Seems like syncing requires a query to a tracker on to get ip information for the rest of your peers. Perhaps your work is blocking that specific domain like my work was doing. There is an option to specify a direct ip address and port to sync to/from which would help you avoid having to use a blocked… » 2/20/15 12:50pm 2/20/15 12:50pm

Just a word of advice on those rubber squeeze tube things. I'm not sure where my wife got ours, probably from some big box container store or homegoods or what have you, but we got one. Anyway, we put baby lotion in one, took it on a trip. The tube made the lotion smell like a latex glove. It was quite unpleasant. We… » 12/10/14 12:15pm 12/10/14 12:15pm

I learned some insightful observations from a friend of mine who is a life coach (among many other jobs). Back in 2002, I was an on-site computer fix-it person (among many other jobs). I was ALWAYS late. He observed that my late-ness was a passive aggressive way of showing that Time did not control me; that -I-… » 11/19/14 11:18pm 11/19/14 11:18pm

Use the iOS weather app to quickly figure out what city you're in

You can determine your current city you are in through iPhone's location aware weather app. Just swipe all the way to the left-most screen and see the city name up top. While this certainly falls into the "duh" category for 99% of you people reading this, the usefulness of this makes it noteworthy for the following… » 9/23/14 1:04pm 9/23/14 1:04pm

I'd like to know whether this came first or whether UNIQLO's Ultra Light Down jacket came first. They look very similar and I've known about uniqlo's offering since 2 winters ago. I was able to pick up a uniqlo ultra light down jacket last winter for about $40 on sale in Tokyo. » 8/14/14 12:39am 8/14/14 12:39am

Also useful are the free contact lens cases you get when you buy Alcon Opti-Free contact lens solution from costco. If you feel the need to _actually_ replace your contact lens case every time you use a new bottle of solution, then repurpose the old case instead of throwing it away. Also good for holding small screws… » 7/09/14 7:45pm 7/09/14 7:45pm

The energy savings I calculated I would get from sending back my Cox cable box is what prompted me to buy a HDHomerun Prime (on sale ~ $90), reuse an old laptop for Windows Media Center, plus reduce my $10/monthly cable box rental to $3/month for a Cable Card. The HDHomerun is paid off in about 10 months after energy… » 7/05/14 12:12pm 7/05/14 12:12pm

There is someone at my workplace who sleeps in a restroom stall. Its been going on for years, but I have no desire to figure out who it is. If they need sleep that badly, they must have a busy home or after-work life, either by or not-by choice. I just try to remember that everyone has their story, trials and… » 6/09/14 9:45am 6/09/14 9:45am

Any Vancouver, BC folks around? I will be in Vancouver next week for 5 days and was wondering if anyone has suggestions on getting my phone internet access while on the go. I've considered just relying on free wifi in the hotel and cafes, but it sure would be nice to be able to look up a google map while on the road.… » 5/15/14 10:16am 5/15/14 10:16am