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XFINITY TV Go

XFINITY TV Go

4/7/11

I had been considering saving some money and cutting out cable tv (specifically comcast) and instead getting a subscription to netflix/hulu/amazon for my movie and tv shows. It was about a combination of cutting costs and being able to watch shows at work, while commuting, and even at starbucks. The deal changer was comcast releasing their xfinity streaming service that works on any pc and my ipad. Now, I can access HBO/MAX/Starz premium shows, network television and on demand movies all because I have a subscription to comcast...and I can access their content anywhere I have an internet connection. This means instead of cancelling comcast and going to the net for my media, I am considering upgrading my comcast and adding premium channels so I can take it on the go with me and probably will no longer be renting dvds. Nice move comcast. The only negative part is their site is still a little buggy especially on chrome, but I have faith they will soon fix those issues.

Tiny Test Kitchen

Tiny Test Kitchen

3/23/11

I ate at Nobu in vegas and the black cod miso was probably one of the most amazing dishes I have ever had a chance to taste. I did some research online on how to make it and came across this food blog. Vienna who writes this blog lets both her charisma and love of food show through and they have some great recipes including what I was looking for....black cod miso. I'm going to be waiting for her to start doing some video blogging so we can all watch her prepare some of these tasty dishes.

Jetstreamhd

Jetstreamhd

3/11/11

JetstreamHD is just the device I have been waiting for that allows you to view any media (movies, music, photos, etc) that you have stored on your hard drives at home to be view on your ipad anywhere you go. It connects to your router and then instantly finds the media. Instant access to your media without any upfront work is pretty much what we all want. I will admit I do not own this yet and it is still on pre order but the concept alone makes me give it a full heart and I will follow up with more details once I have this device at home. The main concern will be how you can find all of the media at home and how easy it is to search through it all.

KickStarter

KickStarter

1/29/11

The basic concept of this site is creative artists getting funding for their projects through pledges. I found some really interesting projects where people had pledged thousands of dollars to help the artist achieve their dream. Great concept and I do hope sites like this succeed and give artists their shot at creating their projects.

AnyLeaf

AnyLeaf

1/29/11

With all of the coupon craziness out there on the internet these days and daily deal sites popping up like weeds, it is refreshing to see a site like this which just simply aggregates together all of the coupon needs you may have on groceries. For just a few minutes of time, you could easily be saving a few bucks on things you buy every week.

OnlyWon

OnlyWon

1/28/11

I first saw this artist on a video while looking at my facebook page. I highly recommend watching his video
http://www.youtube.com/user/Onlywon#p/c/FB1AD0C8E773DE5F/1/WiJczH3cr48
Pretty funny stuff with a great voice and Only Won has some really clever lyrics in there as well.

Life360

Life360

1/21/11

Very useful suite of services to protect your kids and family. The most useful application is the one where your kids just have to push a button to check in and then you know their GPS location. Great value and I highly recommend this site.

Hows Your Hearing.org

Hows Your Hearing.org

1/21/11

For those experiencing hearing loss, it is easy to get overwhelmed with information. Many sites are out to just make a buck selling hearing aids to those who are in need. This website is by the American Academy of Audiology and serves as a great information resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. They can help you find an audiologist and have information on hearing aids and implants.

Amazon

Amazon

12/5/10

1. Video On Demand: they are trying to compete with netflix/itunes/etc, but here is the problem...while they do have a great selection and reasonable prices the quality of the video cannot even begin to compare to that of netflix or itunes right now. Plus they somehow lack the ability to buffer the video, so if your connection slows during playback the entire video stops. This never has happened to me on netflix or itunes. Did I mention this was on a T1 line? They give you the option to download the movie to your PC if the connection is too slow, but here is the catch, if you started watching the video already you have to pay AGAIN to download the video. So make sure you test out their connection before you pay for their VOD services, my T1 line was too slow for them. I give them a meh rating as of 12/2010 but hope in the future they get their act together. They clearly rolled this out before it was ready in hopes to gain market share of the VOD services.

2. Kindle: here I give amazon a full heart, for books they are doing it right. Very seemless and easy to use. Almost magical in the way you can be reading a book within minutes.

3. books/DVDs: here again they deserve a full heart. fast service and I do much of my xmas shopping here.

