1. The Parkmobile App Is Pay-For-Parking Perfection.

Just Say No to those pesky parking meters with the print receipts and register for the Parkmobile app.

Once you register for the app and download it to your iPhone, Android, Windows7, or Blackberry, you can use it to pay for your parking at all the county meters in Arlington, at one of the 17,000 spots in D.C., and in Bethesda -- any where you see the green Parkmobile sign or sticker.

The Parkmobile sticker or sign will have a zone number to enter on the app to pay for the desired parking session and the 30 to 45 cent service fee, depending on your location. Enforcement officers check the Parkmobile database to verify that you have paid for parking. You can opt-in to receive a notification 15 minutes before your parking session is set to expire, in case you want to add more money. If you need a receipt, you can print one from the website.

Click here to register. You'll need to provide your cell phone number, license plate(s), and credit card number. It's okay, they are FDIC-insured, and your credit card number is encrypted when you sign up and never entered or displayed. Check here to see all the Parkmobile locations in the U.S.

2. Planning A Trip To Europe In 2015?

Oh my. Be sure to check your passport's expiration date. The State Department recently issued a recommendation that "U.S. citizens traveling on passports that expire in fewer than six months renew early as travelers have been increasingly denied airline boarding or been detained upon arrival in certain foreign destinations, including popular European travel destinations in the Schengen area." The Schengen area includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Click here for more information. And an explanation of "the Schengen area".

3. Never Say That The iPhone Doesn't Safeguard Your Photos.

Did you update your iPhone to the IOS8 version? If you tend to run out of space on your phone, be aware that those wild and crazy Apple people changed the way the system deletes your photos: Once you delete a photo, it goes to an album entitled Recently Deleted, where it sits for 30 days. A nice feature if you are heavy-handed with the delete button, but if you are deleting a bunch of photos to make space for more, you will have to delete twice.

4. Three Free Items Off The Internet

Click on the title if any interest you and thank me later.

a. Make A Ringtone For Your iPhone These are simple instructions you can follow to make your own ringtones from your iTunes music. It's fun and for a brief, shining moment, you can feel tech-savvy.
b. How to Write A Good Thank You Note I'm sure YOUR children write an excellent thank you note, but for those OTHER children, here's a timely article on the art of expressing written thanks.
c. Account Killer This website tells you how to delete or remove your account from many popular websites, including social media accounts famous for making breaking up oh so hard to do.