Sunday, July 24, 2011

Deal Alert at Staples: Reams of paper for only 50 cents

Not quite as good as 25 cents which that deal was a couple of weeks ago.  You can get 2 reams of Staples brand paper for 50 cents each after rebates.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

AARP: When the Sun Makes You Sick

As summer is well under way, here is an interesting read about how the sun can make you sick.  

Make sure that you and the kids wear some sort of sunblock whenever they are out in the sun.  I know there is some debate between titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and Helioplex, but something is better than nothing.

The feature lists a large number of medications that can cause reactions when you are in the sun.  For the complete list, read it one their site.

Related websites at Google+ plans to add social games capability

I read that Google+ has added millions of users in the first couple of weeks.  The plan is to add "social games" to try and get additional users.  Currently Facebook collects about 30 percent from current vendors who sell "virtual" things on Facebook.  There is a complaint to the United States Federal Trade Commission that Facebook is creating their own currency.  This action may place further pressure on Facebook, but this is good competition that should drive forces towards market prices.

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Deal alert: Borders stores closing

Sad to see such a large store closing its doors.  Whether it is management style and decisions, failure to adapt to new trends, extinction by technology, its impact is huge.

It looks like is still selling things and the physical stores are selling items for up to 40 percent off.

Remember that just because it is on sale, does not mean you should go buy something.  You may end up buying something you did not need in the first place.  Also, you need to navigate all the potential crowds.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Rovio - Audacious (Angry) Birds

I am still receiving Forbes Magazine for free.

I am going through the recent Forbes magazine issue and came a cross an article on Rovio Mobile and how tey are trying to "seek global domination."  There have been 250 million downloads and the report that on some days, players spend up to 200 million minutes playing the game.  They also report that Angry Bird merchandise is the third-most knocked-off brand  in China.

It is funny that Angry Bird diagrams are also being used in school physics tests too.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Deal Alert at Staples: Reams of paper for only 25 cents

The local Staples flyer has some deals, of which the following caught my eye.

A ream of Staples brand multipurpose paper with a brightness of 96 and a weight of 20 pounds of regularly priced for $5.99 each.  There is an "easy rebate" of $5.74 for each ream and a limit of 2 reams per household.  This ends up costing you $0.25 for each ream plus any sales tax on the original $5.99 price.

Click here to view the current week's circular.  The above deal is on the first page.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Telikin computers made for Seniors?

Hmmm.... I guess I would have to play with one of these to be convinced.

Here is a device that is featured in a recent Inc. Magazine issue (that I have been receiving for free), but some of the information is out of date.  It was a brief blurb about a computer made by a company called Telikin that makes a touchscreen computer with customized software that runs most of the internet/communication functions that is supposed to be easier for "seniors" to use.

Not endorsing this product, but just saying that it is available.  One of my concerns is always backing up data.  The company offers a $9.95 per month option.  It is not clear what it covers.

It states that they have sold computers on Newegg and SkyMall, but I do not find them being currently sold there.  They are listed on Amazon where I used to be able to link to products, but because of the recent State of California legislation requiring Amazon to collect sales tax, Amazon has terminated any commissions.

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Just going through a recent issue of Forbes magazine (which I am still getting for free).

Here is another article on helping get rid of (a lot) of stuff.  The examples they give include "downsizing, helping a parent move or handling an estate..."

The key points include the following:

  • Accept that downsizing is tough
  • Do your homework
  • Call in an appraiser
  • Be wary of family lore
  • Don't junk that Buck Rogers patch
  • Call in an auction house
  • Donate and deduct
  • Pass down some heirlooms as gifts
  • Consider capital gains
  • Reduce paperwork for your heirs

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Friday, July 8, 2011 - 10 Steps to Make Your Kid A Millionaire

I am going through a recent of Forbes Magazine.  Here is another article that covers 10 steps to "ensure that your family's next generation is an affluent one."

Here are 10 steps:

  • Don't Overeducate
  • Find a Cheap B.A.
  • Fund a Roth
  • Shun Card Debt
  • Shop for a 529
  • Give Away Grandpa's IRA
  • Start them Young (budgeting)
  • Give Stock
  • Put Your Kids In A House (gift of downpayment)
  • Hire Your Offspring (if you own a business)
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Here is an interesting short read.  If you have been following me on this blog, you will know that I am receiving Forbes Magazine for free.

Here is a quick blurb about how TiVo's Chief Executive Officer bought 10,000 of the company's shares.  This is the first time in eight years that one of the executives have purchased shares in the open market.

Tom Rogers, the Chief Executive, feels that they are undervalued.  The article discusses the following factors:

  • Increased spending on research and development to handle both internet media and cable/broadcast content. 
  • Increased value by decreasing DVR prices but also increasing monthly fees
  • Likely settlements from AT&T and Verizon
  • Possible expansion with large media providers (such as Time Warner).
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Boba Tea House Menu and Prices - Updated

I posted a couple of years ago pictures of the local Boba Tea House Menus. (You can view that post here)

It looks like the local Boba Tea House shop updated their menus and prices.  Here are pictures of the current fare.  These were taken with my phone and not my point-and-shoot.  I guess I was not prepared.

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