Saturday, March 28, 2020

How do you stop online trackers from following you? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Last week we learned the difference between
first party cookies and third party cookies. The
reality is, we all need to be careful about who
we grant access to our browsing activity. Even
if we feel like we don’t have anything to hide,
there is no guarantee of what entities will do
with that information so it’s best to share as
little as possible with strangers. The following
tips help keep your information private online.

Great ways to block online tracking

Browser add-ons
One of the simplest things you can do to block
third-party cookies is download an anti-tracking
browser extension. The Electronic Frontier 
Foundation’s Privacy Badger uses algorithms
to learn which third-party requests to block
while Disconnect uses user-generated lists.
Ghostery allows users to choose whether or
not to grant permission to third-party trackers.
All three of these browser add-ons are
available for Chrome and Firefox.

Clearing and blocking third-party cookies
Most browsers also have options that help limit
the ability of third parties to give your device
cookies, although they are generally less
effective than the browser extensions listed

Search engines that will not track you
Search engines such as DuckDuckGo or
Qwant do not track your IP address or log your
search history, letting you access information
with privacy. While using different search
engines will help, remember that Google can
also access your data via Android devices,
YouTube, and Gmail.

Email services that will not track you
The best option to keep your emails secure
and private are end-to-end encrypted services
such as ProtonMail.

Use a VPN
To avoid being tracked by your device’s IP
address, you can use a
VPN (Virtual PrivateNetwork).
This will route your Internet traffic
through a VPN server of your choosing and
replaces your IP address with the IP address of
that VPN server. Be sure to only use
trustworthy VPN services because the
company you choose can access and record
your online activity while you are connected to
their infrastructure.

Final Thoughts

There is no such thing as absolute privacy on
the Internet, but you can take positive steps to
limit your exposure. As there are many ways to
track you online, for maximum protection, you
should use a combination of the methods
outlined above. However, even if you only use
a couple of these tools, it will dramatically limit
the amount of information online trackers can
collect from you and help you take back control
of your personal data.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? 
They were Prime mates.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

2 ways you’re being tracked online | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Stopping online trackers is clearly a hot topic.
An internet search for ways to block trackers
yields more than 32 million results. You know
tracking happens to you. You search retailer
sites for a new sweater, or a snow blower, or a
life insurance policy. Suddenly ads for those
items pop up every time you’re online. It’s not a
coincidence. Your travels about the web are
being monitored, creating both a privacy issues
and security risk. But what can you do? Is
constant surveillance the price you pay for
being online?

The ProtonVPN Blog has some tools and
techniques you can use to block websites from
tracking you, but first it’s helpful to know who is
following you, and how these services actually
follow you.

A quick way to evaluate which third-party
trackers are following you is to visit the EFF’s
Panopticlick or Am I Unique. These sites will
show you the trackers that still have access to
your online activity and help you see your
device’s “fingerprint.”

How cookies track you on the Internet
Cookies are tiny bits of text that websites place
on your device based on the websites you visit
and the things you click on. This text can then
be read when you return to the site, letting it
“recognize” you and re-create your previously
chosen preferences. These are what allow you
to remain logged in to a site unless you
deliberately log out. These types of cookies are
called first-party cookies, since they come
directly from the website you are accessing.

Third-party cookies are placed on your
device by third-parties — not by you, not by the
website you are visiting, but by secret
advertising services. These advertising
services then follow your device from site to
site, trying to see what websites and topics
interest you to improve the ads they show you.
They can also end up with a thorough record of
your online activity.

Generally speaking, first-party cookies can be
useful, while third-party cookies raise
numerous privacy concerns. Fortunately, third-
party cookies are easy to isolate. Next week
we’ll be discussing several ways to avoid or
block third-party cookies. Watch for our email
with the subject line: How do you stop online
trackers from following you?

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Why do beavers spend so long on the Internet?
They never want to log off.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

(COVID-19) A Message for Our Valued Customers of Capell Flooring and Interiors

(COVID-19) A Message for Our Valued Customers of Capell Flooring and Interiors

We have seen and understand the growing concern in our community over the spread of the coronavirus and wanted to let our valued customers know that we are taking the health and safety of both our staff and customers very seriously.

