Archive for June, 2010

HTC Evo 4 vs. iPhone 4

June 28, 2010 1 comment


Categories: Family

Deadly Dilemma

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment


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Apple fails me for the last time. Never Again

June 24, 2010 7 comments

Anyone want any lightly used Apple products? I have sworn off all Apple products from this point on. As you can see from the slide show, I am NOT speaking from the point of view of someone who doesn’t have or has very few Apple items. I love their products but lately I’ve been down on them. Between the Gizmodo incident, which just smacks of overkill, (did leaking the iPhone 4 cause their sales to be “irreparably damaged?” Judging from today’s lines at the stores, it seems unlikely) and the new phone’s reception problems due to its  poorly conceived exterior antenna as well as their row with Adobe vis-a-vis Flash, I’m done with them.

My Apple products. Yes, I still have every single one.

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I am also on the side of Flash vs HTML 5 not because I am unawares of the security issues that arise from the installation of Flash but rather because

  1. HTML 5 is still not very prevalent
  2. This is more about controlling the delivery than security
  3. A lot of sites I go to don’t work because it doesn’t have a QT version
  4. 80% of the multimedia content out there is Flash driven

Today, with the release of the iPhone 4, I tried to get in and purchase the now-lower-priced and previously available iPhone 3GS. Imagine my surprise when, upon getting to the door that I was told that since I hadn’t reserved a 3GS (please tell me Apple, how was I to know you had to reserve a phone that was ALREADY AVAILABLE?) that I had to stand in line with all the other people waiting for the iPhone 4. Which happened to stretch around the corner and down the block.

I asked if he was kidding and I was informed that they weren’t. Now, I understand they were under a lot of stress but can common sense play a part in their decision making?

So, you see a variety of products here. I am more than willing to sell ANY of them. We can negotiate price later. For now, just know that I will be joining the ranks of the former Apple fan boys.

Oh and regarding the new phone issues, here’s one of literally dozens of videos showcasing the new iPhone’s “dropped call” feature.


According to an Apple release, the official stance on the antenna/dropped call issues with the iPhone 4 is “stop holding it that way” or “buy a case.” From Mashable

I won!

June 19, 2010 1 comment

Apparently, I won an eco-friendly, reusable shopping tote bag from the nice woman at You are what you Eat and Reheat. I didn’t know because our spam filters are set pretty aggressively at work. Anyway, I made another obnoxious comment on her blog and she emailed me with the news. So cool! Thanks Ms. Katie!

What I won:

Super Cool Tote Bags

IRS Refund Story

June 19, 2010 1 comment

Annual RitualEvery year I try to do my taxes early. I get Turbo Tax (it’s the 15th year I’ve been using TT) and do it myself. I also use Quicken and I am anal about my finances so it’s easy to import from one application to the other so it’s fairly easy to do my taxes.

This year was no different. I collected all my 1099’s, W-2’s, 1099 INT’s, contribution letters, Schedule C material, etc. and prepared to attack the filing. If I find I owe, I will hold off submitting until April. If I find I get a refund, then I file right away. We adjust our withholding annually to get within $500 one way or another.

I finished my taxes on February 8th and saw that we were set to receive a refund of about $400 from the Federal Government. I filed the tax return off electronically and received the refund about 8 days later, directly deposited into my account. About the same time, I received a straggling 1099 MISC form from one of my consulting jobs. This resulted in a higher income which meant I had to pay more, necessitating an amended return. As I was going through the return, I noticed that I also made a mistake in one of my capital gains worksheets. I put down a cost basis for 100 shares rather than 200 shares. this reduced the net profit from the sale of stock so it increased the refund. The net result of the late 1099 and the mistake in the cost basis was an additional $500 due us. I filed the amended return in late February and knew that I was in for a long wait as it takes a while to process these since they must be done manually.

Finally, this week, I received the telltale envelope with the check inside. I threw it aside with the intention of opening up the envelope upon my return home from Elena’s T-Ball practice. Upon return, this is what I found:

WTF?A slight overage on the refund there, guys. I called the IRS the following day and they told me to wait for a letter which will explain everything. When I got the letter, it said (in so many words) that the check was because of the adjustments I had made on the amended return. Riiiight. Obviously someone made a data entry mistake.

The check currently resides in our safety deposit box and will remain there until we straighten this out with the IRS. It will NEVER, EVER be cashed, simply because it’s not our money and I don’t want to spend any time in an 8 x 8 cell with Bubba

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Jim and MoFo

June 19, 2010 1 comment

My roommate and dear friend from college, Jim Martin has a touching piece about his love (bordering on obsession) with a contralto named Maureen Forrester. She passed away recently and he writes about how she and the music she performed changed his life. I never got into it as much as he did but I’m glad I was there with him on a few occasions including the one he describes in his post. Please read it if you have the time.

Categories: Family, Friends, Music

The Best “Out of Office” E-mail Auto-Replies (via Purvi’s Purple Petals)

June 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I was over at Living Dilbert’s blog and one of the comments referred me to this blog. It’s great that when you start reading blogs, it opens up a world of humor, communication, pathos and empathy (not to mention porn). I thought this was pretty funny and hope you do as well.

1: I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. 2: I'm not really out of the office. I'm just ignoring you. 3: You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all. 4: Sorry to have missed you but I am at the doctors having my brain removed so that I may be promoted to management 5: I will be unable to delete … Read More

via Purvi's Purple Petals

Categories: Family