CME

CME

11/30/10

I have personally ordered from Claflin many times for office medical equipment and they have an excellent customer service department and fast and reliable shipping. They have products for both medical offices as well as products for patients such as scooters. Prices are extremely competitive and often lower than what I have found else where. They have been in business since 1817 and are one of the most well recognized medical supply companies in the healthcare sector.

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

11/23/10

Since 1982 the NAHC (national association for home care and hospice) is a trade association for business that provide healthcare and medical supplies to patients. While it is geared mostly for the business, it also serves as a great consumer resource as well. They have a catalog of resources they can mail to interested consumers and well as provide guidance to people who are looking for home care. Here is a link to that section of the website
http://www.nahc.org/consumer/home.html

If you are looking for a local provider they have a page for that as well

http://www.nahcagencylocator.com/

they also will give you access to their magazine called Caring, which has useful information for those people interested in home care and hospice

http://digitalcaringmagazine.nahc.org

Nordic Naturals

Nordic Naturals

11/20/10

There has been overwhelming evidence for people of all ages, but especially seniors to be taking some sort of omega 3 supplementation if people are not consuming it naturally through foods such as fish. People often ask which omega 3 is the best and what it really comes down to is which ones has the least amount of toxins in them. Heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs, etc all contaminate fish oil supplements. Nordic Naturals is a well respected company among physicians and often recommended as a good brand to use.

HealthDay

HealthDay

11/19/10

Healthday.com is a news site for the latest medical news for both consumers as well as physicians through their http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/ website. They syndicate their news to other sources including government websites. I like going directly to this site to get the latest evidence based healthcare news and the site is well organized by speciality. It is a great resource for consumers who have a particular concern or disease as they can sign up to receive updates on that particular concern so when there is new information available or a new study, they can read about it.

Vaccine Information You Need

Vaccine Information You Need

11/19/10

Vaccination has been the subject of debate for many new parents as well as seniors who wonder if they should be getting flu and pneumonia vaccines. On the internet people can find evidence to support pretty much anything as many sites exist that will tell people to avoid vaccines because of their potential side effects. Yet at the same time, vaccines today saves lives but because people cannot tangibly see the lives being saved, it makes it more difficult to support the cause for vaccination.

This website gives solid medical information to the public regarding vaccination and is a valuable resource for people researching almost any vaccine. The have a database of photos, case histories, legit references, etc.

Nutritional Medicine - A Textbook By Dr. Gaby

Nutritional Medicine - A Textbook By Dr. Gaby

11/18/10

I highly recommend this book and website for those individuals looking to learn more about how nutrition relates to diseases and health. The book is geared for physicians but I think almost anyone could benefit from this book. Great knowledge base and a valuable addition to anyone's medical library. It covers almost all common diseases from diabetes to eczema and how nutrition influences the disease process and how the foods people consume can aid in the treatment of these diseases.

Rockmelt

Rockmelt

11/16/10

Giving this site a cool rating for right now as they are still only giving out beta invites to those who sign up through facebook connect. Interesting concept by the Netscape founders and it looks like it integrates facebook more than anything else, but I guess we will just have to see how well they do in the future. With Bing also using facebook as part of its social search, looks like the real winner here will be FB.

Dynamic Digital Depth

Dynamic Digital Depth

11/15/10

DDD is one of the main companies trying to bridge the gap between the sparsely produced 3D games and movies and the abundance of 3DTVs and 3D PCs. They have algorithms that convert 2D content into 3D. While it is not going to be as impressive as content made specifically for 3D this does allow for people to get more use out of their current 3DTVs.

Jarrow Formulas

Jarrow Formulas

11/11/10

Many people ask me what brand of supplement I would buy locally and while the brands I typically recommend are only sold through physician offices, I do like Jarrow and people can easily find them at stores such as whole foods or local pharmacies. They have a strong reputation and a wide variety of products.

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

10/29/10

I have never had the pleasure to visit the UK and see for myself the amazing castles over there. In the US this winery is one of the only places in the states that built a medieval castle that is open to the public. They also have very good wine in their cellars and have events throughout the year. Worth a visit if you ever go to Napa.

1800GotJunk

1800GotJunk

10/29/10

Full heart for this site though their service is not cheap...but it does seem fair.. They offer excellent customer service and you can schedule a pick up online. They charge purely based upon volume so my recommendation is to break down whatever you have into the smallest size before they come.

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