Use Tech to Fortify Your House During the Holidays

Source: Gizmodo:

The holiday season is here. Why not indulge in buying gadgets and use existing technologies to secure your most precious possession? - your house! Whether you'll be away from home this holiday season or plan to host family and friends, you need your house to be safe. Make use of existing technologies to help secure your house.

Gizmodo has posted an article listing 15 technologies to consider to keep your house safe during the holidays.

  1. Affordable security camera
  2. Advanced smoke alarms
  3. Kitchen-specific fire extinguisher
  4. Unpredictable light timer
  5. Fake television burglar deterrent
  6. Christmas tree fire detector
  7. Home security apps
  8. Solar-powered motion detection lighting
  9. Live address delivery
  10. Cheap, effective window alarms
  11. CO and explosive gas detector
  12. Driveway monitor
  13. Automatic garage door closer
  14. Efficient, cool light strings
  15. Snow-melting mats

Head over to Gizmodo for the detailed post.

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Vote 2012

Hey USA! It is time to exercise your right to vote. The time to elect your president is today!

Go out and vote!!!

Here are some resources for your use (maybe a little late for this election) -

Can I Vote . org:

This nonpartisan web site was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote. Choose a category below to get started.

Voting and Elections:

General voting and election related information from the site. You can subscribe to get updates.

Federal Voting Assistance Program:

General voting information along with details such as how to vote in absentee.

Find your Voting Location and Hours

New Jersey voters displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy are eligible to vote a mail-in ballot by e-mail or fax.

Contact the NJ Secretary of State for details.

Note: The USA presidential elections are held every 4 years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

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Daylight Saving Time (DST) in US - 2012

The Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time (DST) in the United States of America started on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00am, and will end on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00am. The DST is observed in every state in the USA except Arizona and Hawaii.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

The easiest way to remember which way to adjust your clock during these 2 annual events is "Spring Forward! Fall Back!!". Move the clock forward by one hour in Spring (when the DST begins) and move it back in Fall (when DST ends).

So, tomorrow at 2am local time you need to move your clock back by one hour. This gives you the opportunity to catch up on that much needed sleep. Sleeping half-moon An extra hour of sleep is always welcome, right! Rolling on the floor laughing

The flip side to this is that you'll lose an hour of light. Starting tomorrow it will get dark early by one hour until Spring of-course, when you gain an hour of light but lose an hour of sleep. Confused? Confused smile

Check out some Interesting Facts About The Daylight Saving Time.

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Cheat Sheet to Help With All Those Confusing Cooking Terms

Hey guys (and gals), do your cooking skills max out at putting the frozen food in microwave?
Do you have trouble with cooking terminology?
Do you wonder what's the difference between baking and broiling?
Are you at loss trying to figure if pan frying the same as sautéing?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, don't despair, you're in luck. There is an app (uh?) cheat sheet to help you.

The Cooking Methods infographic (also available as a handy poster for your kitchen) lists 15 different cooking methods and explains what they are, and the differences between them. It'll show you what equipment you need, the temperature you'll use, how long it'll take, and what you usually use that cooking method for.

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Photos of Some of the Damage Done by Hurricane Sandy Around the FundooGeek HQ

As you know, hurricane Sandy caused some devastating damage in the US Northeast. The coastal towns in NJ, NY, DE, CT & NYC bore the brunt of the havoc and there was significant damage done to property and public utility.

We were fortunate in that the damage around our the head office town (Lawrenceville/Princeton, NJ) was not significant. We lost power for 3 days (felt like a week); although we had it restored last night, there are still many communities without power. It was a humbling realization that we are so helpless against Nature's will.

Here are pictures of some of the damage done in our town by Sandy.

Here are some additional reading links ... What's Going On With Sandy?

Photo Gallery: Lawrence Township & Hurricane Sandy

Storm Cleanup Effort Underway in Lawrence Township

President Obama: Feds Stand By Hurricane-Ravaged Communities

Princeton Hospital Without Power

Lawrence Township's Thursday Post-Hurricane Update

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