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Posted by TJ on Saturday May 2, 2009 @ 12:56 AM
[Tags: google, internet, economy]

Google has decided to fire it's lawn landscaper and call a goat herder to bring in 200 goats to eat it's lawn. They take about a week to mow its lawn at its Mountainview, CA headquarters and Google claims it costs the same as mowing. Nice approach on going green guys...


Posted by TJ on Thursday April 30, 2009 @ 03:51 PM
[Tags: scam, internet, business]

Note: This is part 15 in the Job Scam Series.

This is a wide spread job scam. Most of the time the scammers gets your email address from ads placed on Craigslist. Avoid any association with this scam and do not respond to any emails from Wagner Mills Inc. If you already sent an email with your information they will promptly send you check to deposit once your job application is "accepted". Do no cash any checks received from the this "job". They checks will be canceled and the money will be taken from your account. The scammers are issuing fraudulent checks using real companies. Once the bank finds out the the checks are fake or fraudulent they will reverse the deposit even know the money may show in your account it will soon be taken out.

If you received another job scam featuring another company please forward the email to
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How do I spot a job scam?
1.) The message is for a position that you did not apply for
2.) The message is from or asking for a reply to an email address from a free email provider (ie:,
3.)The position is for a work at home job. Let's get real here most of these positions are hard to come by.
4.) The message provides no phone and/or no mailing address
5.) The company does not have a website or the website was created in the last year. Do a whois lookup to see when a domain was created.
6.) The job has few qualifications
7.) The message is written with poor english
8.) A Google search for the company finds little or no history for the company
9.) The email fails to mention you by name. Starts off with generic opening (ie: Dear job seeker, Dear applicant).
*** This list is not all inclusive. Remember if you have to ask yourself if it's a scam it probably is!

What should I do if I provided my information to scammers?
  1. Do not respond to further communications.
  2. If you sent bank Information: Call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. They should be able to change your account number or cancel your account.
  3. If you are still concerned you might want to enroll in credit monitoring such as LifeLock Identity Theft Prevention
  4. You can also file a claim with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). They are probably overloaded with these types of claim though, so I would not expect an individual response. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau or your states attorney general's office
  5. Post a comment below with any information you have on this scam to inform other people to try and avoid any future victims. Post the email you received with exact wording if different from original posted so when people search for terms they find this warning.

Donstone Eric said:

Reference No: - LSLCA/2031/ 8161/05 HO Ref:99645
Batch No: - R4/A313/2-60 Port
Application No: LSLCA/2031/ 8161/05 FCO Number: 812374
Respondent: Recruiting Officer

Dear Applicant
We received your resume and your application on Craigslist on the
April of this year but we are really sorry to inform you that this
Position as been filled, it is no more available. Our HR
Managers have gone through your resume and due to some certain
factors you have been picked as one of our possible candidate
to be one of our Accounts Payable Specialist which is the post
That is available right now.
We strive to ensure quality from crop to counter.
end, Wagner Mill Inc. requires the highest standards and
specifications, not just for product ingredients; every detail
of production, transport, delivery, preparation and service is
Also exhaustively monitored.
A focus on quality permeates every aspect of the business.
Wagner Mill Inc. standards lead the food industry, and we
continue to work with government and health officials to
Investigate improvements.
Wagner Mill Inc. also recognize the importance of a balanced
diet and lifestyle and continues to seek quality new products
Which satisfy customers expectations for taste and value? We
Are independent and privately owned.
We serve the entire United States, Your primary task for now,
as an Accounts Payable Specialist of this company is to
coordinate payments from clients and help us with the payment
Process. You are not involved in any marketing. You would be
responsible for receiving payments after we have offered our
professional services to our numerous clients. After this has
been done the customer has to pay for the service but in most
Cases we make our clients prepay for services. About 90 percent
of our clients prefer to pay through Certified Checks or Money
Orders drawn from the United State based on the amount
Involved. We have decided to open this new contract -to-hire
job position for solving this problem pending the time that we
Will open a branch office in this state.

Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments):
1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of
the offices you will be contacted to send payment to, you have
a lot of free time doing another job, because this job is part
Time, you'll get good income. But this job is very challenging
And you should understand it. We are considering your
application because you satisfy our requirements and we are
sure you will be an earnest assistant till we start running our
Branch office in your state.
-You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent
Contractor right from your home office.
-Your job is absolutely legal.
-You can earn up to 3000-4000 dollars monthly depending on time
Will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start.
-You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your
present Job. The employees who make efforts and work hard have
A strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees
Never leave us. But the problem we have is trust but we hope we
Can trust you.
Get back to us with the requirements below if you are
interested so that we can add your mailing address to our
Regional database and forward it to our customers for them to
Send payments after conducting background checks.

Full Names_______________
Mailing Address (Not P. O Box) _________________
City__ ___________________
Postal Code______________
Phone Number____________________
Email Address____________________
Marital Status___________

Send the requirements we asked for to this email address

We are not asking for your bank info neither are we asking for
your social security number, we are only asking for the name of
Your bank and that is all.
Your response to this email is needed, so that we can
reconfirm your mailing address details we have in our
We will be updating you as soon as the payment is being sent to
you and you will be directed as to where to have the remaining
90% of the money sent to, after the deduction of your 10% pay
On any payments received and processed by you.
A swift acknowledgment of the receipt of this email will be
Thanks For Your Total Understanding and Moral Cooperation.
Wagner Mill Inc. is an equal opportunity employer!
I can best be contacted by email as I am on computer every time.
I will be expecting your respones

Eric Dennis
Recruiting Officer
Wagner Mill Inc.

If you received this please post a comment so I know posting these warnings are useful.

Posted by TJ on Friday April 24, 2009 @ 01:08 PM
[Tags: accounting, guide, business]

Below is outline of the tests used to determine whether a lease should be accounted for as a Capital Lease or an Operating Lease for GAAP Accounting.

A lease should be treated as an capital lease if it meets any one of the following four conditions -
(a) If the lease life exceeds 75% of the life of the asset
(b) if there is a transfer of ownership to the lessee at the end of the lease term
(c) if there is an option to purchase the asset at a "bargain price" at the end of the lease term.
(d) if the present value of the lease payments, discounted at an appropriate discount rate, exceeds 90% of the fair market value of the asset.

Source: FASB Statement No. 13 - Accounting for Leases
(as replaced by Codification Topic 840 Leases)

Posted by TJ on Thursday April 16, 2009 @ 12:28 AM
[Tags: tjshome, update, facebook]

Rules and updates for the status message page.

FAQ's for Status Message Submissions

What types of message submissions are prohibited?

  • Messages containing sexual, adult or mature content
  • Messages containing excessive profanity, violent language, or racial intolerance
  • Messages with attempts to circumvent the bad word filter (ie: sh*T).
  • Messages specifically asking users to vote "thumbs down" or "thumbs up"
  • Trolling or off-topic irrelevant messages. This is not the place for political opinions with no intent on humor.
  • Messages that contain comments about another message or contributor.
  • Messages that comment about the webpage or its staff
  • Message containing excessive grammar errors
  • Messages typed IN ALL CAPS or TyPeD LyKe ThIs.
  • Excessive use or incorrect use of punctuation !!!!! ,,,,, ####$@!.

Why was I banned or why are my submissions being restricted?
  • You used the status submission form to post comments about another message or contributor.
  • You used the status submission form to post a comment about the webpage.
  • You posted messages without regard for the prohibited messages stated above.
  • You abused the voting systems by submitting multiple votes to one message.

Why was my message deleted?
  • You posted a prohibited message as noted above.
  • A similar message already exist in the database.
  • The message did not relate to the page topic (IE: Funny Status Messages).

