Thanksgiving day, some earlier in the week, and some even earlier during the month of November.Free Black Friday

    Black Friday is "more of an idea than a single-day event anymore," says Calvin Silva, lead retail analyst at Nasdaq Advisory Services.

    We are seeing earlier and earlier deals for consumers. With on-line shopping available 24/7, brick and mortar stores feel the pressure to compete. So how does the consumer know the best time and place to begin their holiday shopping and get the best deals?

    Fortunately, there are a number of sites and apps to assist you.  Kaitlyn Wells of Techlicious outlines these in Get the Best Price with These Shopping Sites & Apps. To see all of her tips click here.  Some of the tips include: Continue reading

  • Holiday Travel Gadgets

    November 11, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Many of us travel over the holidays.  Some of us travel to visit with family, others travel to get away for a family destination spot.  No matter where your travels take you, you may just want to take along some cool travel gadgets.

    When traveling by car or RV be sure to stay connected with zBoost's Mobile1.  Unfortunately, there are many cell signal dead zones across America, making the zBoost's Mobile1 cell phone signal booster a necessity for keeping drivers connected to family, work and emergency personnel while on the road. Mobile1 hi def image

    Additionally, Techlicious' Natasha Stoke recently outlined some cool travel gadgets to take along on your travels in 8 Great Travel Gadgets.  Some of her picks are described below:

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    • ChargeAll Portable Wall Outlet - This comes in two sizes.  The larger one stores 18,000mAH and weighs 5 pounds.  It provides a socket for charging larger devices, and two USB ports for charging smartphones, tablets, and  cameras. The smaller version is slightly larger than an iPhone5, and can store 12,000mAh of power.

    • Netatmo June UV Exposure Bracelet - If you are heading to sunny skies, this gadget measures the sun levels you’re exposing yourself to and sends alerts to your iPhone.   A UV sensor is located under a plastic jewel and reads the current conditions outside.  It compares your personal data (skin tone, eye & hair color)  to determine an relevant recommendation for you.

    • The Lock Box - If you need a safe place to keep your keys, license, or other small items, this credit-card-sized box with a combination lock is perfect and can be attached under your car.

    • Luggage Tracker - Luggage trackers can be placed into checked bags and if lost, the location can be sent to you via your phone.  Trakdot and LugLoc are two options to consider.

    To see all the recommended gadgets click here.



  • Public WiFi Networks - Protect Your Privacy

    November 5, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    We are accustomed to always having access to the internet.  Often when we are at the airport, coffee shop, or other "free WiFi" spot, we forget that when on a public WiFi network, we are "public."

    Elizabeth Harper of Techlicious recently  wrote How to Protect Your Privacy on Public WiFi Networks.  She consulted with Con Mallon, a mobility expert with Symantec about the security issues on public Wi-Fi.  


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    Harper describes that using public WiFi can expose your personal information and passwords.  "Honeypots" can be set up by thieves to try to attract individuals to jump onto their sites thereby giving them access to all data that you send.  Hijacking is another potential threat where your open session can be taken over, or your browser cookies (which recognize who you are) can be stolen.   However, if caution is used, you can protect yourself.  Some of the precautions that you can take include:

    • Make sure that your computer, tablet or smartphone does not automatically connect to unknown WiFi networks.
    • Make sure you connect to sites via HTTPS.  This will protect what you send and receive from a website  (check the address bar of your browser)
    • If you want to encrypt all of your data, use a VPN service such as or  There is a fee for this service.

    Please read the entire article including the additional safeguards you should take here.

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