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Posted by TJ on Wednesday February 4, 2009 @ 12:55 PM
[Tags: accounting, taxes, guide]

Here are tips to save time and money by preparing to meet with your CPA professional tax return accountant:
  1. Take your documents out of envelopes - neatly organized files saves you time.
  2. If your going to new preparer bring copies of prior year return (fed and state)
  3. Unless you want to pay your preparer to sort, organize, and add up receipts. Have your receipts organized and totaled by category. Have other relevant documents organized by category.
  4. Provide relevant computer data files - If you track your finances with a program such as Quicken or Excel, bring the data file with you OR provide category reports to the accountant. He may see a deduction you missed or need additional information then. You also may want to provide a year end credit card statement for same reason.
  5. have SS#, birthdate, and names of all dependents
  6. Have your bank account information (routing# and account#) for direct deposit of refunds
  7. Have cost basis of any stocks sold
  8. Provide closing documents if you bought/sold home.
  9. A summary sheet with all information you are providing is always helpful but not necessary. This will make sure we don't miss anything.

Posted by TJ on Wednesday February 4, 2009 @ 11:29 AM
[Tags: playlist, music, bored]

I am trying to come up a music playlist of songs that have helicopter noise in them.

Here is what I have so far:
  • Metallica - One (beginning)
  • Pink Floyd- Another Brick in the Wall 2 (end)
  • Def Leppard - Die Hard the Hunter
  • Pink Floyd - The Happiest days of Our Lives
  • Rush - Countdown
  • Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon (beginning)

Update 2/13/09:
  • Audioslave - Cochise (beginning)
  • Aldo Nova - Fantasy (beginning)

Please add any other tracks that you know of with helicopters in them.

Posted by TJ on Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 10:13 AM
[Tags: internet, google, links]

According to Google may harm your computer. If you do a search for you get the following warning message under each result "This site may harm your computer"

User submitted image

Apparently it's not just a Google search for "Google" turns up the warning message as well.

User submitted image

I guess billion dollar companies don't test their code before they implement it either.

Posted by TJ on Thursday January 15, 2009 @ 11:03 AM
[Tags: internet, links, troubleshooting]

First person to read this please tell me if you are able to access

I receive the following: said:

Access Denied

* Access Denied by security policy

The security policy for your network prevents your request from being allowed at this time. Please contact your administrator if you feel this is incorrect.

User submitted image


Posted by TJ on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @ 10:36 AM
[Tags: news, local, humor]

GPS Stupid is when people place too much reliance on their GPS (Global Positioning System) and do not rely on common sense when driving.

To give you more of an idea let me tell you about an intersection with a train crossing in my home. In the past year there have been three incidents where a train hit a car because they got stuck on the tracks. In two of the incidents the drivers admitted that they turned onto the tracks because their GPS told them too.

The intersection is located in Bedford, NY on Green Ln just before the entrance to the Saw Mill River Parkway:

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Incident #1: 1/3/08 GPS mishap caused Bedford Hills train-car crash - NY Journal News

Incident #2 - 9/30/08: Car GPS blamed for train accident ABC News

Incident #3 - 1/9/08: Driver whose car was hit by Bedford train: Signals were late (appears non GPS related but same intersection)

Posted by TJ on Tuesday January 13, 2009 @ 01:09 AM
[Tags: news, local, links]

I want to give a shout out to emtbravo for being fast to the scene. EMTbravo provides fire and police incident reports in Westchester and NYC's other Northern suburbs.

I just heard a siren hear in Mount Kisco and again we have a fire: said:

Date: 1/13/09
Time: 0030
Location: 70 Boltis Street Mount Kisco
Frequency: 46.2600 - County Trunk System
Units Operating: Mount Kisco FD / Bedford Hills FD
Description Of Incident:structure fire
Writer: Crime Cop

0028 Command O/S reporting a working structure fire
0030 Command requesting Bedford Hills F.A.S.T. team to the scene
0036 Chappaqua one engine and one truck relocate to Mt. Kisco Station 1

There was a fire not far from here in Bedford on my birthday that completely gutted a house not far from here:


Date: 12/30/2008
Time: 1334hrs
Location: 411 Bedford Rd
Frequency: 46.26, Trunk 16 FG 1
Units Operating: Bedford Hills E-198, 199, TL-57, T-5, Car 2032, 2033; Mount Kisco FAST, E-104; Katonah Engine.
Description Of Incident: Fully-involved 2.5-story frame 20X40 P/D.
Writer: EJS1810, Truck4

EMTbravo had the incident report almost immediately after I heard the fire alarms which was pretty impressive. So if your looking for westchester county fire incident reports check out emtbravo. They are an excellent resource when your wondering why the hell you heard all those sirens or why a house in your neighborhood you saw up yesterday is burned down today.

