Friday, May 18, 2018

Ranker - Vote On Everything

Hi All,

A few days ago I came across a website called Ranker.  The site bills itself as a place for people to 'vote on everything'. 

What exactly is Ranker you ask? Good question, it is a leading digital media company for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings on just about everything. They advertise that about 50 million people have generated over 300 million votes.

Okay..that all said here's the meat of the site.  They have dozens of lists (ranks) on topics like 'people', 'entertainment', 'sports', 'culture', 'channels' and 'videos'..

Typing in a phrase in the search box at the top right of the screen results in a list of results related to the search.  Lists with the most number of votes are ranked at the top of the screen.

For example, a search for 'puppies' and a list of 'The Cutest Mixed Dog Breeds' appears.   Other lists included 'Cutest Black Lab Pictures' and 'Cutest Boy Puppy Names'.  Pictures appear in each list and a brief narrative is included as well.

The number of votes that the pictures received is listed as well. 

Check out the site for some very entertaining and enlightening lists!

Enjoy the site!

Regards,
Stu










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Monday, April 30, 2018

Finding Government Websites

Hi All,  

Just what you wanted to wake up to on a Monday morning!  Government websites!  How cool is that?

Welcome back to the week - and to start out we have an interesting site titled, 'GovEngine.com'. 

Basically the site is a directory of United States federal, state and local government websites. Also included are links to official executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

The homepage has links to Federal Courts, State Government, State Courts, Local Government and other state and federal government resources. 

The site is easy to navigate, simple to use and has a nice interface.  

Regards, 
Stu

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hi All,

Do you need to enhance your academic and workforce skills?  Are you looking for a better job or looking to get a better education?

Then LIEOC might be for you.  LIEOC is an acronym for 'Long Island Eucational Opportunity Center'.  The LIEOC offers free academic and workforce development .  They provide these services to elegible members of the community.

Specifically, LIEOC is sponsored by the the State University of New York and Farmingdale State College.  It helps eligible members of the community enhance the academic and workforce development skills they need to become self-sufficient, empowered and committed to excellent. LIEOC provides a range of programs and services adapted to the needs of adult learners and the demands of the private and public sectors.  

There are three LIEOC units on Long Island - Brentwood, Farmingdale and Hempstead.   LIEOC offers free Microsoft certification classes at the Brentwood and Hempstead locations. 

Hope the site is useful and helpful.

Regards,
Stu


Monday, January 29, 2018

IRS Assistance For Your Taxes

Hi All,

A new year has started -heck, we're one month into it already!  Which means...no, not that the SuperBowl is almost upon us.  No, it doesn't mean that March Madness (college basketball tournament) is upon us either...

It means that taxes are due in a few months - April 15th to be exact.  And that is just about 77 days away - that's 11 weeks.  So it is about time to get started on those tax returns.  But we have help for you today in the form of a few IRS links!

Click on this link to access the IRS Publication 17 from their website. Specifically Publication 17 covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return. It explains the tax law to make sure someone pays only the tax they owe and no more.

Another helpful link the IRS has generated is the ITA - which stands for Interactive Tax Assistant.  Click here to use the ITA.

So just exactly what is the ITA?  Basically it provides answers to several tax law questions. The ITA includes question-and-answer session for a variety of topics. Users simply respond to basic questions to find the answers they need. Topics include:
  • Do I Need to File a Tax Return?
  • Who Can I Claim as a Dependent?
  • How Much Is My Standard Deduction?
  • What Is My Filing Status?
  • Am I Eligible to Claim an Education Credit?
Finally, the IRS has created a link for taxpayers to find out where their refund is.  Click on this link to find out where your refund is!

So there you have it - three very, very useful IRS link to assist you with your taxes.

Hope this helps with your 2017 tax return!

Regards,
Stu

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Local Farmingdale News - At Your Fingertips

Hi All,

Farmingdale is known for many things: Grumman, Republic Aviation, the Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale State College (remember the Aggie school?), Mile-a-Minute Murphy, Bethpage State Park and much more. 

Which, of course, means there is plenty of history and news relating to Farmingdale.

For a timely, unbiased, current, interesting and well written site that covers the ins-and-outs of Farmingdale...check out the Farmingdale Patch Click on this link to learn a bit more about Patch.com - basically its the Patch FAQ. 

The Farmingdale Patch has a wide variety of sections relating to Farmingdale: including a section on Arts and EntertainmentBusiness, Community Corner, Health and Fitness, Home/Garden, Jobs, Kids/Family, Politics/Government, Schools, Sports and Weather.

As you can see and read; the Farmingdale Patch has Farmingdale very well covered.

Enjoy the site and the news!

Regards,
Stu