I admit it, I’m the most tenacious hound for cheap airfares there is.

I made some travel plans this past year to visit a relative in Maui over the Holidays. I started tracking the airfares as soon as they were published, early in the calendar year.

In the past I’ve used Travelocity FareWatcher and the (now defunct) MyYahoo widget.   Travelocity’s fare watch tool is only effective for tracking bargain fares between  a City Pair- But it does not let you choose your schedule in advance.  I’ve been unimpressed with either of them (Travelocity, Yahoo, + others), so decided to try out the new Yapta, which appeared to have some very solid tracking features and built-in alerts. Continue reading

How Heartbleed Bug Works in 1 Cartoon

Recent reports about the Heartbleed bug should give Federal Employees and Veterans some pause.  Some of your online info may be compromised.

Mashable has a good list of what websites/web services are affected by Heartbleed.

Here is a summary table for Federal Employees and Veterans, with links to primary resources.  Note that you need to change your password on some websites NOW: Continue reading


Recently I was one of the 25 million or so people who received an email from Amazon Prime announcing the $20 price hike for next year’s membership (to a total of $99 per year).

Everyone knew this was coming. Last month Amazon floated the classic ‘Trial Balloon’, announcing that they were mulling a $40 per year Amazon Prime price hike.

One month later, a price hike of ‘only’ $20 sounds more reasonable.   $99 (versus $119 per year) seems like a comparative bargain. Continue reading


OOMA Premier Blacklist Feature Review
OOMA Premier’s Blacklist

Mrs. GubMints called me at work the other day to let me know that the situation with Telemarketers and Bill Collectors calling our house phone was untenable- It seems that someone (a total stranger, not a member of the GubMints Circle of Trust) racked up tens of thousands in credit card debt and then provided the GubMints house phone number as their contact info.

The telemarketing and collection phone calls have been nothing short of relentless. Sure, I know that under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act I have the right to contact the collection agency with a letter and instruct them to Cease and Desist, blah blah blah. Right- That’s much more trouble than it is worth.

What to do? Continue reading