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Posted by TJ on Friday July 27, 2007 @ 12:27 PM
[Tags: amazon, shopping, personal]

I do a lot of shopping online because I hate stores. Today I decided to see exactly how much I spend at my most common online stop... here's the list

2006
KRZR USB Cable22.95
Bluetooth-Headset49.99
Sweater17.89
Sims 2 (gift)25.82
Tommy Hilfiger Belt19.99
Nautica Polo27.89
Ethernet card17.99
Kenneth Kole shirt29.90
Polo16.89
Polo8.89
Geoffrey Beane Dress shirt29.99
Izod Dress shirt9.88
Geoffrey Beane Dress shirt11.25
Geoffrey Beane Dress shirt11.25
Geoffrey Beane Dress shirt11.25
Norelco Elec Shaver30.75
Logitech Mouse12.90
Skagen Watch73.00
MVP Baseball29.99
Tools:Level5.94
Utility Knife9.99
Plier Set13.96
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Total$488.35

2007 (Through July 27th 2007)
iHome clock Radio99.99
Monitor Cleaning Wipes7.75
Wired Magazine Subscription5.00
Bike Rack99.99
PC TV-Tuner49.99
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Total262.72


I got some pretty good deals on name brand items. You can too by using the Amazon Deal Finder Here

Amazon Deal Finder




Posted by TJ on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @ 03:11 PM
[Tags: internet, software, guide]

I am going to do a reinstall of my computer and started making a list of all the programs I need to reinstall once I am ready. Not all of these I use as I added some programs I intend to use or other suggestions that may be useful for others but not for me.

Thanks to the SAforums and Steve for letting me know about these programs.

Paint.Net
- a free Adobe Photoshop alternative
Firefox - better alternative to internet explorer
Gmail notifier - for gmail users, alerts you when you have new Gmail messages.
OpenOffice - replaces Miscrosoft Office
PuTTY - SSH and telnet
Rainlendar - a neat little desktop calendar
FileZilla - the full-featured FTP client
Process Explorer - - replacement for windows task manager
Startup Control Panel - Configure which programs run when your computer starts.
Startup Monitor - monitors changes to your startup program list
Thunderbird - email client, to replace outlook
GAIM - AIM without ads
ISORecorder - powertoy to burn CD and DVD images; create an ISO from any folder.
ckrename - batch file renamer
launchy - enter in the name of an application and it finds it.
Weather Watcher - Weather in your system tray - I do not use this program but this may useful for those looking for something like this.. as this one does not contain spyware/adware like most of them do.
Irfanview - Awesome image viewier (crop/resize/rotate)
Webmon - A program that will monitor a webpage and notify you when it changes
Dscaler For those who have a TV tuner installed this is the program to watch it with.

Security/Cleaners
Spybot S&D - Search and destroy adware and spyware from your computer
CCleaner - alternative to Windows Add/Remove, clean logs/cache's and temporary files
CORE FORCE R0.95 - replaces Windows Firewall
Avast! Antivirus - Best antivirus scan
Erasure - Deleting files in windows leaves traces left on your harddrive, this program really deletes those traces


Media Players
Media Classic Player - Light Weight DVD and media player
GOM Player - play media files
VLC Player - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_media_players (same as GOM but not as nice interface)

Firefox Add-Ons
Web Developer Toolbar
FireBug
Adblock
Flashblock
NoScript

Steve, have any to add? (Other than Linux)






Posted by TJ on Monday July 23, 2007 @ 04:04 PM
[Tags: taxes, guide, accounting]

Here is how your Taxes work out in a very summarized manner.


+ Income
Earnings from wages, dividends, interest, capital gains

- Less: The greater of the Standard or Itemized Deductions
Here's where you can deduct Medical, State Income and Property taxes, business expenses, and mortgage interest

- Less Dependency Exemptions (in 2006 this was $3,300 per dependant)

= Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)

X Tax rate

= Tax Liability

- Less Tax Credits (Foreign tax credit, Child and dependant care expenses, education credit, child tax credit)

- Less Withholdings during the year

= Total Due (refund)



This formula should help resolve a couple misconceptions about your income tax including:

Misconception #1 All tax deductions are a direct deduction of my tax liability - This is not the case. Most tax deductions are 'above the line' deductions which means they reduce the amount of income subject to tax. A tax credit only reduces the amount of tax you pay dollar-to-dollar.

