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Cribs for Kids

Cribs for Kids

2/21/14

Cribsforkids.org is a website full of educational information on sleep safety for infants including information on how to avoid SIDS. They even sell Pack N plays for $49. Many parents think a pack n play is not as good as a "soft" crib, however many pediatricians often cite the dangers of a crib mattress that is too soft and state that a Pack N Play meets or exceeds all of the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for safe sleeping. http://www.cribsforkids.org/ask-the-pediatrician-faqs/cribsplay-yards/

They also sell a great DVD on safe sleeping that parents should watch before taking their baby home from the hospital.

Pick n Pull

Pick n Pull

8/19/13

pick n pull is a great website business as well as local opportunity to get used auto parts for very cheap. You just pay two dollars for the entrance fee and enter with your auto tool set. Needed a toyota car rear mirror and an auto retract antenna. Both fixed for under $50. Obviously much less than buying it direct from toyota.

Just make sure you bring your own tools, gloves and check the website before heading down to one of their locations.

Sharps Inc

Sharps Inc

4/29/13

Disposing of medical waste can be a very expensive process. Medical waste disposal has to be properly shipped, stored, and disposed according to a number of rules and regulations to protect against blood borne diseases. Having a local pick up of your medical waste can be expensive, but this online company called sharpsinc or sharpsinc.com has simplified the entire experience and made it much cheaper. They provide you with mail labels and the packaging material to ship off your medical waste for a fraction of the price (about 20% of what it could cost to have a local pick up). Highly recommend the website and service.

ThePortableCIO

ThePortableCIO

5/14/12

I have used The Portable CIO for years and have always had a great experience with them. They evaluate your situation and make recommendations that are best practices and never oversell you. When working with an IT team, you want a company that has both integrity and the technical skills to get the job done, and the portable cio has consistently delivered for me. Highly recommend them. Ask to speak to Evan when you call.

Scribus

Scribus

5/10/12

great site for page layout and design for websites and print. Open source and FREE.

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit

1/19/12

Great site for hiring just about anyone to do anything. I like their heavy lifting section to assist in getting rid of large pieces of furniture. I once just used craigslist for a junk removal service and got 2 small girls attempting to carry a couch out of my house. They couldn't do it alone so I had to help. I like how taskrabbit vets the service providers.

Zaarly

Zaarly

1/12/12

I think everyone who uses craigslist at one point in time has wondered why they haven't made it more web 2.0 and social. Their old model still works and is very easy to use, but that is of course opening the door for these new start ups to create their own version of craigslist. I tried zaarly out and it was very easy to use and intuitive. The only problem of course is lack of users. The small user base right now is great if you are a small business and have services or products to offer as you will receive many eyeballs for what you are selling. I truly hope this particular site catches on.

Skillshare

Skillshare

1/11/12

Each one, Teach one, was the mantra used in my medical training years ago and basically it meant that everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn. This company skillshare.com has taken that concept and is allowing everyone to become a teacher and a student. There have been other websites and companies with similar ideas throughout the years, but this one seems to have hit a home run with their efforts and understands how to motivate people to become either a teacher or a student. Now, I just need to decide if I want to learn to become a bartender or play Settlers of Catan first...

Codecademy

Codecademy

1/11/12

Taking a class and learning something new is typically a boring process and while many people have tried to make educational games in the past, very few companies have truly succeeded in this market. Wouldn't it be great to learn to learn a new skill by playing a game? codecademy.com is making learning how to code into a gaming experience and from the nearly 100K users they have signed up, they are doing a great job. If you are looking to learn javascript, I highly recommend checking it out. Makes me think of rosetta stone for the coding world.

Lumineyes.com

Lumineyes

11/4/11

Interesting concept where a laser which when turned to a very specific frequency can eliminate brown pigment in the eye and turn brown eyes to blue. It is similar in concept to laser hair removal, which also selectively eliminates tissue. Their website is still under development but you can watch a video of it here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQQqjheYo-w

VillafaneStudios

VillafaneStudios

10/21/11

If you are looking for some pumpkin carving ideas definitely be sure to check out this website and go to this link
http://villafanestudios.com/gallery/the-pumpkins-2
This guy won on food network for his amazing pumpkin carvings

Newlookplumbing.us

Newlookplumbing.us

8/2/11

I ordered a sink from New Look Plumbing through amazon.com and needed to make a return. While I did have to pay for return shipping, they did refund my credit card and the return process went very smoothly. I commend them for having such great customer service and providing an expedited refund to my credit card. One of hallmarks of a great company is how they deal with returns and this company I feel did a remarkable job.