Posted by TJ on Friday January 9, 2009 @ 10:04 PM
[Tags: scam, internet, business]

Note: This is part 8 in the Job Scam Series.

This is the most complex job scam email I received so far. The email does not contain a reply to address and they ask you to complete your application through a form on the website. The whois data shows the website is registered to a NY marketing company however is probably not a legit company.

Other than this being a work-at-home position I noticed the email came from the domian and that the website was only register 9-23-08 which are some of the give aways that this is a scam.

It seems as though this may be an attempt to harvest data to send marketing to you based on the information you provide but it could also be used for indenty theft.

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
*** 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. said:
CareerBuilder Home Based Job Position ($2K/mo)

Applicants applying should be based in the United States.

Prospective Hire,

Our Human Resource Staff has reviewed your contact details for employment consideration. The vacancy available with our Company is an admin position which allows the assistant to work from home. This is primarily an online job paying a guaranteed $2,000 each month. After a 6 month probationary period benefits will be available to each assistant. These benefits include life insurance, dental, and health. Select assistants will be eligible for advancement to a staff position after 6 months.

This employment offer is serious and only serious individuals need apply. If this position is a great way to complement your income needs then you should apply NOW. This is a part-time position offering full time benefits and pay. Only a few hours of your time each week is required. Work schedules can be flexible. Or management and staff are willing to work around nearly any schedule. Thank you for your time and we hope to be welcoming you to our Company.

Important Note:
All interested applicants should complete the employment application located on the website at www.Position349.Com
under the Employment Section.

If you feel you received this email in error please accept our sincere apology. No further action is needed on your part and you will be removed from our system automatically if you do not respond to this offer for employment. Thank you for understanding and sorry for any inconvenience.

Applicants applying should be based in the United States.

Best Regards,
Hiring Management

Posted by TJ on Friday January 9, 2009 @ 06:17 PM
[Tags: Business, web design, hints]

This is a courtesy reminder to all website managers. If not already done or automatically updated please take this time to update the year in your copyright in the footer of you web pages to 2009. Having a outdated copyright year (IE: Copyright ©1999) makes you look unprofessional, outdated, and old news.
    Sites on the Alexa Top 500 Sites who have outdated copyrights:
    (as of 01/09/09)
  • Online classifieds © 1995-2007 craigslist, inc
  • Social networking © 2003-2008 hi5 Networks
  • Search engine © 2008 (Are your search results old too?)
  • Social networking Copyright 2002-2008 Friendster, Inc.
  • Blog community Copyright © 1999-2008 LiveJournal, Inc
  • United State Postage Service - Copyright © 1999-2005 USPS.

Jeez these site probably make thousands each day and they can't spend 5 minutes to update their site. If you need a web designer I have some free time.

Here is PHP code so your copyright year will automatically update each year.

///set year
$year = date("Y");

///print copyright
print "© $year ";

Posted by TJ on Thursday January 8, 2009 @ 10:32 PM
[Tags: links, blog, internet]

TJ hasn't been posting lately so I thought I'd provide a link you can visit during intermision: - Here's an interesting way to style your blog to attract attention.

I'll be back next week.

Posted by TJ on Monday December 15, 2008 @ 10:45 AM
[Tags: opinion, thoughts, rant]

Among several holiday traditions I can't stand are those Salvation Santa Clauses that appear way to early in the holiday season outside the local supermarket, Walmart, city corner, or shopping mall. I find them equivalent to the homeless panhandler and find the bell irritating. My deep despise of these Santa has led to my boycott of their purpose and their change kettles. I ask that all my readers join me in my boycott and maybe we can eliminate this holiday tradition like the way of the fruit cake.

But WAIT before you call me a self centered prick read on...

I am not saying don't donate to the salvation army. Actually, I want to encourage you to donate to them. With the current state of the economy charities or having a particularly difficult time. So donate... please donate just don't give it to Santa use other means. Use their website to make a donation or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate by phone. If you donate just $10 you probably make up for 20-30 people who add their spare change into the red kettle. If you and everyone donates $10 through the website instead of the red bin the Salvation Army Santa's will have no reason to stand in the cold ringing that annoying bell. You can finally exit your shopping mall without the guilt because you walked right passed Santa without even establishing eye contact. People you can gain your sanity back and you CAN make a difference, it's Christmas for god sakes.

Donate Now

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