iPoll Goes Hawaiian: Honolulu Offers Up a Paradise for Travelers

In Hawaiian, the name Honolulu translates to “place of shelter.” Geography wonks will tell you that Honolulu is actually on the island of Oahu, it is the state capital of Hawaii, and it’s the number one stop for anyone visiting the islands. It’s also Honolulu, which means close proximity to Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head State Monument. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with a vacation to this tropical paradise. Even if you want to island hop, you will be well served in making Honolulu your vacation home base. Today, iPoll explores what you could be doing if you were Honolulu bound.


Let’s face it: from the moment you land at Honolulu International Airport, you’re going to want to hit the beach. The question then becomes, which beach is the best beach? Some of that depends upon where you’re staying. After all, if you can walk out of your cabana and already be on the beach, why go anywhere else? On the other hand, there are so many beaches to explore, you might just want to pack up and try a different location every day. One stretch of sandy bliss that you simply must plop down on is Kailua. This beach town is a 30-minute ride from Honolulu, located on the “windward coast.” This means it’s not so ideal for hanging ten, but definitely great for hanging out. There is a bunch of tiny islands within kayaking distance from Kailua. Why not paddle out and pretend you’re on Survivor?

Hawaii At Its Best

Does it get any better than Kailua beach? Image Source: Flickr user Daniel Ramirez

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Written by Rick B.

April 24th, 2014 at 12:16 am

iPoll Takes You On a New Zealand Walkabout

The future King of England and his Duchess recently toured New Zealand along with the future, future King. By all accounts, William, Kate, and little Georgie had a swell time down under. As landmasses go, New Zealand is the last one to be settled by humans, with carbon dating putting the early settlers on the island only since 1250. The indigenous people of New Zealand are the Maori, and their wonderful heritage and culture influence much of what makes New Zealand a magical place to visit. When you meet a Maori, press your nose against them. That is the traditional greeting. Do you think you could ever stay mad with someone, when saying “hello” consists of rubbing noses? Beyond taking in the Maori culture, there is plenty to see and do in New Zealand. That’s what makes it a perfect iPoll pick for your next vacation adventure.

Walk Like a Hobbit

As any Lord Of The Rings fan will be able to tell you, New Zealand is where director Peter Jackson chose to film the majority of his trilogies. He returned for The Hobbit films, and now you can follow in the footsteps of Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf with a tour of Hobbiton. There were over 250 New Zealand locations used in the filming of the six LOTR films. There are also numerous tours that let you retrace the steps of the film crews. If you’re going to walk about New Zealand, you might as well do it as a hobbit would.


Hobbiton Central

Where the hobbits go to meet. Image Source: Flickr user Jeff Hitchcock

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Written by Rick B.

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 am

Mobile Army Monday: Pack Your Bags for iPoll Missions Abroad

It’s official: spring break is over. Sadly, I didn’t get to “break” this year, unless you think the annual viewing of The Ten Commandments on TV qualifies. Spring break is really for the students. For us working adults, it’s all about vacation. For many families, this means loading up the family car and hitting the road. You can even opt for an RV rental, which is somewhat like driving around in a small version of your living room. (Note to self: check out RV rentals). For the truly adventurous, vacation planning means traveling to a different time zone and experiencing something completely different. No matter where you decide to travel, you need to make sure that you’ve got your smartphone charged and your iPoll app at the ready. Cashing out your iPoll rewards before you go may help you get everything you need for your trip, but also make sure you answer surveys along the way. There is no reason you can’t keep earning as you travel. In fact, waiting to board your flight provides you with the perfect opportunity to knock out a bunch of surveys!

Getting Through Security

Pre-flight line up. Image Source: Flickr user Karl Baron

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Written by Rick B.

April 21st, 2014 at 11:26 pm

iPoll Explores the Best Ways to Live like a Gazillionaire

By now, the sting of tax day should be fading to a distant memory. Either you know you have a refund coming your way or you owe the government something. Hopefully it is the former. When those refund checks start rolling out, there are plenty of merchants who spruce up their showrooms. In fact, this is the busiest time of year for car dealerships. We just can’t seem to sit tight with those checks burning a hole in our pockets!

At the other end of the tax spectrum are the millionaires, billionaires, and gazillionaires. These are the folks who don’t worry about tax day; they have enough money to hire a team of lawyers who will help prevent them from having to pay enormous taxes. Is that fair? Technically, they are breaking the law as much as they are using loopholes. That leaves them with piles of money. We’re talking “Scrooge-McDuck-dive-into-a-pool-of-gold-coins” kind of money. Could these folks really spend all that dough in a lifetime? Probably not, but that’s not going to keep them from trying. Here’s how you can live like a gazillionaire:


Personal Flying

Private jet: truly the only way to fly. Image Source: Flickr user: Moaksey

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Written by Rick B.

