How Shopping for Groceries Online Saves Time, Money, and Hassle-LifeHacker

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Alan Henry:  Most of us hate going to the grocery store. Fighting for parking, dealing with the crowds, dodging shopping carts, waiting in long lines at checkout–they’re all annoying and make us want to avoid the supermarket altogether. Plus, grocery stores are full of money-sucking pitfalls like endcaps and deceptive pricing. Thankfully, we live in the future, and we can have groceries brought to us instead of having to go get them. Here’s how to get started with grocery delivery, save some money, avoid the grocery-store hassle, and let your food come to you.

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Deep Overtime Cuts Bring Delay, Rethinking of Case Presentation-NYLJ


Justice Michael V. Coccoma (See Profile), the chief administrative judge for courts outside of New York City, said he receives eight to 12 requests daily, mainly in Family Court and often when someone is being remanded and transportation becomes an issue late in the day.

“I try to determine if this is something unanticipated, if it is going to cause a financial hardship to the parties [to push the matter over to the next day], whether it is an emergency,” Justice Coccoma said. “I put a lot of weight on the judge and what he or she tells me is going on.”

Justice Coccoma said sometimes it is cheaper to spend the money for overtime than require a jury close to verdict to return the next day, or to stop jury selection when only one more juror is needed. Jurors and prospective jurors get paid $40 a day.

“For the most part, the requests have been reasonable,” Justice Coccoma said. “But if I start seeing a court that is frequently asking for OT, I will take a closer look. Is it a problem with the judge’s case management or calendar? Is it a problem of over scheduling cases? The judges have been cooperative; the court staff has been cooperative. We just have to learn to work with it.”

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SecretSync – Client-side encryption for Dropbox

Dropbox takes every precaution to keep your data secure. They use SSL encryption to make sure that while you send your files to them, the network packets can’t be compromised. Once they receive your files, they store them encrypted on their servers. They also use internal policies to ensure that employees can’t access your files.

The difference is that SecretSync provides client-side encryption, while Dropbox provides encryption at the server. This just means that they’re not asking you to trust them, or anyone, with your data. Your computer encrypts your files first, before anyone else has a chance to access them.

SecretSync installs a tunnel folder that goes inside your Dropbox. Files are encrypted before being put in here. The tunnel folder is inside Dropbox to allow it to sync your encrypted files to your other devices.

2GB is FREE  20 GB is $39.99 per year  1TB is $59.99 per year

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What are you watching on Kindle Fire? — Tech News and Analysis from GigaOM

Online video hosting platform company, Ooyala processes more than 1 billion analytics pings per day, reflecting the viewing behavior of over 100 million global unique users. It has used that data to put together this infographic to showcase what Kindle Fire owners are watching.

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Majority of State’s Fire Districts Failed to Meet Deadline Under Governor’s Property Tax Cap Law

More than 56 percent of New York’s 882 fire districts recently passed budgets without filing the required tax cap data with the Office of the State Comptroller, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The electronic filings were due by November 4. State law requires fire districts to file their proposed budget data for review by OSC prior to adoption of their annual budgets to ensure that the districts’ tax cap calculations are accurate.


Comptroller DiNapoli’s web page, “Real Property Tax Cap,” is available to help localities navigate the complexities of the property tax cap. State law restricts tax levy increases for local governments, most school districts and other smaller independent entities, such as library, fire or water districts, to no more than 2 percent this year.

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iPad or Kindle Fire: Which should you buy? — GigaOM

Amazon’s first foray into the tablet market, the Kindle Fire, is widely perceived as the first real competitor to the iPad. Whether that’s true or not is discussed below, but for shoppers looking to gift a tablet for the holidays, it can be hard to which is the better gift. That’s why GigaOM compares the two on four points: hardware, software, ecosystem, and price.

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Baum foreclosure law firm closing – Business – The Buffalo News

The closure comes just days after both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac banned the law firm from receiving any new foreclosure, bankruptcy or other legal work from lenders and servicers working on behalf of the mortgage finance giants. Baum could still continue handling work it had already been referred and begun processing, but would not receive any new business.


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Empire Justice Center: New York Laws Involving the Confidentiality of Domestic Violence Victim-Related Information

For a comprehensive listing of New York’s confidentiality protections for domestic violence victims, see:

PERF Statement on “Occupy” Protests

Over the last few days, the Police Executive Research Forum has been the subject of several false articles and blog postings alleging that we have been coordinating police crackdowns on Occupy protests. This is not true. PERF conducted two conference calls for the sole purpose of allowing police chiefs to compare notes about their experiences with “Occupy” protests. The last conference call was held on November 4–more than two weeks ago.
PERF urges everyone who wishes to obtain an accurate view of PERF’s work to read a report that we released in July 2011 called “Managing Major Events: Best Practices from the Field.” This report, which is available on our website at, summarizes the views of police leaders who participated in a PERF conference in November 2010 to discuss issues related to major events such as large-scale protests. See especially the following:
–Chapter 2, titled “A ‘Softer’ Approach to Crowd Management: The Vancouver Model,” offers this advice: “Be proactive by reaching out to the public or influential community groups beforehand to inform them of your planned activities during an event…. Use the ‘meet and greet’ strategy. Engage the crowd in a friendly, non-confrontational manner….Most protesters are peaceful; don’t allow a small group of instigators to provoke an aggressive response from officers.”
–Chapter 7, titled “Preparing for Protesters at Major Events,” includes this recommendation: “When dealing with law-breaking protesters, don’t forget that thousands of nonviolent protesters are merely exercising their First Amendment rights. So the police must differentiate the lawbreaking protesters from those who are peaceful.”
We also invite everyone to review our many other reports on our website (, which can be found in the “Free Doc Library” and “Critical Issues Series” sections. We believe that these documents will provide an accurate view of PERF’s history of promoting community policing and police strategies that ensure that everyone’s Constitutional rights, including First Amendment free speech rights, are protected.

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State Bar of Michigan (and others) Partner with Ruby Receptionists

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    • Answer your calls with your custom greeting
    • Let you know who’s on the line before transferring
    • Transfer callers to you live wherever you are
    • Answer FAQs about your firm
    • Route calls based on the type of call (potential clients, current clients, people from the court, etc.)
    • Send voicemail messages to your e-mail inbox
    • Promptly relay messages to you via e-mail or text
    • Return calls on your behalf to confirm appointments, gather info, or relay a message

State Bar of Michigan members enjoy free setup, ongoing free voicemail boxes, and discounts on monthly charges. To learn more, contact Diana Stepleton at (866) 611-RUBY (7829) or by e-mail to or visit us

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