4 Apps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you promise to stop smoking? Exercise more? Break your smartphone addiction? Choose one of these tools by your personality type. The Bling SeekerHabitica: Gamified Habit-Forming Tool If you’re motivated by gold stars and “winning,” Habitica may be for you. The system is set up like a video game where you conquer little monsters to meet daily goals and establish …

Our 2020 Gift to You

I’m forever grateful to you folks, my followers. If anyone had ever said that I would end up with tens of thousands of people who value my nerdiness, I would never have believed them. As a thank you for all your support, I offer the best gift I’ve ever given… a quick reference guide to every single app in my …

Five Ways to Save Money on Flights

On your next flight, you could sit next to someone who is paying hundreds of dollars less than you to go to the same place. These tools even the playing field when it comes to finding the best prices for travel. For fun, I put most of these into a quick video. Hopper: Travel Shopping App to Find the Best …

Create a Will and Help a Charity: Giving Docs

Giving Docs Online Will Creation for Charity Planned Giving Campaigns While I was working on The BIGGER Book of Apps a couple of weeks ago, I stopped in the middle of a sentence in the section about getting your affairs in order because I was excited to craft my very first Last Will and Testament. It took me two minutes. …

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My Favorite Specialty Image Resources

These stock image and video sites are far from generic. Here’s my curated list of the best curated sites. Most are 100 percent free for personal and commercial use, but you should read the fine print each and every time to see if an artist asks for attribution, a link back or (gasp!) money. Here is a gallery of some …

Get Rid of Junk Mail

You can call it kitchen table spam, birdcage liners or plain old junk mail. But whatever you name the piles of catalogs and mailers that fill up your mailbox, you probably don’t want it in your house. These tools help you dump the junk snail mail and find your kitchen table again. PaperKarma: Junk Mail Eliminator After some ups and …

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Learn a New Language Your Way

The best language-learning tool in the world is like the best diet in the world. There are lots of good ones, but the best one is the one that works best for you. Before you choose one, think for a moment about how you like to learn and what you want to do. Do you like a study buddy or …

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Business Card Scanners

I’m just going to say it straight out: I don’t like business card scanners in the slightest. To me they’re much more work than they’re worth. I get piles of cards at the same time after a presentation, and it’s a waste of my time to scan each one and check the transcription and then put my cursor in those …

Equifax probably owes you money — here’s how to get it

If you’ve been hanging around with Your Nerdy Best Friend for a while, you know how completely freaked out I was about the Equifax data breach almost two years ago. Equifax revealed the breach in the fall of 2017, but several months earlier, the company knew of vulnerabilities and hacker activity and more. More than 147 million U.S. residents were …

Tools for Tracking Loved Ones

Here’s the first excerpt from the new book, The Bigger Book of Apps! Stay tuned for the pre-order extravaganza starting in a week or so. 🙂 My wonderful husband is a crazy Ironman triathlete-turned avid camper, and he’s frequently on all-day bike rides or multi-hour hikes. When I haven’t heard from him in a while, my worry gene kicks in. …

VPNs: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t care enough to ask

I have a confession to make. Although I fuss at you guys to avoid public WiFi, I’m guilty of resorting to it every once in a while when my hotspot is spotty or if I’m just being lazy. It’s just so easy to connect to the free network and start surfing, right? But I feel guilty about it every time, …