What We’re Reading: Dec. 28 – Jan. 3

Netflix micro-genres, Snapchat, and password help

This week, NPR’s Fresh Air program looks at Netflix and its micro genres – over 76,000 categories – everything from “Japanese Horror Movies from the 1960s” to “Tearjerkers From The 1970s” and how it relates to our society. A really interesting 6 minutes! The story also links to a page at The Atlantic magazine with its own Netflix Genre Generator.

Do you or your kids use Snapchat? Now might be a good time to read up on Snapchat’s privacy issues, as detailed by Adam McLane.

This week we learned about Zotero, a research management and group collaboration tool. Perhaps real estate professionals could employ it similar to Evernote to gather and share information about a property listing?

Glitter nail polish has more uses than just decorating your teenage daughter’s nails, according to Wired.  It can also be used to tamper-proof your laptop, with a little preparation.

I hate junk mail, especially credit card offers. Optoutprescreen lets you opt out electronically for 5 years or permanently by mail. Optoutprescreen.com is a website provided by four major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian, TransUnion and Innovis — that allows consumers to opt out of receiving credit card offers by mail. The site is approved by the Federal Trade Commission. I just opted out myself and hope this really works!

Macy Miller takes do-it-yourself to a new level. Could you live in her 200 square foot home? If you like oogling small spaces with smart design, check out Dwell’s small space section.

And last, with many members calling our team for password reminders, we want to suggest checking out password management tools like LastPass, 1Password, and RoboForm. These tools make it easy to manage and create secure passwords for hundreds of sites. As with any technology tool, be sure to read up on each company’s privacy and security policy before signing up.


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