How does a "See 'n Say" work?

If you grew up around the 1960s to the 1990s, chances are pretty good that you grew up with a See 'n Say. This toy from Mattel had the ability to talk, play a song, or make animal sounds when you pulled the cord or pulled down on the lever. Not only would it do this all without batteries or electricity but it would also accurately play the right track according to where it was pointing.

So how exactly does this seemingly magical device work?

One easy way to lower your auto insurance premium.

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Do you feel like you are paying too much for your auto insurance? Have you ever been told that what you are paying is the cheapest you can get? Maybe not. Here is one way you might be able to get it even cheaper.

Why you might not want to upgrade to Kubuntu 15.04 yet; stick with version 14.10 (Problems and solutions)

Kubuntu 15.04 has recently been released with quite a bit of fanfare. It introduces the visually apealing Plasma 5 along with many application upgrades.

While I am a huge fan of Kubuntu, KDE, and the slick look of Plasma 5, I will give a few reasons while you might want to wait just a little longer before you decide to upgrade.

How to change the playback speed of a Youtube video (two methods).

Have you ever wanted to speed up or slow down the videos you watch in Youtube? Fortunately, this is really easy. I will show you a couple of ways to do this.

Free Download - Project Time Sheet (Time Clock/Time Card) Spreadsheet - For tracking your projects

Project Time Sheet Overview:

Project Time Sheet is a time tracking spreadsheet designed for independent or personal projects. The time sheet automatically tracks your time for each project you are working on so that you can know how much time you spend on you different projects. This time sheet is especially useful for people who work from home, bloggers, Youtubers, independent contractors, photographers, musicians, graphic designers, web designers, etc.
  • Time Sheet is saved on Google Drive so you can access it from anywhere. 
  • Time Sheet automatically marks the date and time so you don't have to input it manually. All you have to do is press a button. 
  • Time Sheet automatically tallies the time spent on each project. 
  • Set goals and accomplishments so you can easily view the progress of your project.
  • Set how much money you have made on the project to see what your hourly wage would be.
Keep reading for the download links and usage instructions.

How to personalize a mass (group or bulk) text message.

Imagine this scenario:
You are getting ready to move to a new home. You don't want to hire a moving company because of the price so you decide you will do everything yourself with the enlisted help of your friends.

You send a text to all of your friends. The text goes something like this. "Hey good buddy friend! I am going to be moving this weekend and I would love your help. Would you be able to come help me move Saturday morning at 9:00?"

So Saturday morning rolls around and guess what. No one comes. You see one of your friends a week later and ask why they did not come and they say something like "Oh, I am so sorry... I was busy that day and I thought all of your others friends would go there to help."

Classic. They saw that your text message went to about 50 other people and they assumed someone else would help.

If only there was a better way...

Happy Valentines day 2015!

I hope everyone has a fantastic valentines day!

10 tips for dealing with and getting past internet censorship in China (The Great Firewall of China).

If you are reading this, it likely means that you are planning on going to China or you currently are in China and have already found a way to bypass China's great firewall. If you are not in China but planning on going, these 10 tips will help make your life easier once you get there. If you are already in China, chances are you have already done a few of these things but it will be good to look through this list to see what you can still do.

Quick refresher on the internet in China: China censors almost all of the most popular websites common in the US. This includes, Facebook, Twitter, anything Google owned (Youtube, Gmail, Google search, Google Docs, Android services etc), and most blogging platforms. 

In order to survive in China, you either have to learn how to live without using these websites or you will have to get a VPN or proxy. 

Below I have listed 10 tips that will hopefully make your internet life in China a bit easier.

VPN Review - ShadeYouVPN

ShadeYouVPN has all the standard features you would expect from any good VPN service provider. With ShadeYouVPN you can connect using the usual protocols and can download custom software as well to make connecting a breeze. The service and fast and reliable.

The thing that sets ShadeYouVPN from all the rest is the price! At $2.17/month (with yearly subscription) ShadeYouVPN is definitely one of the cheapest VPNs money can buy. Aside from this incredible price, you can connect up to 5 devices at once. That makes ShadeYouVPN the cheapest VPN I have seen for the price per device.

Tip of the Day - Check if your remote control batteries are working using your smart phone camera

Most nice remote controls have an LED that will blink when you use it. This lets you know that the batteries have a charge and the remote is probably emitting an infrared signal. So what happens when your remote does not have an LED and you need to know if the remote is transmitting a signal or not? Simple; point the emitter at a digital camera (like the one on your smart phone) and press a button. If it lights up, you are good to go, if not, you probably have a dead battery.