GOOGLE HEALTH TIP

We use Google every time we have a question about anything, but some searches are better than others. Adding details helps. Compare the search for “Paleo diet,” with the search on “Paleo risks.” Without the word “risks,” you get a lot of promotional sites. Search on  “gluten-free risks,” not “gluten free,” to get the full picture. Adding the word “myth” can also help when searching on health topics, such as “myths of soy.” Sometimes we add the words “side effects” or “dangers.” If something sounds like an urban legend, we copy and paste the whole phrase into Google.com. It’s often revealed as a hoax.

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POETRY LOVERS PAGE

PoetryLoversPage.com was created in 1995 with one of the first complete collections of poetry by Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edgar Allen Poe. It also has the best of Robert W. Service, William Shakespeare and many others. Readers may also submit their own poems. The site still has a 1995 (early days for web sites) look, but the poems make it worth a visit.

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3D PRINTER INFO SOURCE

With all the new 3D printers, new materials and new software, it’s hard to keep up.  The information blasts can be dizzying. Senvol.com/database has a free search engine for sorting through all the materials and all the machines out there.  We did a search on materials. First, we had the option to specify ceramics, polymer (plastic), sand, wax, composite or metal. But that was just the beginning. From there we could choose the tensile strength, the flexural strength and many other variables. There was another category for how well the material withstands various temperatures and another for the material’s hardness and density. The machine selection has 37  printer manufacturers to choose from and a lot more variables to specify. This […]

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GUY STUFF

Uncrate.com shows stuff guys supposedly want: motorcycles, skateboards, cars, bicycles, a charging station for the new Apple Watch, Swiss Army knives, etc. The only thing Bob wanted was the Swiss Army knife.

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BATTERY LIFE ON THE IPHONE

After we reviewed some battery basics in a recent column, readers who own iPhones and iPads wanted more. There’s much you can do beyond looking at “Usage” in the “Settings” area to find where the battery hogs are.

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GOOGLE HEALTH

Google is about to focus lots of attention on health questions. These account for one out of every 20 searches. Though it isn’t available everywhere yet, when it is, you’ll see symptoms and treatments, illustrations, ages affected, and whether it’s contagious or not.

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GROUPON COUPONS

We know people who are always using Groupon; we never think of it. Their coupon page, Groupon.com/coupons, has the best deals of the day for major stores.

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MUSIC THEORY

MusicTheory.net teaches you music theory starting with bass and clef notes and finishing with an analysis of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

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PRINTER BLUES

A reader wrote to tell us she can’t get her printer to print. The computer shows it to be “offline,” though it clearly isn’t. When this happens to us, simply rebooting the computer usually fixes the problem.

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ITS ELEMENTAL

“Nova Elements” came out last year as a free iPad app, and now it’s free for Windows – but only for users of Windows 8.1. That is a free upgrade for users of plain old Windows 8. Find it by tapping the Windows key, (looks like a flag), and typing “store.” The upgrade should be right there.

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