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Display Name: Zytkiewicz
Member Since: 6/30/08

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The iPad is amazing but I doubt that anyone but the most basic person could use it as their primary (or only) computing device.

If you can only afford one thing get the laptop.

Is an iPad the Right Solution for My Family? Good Questions
3/15/12 10:21 PM

Get a Google Voice number. Have all of your voicemails automatically converted to text. Best of both worlds.

When Not to Leave a Voicemail
2/14/12 12:25 PM

If you're doing a gallery wall I think this is a great way to do it. Even if you're just putting up a few pieces I think this may be very helpful.

Instead of following the 57" rule why not hang artwork so the center is at YOUR eye level? I'm 6'1" so I hang artwork at 69" inches on center. I'm the one that sees it the most, it should be comfortable for me.

How To: Create a Gallery Wall
2/4/12 04:53 PM

Another advantage of a NAS is that it will usually use less electricity than PC data server.

All In the Family: Storing Data As a Family
1/10/12 06:05 PM

If I use something all the time I want to be able to get to it easily. Be it my TV, computer, kitchen appliances, whatever.

What bothers me is when people get something like the TV hutch with doors shown in the first image, but then NEVER actually close the doors. Seems like a waste.

Designing Your Space: TV, To Hide or Not to Hide
12/2/11 06:03 PM

I think for most states this is great, but did you see Maryland? Yeah, useless.

Perfect Host Gift: Cheese & a Home-State Cheese Board
11/14/11 04:03 PM

I've never lived anywhere where it made sense financially but I'd do it.

For two years I lived in a studio efficiency that was smaller than some hotel rooms I've stayed in.

Would You Live in a Hotel for 10 Years?
10/31/11 07:21 PM

I think I do a pretty good job with my current programmable thermostat.

But when this is available I'm probably going to get one because of all the sensors it has. Not just indoor temperature, but humidity and the ability to adjust itself based on outdoor weather.

Nest: The Thermostat that Learns Your Habits
10/28/11 09:25 PM

Being a photographer I generally wouldn't pay more for someone else's work than I would charge for my own unless the artist was particularly well known.

How Much Would You Pay For Oversized Artwork?
10/20/11 06:14 PM

I'll buy LEDs, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. The CFLs I currently have last for years. In 2007 I put CFLs in all my lights, and it was only last month that I had to replace the one I use most often.

Would You Pay $25 for an LED Lightbulb?
10/18/11 05:17 PM

I definitely prefer higher floor living, for the reasons in the post.

Right now I have some of the advantages of living on the ground floor. I have a private entrance to my unit on ground level while the main living area is on the 2nd floor. While I do have to take things like groceries up and down the stairs , I often bring them to just inside the door first.

A few years ago I lived in an apartment building built partially into a hill. The entrance was on ground level, but looking out my windows I was on the 2nd floor.

The Ups & Downs of Ground Floor vs. Upper Floor Homes
10/17/11 05:15 PM

I have a programmable thermostat so I might turn it on when the high temps starts to get into the 40's outside, but it doesn't necessarily start heating until the inside temperature drops below my settings. I have big windows so if it's sunny it regularly gets above 70F even if it's below freezing outside.

I set it pretty cold 68F when I'm there, 60F when I'm not and overnight.

When Do You Decide to Turn on the Heat?
10/7/11 11:37 AM

I so wish I could do this in my condo, I have very little storage.

But I have 20 foot angled ceilings. :(

Storage on the Ceiling: Kiss Garage Clutter Goodbye
The Family Handyman

10/4/11 12:09 AM

I locked myself out a few months ago. I ended up borrowing a ladder from the store at the end of the block and climbing in through my 2nd floor balcony.

Now I keep a house key in one of my vehicles, inside a compartment that can be secretly opened without a key.

Where Do You Keep Your Spare Key?
9/27/11 03:46 PM

I wanted to hire movers for my last move but the quotes I got were outrageous. Over $600 to move the contents of my 500 sq. ft. studio to my new condo barely two miles away.

A Moving Story: Friends or Professionals?
9/7/11 05:19 PM

In situations like this I always remember something Harvey Milk said:

(paraphrasing) We have to let them know that they know one of us.

Society will not change it's attitude on nudity if the only time they see it is in Playboy and Penthouse. Society will not change it's attitude if the only people they can think of with nudity in their home are porn stars and perverts. Yes, it can be frightening. Yes, certain people will judge you for it. But who's going to make the change if it's not you?

So find your line, what you're comfortable with, and stick to it. Don't apologize for it, don't hide it, don't let someone else control what you do just because their voice is louder.

Going Nude at Home
7/28/11 12:29 PM

I've used binder clips. Similar to the pant hangars but less noticeable. And you can take off the front half of the handle.

What's Your Favorite Way to Hang Artwork?
4/5/11 08:01 PM

Why put everything so close together, especially on that what looks to be large wall?

My eye bounces all over the place and I can't appreciate any particular image.

How To Create a Gallery Wall
2/5/11 10:44 AM

I don't know about the other commenters but I've never had an electrical problem that required me to replace an outlet. They're just not the kind of things that wear out.

And even if you did need to replace the outlet, that starter kit comes with a removal tool, that allows you to take out the outlet "without disturbing the surface finish of the wall".

Seamless Plugs: Goodbye to Your Cover Plate
10/5/10 04:59 PM

Currently $737 a month (mortgage and condo fee) for a 560 sf condo in Madison, WI. Seems a lot bigger though with my 20 foot ceilings and lofted sleeping area.

Previously $600 a month for a 450 sf studio apartment.

Survey: How Much Is Your Monthly Rent or Mortgage?
8/16/10 01:38 PM