ZAM

ZAM

6/8/11

I have been following and using the zam network of sites for the past 10 years and they are a valuable resource for any MMO gamer. Their sites include Wowhead, Thottbot, and MMOUI. Each of their sites is a respectably run entity where they carefully monitor both spam and advertisements. Content is always original and the community in the forums is always helpful. If you are playing any of the MMOs out there including WOW or Rift you should check out this website and their network of sites.

Thehpvtest.com

Thehpvtest

5/13/11

Great site for basic information on the HPV test for women and explaining the relationship between HPV testing and PAP smears. Everyone should know about these types of tests and especially women who are sexually active and might be interested in the HPV vaccine. I would also recommend going to the CDC for information on guidelines on when to get the HPV test done. Links here
http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/pap/default.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm
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Minecraft

Minecraft

5/2/11

I recently read a review about Minecraft which you can get from minecraft.net. I had seen several people on sitejabber review Lego or block type of games and never really understood what the hype was all about. Here is a link to the IGN video: Minecraft: I don't get it. http://pc.ign.com/articles/116/1165491p1.html
If you ever played with legos in your childhood, you owe it to yourself to watch this video and see if it is worth a quick download to relive the lego days. Parents with children who play with lego should also take a look at the video and see if it might appeal to your children.

The best part seems to be that people can share their minecraft/lego creations with each other. This guy created a Call of Duty FPS in the minecraft world.
http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/01/31/minecraft-black-ops-nuketown-remake-tehtoolebox

Great indie game that deserves a full heart for managing to amass such a following (700,000 facebook likes to date) in an era of big budget gaming.

SuperBiiz

SuperBiiz

4/27/11

It has been a long time since I built my own pc but I do remember it being significantly cheaper than buying online. Currently when you configure your system through a major company you are seemingly paying much more than if you just bought it off the shelf. This company is located around the corner from where I grew up and has a real address/phone etc which is rare these days for internet companies. I took a look at their prices and they were far below what is currently being sold at retail for the same specifications. If you are looking to buy a new computer, I would recommend seeing what your money will get you at a larger internet retailer such as Dell, gateway, sony, HP and then compare the specs to what you can get here. You might be able get some significant upgrades for not much more money. Often times upgrading a HD will cost you hundreds extra...here an upgrade to 1.5TB cost an additional $26 from what I saw...Just try finding that deal on other more commercial sites.

Voice123

Voice123

4/21/11

This website is like a search engine for voice over talent and it does attract some great voice over artists. You can hear samples of their work online and get quotes for projects fairly easily. If you are looking exclusively for voice over work, I think going to sites like this is better than some of the sites that have a combination of acting/voice overs.

Slidebomb

Slidebomb

4/20/11

I was doing a search for Zooey Deschanel and somehow came across Slidebomb.com. Very interesting way to share information around a given subject. You can compile throughout the web images, videos and links around a given topic and easily share it with others. Clearly designed to be viral I hope their efforts pay off and people start using this site.

Logitech

Logitech

4/18/11

Going to give logitech big props and a full heart for their move to dominate the webcam/video conferencing market. Their Vid HD consumer service which is free and works with their inexpensive HD webcams or google TV really is quite impressive at their 720p resolution. The significantly more expensive offerings from other companies such as cisco can do 1080p, but I'm not sure that most will even notice it and not every one has a 1080p display (1920 x 1080) or a webcam that can support that resolution. The Vid HD service will work with other webcams that are not made by logitech too. They have a very simple interface and I think their partnership with googleTV should help them grow. Skype also has 720p as their "HD" version. I do wonder which company will be the first to offer true 1080p resolution for free. see lazy link below for more info
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/349/5788

Commodoreusa.net

Commodoreusa.net

4/9/11

Anyone who remembers playing games on those floppy disks on a Commodore 64 will love the revival of this brand. I remember that commodore was the big rival of apple back in the day. Of course they include an emulator to play all of the old c64 games. If playing labyrinth doesn't bring back some memories then this is probably not the system for you...
labyrinth video for your viewing enjoyment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys_zqk2heBY

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