How do I report a status message that breaks any of the rules above?
  • Give the message a "thumbs down" vote
  • Post a comment by clicking the comment indicator link below each message and explain your concerns
  • Use the comment form below
  • send an email to the If you email us regarding an particular message YOU MUST provide the exact message you are referring to, otherwise, we will not respond to your comments and they will be discarded.
Where should I post comments regarding a particular status message or comments regarding the site in general?
  • You can comment on a particular status message by clicking the comment(#) indicator link below each status message
  • You can submit general comments regarding the website (IE: feature request, bugs, hatemail etc.) using the comment form below
How can I contact the webmaster?If you submitted a message that you think was unduly deleted, or have any other comments regarding the page you can send an email using the contact form:

Status Page Changelog:
** Comments Enabled Again 02-28-2010 However in an effort to curb the abuse you must now submit a status message and have it be approved by a moderator before being able to post a comment. This should work well because who are you to comment on a status message without one of your own?

** Comments Suspended indefinitely 02-26-2010 I just spent an hour cleaning up the database of worthless crap. The people who post status messages about people's comments or worst then the abusive commentors themselves. Remember the status message form is for status messages only! If you keep on abusing the live database I am going to make status message submissions subject to approval before being posted.

** Removed Facebook "like" button Temporarily 06-28-2010
We removed the "Like" button from the main index as we think it was putting too much load on our servers. We are in the process of updating our host to handle more traffic so stay tuned.

** Implemented Facebook "like" button 06-27-2010
We added the facebook like button to give users the ability to share their favorite status messages in their profile with one click. This helps increase the reach of our website. If you don't want a link to posted to your wall then don't click the button. The thumbs up and thumb down buttons will perform as they always have and are not related to the facebook like button.

** Added Facebook Share button 04-25-2010
You can now easily paste a link to any status message to your Facebook profile. To find the share button click the Comment(#) indicator under a status message. This uses Facebook connect so you must be logged into Facebook before you use the button. I will add Twitter share links on the next update. I may also add the share button to each message on the main pages.

** Updated Fixed by rating 04-24-2010
I changed the mysql for sort by rating. It use to sort by the total number of votes (up votes - down votes) now it sorts by the percentage of up votes to total votes, a more accurate way to find the best messages.

** House Cleaning 03-25-2010
Reformatted this post into FAQ to make easy to understand since a lot of people are missing the point.

** House Cleaning 03-03-2010
Yes, I deleted about 5 pages of status messages. I need your help to get back to 300 pages so start posting some good messages! I deleted messages mostly based on poor ratings. How the administration works is when a message is submitted it is automatically added to the live site, however, it sits in a bin for me to review. I review new messages daily and delete the ones that are inappropriate, however, the messages that aren't immediately deleted still sit in a bin until I click them off to be added permanently. For this step I like to wait to the messages get enough ratings to help determine whether the messages should be deleted, be filtered, or be permanent. Well... The bin was getting quite large and slowing the administration page so I finally went through all the messages again (about 1000+) and deleted those with terrible ratings and added the others.

** Notice 03-01-10
How to properly report a message
If you find a duplicate message or overly offensive message please either post a comment in the message you are reporting. If you want to refer to another message such as "RERUN same as [[other message]]" use the message ID number. You can find a messages ID # by clicking the comment(#) indicator under each message and looking in the address bar of your browser you will see{{message ID #}}. Use this unique id number to refer to a message.

** Update 02-14-10 New Page Added: I put this together really quick so it's not too easy on the eyes. This page lists the 50 last comments posted.

** Update 02-14-10
New Comments feature - You can now comment on individual status messages. Below each message is the "comments (0)" indicator. Click the number to comment on an individual message. This feature is in BETA mode and we will monitor its use and decide whether to make it a permanent feature in the next few weeks. It will be removed if it's not used or if it is abused.

** Update 1/20/10
I don't know why so many people think politics make good FUNNY status messages. This site is not a political forum. Tjshome does not take sides, we will delete every message that involves politics (unless it's funny, which is unlikely given the topic).

** Update 1/03/10
Happy New Year Everybody! I have improved the system for banning people who are using the submission form incorrectly. The submission form is for Status Message only! Anybody who post comments relating to other messages or comments regarding the website will be swiftly banned from posting additional messages. I don't want the status message page to turn into a chat session. If you have any comments regarding a particular message or this site post using the comment form below NOT the status submission form.

