28
August
2018

How to pay down a Bank of America card from a Merrill Lynch account

Ok, here are some things I’m always looking for and never seem to find. First if you have a Merrill Lynch credit card, it is issued by Bank of America and because BoA owns ML, there is integration. For months, if you try to prepay your balance, no matter how much you look on Bank […]

28
August
2018

Great biking stuff for the winter

Well the winter is approaching and in Seattle that means rain and darkness, so time to get ready for it. There are a few things that you need. Computer Well Garmin seems to be ruling the roost here, but if you need directions then the 1030 is the one to have. It is large enough […]

28
August
2018

Ski passes

Seems way to early to talk about winter sports, but a  sale on winter ski passes ends Sept 3. See https://www.epicpass.com/pass-results/passes.aspx.  If you are going to Park City that is included as are most resorts in Colorado and Whistler as well, it’s called the Epic pass and the discount ends shortly. See https://www.epicpass.com/pass-results/passes.aspx but basically a […]

27
August
2018

Victor’s Books

As part of my campaign to reconnect, been hanging out with victorr. Awesome guy and amazing book recommendations. Haven’t missed for me yet! Island Books staff picks are here: https://www.mercerislandbooks.com/meet-staff Victor’s current recommendations are: • Educated (https://www.mercerislandbooks.com/book/9780399590504) • Need to Know (https://www.mercerislandbooks.com/book/9781524797041) • How to Change Your Mind (https://www.mercerislandbooks.com/book/9781594204227) • Life Reimagined (https://www.mercerislandbooks.com/book/9780399573323) My list […]

26
August
2018

Google Backup and Sync

Well the good news is that Google finally allows more than one account for synchronization. Right now Dropbox allows two, one personal and one for business. The bad news is that Google only allows three and I oftentimes need more than three since each non-profit, each company has it’s own drive. Sigh. If you need […]

25
August
2018

Homebrew Cask issues

Since switching from macports, Homebrew has been just awesome, I use it for my personal installation scripts and it is fast and seems reliable. The nice thing is that it installs the so called casks in their own directory and then symlinks them to /Applications` However, last month I discovered two problems: When you use the […]

22
August
2018

Best Windows Laptops for school

I got a “I’m at Best Buy, what should I buy?” call from my friend Jon. So, opinions vary on this, but if you are getting a Mac, then the MacBook Pro without  Touchpad makes a lot of sense as a budget model with 8GB of memory and 256GB hard drive. When you add the […]

19
August
2018

Best car camping gear: coolers, stoves and plates

Well if you are car camping, you have so much more latitude in terms of gear. You don’t have to eat dehydrated food. You don’t need to worry about weight. So for the average mortal it’s way more practical. Here are some things to get to prepare in order of comfort: Sleeping pad. You want […]

19
August
2018

Bike Touring companies

Again from Brad a good list of touring companies that do higher-end bike tours with decent bikes too: Butterfield & Robinson. Highly recommended by Brad. Backroads. This seems to be the most common group, seem to have many friends who have taken them with great results. They have decent spec bicycles too with Di2 shifting. […]

19
August
2018

The word from Brad on Bikes

He’s a super smart guy in all things, but the bike advice is terrific, from Bsilverberg.com, he gives a couple of great tips: The Garmin 1030 is great for navigation. You download to it from Ride With GPS. Also get the XERT application so you can constantly see your FTP (functional threshold power) which tells […]

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