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Warning from seed suppliers, start saving EVERY seed you can!

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Hello there and welcome back to the homestead! Guys, things are getting a little crazy out there. Seed companies and farm stores are warning people there will be shortages of seed varieties and ultimately, food. If you are already growing your own gardens and putting up your own food, now is the perfect time to think about saving your seeds. Save some seeds from your harvest to ensure your family will have food next year! Plus, seeds are a GREAT bartering tool! :) Happy growing!
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Google Shut Down Data Centers Amid Explosion, Millions Impacted

Google has a wide network of data centers around the world. With the company owning so many internet-based services, if one facility malfunctions or has to be shut down, it could impact millions of people. Services such as Google Maps, Google Search Engine, Android, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube all rely on Google's data centers. With the company now having shut down data centers around the globe multiple times, reliability starts to become a concern.
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7 settings you should change in Safari to enhance your privacy

If you use Safari on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you can enable settings to enhance your privacy while web browsing. You can easily disable cookies, change your search engine to DuckDuckGo, hide your IP address, and more. Here are seven of the top ways to make your online activity...
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Today’s best deals: Google Pixel 6 Pro, Xbox Series S, and more

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another Dealmaster. Today's roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes the return of the lowest price we've seen for Google's Pixel 6 Pro. As of this writing, Amazon subsidiary Woot has the 128GB unlocked version of the phone available for $700, which is $200 off Google's MSRP and matches the discount we saw during Amazon's Prime Day sale last month.
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