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Adjustable Mac Startup Volume

I hate when I turn on my Mac and the volume of the startup sound is way too loud.


This has bugged me for years. Every now and then, I forget to lower my volume before I shut down and that means that it will play Apple's famous Mac Startup chime at full blast when I turn it on the next day. What a pain in the ass.

You would think that if they don't give you a way to turn that sound off, they would at least give you a way to adjust the volume to a preset default level.

How McDonald's Can Improve Their Iced Tea

I only buy McDonald's Iced Tea in the morning, because it tastes horrible at the end of the day!


The most important thing about a fast food chain is product consistency. They spent decades perfecting a system so that when you order something from any McDonald's in the world, it will taste exactly the same as any other McDonald's, with no exceptions.

Unfortunately, because of their efforts to be consistent, this means that no matter which McDonald's restaurant I've been to, whenever I order Iced Tea later in the day, it's NEVER as good as the Iced Tea they serve in the morning. That's because McDonald's doesn't refrigerate their Iced Tea, which makes their Unsweetened Iced Tea exceptionally bitter for the second half of the day.

By contrast, if you order Unsweetened Iced T... [More]

Continue...How McDonald's Can Improve Their Iced Tea...

Isn't it a pain in the neck when a stored credit card expires and you have to update dozens of accounts?


Just about everyone today has at least a few bills that are automatically paid by a stored debit or credit card number. In fact, for a lot of people, they rarely need to write a physical check, because they can pay just about every bill from a stored card number.

Unfortunately, stored cards have expiration dates, and from time to time a bank will send out new cards even before the expiration dates. For example, my bank changed their logo a few years ago, so they issued new cards, and they sent another replacement when they incorporated support for the new chip based security.

In each case, whenever a card expiration date changes, we are forced to change the stored card... [More]

Continue...There Should Be a Way to Pay Bills With Credit Cards That Don't Expire...

Don't you hate going into a public restroom and they don't have a paper towel dispenser?


I don't know about you, but I simply don't like using electric blowers to dry my hands. Although you can debate whether they are better for the environment, there's no debate about how effective they are. Simply stated, paper towels do a better job of their primary purpose... drying your hands.

In spite of all the newest innovations in dryer technology over the years, such as stronger heat and air pressure, I can't remember a single time that I've left a restroom that uses a dryer with my hands being actually dry. I've tried being more patient, and giving myself a bit more time to do it's job, and I make sure I shake my hands and rub them a bunch of times as they suggest, but no matter... [More]

Continue...Bathroom Blowers are NOT as Good as Paper Towels!...

The iPhone Camera Chip is UPSIDE DOWN

Have you ever wondered why some of the photos you take with your iPhone are upside down when you transfer them to your computer?


One of the weirdest problems with the iPhone is trying to figure out why some of the photos you've taken are right side up, while some of them are upside down. It doesn't seem to make sense. When you look at them on your iPhone, they look fine, but after browsing or editing them on your computer, you have to manually flip some of them. How can that be?

The trouble is, every camera has a natural orientation for the chip that actually records your photos, so whenever you take a picture, the fastest thing the camera can do is store the photo exactly as it came out of the chip. So, all your photos are stored in that one orientation, regardless of how... [More]

Continue...The iPhone Camera Chip is UPSIDE DOWN...

Are You a GEEK Snob?

Some people have no idea how to talk about technical subjects with non-technical people.


One of the hardest things for somebody with a technical background is to try to explain technology to non-technical people. You know the kind of people I'm talking about. If you ask them "How do I copy my files to this Flash Drive?", and they give you a quick and completely useless answer like "Use the File Explorer", which only leads the at least a dozen more questions about what the heck the File Explorer is, where to find it, and how to actually use it to find and copy the files to the Flash Drive.

People who use too much tech talk when they talk to non-technical people are "Geek Snobs"


One of my favorite Geek Snobs was somebody I overheard while waiting in line to buy the iPh... [More]

Continue...Are You a GEEK Snob?...

I hate when a Men's Room doesn't have dividers between the urinals.


I get it. Men's room urinals are meant to be more efficient. They're faster, use less water, and take up less space than a regular stall, but that doesn't mean they need to be on top of eachother. There should always be at least a small divider between each urinal. It's not hard to install, and it doesn't take up more than an inch of wall space.

