I've been doing this since iPhone 3G/iPad3. It hasn't shortened the life of my batteries any. By the time I upgraded each phone (3g-4-5) at the end of 2 years, the battery charge lasted about as long as could be expected given the software upgrades and increased demands, and charging cycles over the course of 2… » 9/23/14 3:11pm 9/23/14 3:11pm

Last time I bought a car, I told them, "You have 2 choices. You can either take that frame off, as well as any decals advertising your dealership, OR, you can give me a discount equivalent to what a billboard company charges per square foot for as long as I own the car. Now, in a crowded market like this, a… » 9/16/14 5:24pm 9/16/14 5:24pm

It's worth mentioning that you can have the best of both worlds with regard to the rescue/purebreed argument. In our area there are several rescue operations that specialize in certain breeds. My partner and I opted for a Lab, but it would be just as easy to get a Pit, JRT, Boxer, Greyhound/Whippet, etc. » 9/10/14 6:51pm 9/10/14 6:51pm

Perhaps another consideration is what the consequences of removing that wall, even if it's not load bearing, will be. If you take out a basement wall, then the joists above it are unsupported. They may not bear the structural load of the house, but the upstairs floor will probably start to creak after a while,… » 8/29/14 1:54pm 8/29/14 1:54pm

Several cars in the 90s-2000s had integrated handsfree speaker systems that relied on a specific phone (ostensibly the Motorola StarTac) to function. They even had custom molded hideaway trays in the center console. Today, they're useless and vestigial remnants of technology from the past. » 8/20/14 1:13pm 8/20/14 1:13pm

So then the "Walled Garden" idea is really about elitism. Haters bash Apple for having such a closed system, even though it keeps the malware and scams at bay (mostly). When we see services that are less rigidly enforced, we see big problems like this. But hey, that keeps the people who aren't tech savvy out right?… » 8/19/14 1:38pm 8/19/14 1:38pm