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5 Years and a Book!

Last month I celebrated 5 years of writing at BirchTree, which is quite the milestone. I am extremely grateful for all the congratulations and positive feedback I got that day; it was more than I ever expected and only solidifies my belief that I have the best readers on the internet. One of the things […]

(REVISED) TLS, the June 30, 2016 Deadline, Online Payments, and You

You can dive really deep into this, but in general TLS (or Transport Layer Security) is a security protocol used to send data over the internet. You’ve likely seen this in your travels around the web, but you may not have known it. Any website that starts “https” and has that little lock icon next to the URL is using an SSL or TLS security protocol. This basically makes sure that when you enter data into a website, it’s only going to go where you want it to go. 

How People Really Shop for TVs

There’s been talk of the mythical Apple TV set for years. Apple launched the first Apple TV in 2007, and people have been asking ever since if Apple intends to just make the whole damn set themselves. They’ve left us hanging year after year, defiantly refusing to make one. They seem totally content to leave […]

iPhone 6S Plus Review

“The new iPhone X is the best iPhone Apple has ever made” is a silly statement and one that we always hear in iPhone reviews this time of year. Of course it’s the best iPhone ever, it would be pretty embarrassing if it wasn’t! It’s also a little silly to say that you don’t need […]

5 Years of BirchTree

I have been writing online consistently for the past 5 years. A smart man would have recorded the exact date I started so that I could say “Happy 5th Birthday, BirchTree!” but you’re stuck with me. Since I only know the year, and it really doesn’t matter that much, I’m declaring October 17, 2015 to […]