Dividers not only give you a bit more privacy, but they protect you from any disgusting piss spraying from the guy next to you... especially from "The Shake".


You know what I'm talking about. That wonderful ritual where men make sure they get every drop so they don't make little pee spots on their pants. A good shake can probably go three feet in any dire... [More]

Continue...Why Men's Room Urinals Should Always Have Dividers...

One of the best things about Chipotle Mexican Grill is their large serving sizes. One of the worst things about Chipotle is their large serving sizes.


There's no doubt about it, the serving serving sizes at Chipotle Mexican Grill are generous, to say the least, but sometimes I'm not hungry enough to finish my meal because they only offer one size... LARGE, which means when I'm looking for a light meal, I can't really find anything on the menu that works.

This is a real bummer for me because I LOVE Chipotle, but there are a lot of times I choose another place just because I know their regular size is too big.

Smaller sizes would also be great for kids and people who are counting calories.


Although one of the things that made them popular was their humongous sized bu... [More]

Continue...Chipotle Mexican Grill Should Offer Smaller Sizes Too...

If you ask for a cup of water in a fast food restaurant, you'd better not be thirsty.


More often than not I drink water with my meals, so it drives me crazy that fast food restaurants never give you a decent cup of water. Why can't they simply give you water in the same sized cups as they do soda?

If you ask me, it should be the other way around. Soda isn't very healthful, so it should come in tiny cups.


Paper Shredders would be more efficient if they had landscape sized slots.


When you shred a piece of paper, just about every shredding machine I've ever seen has a slot just wide enough to fit the paper in portrait mode, which is about 8.5 inches wide.

Wouldn't it be faster and more efficient if the slot was large enough to fit the paper in landscape mode, which is 11 inches?

Pete Rose has paid the price for his gambling addiction. It's time they put him in the Hall of Fame.


The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY pays tribute to the greatest baseball players of all time, or should I say "most" of the greatest players, because Pete Rose is conspicuously missing.

Pete Rose was one of the greatest players to ever play the game, but to this date, he has never been inducted because he was banned from the sport since 1989 because he had a gambling problem and often bet on baseball. While I can completely understand why the MLB has strict rules regarding gambling, Pete Rose made it a point to say he never bet against his own team.

There's a big difference between betting on your own team, and betting on the opposing team.


Obviously, as a... [More]

Continue...Pete Rose Should Be In The Baseball Hall of Fame!...

How Did I Get So Much STUFF?

Before you can get rid of clutter, you need to understand how you got so much stuff in the first place.


This is a followup to some of my earlier posts on the subject of eliminating clutter. Today I'm going to talk about one of the root causes of clutter buildup, the inability to get rid of things, even though they're never used.

The reason people have a hard time getting rid of things is that they would rather HAVE something that they NEVER USE, than NEED something, that they DON'T HAVE.


The idea that you will store something for years, "Just in case you ever need it" is what makes it nearly impossible for them to get rid of stuff. Meanwhile, more often than not, these items not only sit around unused for years, they eventually break or become outdated, so that if th... [More]

Continue...How Did I Get So Much STUFF?...

Can't decide whether to get rid of something? Ask yourself "Would I buy it again?"


The key to eliminating clutter is deciding what to do with your stuff. For many people, that's easier said than done. What do you keep? What do you get rid of?

What makes deciding even more difficult is knowing that you paid good money for a lot of your items, and they're still in great shape. This is known as the "Sunk Cost" condition. Why would you throw away something you already own, especially if it's still in perfectly good condition?

Let's say you have a $50 flashlight. It's a great flashlight, but it's the size of a lunchbox, so you rarely use it. You know you should throw it away, but it cost you $50. To you, that would not only be a waste of a perfectly good flashlight, it... [More]

Continue...Eliminate Clutter By Asking... Would I Buy It Again?...

What is REALLY... REAL?

What makes some ordinary objects better than other ones?


A new baseball costs about $10, but if a famous baseball player even touches the ball, the price goes up. If the same baseball player takes it out of the box, signs it, then puts it back in the box, the price goes up even more, because the signature proves they touched it. Take to another level, even if they don't "touch" the ball, but simply hit it with their bat, the price goes up even more, especially if it was an important home run.