In our store and warehouse, we have increased cleaning frequency, provided hand sanitizers at entrances, desks, and other high-touch areas.  We have worked hard to ensure a clean, comfortable shopping experience for our customers.

Our staff is all dedicated to eliminating handshakes while still providing friendly service.  Our installers and sales teams are taking extra precautions before entering our customers’ homes.
We are happy to work with you over the phone or via FaceTime, Facebook Video, Skype, Google Duo or Zoom video conferencing.  We are also happy to arrange in-store appointments for a private consultation.

Currently, we do not have anyone on our staff (including the store, warehouse, and installation crews), who are showing any symptoms. If that changes, we have all committed to remaining home to ensure the safety and health of everyone else.  We are all monitoring our health very closely.  

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult and uncertain time.  The Treasure Valley is a wonderful place to live, and we are grateful to be a part of it.  We have said this a lot, but we truly do have the best customers in town.

We love our community and will continue to serve you in all your flooring needs as safely as possible.


Matt Capell - President/Owner of Capell Flooring and Interiors, Inc.

#doingourpart #ourpromisetoyou #thisisboise #capellflooring #staysafe #behappy #yougotthis

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Writing Effective Emails | E-Neighborhood Advisor

For 19 years, Seton Hall professor Dr. Dennis
Jerz has been maintaining a list of best
practices for email. The most recent updates
underscore the distinction between email and
social media conversations. Social media
allows us to chat informally with people we
usually know; email is largely a business tool,
so it’s important to use it in a clear, concise,
professional way.

Jerz and his colleagues have identified the top
strategies for writing effective emails, here are
a few of them.

Write a meaningful subject line.
Give your reader a concrete reason to open
your message. A clear subject line will help a
busy professional to decide that your email is

Be kind. Don’t flame.
Think before you click “Send.” If you find
yourself writing in anger, save a draft, go get a
cup of coffee, and imagine that tomorrow
morning someone has taped your email
outside your door. Would your associates and
friends be shocked by your language or

Don’t assume privacy.

Email is not secure. Just as random
pedestrians could reach into a physical mailbox
and intercept envelopes, a curious hacker, a
malicious criminal, and your IT department can
probably read any and all email messages in
your work account. If it’s not worth the risk,
then don’t put it in an email.

Respond Promptly
If you want to appear professional and
courteous, make yourself available to your 
online correspondents. Even if your reply is, 
“Sorry, I’m too busy to help you now,” at least
your correspondent won’t be waiting in vain for
your reply.

Show Respect and Restraint
Many a flame war has been started by
someone who hit “reply all” instead of “reply.”

While most people know that email is not
private, it is good form to ask the sender before
forwarding a personal message. If someone
emails you a request, it is perfectly acceptable
to forward the request to a person who can
help — but forwarding a message in order to
ridicule the sender is tacky.

Be tolerant of other people’s etiquette
blunders. If you think you’ve been insulted,
quote the line back to your sender and add a
neutral comment such as, “I’m not sure how to
interpret this… could you elaborate?”

For more tips and examples, check out

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What was forest gump's email password?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Welcome to March 2020 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the March edition of the Neighborhood Advisor! This month is
packed with loads of spring articles, trivia and tips for your home.

March always feels like a fresh start. From spring-cleaning flowers blooming
to warmer weather, everything just seems a lot brighter compared to the
gloomy winter months. Some ways that you can add a spark of brightness
and personality to your home also is by trying some popular home decorating
trends such as wood floors, porcelain tile, open shelves, colored kitchen
cabinets or adding plants.

If you’re thinking of redecorating your home for those spring/summer months
in time for your fun family gatherings and barbecues then why not stop in to
see us at Capell Flooring and Interiors?

Thank you once again for joining us for another month of the Neighborhood
Advisor. We hope you have a wonderful month!

Your friend,
Matt Capell

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Should you run in cold weather? Yes! | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Cold weather during winter months may
keep many people from leaving home and
running in the open air. However, a VOA
News reports that the drop in temperature
is a good reason to run. In fact, researchers
say, running in cold weather helps improve
one’s performance.

