Rico

Rico is our resident gadget guy and net surfer, which is why he obsesses for the latest tech toys. No, seriously! We’re still not sure how he can do a radio show everyday when his time is spent in geekdom. Rico lives in Elk Grove and spends the free time he has with his eleven-year-old son, Jace, who is active in soccer, baseball, karate, music, and dad’s wallet. They enjoy going on road trips, geocaching, and catching as many Oakland A’s games as possible.

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Ideas for Halloween at Home

This Halloween is going to be different, but people seem more or less okaywith that. A new survey asked people how they’re going to celebrate Halloween this year. More than two-thirds of people say they ARE planning on celebrating. And here’s what they’re going to do: Watch a Halloween movie at home, 48%. Decorate the…

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Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2020

When you go to your work’s Zoom Halloween party this year, will you bedisappointed if someone else is wearing the same costume as you? Here’s what to avoid.Google data reveals what costumes people were searching for way more than average in each state.The top costume in California is a witch, but maybe the other states…

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Safe Local Halloween Events

Halloween Fun at Fairytale Town Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento Friday, Oct. 23, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.More here.Downtown Roseville Drive-Thru Trick-or-TreatVernon Street, Roseville Thursday, October 29, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.More here.Trunk or Treat: Sunrise Mall Parking LotSunrise Mall, 6041 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus HeightsFriday, October 30, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.More here.Trunk or Treat at…

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7 Kid-Approved Ways to Save Halloween

Like a lot of things in 2020, Halloween is going to need some tweaking to make it COVID-friendly. But there’s no need to throw in the towel on celebrating, we just need to be more creative. Here are some ideas for making the holiday spook-tacular that are all vetted by actual children.Set up a candy…

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Top 10 Halloween Movies

While for some people, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, for me it is better than Christmas. I love Halloween!!A new poll finds:Two in three Americans feel like they are currently living in a horror movie. What?! LOL66% of folks think watching a horror movie will be a good escape from the horrors of…

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Free Internet, Tech, and Training for Locals

Federal funding is helping locals get access to internet, computers, and even tech-related training:Up to 10,000 Sacramento households affected by the pandemic, particularly low-income households with children and seniors, can now apply to receive free broadband access through a new pilot program launched by the City of Sacramento and United Way California Capital Region.If you or someone…

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217 New Emojis on the Way!

The emoji rollout for 2020 was botched, like everything this year, because the timeline got pushed back for coronavirus.  So we all still haven’t gotten this year’s new emojis, including things like a pinching finger hand, ninja, and mouse trap.And because the emoji rollout cycle is behind, next year’s crop is pretty sparse.  It’s mostly emojis…

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You text like thiiiiis? There’s a reasonnn…

Now that we all refuse to talk to each other and just want to send messages, there’s a big challenge:  How can you give people clues to the TONE and FEELING behind what you’re saying just through typing?Emojis and GIFs are two ways.  But another way is adding tons of letters to normal words.A new…

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Halloween Costumes for 2020

If you’ve listened to my show for more than one Halloween season, you know it’s my Christmas. The part I’ll miss most this year is going to haunts, but we’ll try again next year!A recent Spirit Halloween poll finds 63% of Americans still plan to celebrate Halloween and if you’re one of those folks, you’re…

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Stop Buying These Gadgets

The New York Times tech blog recently ran a list of gadgets you shouldn’t buy, because they’re not worth the money, or other options are better.  Here’s a quick rundown of what they found:1.  Stop buying Apple chargers and other name-brand cables.  You can find generic cables that are almost as good now, and a…

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Most Trusted Grocery Delivery Service

When you combine the internet, vehicles, and a pandemic, you get a surge in grocery delivery. I haven’t been to a grocery store since March. Instead, I’ve been opting for grocery delivery. 10 minutes of shopping at my computer beats spending an hour at the story. And I still get to choose where my shopper…

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Posting on Facebook? Check Yourself First.

With everything going on in the world, things are tense and a quick scroll through your social media feed shows it. People have differing opinions on everything from politics to face mask protocol and it seems like now more than ever, sharing those opinions in posts can set off heated debates. If you’re trying to…

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Free Internet for Low Income Families

Sacramento City Unified School District has partnered with the City of Sacramento and Comcast to provide six months of free wifi access for low-income students. If you or a family you know do not have internet at home, but could use this help for distanced learning, you can request enrollment here.

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How to Avoid Maskne

Wearing face masks all the time is likely to cause you some maskne (that’s mask + acne). The key to avoiding this is to wash your mask regularly. Here’s what experts have to say about how to wash your cloth face mask.   1.  Should you hand-wash your mask, or just toss it in the washer? …

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Road Trip! The Weirdest Town Name in CA?

My son and I enjoy taking road trips to small, desolate ghost towns. Well, I just added one to our list.Someone spent some serious time and found the weirdest town name in all 50 states. For California, they gave that crown to Mormon Bar. Huh? It’s in Mariposa County and is a ghost town. It…