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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


“Green” Blogging


We believe in protecting our environment, so the Silver Buzz Cafe web site is hosted on a server in a "green", energy conserving data center. 100% of the power for the datacenter is bought from suppliers that use renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric, windmill and solar plants.


Disaster In Japan – How To Donate To The Red Cross

Find out how you can donate to the Red Cross to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. [...]

The Origins Of Our Species – A Bit Of Extra Homework

Did the dinosaurs really walk the Earth with humans? Who came first – Neanderthals or Cavemen? Find out at Silver Buzz Cafe today! [...]

The Eatwell Plates

Today we look at two “Eatwell” plates, comparing and contrasting one from the UK government and another based on teh US government’s food pyramid. [...]

It’s Time For A Holiday Safety Check

Holiday time brings a whole range of new hazards into our lives. Prevention is better than cure. We look at some of the most common problems and what do do about them. [...]

Safeguarding Your Digital Assets

If you store financial information in programs like Quicken, digital photos and videos, music and correspondence, it would be inconvenient or sad to lose it all. Disk drives don’t last for ever. Today we look at a range of options for keeping your data safe. [...]

Continuing Care Retirement Communities Regulations Tighten Up

Despite the poor economy, bankruptcies in CCRCs continue to run at a lower level than for other kinds of retirement home, but residents of facilities that have gone under and been taken over haven’t always come out of the situation smiling. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 4 – Planning Ahead

In today’s article we’ll take a look at issues being discussed in the web community: core Internet values; open standards; child online safety; freedom of expression and freedom of the media on the Internet; multi-language issues; Internet rights and principles; the global localization platform and social media and legal issues. [...]

Political Influencers and Lobbyists – Part 6 – Effective Or Not?

There is an understandable suspicion that, since money talks, individuals and groups that can spend large amounts of money get more from the politicians and parties that they support than most voters. In the concluding article in this series on political influencers and lobbyists, we’ll look at that suspicion. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 2 – Who’s In Charge?

In the first part of this series we looked at the technology that underlies the Internet and the web. As we noted, there is no single organization responsible for governing either of them, so today we’ll look at the roles of the many organizations involved. To do that we need to understand a little about the history of the Internet and the web. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 1 – Introduction

As the debate on the net neutrality issue continues, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the state of the Internet and the web and the many issues that the people who engineer, run and use them are grappling with. We’ll start by explaining the main components of the Internet and the web, then we’ll look at the many organizations that oversee various aspects of their operation before looking at the issues involved, particularly the ones that potentially affect us all. [...]

Finding The Best Deal On Flights

We decided to take a look at the most popular flight reservation sites to see what they came up with for a simple search for an international flight. The worst offer was 30% more than the cheapest. [...]

Things That Every Caregiver Needs To Know

With more than 65 million people in the United States serving as informal caregivers, generally for family members, it’s important that they learn how to find their way through the entangled web of information connected to the cared person’s case. [...]

Political Influencers and Lobbyists – Part 2 – Interest Groups

In the previous article we looked at the various ways that individuals, groups and corporations seek to influence the outcome of votes on issues and for political appointments. Today we’ll take a look at political interest groups that apply various kinds of advocacy to pursue their goals. [...]

Political Influencers and Lobbyists – Part 1 – Introduction

We all know that corporations and special interests spend a lot of money trying to influence what and who we vote for. There are many legal channels for trying to influence voters and lobby politicians who are in office. We’ll take a brief look a them today and will then take a more detailed look that will describe how they work, who the major players are, how much they spend and who receives their money. We’ll also try to identify their actual impact on previous campaigns. [...]

How To Cut Your Phone Bills

Telephones are essential, especially for seniors. They provide a lifeline in terms of emergency and they help us keep in touch with relatives and friends. They can also be used for an Internet connection, which has become an essential part of modern life for those who have taken the plunge and learned how to use it. However, unlike the old days, there is a huge, sometimes bewildering and often unnecessary range of services available via that thin connection that comes into our homes. There are also alternatives. [...]

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