Living out in the country, slow internet is a given, at least in our location. Since many home businesses rely on functional Internet, and most of us use it to stay connected with friends and family, we put together this list to help you troubleshoot a slow internet connection. You still might not have lightening speed, but at least you can optimize what you have available.
This is a list of practical gifts for those you care about. These are safe, reliable and practical items in a variety of price ranges. My wife won't let me buy her jewelry (she rarely wears it anyway), but she does appreciate a gift that keeps her comfortable, makes a job easier or solves an ongoing problem. (We don't have any rules in this house about not buying gifts that end in “er”.) For us, perfect gifts are ones that you use again and again.
After over 23 years together, we're still best friends, so often we pick out gifts together and use them as family gifts. Speaking of family, there are a couple of not-quite-so-practical gifts that we got for the boys on the list, too. To wrap up the post, Laurie shares some tips for dressing up gifts without spending a ton of money. [Read more…]
What is a 18650?
18650s are in more and more electronics. This post will tell you everything you need to know about 18650 batteries. An 18650 is a lithium ion rechargeable battery. Their proper name is “18650 cell”. The 18650 cell has voltage of 3.7v and has between 1800mAh and 3500mAh (mili-amp-hours). There are two types; protected and unprotected. We absolutely recommend protected 18650 batteries. The average 18650 battery charge time is about 4 hours. Charge time can vary with amperage and voltage of the charger and the battery type.
Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) What You Need to Know
The two most likely reasons for an EMP are a nuclear explosion or solar flare. This post discusses the damage an EMP may cause and actions that you can take to prevent or manage the results of the EMP. A large Electromagnetic Pulse EMP would cause widespread problems. This post is part of our Common Sense Preparedness series, where our goal is to help you be prepared for whatever life throws at you. [Read more…]
The Cree Q5 LED Flashlight – 3 mode, 300 lm 7w
In this Cree 7w flashlight review we cover a few different variants of the Cree Q5 300 lumen LED flashlight. We have purchased over 100 of these Cree LED flashlights, so this post is written from experience. (I give small flashlights as practical gifts, as noted below.)