** Update 11/29/09 - Bandwidth Exceeded no more -
I hopefully have put an end to the "Bandwidth Exceeded" notices. On Saturday and at the end of last month the website went down because it exceeded the bandwidth limits set by my host. This means is generating more traffic then ever before (which is a good thing). Last month the host increased my bandwidth limits and they have again agreed to allocate even more (a lot more this time) since we broke the revised limit. With the new increased limits we will be able to provide adequate bandwidth for the future and hopefully we won't be seeing these notices again. My suspect is that some of this bandwidth usage is malicious and we will be examining our logs to ban suspicious ip addresses from accessing the site.

** Update 11/16/09
I fixed an IE bug which was graying out all messages after a messages without a name. I was missing a span close tag. If you notice any bugs please report them below.

** Update 11/03/09
I banned more people who were posting offensive comments or posting comments relating to the page or other messages. Please follow the simple guidelines above. If problems persists I will have to make messages subject to moderator approval before being shown.

** Update 11/3/09 - Automod
I've been testing an automod script I wrote to help me out a little bit with the moderating. The script will automatically set a message to "filtered" if it receives a certain amount of "thumbs down". The messages won't get deleted but you would only be able to see these message if you turn the filter off. Also, messages that were previously set to "filtered" will automatically be unfiltered if they receive a certain number of "thumbs up". You can help by rating messages with their appropriate rating!

** Update 11/01/09
I deleted all racist messages and all messages relating to the racist messages. There were about 3 racist messages and 20 messages talking about those messages. Please people if you have an issue with a message post it here using the comment for below... not as a status message submission. By posting here your concerns will be dealt with quicker.

** Update 10/07/09
Ratings are back... blame my crappy coding.

** Update 10/6/09
1.) You can now use your twitter username to submit status messages. A link to your twitter page will be included with the message.
2.) I added a character counter to the status message submit form. Messages are, and always have been, limited to 255 characters. I may add an option filter for only messages that are less than 140 characters for twitter users.

** Update 5/18/09:
1.) I deleted (permanently) a few pages of messages. These contained duplicates and nonsense messages (uncreative messages about poop, doing someones mom, and one word messages)

** Update 5/20/09
1.) I made it so you can now search by submitters name. To search by submitters name click the name on a status message (which is after the date submitted). Note that all messages do not have a submitters name. This feature makes it easier to keep track of all your submissions, just make sure you use a unique name when you submit messages.
2.) I also fixed the bugs in the search.

** Update May 15 2009
1.) You can now turn the filter off. This will add more messages. Be cautious though as there will be a lot of profanity, duplicates, and grammar errors.
2.) Search Messages -- You can now search messages.
3.) Added Sort by Rating to the main page

Other Updates:
** I fixed the bug that was deleting words on some message submissions.

** I started logging IP addresses and will start to ban people who keep posting comments/discussions using the status message submission form. I do not want the page to become a discussion about how much my site sucks, use the comment form below for that if you feel that way. I have a feeling it's same couple of people posting everyday.

**I am saving all the deleted messages and will post a link in the next couple days so anyone can view them. I am not sure what I should call it: (Recycle bin? Deleted status messages? Unfunny status messages?)" Any suggestions?

** I deleted all duplicate messages. If you notice a duplicate I missed please post it below.

Posted by TJ on Thursday April 16, 2009 @ 12:21 AM
[Tags: tjshome, update, facebook]

I made a page with a form that you enter your name and gender and it will create 5 random status messages for you. Have fun!

Posted by TJ on Monday April 13, 2009 @ 03:51 PM
[Tags: accounting, taxes, guide]

NYC Board of Education employees are not subject to Form 1127 (Sec. 1127)

I was looking this up for a client and confirmed on phone with NYC department of finance and on their website.

If you were a nonresident of the New York City while working for certain city agencies you are subject to
1127 of the New York City Charter
and must file Form NYC-1127

If you are subject to that law, you are required to pay to the City an amount by which a City personal income tax on residents, computed and determined as
if you were a resident of the City, exceeds the amount of any City tax liability computed and reported by you on the City portion of your New York State tax return.

