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Travel privacy, Sleeping better, Used or stolen cell phones

Protecting data while travelling can be done in a variety of ways. First, learn how to use your phone as a hotspot, rather than relying on public hotspots. Don’t use those public computers in places you don’t know. Find out what countries will search or demand from your devices and consider not bringing sensitive data with you. Make sure that you use https type connections when you connect to any websites and learn if your email program uses encrypted server connections. This means that you should also use a VPN while traveling.

Falling asleep with podcasts is one of those contradictory pieces of advice. You are told to stay away from your devices for at least half an hour before you go to bed and yet, there are podcasts that might help you fall asleep. So, try some and then figure out if on balance they help you more than they drive your partner crazy. In other words, they probably work best if you sleep alone. No particular order to this incomplete list: http://www.sleepwithmepodcast.com/ ; http://classictales.libsyn.com/; http://thedailymeditationpodcast.libsyn.com/; http://meditationminis.com/; https://www.sleepandrelaxasmr.com/; and a podcast without a website called “Deep Energy 2.0”

Make sure if buying a used cell phone to check if it is stolen. Get the device’s ESN or IMEI number from the seller so you can check it at <https://stolenphonechecker.org>, a site set up by the industry trade group CITA. And, if the seller won’t give you that device number, beware.

Is that priority really important enough to carry it forward? I thought my grandmother had a great idea, start making your to-do list at noon with all the things you had already done, so that you could cross them out. But, Tim Ferris, one of those noted business people with a wide podcast following with his “The Time Ferris Show,” has another trick for prioritizing tasks. Ask yourself, for each item on your to-do list, “if this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” Then prioritize the yeses.

Joys of joy, talking to myself while working on a computer is supposed to be making me smarter. Ulrich Boser, in an article in the Harvard Business Review titled “Talking to Yourself (Out Loud) Can Help You Learn”, lays out why asking yourself questions, out loud, helps solidify new knowledge. Now, I will never shut up, I can just say, “I am learning all the time.”

Some wonderful advice from Apple for shooting photos and video on iPhone, geared toward iPhone 7 is at <https://www.apple.com/iphone/photography-how-to/>