The funny thing about it is that in each and every case, all you really have is a the same $10 baseball, and some kind of magical feeling that comes with knowing the baseball is somehow transformed from being ordinary, to something completely different and valuable, simply because you b... [More]

Continue...What is REALLY... REAL?...

Having only 4 digits for photo numbers is a real problem.


We take it for granted that whenever we take photos, our devices assign a unique filename. Most of the time, this consists of a prefix and a number. The iPhone for example uses the prefix IMG_, and a 4 digit number, for a total of 8 digits, including the underscore in the middle.

Sounds simple enough, but now that people can take hundreds of photos at any given event, that 4 digit number can cause a lot of problems down the road as we approach the 9999 mark.

To compensate for this, whenever you delete a photo, Apple takes advantage of the missing number and it will eventually re-use it, breaking the sequence. So when you bring your photos into your computer and sort by filename, the sequence of photos is completel... [More]

Continue...Photo Numbers on the iPhone Should Be At Least 5 Digits...

iPhone's Shake to UNDO is a STUPID Feature.

Shake to Undo? What the heck was Apple thinking?


Did you know you can shake your iPhone to undo something? From the surprised reactions of people who see me do it, I'm guessing there aren't many people who even know about this hidden feature, and that's one of the reasons Apple needs to re-think it.

What frustrates me is that sometimes you have to shake it pretty hard to get it to work, while other times it's too sensitive and it responds to every major bump in the road when it's mounted on my Jeep's dashboard. That's a problem on multiple levels. Since you need to shake it hard, there's always the chance that it will slip out of your hands... and when it's too sensitive, the popups asking you if you'd like to undo something drive you nuts.

What's even worse than the se... [More]

Continue...iPhone's Shake to UNDO is a STUPID Feature....

Do You REALLY NEED a GIANT Phone?

Why the heck are so many people buying GIANT mobile phones?


I have to admit. I was one of them. I drank the Apple Kool-Aid when it first came out and from that moment on, I kept making excuses for why I thought it was better than my old iPhone 5.

You need to use two hands, because it's harder to hold and you can't reach the whole screen. It doesn't fit into most pockets, so you tend to take it out and put it on a desk or table instead of keeping it with you at all times, which means you miss calls and messages. I can go on and one, but suffice it to say, there were a lot of things I was able to do with a smaller phone that were too clumsy with the bigger models.

Thankfully, I stopped making excuses and traded it in for the iPhone SE, which has most of the same features... [More]

Continue...Do You REALLY NEED a GIANT Phone?...

It's a pain in the neck trying to find a good place in most cars to put your mobile phone.


One of the most frustrating things about mobile phones is finding a good place to put them in your car, especially if you need to see the screen so you can use navigation software like Waze.

There are countless widgets on the market that use suction cups, springs and magnets that mount on the dashboard, windshield or your air conditioner vents, but all of them would be unnecessary if cars had some kind of mobile phone holder built-in. Not only would this be easier than some third-party contraption, but it would most likely include some kind of power connection, so you won't have to deal with wires dangling all over the place.

Why do you need to take two tests to get a drivers license, but you only need to fill out an application to get a gun permit?


A car in the hands of an unskilled driver can be deadly, so before you can get a license to drive a car, you need to take two tests to prove you understand the laws, and can demonstrate your driving skills.

Obviously, a gun in the hands of an unskilled shooter can be even more dangerous, yet there is no such testing requirement to get a gun. All a potential gun owner needs to do is fill out a short application and wait for the required background check, and that's it. The background check doesn't do anything to insure the potential gun owner understands gun laws, or knows how to properly handle a gun.

Just like a Driver's License, there should be

... [More]

Continue...There Should Be a TEST Before Getting a Gun Permit...

Why Soda Cans Should Always Have Covers

Do you know how many people touched your can of soda before you did?


Just about everything about the food industry is heavily regulated by the FDA to insure food cleanliness and safety, but somehow they don't seem to care much about the cleanliness of soda cans.

Think about it, long before you put a can of soda into your mouth, that can has potentially been touched by quite a few people, and it's likely been exposed to a variety of dirty places, yet there you rarely see any sort of seal on soda cans. Isn't that strange?

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