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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Avoid Internet Blackout on Monday: Check Your DNS Server!

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If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of folks affected by a damaging computer virus called DNS Changer, then you’ll be denied Internet access beginning Monday. Continue reading

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5 Travel Tips on Singapore, By Author and Traveler Chris Guillebeau

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Chris Guillebeau is among a small but growing community of folks who have taken the road “less traveled” by opting out of the 9-to-5 office career and making a living through full-time travel. Guillebeau’s on-the-road entrepreneur ventures have ranged from exporting Jamaican coffee, founding a publishing business in Africa, to authoring the bestselling book, The Art of Nonconformity. He’s been featured in The New York Times and Business Week, and he also writes for CNN, the Huffington Post, as well as his own travel blog. So besides the fact that Chris Guillebeau leads an enviable life of full-time travel, what makes the guy so special? Because he’s built an existence around the philosophy of non-conformity. “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to,” Guillebeau advises. His inspirations and instructions for leading an unconventional life, changing the world, and achieving personal goals are followed by people all over the world. Chris Guillebeau has traveled, communicating the gospel of non-conformity, to 150 countries and counting. We’re delighted to help keep Guillebeau connected along the way. “Boingo is helping a lot with my worldwide travels,” he recently told us. “I had no idea you guys had so many hotspots.” One place

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The iPad 2: To Buy or Not To Buy?


Like most gadget geeks, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the iPad 2. Apple’s official iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday revealed some pretty exciting features, most notably: Support for iOS 4.3 and all its accompanying bells and whistles (click here for more details) Faster processor Front and rear cameras (Facetime, anyone?) 3G models offered through Verizon, in addition to AT&T Thinner body and white trim What’s more, Apple did not raise the price on the iPad 2, with the introductory 16GB/Wi-Fi only model at $499 — the same price as the equivalent model of the original iPad. So the big question is: to buy or not to buy the iPad 2? Based on the biggest additions noted above, is the iPad 2 a necessary gain for your situation? iOS 4.3 will be available as an upgrade on iPhones (3GS, 4), iPod Touches (3rd and 4th generation) and both the original and second generation iPads. So you don’t have to own an iPad 2 to reap the benefits of the new OS. If you plan to use an iPad only for leisure activities — not for productivity needs — then the additional processing power may not be necessary. I’ve found the

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Tips for Safer and Easier Winter Travels

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Today, a monster storm is bearing down on as many as thirty U.S. states. According to this CNN article, airlines have canceled more than four thousand flights. If you’re currently gearing up to travel, consider these CNN tips for an easier/safer journey: Air Travel Consider re-booking. In general, airlines will allow free ticket changes during major storms. Sign up for airline alerts and go online to check your flight before heading to the airport. Bring a charged cell phone in case you need to rebook a canceled flight while at the airport. Bring an overnight carry-on packed with essentials in case you get stranded overnight. Dress for warmth and comfort in case you’re forced to sleep at the airport. Bring food and entertainment so you don’t have to spend too much. At the gate, ask about food vouchers and sleeping areas. Car Travel Your best bet is to stay off the road. Pack a kit with the following items: “a bag of abrasive material (sand, salt or cat litter), a snow shovel and brush, traction mats, an ice scraper, booster cables, a flashlight, window washing liquid, cloth, warning flares or triangles, a cell phone, gloves and a blanket.” Try not

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Wi-Fi Powered Homeless Girl Lands Job at Elle


Never underestimate the power of a laptop and Wi-Fi. Two years ago, Brianna Karp of California lost her job and then her home. Like most twenty-somethings, she had no savings to fall back on. Brianna didn’t even have parents she could turn to for help. What Brianna did have was a laptop, which she refused to sell. Instead, she used it in cafes with free Wi-Fi to write a blog called “The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness.” Brianna “didn’t think anyone would actually read it,” but she was wrong. Her readership included a formerly homeless blogger who eventually became her boyfriend, the folks at CNN, and even the editors at Elle magazine. She now writes a fashion blog for the magazine. The lesson? No matter what happens in this crazy economy, keep your laptop. Of course, we also recommend you keep your Boingo account, because not all Wi-Fi is free, and Boingo gives the best value for unlimited access. Read the entire story here.