April 17th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Heartbleed Bug: We’ve Got Your Back

If you follow internet trending (as you should) then two things might have caught your attention this week. First, it was Tax Day for America. Blah! Second, something called the Heartbleed Bug was making the rounds across cyberspace. In the flurry of news headlines about Heartbleed, one was obviously missing:

“iPoll Surveys Are Safe For Users”

That was certainly welcomed relief and it makes sense that it wouldn’t be the top of the new reports because it is essentially good news. You can’t lead with that. Instead, we were blasted with these kind of ominous reports:

“Heartbleed Is About To Get Worse, And It Will Slow The Internet To A Crawl” – Washington Post

“Attackers Could Use Heartbleed Chaos To Steal Enterprise Data” – Remondmag

“Heartbleed: 95% Of Detection Tools ‘Flawed’, Claim Researchers” – The Guardian

“Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing” – Wired

My first reaction upon reading those headlines was to unplug everything and head to my Y2K bunker. Luckily, I still have a few cases of 1999 vintage Spam down there. Then I read the poster hanging in my bunker: “Keep Calm and Carry On Web Surfing.” So, I plugged back in and rebooted and that’s when I found that iPoll was safe. I could skip over all those other vulnerable sites, but I can’t miss out of my daily dose of iPoll. Upon hearing that news, we had a big “Whew” moment here at command central.

Various Spam Products

Resisting the urge to sing, "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam." Image Source: flickr user Luca Conti

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April 17th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

iPoll Takes You to the Most Expensive Places in Which to Live

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? Many find that they are just fine where they are, but that doesn’t mean one can’t dream of a new place to live. After shaking off the sting of paying taxes, we can now turn our attention towards making even more money. Let’s explore where some of the priciest real estate is. Of course, to live in these expensive cities you really need to earn some serious bank. We’re talking Powerball kind of pay. After all, if you’re going to dream, then dream big.

Here are the most expensive places to live in America:

1.    New York City

When it comes to expensive living, New York City has held the top spot for many years. Not sure if that constitutes bragging rights or not. In a city with a population of over eight million, the average rent for an apartment is $3,783. What do you get for that kind of dough? Not much space I’m afraid, but it’s New York, where the cost of living is 125% above the national average.


NYC skyline

If you can make it here, yada, yada, yada. Image Source: Flickr user Anthony Quintano


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Written by Rick B.

April 16th, 2014 at 12:31 am

iPoll Presents: A Brief History of Taxes

Typically, in order to be able to pay for items, money is required. Yes, you may find some folks here and there who have set up a barter system for goods and services. However, if you have no skills or goods to offer then you need to reach into your wallet. And unfortunately, goods and services will do you no good when it comes to that most dreaded thing of all. Yes, I’m talking about taxes. All those roads, schools, bridges, tunnels (and everything else) don’t pay for themselves. In order to keep the country humming, the federal and state governments collect taxes. If there is one thing we all share, it’s the displeasure with dealing with taxes, but unless you have a time machine, there is really no way to avoid the April 15 Tax Day Deadline. However, it hasn’t always been like this.

American History

Where declarations were made, signatures collected, and history was made. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Westerved

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Written by Rick B.

April 15th, 2014 at 1:38 am

Mobile Army Monday: The Easy Way to Make Extra Money Online

As neighborhoods go, I’m fortunate to live in a decent one. It’s a very family centric community, inhabited by folks who take a lot of pride in their property. Of course, as with any neighborhood, there is always that “one house” that provokes a bit of an eye-roll. Just four houses down from mine is a home that still has some Christmas decorations up. I kid you not. There are lights and a big lawn ornament lollipop on the porch, where they’ve been displayed since Thanksgiving. I bring this up because of the milestone we’ll hit tomorrow: April 15th- Tax day. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that person who hasn’t yet taken down their Christmas decorations might be a little late with filing their taxes. Whether you’re filing on time or asking for an extension, money tends to be on the brain for most folks around this time of year. How much you pay or how much you might get refunded depends on a lot of factors. For those who will be taking a “hit,” it’s nice to know you can get some cash coming back your way thanks to iPoll. To cash in, though, you need to work the surveys.

Spelling Cash

Spell check for money? Image Source: Flickr user Philip Taylor

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Written by Rick B.

April 14th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

iPoll Presents the Best Films of the ’60s

When compiling “best of” lists, there may be an inclination on the part of the writer to try and impress the potential reader by following the critic’s picks. Often, those picks will line up with the writer’s choices; I’m not going down that road, though. The following list of 1960′s films is simply based on my humble opinions. Just like Mad Men is a quintessential ’60s-era series, these films capture some of the best work to come out of this decade. They’re the kind of films you get drawn into if you are playing channel roulette. From personal experience, these films have caused many late night viewing sessions. (Note to self: Don’t turn on TCM after midnight). Let’s see if this list would match your list:


If you see this house, keep walking! Image Source: Flickr user Cliff

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Written by Rick B.

April 11th, 2014 at 5:09 am

iPoll Throwback Thursday: From Bell Bottoms to Tie-Dye, Fashion of the ’60s

As they say, “Everything old is new again.” I’m not exactly sure who “they” are, but I would certainly like to meet them. They seem to know a lot about everything… but I digress. Along with great writing and acting, Mad Men has also treated us to some great fashion. The costume designers have managed to accurately capture the ’60s with all their wardrobe selections. Now those retro designs are making their way back into today’s fashionista circles. Are you ready for a throwback to ’60s fashion? Here’s what you should be looking for:


Leopard Hat

In the early '60s, the pillbox hat was a must. Image Source: Flickr user Little Miss B

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Written by Rick B.

April 10th, 2014 at 4:55 am