iPhone and Android Apps Are Spying On You

December 27, 2010
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As part of its investigation into privacy issues on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal recently disclosed that many of the most popular iPhone and Android applications are secretly spying on you. These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found. WSJ...

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Most Popular Free PC Programs From 2010

December 27, 2010
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Each year thousands of free (there is always a catch or at least an advertisement involved) programs are produced for your PC. The highly respected Gizmodo site saved you the trouble to select the 16 most popular programs to help you tweak, customize, and enhance your Windows experience. See which ones will work for...

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Teach a Horse to Sing

December 26, 2010
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Teach a Horse to Sing

At the close of 2010, I’m going through my blog archives for the year and selecting my favorites to post from the archive. I love this little story. It’s an antidote to false hope while keeping us open to possibility. In The Stuff of Thought, Harvard psychologist and author extraordinaire, Steven Pinker relates the story...

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LIFE GOES ON: How To Make Resolutions Work

December 26, 2010
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LIFE GOES ON: How To Make Resolutions Work

DEAR DOCTOR KATHLEEN: I want to make 2011 better than 2010. Every January, I make resolutions, but by December, nothing has changed. What can I do to differently this year? STUCK YEAR AFTER YEAR DEAR S.Y.A.Y., This is an excellent time to take assessment of all the areas of your life. Emotionally, physically, psychologically,...

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Blumenthal’s BBB Investigation: Made For TV

December 26, 2010
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If Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s investigation into the controversial Better Business Bureau’s grading system is an indication as to how effectively his office probes critical consumer issues, the next Attorney General will have to do a lot of cleaning up. For months I have had the gut feeling that Blumenthal’s investigation into the...

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Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed

December 24, 2010
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Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed

In one of the more bizarre foreclosure cases, Bank of America is threatening to throw a West Hartford family out of their home even though they couple never missed a mortgage payment. The largest bank in the United States earlier this month notified Shock Baitch and his wife Lisa Freedman that foreclosure action will start...

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From Geseënde Kersfees to E ku odun, e ku iye’dun! Merry Christmas

December 24, 2010
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No matter how you think to say it, it means the same thing everywhere: Merry Christmas Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak...

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GRANNY SNATCHING: Ron Winter’s New Weekly Blog

December 22, 2010
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GRANNY SNATCHING: Ron Winter’s New Weekly Blog

Granny Snatching. What is it? It's an ugly phrase and an uglier practice and it is increasingly affecting more and more American families. Granny Snatching occurs when younger family members take custody of an elder relative under false pretenses, convince a judge to declare the elder person incompetent, allowing them to then force their aged...

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Greeting Cards: Tired Of Paying Through The Nose

December 22, 2010
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After paying $3.29, plus tax, for a greeting card for my nephew Matt who recently graduated from college, I have had it. This was one of cheaper cards – Hallmark Shoebox. I assumed (which I tell others to never do) that it was a 99 cent card. Even at 99 cents it would have...

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