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FREE: Keeping Raccoons out of the recycling, 7 years and 4 tries later

This solution is no longer needed in Toronto (the new bins are ‘mostly‘ raccoon-proof), but if you need varmint-proofing, here you go.  The same solution can be applied to the new bin handles if you have the rascally raccoon in the above video.

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Productivity hints: Get a better monitor (today)

One of the best things you can do for your personal productivity (and the productivity of those you manage) is to make sure that people have the right tools for the job.

To keep it brief:  monitors are cheap, your time is expensive.  23″ and even 27″ 1920×1080 monitors are regularly on sale.  Check the usual suspects: SIG Electronics, Newegg, NCIX, TigerDirect. Full disclosure: I have no financial interest, and I don’t get an affiliate marketing fee; I just feel strongly about this, and I worked on a laptop with a great external monitor both in my home office and my corporate and consulting offices for years.  It makes a big difference!