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Think of this page as Better Homes and Websites. Your computer or smartphone can help you with your travels, your entertaining, your hobbies and even your fine, fine fashion sense. I share some of my ideas for how networks can help make life easier, more fun and more stylish.

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

November 13, 2014

When I drove past a billboard earlier this week that promised me a new universe of streaming media, I nearly pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try it. Right. Now. Was this the day I’d been waiting for? The day when I’d finally experience the joy of unlimited TV, [...]

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Is this an ice cream? A 2×2

September 3, 2014

It has recently come to my attention that many people seem to be unable to recognize whether their preferred frozen dessert is ice cream. At last! A modern dilemma I can actually solve, thanks to this handy 2×2: Is it ice cream? Butterfat content 10 to 20% Less than 10% Ice cream flavors (chocolate, vanilla, [...]

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Yelpless: What kinds of reviews get squelched by Yelp?

August 26, 2014

I’m an ardent (some might say pathological) Yelp user, and since I am incapable of putting anything in my mouth without first validating its viability on Yelp, I try to contribute back to the community by sharing my own perspectives and information, particularly on the all-important subject of artisanal ice cream. But today I got [...]

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How 17 essential travel apps can improve your next vacation

July 14, 2014

Whether you’re packing your bags for a summer trip to Europe or packing the car for a summer road tip with the kids, you may be tempted to define your vacation by what you’re not packing: your computer, tablet or mobile phone. As more and more of us struggle with the invisible electronic leash that keeps us [...]

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ShopStyle: Diary of an online shopping addiction

December 13, 2012

This is the true story of a woman and a website: ShopStyle. If you know what’s good for you, you won’t click that link. But if you are one of the people who have asked me about the super-ultra-amazing shopping search engine I can’t stop using, here is our tale.

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More jobs of the future: essential staff for your tech lifestyle

August 22, 2012

A while ago I blogged a list of anticipated jobs of the future: new categories of employment that will be necessitated by our increasingly plugged-in lives. It’s time to add a few to the list: Update concierge: 2 laptops + 2 home computers + 1 ipad + 1 iphone + 2 ipod touches = 5,842,102 [...]

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Of shoes and men

August 15, 2012

I have a dear friend who used to say that a woman should always have three men in her life: the one currently in her heart, a second recently dispatched, and a third waiting in the wings. I now have a  comparable philosophy about shoes. Every woman should have one pair that are reliably perfect, [...]

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7 ways to enhance your vacations with Facebook

August 8, 2012

How Facebook can help you plan a better trip — and help you remember it.

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Take a one-way road trip with Ridejoy

August 7, 2012
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Ridejoy is a social network that helps you share rides. Here’s how we used it to take a fantastic one-way road trip.

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ShoeCamp: An (imaginary) unconference for the footwear-obsessed

June 4, 2012

Madeline Stanionis inspired this vision for ShoeCamp, an unconference for the footwear-obsessed.

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The Genzlingerizer: An app to enhance offline reading (and an IFTTT workaround)

June 3, 2012

I want to set up rules for the publications I read in print, specifying the authors or topics that qualify as must-reads. When said publication appears at my door, I want to launch an iPhone app that tells me which pages to look at in this morning’s New York Times, this week’s New Yorker, or the latest Entertainment Weekly. Then I want an easy way to take whatever I’m reading in print, and convert it to a set of links that are ready to share online.

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