Many people say running in the winter can
be difficult. Two reasons are the low
temperatures and bitter winds. Yet many
runners might find it easier than running in
hot weather.

That could be because lower temperatures
reduce stress on the body. When you run in
cold weather, your heart rate and the
body’s dehydration levels are lower than in
warmer conditions. The body needs less
water on a cold day than in warm weather.

Many people, especially new runners,
believe that running in cold weather is
harmful. This is simply not the case for
healthy individuals. Some people even think
that the lungs can actually freeze -- again,
not possible, even in the coldest places on
the planet. When a person takes a breath,
the nose, mouth and throat warm the
entering air, so that by the time it reaches
the lungs, it has warmed to near body

Several websites note that the most
important thing for people who run in cold
conditions is to wear the right clothing.
Keeping as dry as possible is most
important when exercising in low
temperatures. Wear mittens on your hands
instead of gloves. Wear shoes that will keep
you from falling. And especially, wear more
than one layer of clothing to keep sweat
away from your skin.

So, if you are a runner, don’t let winter
weather keep you indoors. Simply get ready
for the low temperatures and start running.

For more tips about running in cold
weather, click here.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What do runners do when they forget something? 
They jog their memory!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Just desserts | E-Neighborhood Advisor

In 1856, at Boston’s Parker House Hotel,
French chef Monsieur Augustine Francois
Anezin created the Boston cream pie. In
1996, Massachusetts declared the Boston
cream pie as their official dessert. The
traditional Boston cream pie is a yellow
cake filled with custard or cream and
topped with chocolate glaze. Although it is
called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a
cake, and not a pie. The dessert acquired
its name when cakes and pies were cooked
in the same pans, and the words were used

While not every state has an official state
dessert, they all have treats they are known
for. Some make sense, like saltwater taffy
in New Jersey, cheesecake in New York
and Mississippi mud pie in, well,
Mississippi. Some are more of a
headscratcher. Utah does have an official
state dessert and it is jell-o. That probably
doesn’t boost their tourist trade.

Missouri’s official state dessert is the ice
cream cone, but gooey butter cake is the
confection that shows up on the “best of”
lists. This fabulous treat starts with a layer
of thick, buttery yellow cake baked with a
gooey filling of cream cheese, powdered
sugar, and eggs.

Nebraska’s notable dessert, the popcorn
ball, has the most fantastic origin story.
Nebraska is the country’s leading popcorn
producer, growing about one-quarter of our
national supply. Per Slate magazine,
popcorn balls were invented during a day of
wonky Nebraska weather: First heavy rains
sent syrup flowing from sorghum grass into
the cornfields, then extreme heat caused
the corn to pop, and finally a tornado swept
the sugar-coated popcorn into clusters.

Take a look at these lists and see what
sweet treat your home state is known for,
and use them to plan a trip to your next
delicious destination.

United Sweets Of America Map

Best Desserts In The Country

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Why did the pie go to a dentist? 
Because he needed a filling!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Getting the garden started | E-Neighborhood Advisor

In February, we often see the first promise
of spring. Bulbs start popping up, the days
are getting longer and we start thinking
about our gardens. Now is the time to set
yourself up for your best growing season

February is all about prep. If the ground
isn’t frozen, you can begin to get your beds
ready. Dig up all remaining weeds and get
the soil ready for sowing. It’s also a great
time to check over your tools and
equipment so that everything is in good
working order come spring.

Thompson Morgan says pruning and tidying
are the most important tasks for the flower
garden in February:
 Prune wisteria now, cutting back
summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
 Cut back shrubs down to their bases.
 Prune summer-flowering clematis
towards the end of the month, before
active growth begins.
 Cut back the old foliage from
ornamental grasses before growth
begins. Clip them to within a few
centimeters of the ground.
 Prune overwintered fuchsias back to
one or two buds on each shoot.
 Prune winter-flowering shrubs once
their colorful display has finished.
 Remove faded flowers from winter
pansies to stop them setting seed.
This will encourage a flush of new
flowers when the weather warms up.

