Archive for November, 2009

Financial planning for the holidays

November 27, 2009 0 Comments

Well, it’s been a tough financial year for most of us, and the holiday season isn’t going to help. I love to be generous, but I also have to be realistic and stay within my budget. And for some, the end of the year and the start of the shopping season may be the perfect […]

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Black Friday – 2009 Edition

November 20, 2009 1 Comment

It seems like a female right of passage. Your first Black Friday. A mixture of child-like anticipation, consumer-driven desire and competitive adrenaline. It’s an American tradition that I’ve never really had much interest in. Last year I blogged about Black Friday, but didn’t admit that I’ve never taken part. Don’t get me wrong, I love […]

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Broadband for all?

November 19, 2009 0 Comments

I’ve seen this circulating on some tech blogs, but beyond that it doesn’t seem to be gaining much steam. A bill in the House of Representatives right now would provide low-income families with the money for broadband access. Called the Broadband Affordability Act of 2009, it was introduced back in September by California Representative Doris […]

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St. Luke’s blogs through flu restrictions

November 16, 2009 0 Comments

Health departments across the county have recently suggested that hospitals limit the number and even ages of visitors to help curb the spread of H1N1. At St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids, that means the groups Mommy and Me and the Breastfeeding Support Group have been postponed until further notice. St. Luke’s is using the live-blogging […]

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Traveling with TripIt

November 11, 2009 1 Comment

I was browsing the iPhone app store last night and the Genius tab suggested I try TripIt. Normally I would have glazed right over any travel apps since I don’t travel as much as I used to, but I actually have a long trip coming up in December and I’ve been looking for a way […]

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Why maps matter

November 10, 2009 0 Comments

If you’ve ever found yourself looking at your neighborhood on Google Earth – then this event is right up your alley. Cedar Rapids is hosting an open house on Nov. 16, to showcase GIS, a computer-based mapping tool the city uses for everything from police response to land development.┬áThe open house with showcase the software’s […]

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Droid, anyone?

November 9, 2009 1 Comment

I don’t think the hype was anything to rival an Apple release, but even this iPhone owner is wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. I have a big decision to make. When my contract is up next year, do I upgrade to 3GS or do I go Android? I’ve read the […]

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