The problem with leaving honest Amazon reviews

A few months ago, I bought a special tool on Amazon that was supposed to help with taping drywall. It’s called TapeBuddy Drywall Taping Tool. The makers claimed it allowed you to easily apply an even amount of joint compound directly to the joint tape. In fact, they stated on their website that it was … Continue Reading “The problem with leaving honest Amazon reviews”

Amazon members don't like Dreamweaver CC

I’ve been playing around with the trial version of Adobe Dreamweaver CC, a powerful cloud-based website creation and development software. Dreamweaver switched to a cloud-based system in 2013. Before that, Dreamweaver was distributed only physically on the disc along with a perpetual license assigned to a specific user. The price for Dreamweaver CS6, the last … Continue Reading “Amazon members don't like Dreamweaver CC”

Thinking about buying a Wink Hub?

A while back, I bought a Wink Hub, a futuristic device that allows you to control electronic devices in the home via the magic of Wi-Fi. I paid around $40 for the Wink Hub on Amazon and then bought two Wink compatible LED light bulbs locally at Home Depot or Lowes. I don’t remember which. … Continue Reading “Thinking about buying a Wink Hub?”

A stud finder that actually works

I have a terrible track record with buying electronic stud finders: they never work. It never fails. I run an electronic stud finder over the wall and it lights up and beeps, telling me that it just found a stud. Then, after marking the exact spot it said there was a stud, I drill into it, … Continue Reading “A stud finder that actually works”

How to make better Amazon affiliate links

If you take part in Associates Central, Amazon’s affiliate program, you probably already know that the official tool for creating Amazon affiliate links is awful. It’s bloated and includes a lot of unnecessary code. Here’s the HTML code it generated to create a simple text link for Ancillary Justice, a sci-fi novel I’m reading: This code … Continue Reading “How to make better Amazon affiliate links”

Amazon to start charging Maryland sales tax

If you live in the state of Maryland and purchase something from Amazon, an extra six percent will be added to your purchase price and funneled to Maryland in the form of a sales tax. This change goes into effect beginning today. Until now, Amazon did not collect Maryland sales tax because they did not … Continue Reading “Amazon to start charging Maryland sales tax”