In Florida and other frost-free regions,
summer bulbs such as crinum, agapanthus,
dahlia, gloriosa, gladiolus, and canna can
be planted now. Site them where they will
receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct
sunlight a day. Their only other requirement
is well-drained soil that doesn’t remain wet
and soggy after heavy rains. Mulch the
bulbs to protect them from an unexpected
cold snap and to minimize weeds. Enjoy
bulb flowers weeks earlier by purchasing
pre-sprouted plants at your local garden
center. Bulbs are a snap to grow, but some
take a while to break dormancy, so potted
plants will jumpstart the color show.

If it’s too cold to garden outdoors in
February, why not make a terrarium? Costa
Farms suggests looking for clear-glass
containers that have a lid or stopper that
will help maintain a humid atmosphere
around your plants. For plants such as
succulents that prefer a drier climate, select
a large, open-mouthed container. Then,
look for plants that remain compact. Good
choices for a moist environment include
pilea, peperomia, ivy, artillery fern, button
fern, baby tears and creeping fig. For an
open container try cactus, succulents,
hens-and-chicks, jade plant, hoya and 

And don’t forget to feed the birds in
February. By late winter many natural food
sources for local birds will begin to thin out.
It’s important to keep your bird feeders fully
stocked until spring. Offer a variety of foods
to attract the widest selection of bird
species. Black oil sunflowers, for example,
draw cardinals, blue jays, juncos, and a
host of other species. Beef suet is ideal for
woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and
nuthatches. And Nyjer seed is a finch
favorite. Also, include a diverse selection of
feeders such as tube, hopper, and platform
to accommodate the feeding habits of
different bird species. During winter you can
often attract more songbirds to fresh water
than you can to food. Use a heater to keep
the water in your birdbath from freezing and
add fresh water every few days.
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What did the flower say after he told a joke?
I was just pollen your leg!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Coloring: it’s not just for kids | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Coloring isn’t just for kids. It relaxes the fear
center of your brain, the amygdala, and
induces the same state as meditating by
reducing the thoughts of a restless mind.
This generates mindfulness and quietness,
which allows your mind to get some rest
after a long day at work.

The adult coloring book trend has spread
nationwide, with some books popping up on
bestseller lists. With the countless health
benefits of coloring for adults, it might be
time to pull out the crayons, colored pencils
and markers!

In addition to reducing stress and anxiety,
Beaumont Health cites the following
benefits of coloring:

Improved motor skills and vision
Coloring goes beyond being a fun activity
for relaxation. It requires the two
hemispheres of the brain to communicate.
While logic helps us stay inside the lines,
choosing colors generates a creative
thought process.

Improved sleep
We know we get a better night’s sleep
when avoiding engaging with electronics at
night, because exposure to the emitted light
reduces your levels of the sleep hormone,
melatonin. Coloring is a relaxing and
electronic-free bedtime ritual that won’t
disturb your level of melatonin.

Improved focus
Coloring requires you to focus, but not so
much that it’s stressful. It opens up your
frontal lobe, which controls organizing and
problem solving, and allows you to put
everything else aside and live in the
moment, generating focus.

You don’t have to be an expert artist to
color! If you’re looking for an uplifting way to
unwind after a stressful day at work,
coloring will surely do the trick. And you’ll
have something pretty to hang on the

2019 per New York magazine. Start

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What kind of berry has a coloring book? 
A crayon-berry.! 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Welcome to February 2020 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

Dear friends,

Welcome to February’s Issue of the Neighborhood Advisor!

As it’s the month of love, we’ve got a variety of exciting articles, trivia and
puzzles made especially for you.

Valentine’s Day has truly evolved over the years. It was a day that was once a
celebration for lovers and that special someone; and for those who are single it
was a bit of a “whatever day” because frankly we couldn’t care less. The great
news is Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love. We see a rise of
Valentines Day being celebrated with friends. For instance, Valentine’s Day is a
celebration of a platonic friendship among women and is becoming more and
more popular. We even find Valentines Day being celebrated among family

We’re happy with this shift but let’s not reserve one day to show love to our
friends, family, or that special loved one. As a business we’d like to extend a
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our friends we look forward to showing love to your
homes and every single one of you that walk through our doors.

Your friend,

Matt Capell