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Economic Survival Tips
Fighting tough financial times

The stock market. The housing crisis. Big bank bailouts and big job losses. Tough times are here and they aren't expected to ease up soon enough. What can you do? We offer some online resources that we hope can help you out.



TECH TIP
The Switch to Digital TV
Make sure you're ready
Next month, at midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, the analog transmissions that have broadcast free TV over the air in the U.S. will disappear and be replaced by digital signals. What do you need to do to be ready? Find out at Forbes.com.
Everything you need to know...



DOWNLOAD
Picasa 3 — Windows
Free Google photo editor
Find, organize, edit, print, and share all your photos or other images with this easy-to-use software that's compatible with most digital cameras. It's simple to upload photos or sync albums with your free Google photo albums. You can also make a collage, slide show or movie.
Learn more and download today!


Picasa Web Albums — Mac
Free photo galleries at Google
This free program makes it simple to upload photos from your desktop or iPhoto albums and then share them with friends. The latest version also includes an easy way to download albums. Works with your free Google account.
Learn more and download today!



WEIRD WEB
Nobody Here
Random fun
There's a silhouette of a man typing. Sometimes with his fists...or head (reload the page to change him). Control his "stream of conscience" typing by moving your mouse over the words on the right. Several e-cards with the same sensibility are available for free.
What the...?



WEB WATCH
9 Winter Heating Tips
Save money, stay warm
The average family spends $1,400 a year on energy bills. Following these EPA tips can save homeowners up to 20%—and also help the environment. A nice win-win.
Fight the cold & save cold hard cash...

Word Games
Fun, free & phonetic
Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company, offers a collection of online word games (make sure you scroll down to see them all). Spend some time, have some fun, boost your vocabulary.
Game time...

Why are We So Dumb?
10 Social Psychology Studies
Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things (Wall Street, anyone!)? Why do good people sometimes act evil? Learn about the Halo Effect, Cognitive Dissonance, False Consensus bias, and other classic social psychology principles.
Come on...everybody's clicking!

Top 10 Weight Loss Tips
What works best & why
We thought we'd help give you a head-start in achieving those New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Check out the Diet Channel's top 10 tips for weight loss (plus a link to 8 more at the end of the page).
Keep that resolution...

5min.com
Short how-to & DIY videos
Got 5 minutes? Then you've got enough time to learn something to enhance your life at this instructional video site. Categories range from Food, Fitness and Fashion to Business, Tech, and Travel. They call it a "Life Videopedia." We call it practical.
Click here and DIY...


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