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Structured Settlements are Fascinating

May 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

From a blog discussing a recent public interest litigation, I was led to look up structured settlements. According to law, when someone wins a legal argument and is awarded money as compensation, a structured settlements sees to it that some or all payments awarded by a judge or jury are made to the affected person [...]

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The Price of Ink Cartridges

May 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Ever wondered why ink cartridges are so highly priced? On a per-pound basis ink is more expensive that Russian caviar. Don’t take my word for it – here’s PC World. Printer manufacturers have traditionally followed what is called the Razor Blade marketing philosophy – sell the razor cheap and price the blades higher than normal [...]

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Merchant Account Fees & Credit Cards

May 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

There’s a coffee shop in our office complex where they don’t accept credit cards for less than $3. I have been going there every single day and he declined to give me coffee on my card. I was really eager to try out my citi credit card, to find out if I’d get 3% or [...]

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Cheap Date Ideas For the Weekend

April 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

One of the privileges of blogging anonymously, like I do, is that you can blog about cheap date just before you head out on one over the weekend
So yeah, Cupid has been kind and I have the opportunity to take a lady out this Saturday. So what does a geek do when he’s [...]

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Renting Office Space

April 27th, 2007 · No Comments

My friend’s home business is growing faster than anticipated, and he is looking for office space. He had some specific questions like whether he should get an executive suite, or just a room at a flat rate in some mall/business complex. As always, I was clueless, but my boss wasn’t. Here’s a list of the [...]

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How $315 Million Can Ruin Your Life – Entirely!

April 6th, 2007 · No Comments

ABC News: Powerball Winner Says He’s Cursed by His Jackpot

On Christmas morning in 2002, Jack Whittaker woke up to perhaps the biggest gift imaginable. Whittaker had won the Powerball lottery jackpot — a whopping $315 million.
Read on to learn how $315 million can leave you much, much the worse. Amazing story!

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Interview with George Burke – BookSwim’s Owner

March 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

We’ll explode in year 2 as we revolutionize the way America reads.
Joe Wikert interviews George Burke, who owns, or works for BookSwim. I had written about Bookswim (Bookswim: Netflix for Books) earlier. This interview puts some things straight – like how they plan to fix the problem of super heavy books and their postage. The [...]

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All the Countries in the World are in Debt

March 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

As I was driving home yesterday, I heard something on NPR about how America’s national debt is blossoming — it was just a sentence or a phrase in a newscast, but it got me thinking.
Today, I looked up the statistics for the External Debt of Nations. My hypothesis, made while driving the car, was [...]

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Buy Item Confiscated at Airports on eBay

February 24th, 2007 · No Comments

What happens to those scissors, lighters and the occasional machete confiscated at US airports?
A few of the items go for sale on ebay, a short while later. The Pennsylvania State Agency for Surplus Property sorts out the lighters from the rest and puts them for sale on ebay. Yes, the items are sold very [...]

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Tool to Measure the Electricity Usage of Appliances

January 25th, 2007 · No Comments

P3 International’s Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor is a very handy tool to measure the electricity usage of your computer, or anything that runs on AC power, really. It can give you calculated values for the amount of money spent per week/month/year for the appliance too.

Here’s some of the technical highlights:
Electricity usage monitor connects to appliances [...]

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