The Romanian beach-going experience

In a sentence: expensive, crowded, terrible accommodations and lots of rude people. I expressed my initial thoughts in a Facebook post embedded below. Read on for the details. https://www.facebook.com/raoulpop/posts/1888308181396667 We thought we'd go to the beach for a few days. We hadn't taken a vacation in years, and since we had to attend a wedding … Continue reading The Romanian beach-going experience

How Fritz earned his ‘Wonder Bunny’ moniker

As mentioned previously, Fritz' full name is Fritz the Wonder Bunny from Brazil. We named him that on a whim, because it sounded cute, but he proved it true. So how did he earn it? I'll tell you how. Fritz, being a curious bunny and also a silly one, as young bunnies tend to be, … Continue reading How Fritz earned his ‘Wonder Bunny’ moniker

A lot of teachers in Romania shouldn’t be teaching

It's been a couple of weeks or so since high school students in Romania had to take their graduation exams -- the Bac, as it's known over here. The whole thing was a huge controversy this year, because for the first time ever, there were strict rules in place to ensure no cheating occurred on … Continue reading A lot of teachers in Romania shouldn’t be teaching

Audit Defense may not be worth the price

Just a quick note to let you know the Audit Defense service offered by TurboTax in recent years is probably not worth the price. It's run by a company called TaxResources, Inc., and they say they'll represent you to the IRS in case you should have any problems with your return, for the low price … Continue reading Audit Defense may not be worth the price

It’s no surprise broadband internet sucks in the US

A recent Akamai survey, which I shared here and here, ranked US in the 33rd spot (globally) when it came to broadband internet connections above 2 Mbps. Sure, it moved up two spots compared to last year, but it's still lagging behind countries such as Monaco, Slovakia, South Korea, and believe it or not, Romania … Continue reading It’s no surprise broadband internet sucks in the US

The iMac: not so great long, long after

I received an email from Apple a couple of days ago, advertising the new iMac. The title of the ad was: "Amazing right out of the box. And long, long after." I disagree with that characterization. Perhaps it's true of the new iMac, but it's not true of our iMac. First, let me get something … Continue reading The iMac: not so great long, long after

Don’t play with Tussionex

Late last night, I kept coughing due to a passing cold. After taking several doses of other cough syrups during the evening, which had obviously not done their job, I decided to take some Tussionex -- my ultimate weapon against coughing. I try to use it only when I absolutely need it, because it's fairly … Continue reading Don’t play with Tussionex