Getting Rid of Old Computer Hardware
Feb12

Getting Rid of Old Computer Hardware

When you move or reorganize your home, or buy a new computer, you need to git rid of your old hardware. This weekend, get rid of your old computer hardware by giving it away, donating it, or recycling it. Depending on the condition of your hardware, your options might be limited. Decide what to do with your old computer: Give away the computer – If you know a family that needs a computer, it’s best to help someone that you...

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My Whole30 Experience
Jan30

My Whole30 Experience

The Whole30 program is based on the premise that many of the foods we eat every day are killing us, and by the fact that everyone is affected differently by these foods. On this program, you eliminate these these foods for at least 30 days, and then reintroduce one potentially harmful food type at a time to determine how these foods affect your mind and body. For details about the program and the science behind the food choices, see...

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Making Hot Cocoa Powder
Dec26

Making Hot Cocoa Powder

Although you can purchase hot cocoa packets and canisters, many of those now include artificial or non-sugar sweeteners. (Gross!) By making your own hot cocoa powder, you can control the quality of the ingredients. Recipe INGREDIENTS 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups powdered milk (Nestle Carnation) 1 cup powdered creamer (Nestle Coffee-Mate) 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa (Penzeys Spices) 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon mini semi-sweet...

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Why I will never use eBay again
Dec11

Why I will never use eBay again

Author’s Note: This article includes my personal opinion based on my personal experiences. The Epiphenie technical blog is a forum that I use to help friends, family, and strangers to solve problems that I have encountered. In this case, I want to warn my readers against buying or selling items on eBay because of their horrible customer service if anything goes wrong. I had a bad experience as an eBay seller 10+ years ago, and I...

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Understanding the Eisenhower Matrix
Oct16

Understanding the Eisenhower Matrix

If you’ve ever read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey for school or work, then you should remember one important concept: how to prioritize tasks using the Eisenhower Method of Time Management. The concept is simple. When you plan your time, you should prioritize tasks that are important both in the short term (urgent) and in the long term (not urgent) over tasks that are not important to you. Tasks can be...

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Landing Your Dream Job
Aug14

Landing Your Dream Job

Whether you are happy with your current technical career or are working a job only for a paycheck, you probably dream of a better place. If you wish for a fulfilling career where your work matters and you are happy with your pay and benefits, then you must take action. Often in technical fields, employees are hired at competitive pay with good benefits. Unfortunately, years of small bonuses, small raises (around 1%-3%), and no...

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Update Your Resume This Weekend
Jul18

Update Your Resume This Weekend

This weekend, as part of the Weekend Series, spend some time getting your resume in order. As a best practice, you should update your paper and online resumes regularly so that you are prepared for unexpected layoffs or opportunities. Your resume serves two purposes. The first is to make it past the “bots” that scan the text for relevant terms, and into the hands of a recruiter or hiring manager. The second is to make that...

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Organize Your Recipes Online
Jun19

Organize Your Recipes Online

For general information about organizing your paper, cookbook, and online recipes, see Organize Your Recipes [Organization #12], first published in July 2012. After reviewing the 2012 article, come back to this article for updated and software-specific information. This article is part of both the Organized Life Series and the Getting Healthy Series. In this article, you will learn how to use Pinterest, Google Drive, and Paprika to...

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Learn to Cook Like a Chef
May29

Learn to Cook Like a Chef

By learning to cook at home, you can save money by cooking restaurant-quality meals at home. You can improve your health by using high-quality and natural ingredients in your recipes. You can improve yourself by learning a new and valuable life skill. This article is part of both the Getting Healthy Series. Below is a list of some cooking schools that are available online: America’s Test Kitchen (Recommended) – ATK hosts a...

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Preparing for a Dive Trip
Apr11

Preparing for a Dive Trip

Travelling as a scuba diver adds additional complications to a vacation. In addition to planning for your trip, you must plan to have the gear and paperwork necessary for you to dive. Planning After you have decided to go on a trip, you will know your destination, travel dates, and trip cost. You can then plan ahead for certain details. Pay trip deposits Buy trip insurance Place an alert on the airfare and purchase tickets ASAP Book...

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Packing for a Dive Trip
Mar11

Packing for a Dive Trip

Scuba divers need to pack not only swimsuits, clothing, and toiletries for a trip, but also heavy and expensive dive equipment. Because you don’t your dive gear to be lost, stolen, or damaged, it’s important to get as much equipment into your carry-on luggage as possible. A good rule of thumb for choosing in which bag to place an item is whether you can get along without it (by possibly purchasing or renting the item) at...

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Scuba Gear for the Traveler
Mar05

Scuba Gear for the Traveler

Whether you’re a new scuba diver that’s just discovering a new passion, or an experienced diver that is preparing for a dive trip, divers that travel have slightly different equipment needs than local divers. You should consider yourself a traveling diver if you regularly fly to your scuba diving destination. Even if you dive locally every week, and only fly once a year, you might want to consider smaller gear to make...

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