PRINTER FRIENDLY

Many websites have a “printer friendly” option, to allow the printing of an article without all the ads. But say you want to capture the home page of the website, not an individual piece? Then it’s best to use the free app, PrintFriendly.

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SOLAR ROADWAYS

Gadzooks! The first thing Bob thought about while watching the YouTube video on “Solar Freakin’ Roadways,” was not, “let’s be an investor in this new kind of road,” but “let’s invest in the Canadian guy who made the video.” Very cool video; nearly 14 million people have seen it.

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THE INTERNET OF SHARING

Forty years ago, Bob wrote about an idea that may finally be gaining adherents. As a homeowner, he thought it was ridiculous that everybody on the block had their own lawnmower. Why not just have one and pass it around? Why try to own everything if you can share it? To pay for repairs or replacement, you would all contribute to a common fund, maybe monthly or once a year. It took the Internet to move this idea along.

People are now sharing tools and toys using apps like “Freecycle,” amounting to 700 million pounds of used items last year, according to a recent report by author Jeremy Rifkin. If those items were stacked …

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DRIVERLESS SHIPS

Driverless cars are moving up fast on the outside and in California there is even legislation being proposed to make them legal on the roads. But just when you thought it’s safe to go out on the ocean, here come captain-less ships. Actually, they’re supposed to be safer that way.

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LIGHT BULBS

We tested the 40 watt version of an LED light bulb from “Switch” and sure enough, it turned on. Gives out about 40 watts of light. Feels like a heavy drinking glass. But it’s expected to last 10 years. The future is heavy, but long-lasting. A 40 watt LED bulb uses only six watts of energy and costs around $37 at Amazon.

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A SMARTER LIGHTBULB

Even though an LED light bulb can last 30,000 hours, compared to 750 to 1000 for an ordinary bulb, we’ve been reluctant to spend $70 on one. The “Lumen TL 800″ may change our minds. Very impressive.

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PASSING SEGWAYS

The most outdoor fun Joy had this summer was riding a Segway on a Chicago architectural tour, gliding around the museums on a path bordering Lake Michigan. Segways are electric scooters that respond to your body movements, You stand upright and hold a handlebar; lean forward and you go. At $7,000 we’re not about to buy one but an alternative will be out soon for half that.

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DEAD ZONE THE SIZE OF CONNECTICUT

Science.Time.com has science articles from Time Magazine. We read about the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, an oxygen-deprived area of water. It was predicted that this year’s dead zone would be the size of New Jersey. Now it’s only the size of Connecticut.  

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BUYCOTT (boycott) APP

Buycott is an Android and iPhone app for finding out the company behind a product you’re buying. We scanned the barcode on a bottle of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice and saw that the parent company, Roll International also owns Paramount Farms, which owns a lot of nut companies. Pom Wonderful owns Fiji Water, and many other companies.

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SOLAR KEYBOARD

Happiness is a new keyboard that lets your fingers fly. Joy is a speed typist and has complained endlessly about her Hewlett Packard keyboard. Bob is a slow typist, but complains endlessly about his keyboard anyway.

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