Kevin on April 7th, 2011

I’m off for a couple of days, visiting a supplier. Here are a few things of note that I wanted to pass along to you… Regular readers will remember that I recently gave away an extra Patagonia Atom to one of our subscribers.  Maria T. was the winner, and she has graciously written a brief […]

Continue reading about On the road again…

Kevin on January 7th, 2011

First, let me make clear:  99.999% of my readers are sensible, wonderful, generous people. The other .001%?  Utterly, hopelessly crazy, or, and I’m being charitable here, seriously confused. Submitted for your consideration, a random sampling of just a few of the bizarre emails or post comments I’ve received during the last year: Dear Practical Hacks, […]

Continue reading about Crazy letters from readers…

Kevin on October 22nd, 2010

Sometimes things go horribly awry with a blog, and the blogger is the last to know.  Several days ago a reader named Kristin emailed me to let me know she was having trouble downloading the “90 Day Action Plan” I’ve recommended for job seekers going to a second interview. As I don’t make a habit […]

Continue reading about FREE Downloads page is back up

Kevin on April 5th, 2010

A week ago I announced that the reader who submitted the best safety/security tip for travelers would win a Mini Messenger Bag from boutique bag maker Tucker & Bloom. In all there were 30 entries from both regular commenters & subscribers, as well as several new commenters. As the week progressed, I frankly didn’t pay […]

Continue reading about Tucker & Bloom Mini Messenger Bag winner!!

Kevin on March 18th, 2010

It appears as though our long, bleak winter may finally be near its end.  It was about 55* today, and the forecast for tomorrow calls for a high of around 65*.   This is good news.  The not so good news, if you’re a follower of this blog, is that I’ll soon be transitioning into my […]

Continue reading about Slowly shuffling toward our summer posting schedule

Kevin on February 9th, 2010

2/9/2010:  I began blogging exactly two years ago today.  As with many fledgling bloggers, I started on (the free) ( – try it – it redirects to this site) and almost exactly six months later, made the jump to a hosted site and this URL. Between the two sites I’ve posted 695 times, and […]

Continue reading about Practical Hacks is 2!

Kevin on December 29th, 2009

We all have a lot of interests and passions, but at times it seems as though there’s less and less time available to pursue them or keep abreast of developments. One of the ways I’m able to scan a lot of information in a short time is by fully utilizing RSS feeds displayed in my […]

Continue reading about 60+ RSS feeds I use every day to stay up to date