Canon Powershot Deals

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera, 16MP, 42x Optical Zoom, 3″ LCD Display, AV Output/HDMI/USB 2.0, 1080pHD Video, Optical Image Stabilization, Black

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Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera, 16MP, 30x Optical Zoom, 3″ LCD Display, AV Output/USB 2.0, Optical Image Stabilization, HD 1280x720p Video, Black

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$149 after $100 Instant Rebate. Valid until 1/3/15

20 most popular web sites every year since 1996

Not sure I’m 100% sure of these numbers.  Yahoo? Really?

Not long ago sites like Netscape or Altavista were the kings of that new thing called the internet. That thing has evolved to the point that I can’t believe there was a time when Facebook and Goolgle didn’t even exist. This infographic shows that evolution listing the 20 most popular sites from 1996 to 2013. [read]

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera – Great Deal

Here’s a great deal on a compact, point and shoot camera.

Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera, 18.1 MP, 3.0″ LCD Touch Screen, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi with NFC, 1/2.3″ MOS Sensor, Full HD Video, Black.

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Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

Jeff Foster: Pro Video Coalition –  2014 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and video, and I’ve compiled a list of great products that will appeal to fliers and shooters for all levels!

The aerial photography/videography industry has literally taken off this year and so many enhancements, improvements, options and developments in sUAVs and personal drones. We’ve seen advancements in 3-axis gimbal technology, providing smoother aerial videos; new craft designs that allow more control and flexibility in getting those “impossible” shots; improved camera options like the GoPro HERO4 Black, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera and the Panasonic Lumix GH4 DSLR, and many more choices and options for all levels of fliers/shooters.

I’m asked almost daily in my blog or social media communities, as to what would be the best craft to start with or for a specific need. That’s really a loaded question, usually, because it all depends on what you’re trying to achieve and how much time/money you can afford to put into it – and if you’re looking to start shooting commercial productions right away. So I’m compiling a list of products here and how they can be used for various purposes. If you really want to analyze as to what kind of UAV/Drone you might need, check out this online guide with charts from the DIY Drones forums. It’s not completely up to date but it will help get you in the ballpark on the different airframes/vendors out there. [read]

Don’t Give Your Social Security Number at These Places

When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not?

My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don’t do it, unless I know it’s absolutely, positively required for what I’m doing.

Companies and institutions ask for our Social Security numbers like they’re handing out a piece of candy. Unfortunately, they do a mediocre to terrible job of securing the number, depending on the industry.

Kiplinger magazine once ran a list of the 10 worst places to give out your Social Security number.

Here are the places you shouldn’t give out your Social Security number

Topping the list is any college or university. I recall when Social Security numbers were used as your student ID number and they were posted everywhere on campus. I even had a professor who posted grades outside his office by Social Security number. [read]

Canon PowerShot S110 12.1MP Digital Camera Bundle

Canon PowerShot S110 12.1MP Digital Camera Bundle
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•  Canon PowerShot S110 12.1MP Digital Camera
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•  16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card

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What Does It Cost To Open A New Taco Bell?

Steve Mohundro

Maybe you’ve been in that moment, chowing down on a chalupa and hating your job, thinking to yourself, “I should just open a Taco Bell and cash in on hungry suckers like me.” It’s not a bad thought, but making it a reality will cost you anywhere between $175,000 and $2.5 million.

This is according to Business Insider, which looked at the costs associated with becoming part of the Taco Bell family.

The cheapest route for someone looking to get into the Bell game is to try to buy an existing franchise, which you could snap up for as little as $175,000, but which could cost you more than a million dollars. Of course, if a franchisee is selling their business, you might want to question their reasons for wanting to unload their Bell, since the average TB brings in sales of at least $1.4 million per year.

Opening a new Taco Bell will run you anywhere from $1.2 million to $2.5 million. This includes construction costs (because you can’t run a full-fledged Bell out of the back of your 1980 Datsun) and the $45,000 franchise fee. [read]

Your Windowless Cubicle Is Doing Horrible Things For Your Sleep And Mental Health

Sunlight. Without it we wilt, like delicate little flowers. Yet cramped modern office life usually means someone will be cranking away at spreadsheets from a dark, windowless corner, which we already know is bad for mental and physical well-being.

We’ve seen studies linking too little daylight and depression before. But new research from a team of scientists in Brazil found further evidence that a lack of exposure to natural sunlight in work environments could be associated with physiological, sleep, and depressive symptoms.

For this study, researchers evaluated 20 women in a workspace for a week. Half of them worked near a window. The other half did not. [read]

How to get a great-looking pair of cheap glasses

A new pair of glasses can leave you seeing double over the price. Fancy frames, special lenses, and protective coatings can add $500 or more, even with insurance. But with our tips, you can chop the overall cost significantly.

And if you have a flexible spending account, you can buy glasses with those extra use-them-or-lose-them dollars. Glasses and prescription sunglasses qualify as medical expenses. If you haven’t bought new frames in a while, here’s what you need to know to find cheap glasses without sacrificing on quality.
Don’t focus on brands

One reason glasses cost a lot is that they have become a hot fashion accessory. You can spend hundreds on frames from Chanel, Prada, Versace, and other big names. But those frames are often designed and manufactured by companies that license the names—not the designers.

And they may not be sturdier than store-brand frames. Most are made by a handful of companies that also make high-quality nondesigner frames, some of which look similar to the name brands, minus the logo, at a fraction of the cost. Luxottica, for example, makes frames for the designers above and for LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, and Target Optical. [read]

10 Productivity Tips For The Overwhelmed Entrepreneur

At any moment in a given day, we have push notifications, text messages, email alerts, phone calls, tweets, and even real humans vying for our attention. Not only are we busy in the present, but also our minds are often consumed with the future and all of the decisions we have to make.

While your to-do list is more likely to grow longer than disappear, the key to reducing exhaustion is to spend the time you do have productively.

Before we share some tips that will help, let’s first look at some of the things that get in the way of your productivity:
Lack Of Boundaries

Most people aren’t great at establishing strong boundaries around their time, and they’re even worse at observing them. It’s important when you’ve scheduled time to do something to actually do it. Resisting answering phone calls, checking social media, or agreeing to have coffee when a friend stops by can be difficult, but also worthwhile. [read]