    Section 1127 of the New York City Charter does not apply to:
  • Department of Education
  • City University of New York
  • District Attorneys Offices
  • New York City Housing Authority.
Also, you are exempt if you are a NYC Housing Authority or Transit Police transferred into the New York Police Department.


Posted by TJ on Friday April 10, 2009 @ 11:54 AM
[Tags: guide, business, events]

2009 Postal Holidays

* Thursday, January 1 - New Year's Day
* Monday, January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday
* Monday, February 16 - Washington's Birthday (President's Day)
* Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day
* Saturday, July 4 - Independence Day
* Monday, September 7 - Labor Day
* Monday, October 12 - Columbus Day
* Wednesday, November 11 - Veterans Day
* Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day
* Friday, December 25 - Christmas Day
* Friday, January 1, 2010 - New Year's Day

2010 USPS Holidays

* New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1st
* Birthday of Martin Luther King – Monday, January 18th
* George Washington’s Birthday (commonly known as President’s Day) – Monday, February 15th
* Memorial Day – Monday, May 31st
* Independence Day – Monday, July 5th 1
* Labor Day – Monday, September 6th
* Columbus Day – Monday, October 11th
* Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11th
* Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25th
* Christmas Day – Friday, December 24th 2

1 July 4, 2010 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees including postal employees, Monday, July 5, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See section 3(a) of Executive order 11582, February 11, 1971.)

2 December 25, 2010 (the legal public holiday for Christmas Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, December 24, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)

Posted by TJ on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @ 07:23 PM
[Tags: taxes, accounting, guide]

Elgible Insulated Garage Doors may qualify for a ta tax credit if installed in 2009 or 2010

The new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, U.S.

Tax credits are available for qualifying garage door purchases placed in service from Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2010. The maximum tax credit a taxpayer may claim is 30 percent of the cost of each product and $1500 over the lifetime of the tax credit periods (2009 and 2010).

A qualifying garage door installation is all of the following:
* The door must be an insulated residential garage door, installed on an insulated garage.
* The door's U-factor must be less than or equal to 0.30, even if the door contains windows.
* The door perimeter must be able to control air infiltration.
* The door must be expected to remain in service for at least five years.
* The garage must be part of the taxpayer's principal U.S. residence.

As well as receiving the credit a new garage door can also significantly improve a curb appeal and value.

Other Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency includes:

* Tax Credits for Consumers
o Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, in 2009 & 2010 (for existing homes only) for:
+ Windows and Doors
+ Insulation
+ Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
+ Water Heaters (non-solar)
+ Biomass Stoves
o Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 (for existing homes & new construction) for:
+ Geothermal Heat Pumps
+ Solar Panels
+ Solar Water Heaters
+ Small Wind Energy Systems
+ Fuel Cells
* Cars
* Tax Credits for Home Builders
* Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings
* For More Information

As you may know, a tax credit is more advantageous than a tax deduction since it decreases your tax liability dollar for dollar, as opposed to a tax deduction which decreases your taxable income subject to tax.


Posted by TJ on Friday March 27, 2009 @ 11:05 AM
[Tags: link, events, economy]

This Saturday 28 March At 8.30Pm You Can save Earth By Switching Off Your Lights For One Hour.

According to a Zogby International online survey 36 million people participated in Earth Hour 2008.


Posted by TJ on Wednesday March 25, 2009 @ 04:25 PM
[Tags: taxes, accounting, guide]

Mortgage Interest Deduction

Most people are able to deduct fully the amount of mortgage interest paid during the year as an itemized deduction any mortgage paid during the tax year. Mortgage Interest is deducted on Lines 10-14 of Schedule A of Form 1040.

However, the deduction does have some limitations. The deduction is limited to mortgages you took out after October 13, 1987, to buy, build, or improve your home (called home acquisition debt). You also can only fully deduct mortgages that had balances totaling $1 million or less ($500,000 if married filing separately). If the balances on your mortgages totaled $1,000,000 million or more see the table below to see if you qualify for a partial deduction.

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