Consumer news and opinion

“Consumer Bits” on are articles designed to share the author’s consumer experiences with the reader where as you can learn from our experiences.

STARBUCKS Must Think We Are Idiots

February 23, 2016

Starbucks is changing their rewards program. You know the one, where getting 12 stars can get you a Starbucks freebie. According to Starbucks, they are instigating the #1 member-requested update. Or an exciting new program! (For them). That update is to make us pay a hell of a lot more before we can redeem a […]

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Why Stay With Verizon When T-Mobile Offers Free Streaming?

January 20, 2016

I don’t know where my brain has been but the other night I walked past a T-Mobile cellular store here in Morgan Hill and I saw a sign on the store front that said I could get free Netflix and HBO streaming without it costing me and taking up my bandwidth, unlike my Verizon account, […]

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Facebook Like And Share Farming Helps Spread Malware

January 19, 2016

So there it was, the biggest lottery in human history about to take place, and suddenly there are a few viral posts going around on Facebook where someone posts a picture of lottery tickets, then they say if you like, comment and share the post, they will share the winnings with you. OK, let’s rip […]

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Google Maps Has Found A New Way To Get Your Location Out Of You

January 18, 2016

Over the years Google Maps has pretty much become the default mapping app that most folks use these days. So too, have I become accustomed to the process of using Google Maps. Let’s face it, compared to the other processes, they do have a smoother interaction and usually, superior results. As of a year or […]

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David Bowie Died And We Let It Happen

January 12, 2016

Embed from Getty Images – David Bowie succumbed to cancer at the age of 69 and he died because we let it. We let it because not enough people care enough to donate to the fight against cancer (The ugly C) while it continues to do its thing. What kind of cancer David died from […]

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Huge SPAM Email Source Alert Warning – Background Investigation Sites

January 8, 2016

A few weeks ago I was reading an online article talking about one online background investigation website that seems extremely thorough in the records it can dig up about you. The reporter at the time was surprised/impressed or shocked at how much dirt they dug up on his own test of the site. I got […]

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‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker; A Book Review

January 5, 2016

This is one of the least timely reviews I’ve ever written, but I have been reading some classic books on and off, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of them. After seeing so many movies about a subject, I get curious about the source or original material. And face it, Dracula has spawned one of […]

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Learn To Fly That New Drone

January 4, 2016

So we have our brand new drone. And I’m sure that we all followed the rules and if our new drones weigh more than .55 pounds, we registered it with the FAA, because, we are all now pilots! And I am wondering how many new drone pilots have lost or broken their drones already? I’ve […]

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The Cost of Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2015

CBS News is reporting that it ain’t cheap to be in Times Square to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Me, I don’t mind hanging out in the warmth and comfort of my living room, but others believe in being in the right place at the right time to party! For instance, TGI Friday’s […]

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Time To Register Your Recreational Drone

December 23, 2015

So the time is here. Because our fellow “man,” the few that screw everything up for everyone else, has done some seriously stupid-ass things by interfering with official law enforcement or rescue operations or news reporting, the rest of the world has to now abide by some silly ass rules about owning a quad copter. […]

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How My SILHOUETTE Eyeglasses Disappointed Me

December 22, 2015

This is a quickie retelling of my consumer experience that I am going through at this moment: Three years ago I obtained my second set of Silhouette eyeglasses from Avant Optometry in Menlo Park. My co-pay alone cost me a pretty penny because these were pretty pricey at Avant. But they are so light you […]

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Target’s Mobile Coupon App: CARTWHEEL

December 21, 2015

CARTWHEEL, Target’s Mobile Coupon App Have You Discovered Target’s new mobile coupon system that lets you save money as you shop? While we were shopping in Target the other day when a fellow shopper came up to us and asked us we’ve been using the Cartwheel shopping app from Target? Nope. Did not even hear […]

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Prong Collars Aren’t So Bad

December 15, 2015

Recently I came across an old article about how Amazon UK had pulled dog prong collar products after some public pressure about the hazards of using these tools. Yes I used the word tool. In some of the arguments against using a prong collar, we see evidence of what kind of damage they do to […]

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Safe Holiday Shopping And Your Car

December 7, 2015

Today we’re chatting about some simply silly ideas about how to keep your car from getting broken into and I’ve included a chilling video to digest along the info. – Holiday shopping is a time to think about friends, family and good work peers. But while we’re out enjoying the holidays, there are others out […]

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WAZE: Why I Am No Longer Playing Their Dangerous Road Games

November 13, 2015

This is a short disposition on why I am no longer playing the dangerous road condition points games with my Waze app. And thank you Waze, AKA Google, for enticing me away from these dangerous driving habits. – The other day my wife needed a new battery for her cell phone and it was not […]

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Veteran’s Day 2015 Free Meals and Special Discounts

November 8, 2015

During Veteran’s Day and in a few cases, the surrounding days leading up to or after, various businesses show their appreciation to the military (and sometimes local law-enforcement) vets of this country. Many specials extend to their families too. In all cases it is recommended to bring proof just to make the transition easy. In […]

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OPM And Other Data Breaches And Your Personal Security

July 23, 2015

I am so sick of organizations we trust getting their computer databases breached. If they were to actually spend the money securing their databases, well, it would be nice, right? And can we really pay someone to “protect” us from the evils of Identity Theft? Is Lifelock worth it? (See my last paragraph for that […]

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Alma And Ravenswood Intersection in MENLO PARK, CA

June 17, 2015

It is inevitable that we all see it… people in cars doing things that do not seem to be the most intelligent solution for their perceived problems. An extreme case in point was the woman who died in her car on the train tracks here in Menlo Park, CA, who, according to people who spoke […]

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