FINDING FREE MOVIELAND

A reader asks: “Where are the Amazon Prime movies?”  You’d think Amazon would have a category called “Prime Movies” on their website, but no, too simple.. So how do you find them? Prime Movies are freebies for those who have paid for Prime membership. To find, type “prime movies” in the search box at the top of the page at Amazon.com. About 135,000 come up. Don’t have time to go through those? Best narrow the search. There are categories off to the left. In what may be the worst designed web page in the known universe, some of those categories don’t make sense, like “used.” (It’s a download, dummy.) Also ignore the price listings; what part of freebie do they […]

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RANSOM!

A reader writes to tell us her Windows files have been hijacked. The hijacker is demanding money to release her photos and personal documents. Here’s what to do and how to prevent that. Restart the computer. Keep tapping the F8 key as you start up. A recovery option will come on the screen. This will take the machine back to a time before the hijack. (And to think that some people say time travel is impossible.) If for some reason this doesn’t work, there are lots more ways to do it in PC World’s article “How to Rescue Your PC from Ransomware.” It’s better to avoid being taken for one of those rides in the first place by getting free […]

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CELL PHONE SERVICE GETS CHEAP

We love our cell phone service from Google’s new “Project Fi.” It only works with Google Nexus phones, but if you get one, your bill might be as low as $25 a month with tax.  Now they’re expanding it. Google Fi currently works with three phone carriers. If the signal is strongest from T-Mobile, for example, that’s who they’ll connect to. If Sprint is better, you’ll be using Sprint. They’ve recently added U.S. Cellular. A Google Fi account gives you unlimited text and phone calls for $20 a month. Each gigabyte of data (which is what you use up when you’re on the Web and all those words and pictures come in), is $10. But you get money back if […]

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21 FUNNIEST GIFS OF ALL TIME

“21 Funniest Gifs  of All Time ”  Search on that phrase or click here to find some hilarious animations from “Funny or Die.” We liked the baby in a diaper who confronts a giant dog happily resting. The dog gets up and the baby takes over the blanket, and seems to be gloating (trouble ahead with this kid).

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21 BIG DOGS TRYING TO BE BRAVE

“21 Big Dogs Trying their Best to Be Brave.” Google that phrase  or click here to find some hilarious three-second videos and photos. There’s a big dog trying to tiptoe past a cat on the stairs, a huge dog clinging to his owner in a swimming pool, and a third running away from photos of Julia Roberts.

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THE SINGING BASS AND OTHER STUPID GIFTS

Nothing has ever equaled Stupid.com for, well, really stupid gifts. This is where we got the talking stuffed bass, suitable for mounting on the wall, and the two mechanical love birds that sang to each other. We got them for our Aunt Dee; she loved them. We hesitated over the “grumpy cat” coffee mug and the “exploding wasabi” candy, but we were tempted.

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LOSING THE BATTLE AGAINST THE ZZZs

FunnyorDie.com has “6 Sleepy GIFs Losing The Battle Against The Zzzs.” We especially like the baby who snaps to attention with a great big smile right after nearly nodding off.

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DEATH BY SELFIE

The news that Selfies have killed more people so far this year than sharks has received wide coverage recently. There have been 12 selfie deaths and eight deaths from sharks. We mention it again because the solution seems clear: teach sharks to take selfies.

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THE WORLD ECONOMY EXPLAINED IN JUST TWO COWS

The World Economy Explained with Just Two Cows:  For example, the dairy cow business in different countries: “A French Company: You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot and block the roads because you want three cows.” Or: “A Swiss Company. You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.”

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THE CALVIN AND HOBBES SEARCH ENGINE

The “Calvin and Hobbes Search Engine” will bring you the popular Calvin and Hobbes comics from the 1980s. Search on “spaceman” to see Calvin’s space fantasies, or any word you remember from the strip.

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