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Here’s the emerging tech secret that most programmers aren’t talking about yet…

Aerial view of a technology company meeting utilizing laptops to write code.
Aerial view of a technology company meeting utilizing laptops to write code.

When’s the last time you thought about programming or learning to code? Maybe it’s something that’s never popped up on your radar. Or perhaps it has, over and over again, but you’ve never sat down long enough or consistently enough to make feel like you are seriously making progress.

I’ve signed up for one of Angela Yu’s full-stack programming boot camps — it’s excellent. The App Brewery really does a nice job in their learning programs, laying out languages, context, methods, examples, etc. in an easy to understand…


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This seems like a pretty simple way to make some side money. The results after just trying and forgetting about it over the last 30 days are actually pretty cool.

I wrote this article about the Mobile Pixels Trio because the MPT is one of the coolest laptop accessory I’ve come across.

I just happened to have an Amazon associates account I signed up for a long time ago, and never did anything with. Creating the account was initially one of those ideas I would have had back when I was a starry eyed, broke college student.

The only difference…


My kitten is proving it…

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Stress. What is it, exactly?

The origin of the world stress, according to the dictionary: “Middle English (denoting hardship or force exerted on a person for the purpose of compulsion): shortening of distress, or partly from Old French estresse ‘narrowness, oppression’, based on Latin strictus ‘drawn tight’(see strict).”

Lately, I’ve found it helpful to look up any word that I don’t feel I have clarity on when it comes to it’s meaning. Stress is a relatively simple word and concept, but a multi-faceted and complex emotion and experience.

You might feel stressed waiting in the…


The insurance industry is highly regulated on the whole, but Federally regulated Medicare takes the red tape to a new level. Read on to see why this is a GOOD thing for agents considering this path.

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My journey in the world of Financial Services has been robust. I made sure to taste many of the opportunities that were available to me before settling into Medicare and Life insurance.

Starting out, I was an intern at a regional agency in CT that took care of commercial accounts, personal insurance, state liability and auto programs, individual and group life and health, and…


Working from a laptop is a freeing decision, but also a limiting one.

A silver laptop looks right at home while placed on a modern wooden table.
A silver laptop looks right at home while placed on a modern wooden table.
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You can only accomplish so much on one screen. With the right accessories, your entire experience can be transformed. I happened to stumble across an incredible accessory, the Mobile Pixels Trio (and Trio Max), on accident.

I was google searching for portable monitors. A colleague had mentioned that he uses one when traveling and how it’s made him much more productive.

In my search for the perfect one, I found a portable laptop monitor that attaches via stick on magnets and is powered by USB. …


My first novel was written on an old kitchen table in my childhood bedroom on a HP laptop in MS Word.

I had a bunk-bed back then (shared a room with my brother) and I set the table up at the end of the bed in the back corner of the room.

To get more privacy and less distractions, I hung a blanket from the end of the top bunk across to the opposite wall. I was only 15 or so when I started writing this way — and I decided nails and duct tape were the best way to…


I enjoy studying Philosophy.

It took me six years to scratch the surface of some of the lives that led to great epithets, famed stories, sage guidance and perpetual wisdom both intentionally and unknowingly gifted to the masses by the great Philosophers who’ve come before us.

Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Will Durant, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Descartes. We should aim to study their wisdom and realize how little we really know and understand (a daily habit for me).

I did, however, find one lesson that has started to sink in. In doing so, it has reshaped my view on my own life…


A brown powdered supplement in a clear capsule being held between the index finger and thumb against a light blue background.
A brown powdered supplement in a clear capsule being held between the index finger and thumb against a light blue background.

Have you had any anxiety lately? Some of us are lucky to not be burdened by anxious thoughts. Others, myself included, can be bothered by racing thoughts and anxiety about future possibilities or things that could have been better or done differently in the past. Perhaps your anxiety is general and occurs at random.

You might have a specific trigger for your anxiety as well. For me, it’s seeing a blood pressure cuff. …


Man working from home at an organized desk, being quite productive.
Man working from home at an organized desk, being quite productive.

In 2020, it’s become pretty normal to find yourself working from home and balancing work time with family time (if you have had the luck of keeping your job through the Pandemic).

If you have a two year old with enough energy to run your local power plant from 7 AM to almost Midnight like I do, it can seem nearly impossible to keep things straight some days.

Most people have had quite the adjustment period through this situation — especially if you’ve had to set up a make shift office, find a quiet place to work, and balance the…

Frank Caruso Jr.

Medicare, final expense, and life insurance agency owner. Writer and fiction author. Blockchain enthusiast. Nocode programming fan. Creator of thegist.

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