Misconception #2 Tax refunds are a good thing - not necessarily. A tax refund is an interest-free loan to the goverment. A tax refund does not reduce the tax you pay during the year it only effects the time you pay it. If you owe money at the end the year, this means, that you did not withhold enough from your paychex during the year, if you get a refund you withheld too much taxes during the year. If you are good with savings, a refund means that you lost out on the interest that refund would of earned had it been in your bank account the whole year.



Disclaimer: Any tax advice included in this written or electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer by any governmental taxing authority or agency.




Posted by TJ on Wednesday July 18, 2007 @ 02:49 PM
[Tags: tv, opinion, guide]

Here is my take on the various Late Night Talk Shows.
I dedicate this to the late Tom Snyder who died on July 29, 2007 from complication with leukemia. Snyder was one of early pioneers of late night talk shows with "Tomorrow" in the 80's and 90's and was host of the CBS's The Late Late Show in 1990's.

CBS - The Late Show with Dave Letterman
I find Letterman extremely funny. Being from NY definitely makes his show even better to watch as he frequently does local stuff involving the city and surrounding area. Dave has a way of making ordinary people into comic geniuses as he has done with stage manager Biff Henderson, Handyman George Clark and Deli owner Rupert Jee, these sketches are what make the late show original and funny. What I do not like about the show is the numerous pointless unfunny skits that are done from time to time like "will it float?" , stump the band, and "Is this Anything", and most of Alan Kaulter's skits. Dave's show is well known for the Stupid Human Tricks and the Top Ten list.

NBC - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
This is most watched late show and has surpassed the late show every year since the 90's. I am not sure why as I don't really find Jay funny. He gets old ripping on the band leader Kevin Eubanks. I find that the writers for the show aren't that good as his jokes often get no laughs and Leno is not that great with covering it up. His most popular feature is headlines on Monday and this a rip off of David Letterman's skit "Dumb Ads" that Dave introduced in the 80's. Yes that is right, Leno is actually ripping off Dave, not as you may have thought as Letterman re-introduced this skit under the name "Small Town News" in 2004 to compete with Leno's segment.

CBS - The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Craig's Gig is "Let's repeat the same sayings every episode that make people laugh" This is how a normal episode of CBS late late show goes. 1. Craig Ferguson enters saying to the audience "Enjoy the show, sit down , lay down...take off your pants." 2. Craig opens email bag tell audience to email him at "Craig@internet........com" 3. Craig Calls voice mail and pertains to dial 10,000 numbers just to get to his voice mail as if this demands laughter every single time. I do not know how people can watch his show every day with out getting annoyed at the amount of the stuff he repeats each day. I get tired of it after watching twice in a week. This show would be funny if it didn't have the repetitive crap.

NBC - Late Night with Conan O'Brien When I heard that O'brian was replacing Leno on the Late show in 10 years (less now) I was not that excited. Conan to me was the combination of "Let's act stupid and people will laugh" and "Lets make of fun of myself so people laugh". However Conan has some great monologue's and skits and they never get old.

Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC There is nothing much to say about this show. When I watch him he always look as if he doesn't even know why he's there, and with good reason. The show does not have much content and Carson is just so bleh. The only good thing about this show is it pulls in some good music talent.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central I think Jon Stewart is great and I'm not sure why but I do not watch his show much. I think a lot has to do with the fact his show is on Comedy central and not a major network. His show is more geared toward turning current news into humor and does a great job at it! I feel Stewart would make a great replacement for Letterman.



Posted by TJ on Saturday July 14, 2007 @ 05:44 PM
[Tags: update, tjshome, eBay]

I put the eBay auction template back online. The template enables you to make a professional looking ebay auction with out any html knowledge. I took it off line due to lack of interest but I might as well at least still link to it from here since it takes up very little space on the server.

Let me know what you think and if I can make any improvemetns.

link: eBay Auction Template



Posted by TJ on Friday July 13, 2007 @ 02:49 PM
[Tags: web design, tjshome, update]

I made a couple updates to the website. Here's a list of those updates made in the last month or so.
  • Now with the Image Converter you can add your picture to an iPod and the classic Etch-a-Sketch frames.
  • Changedthe background color -- let me know what you think.
  • Limited the blog to 25 blogs per page since the page was getting too long.
  • Deleted the Guestbook -- to much spam and securities holes - not enough time for me to fix those.
  • Removed the eBay auction tools from the menu... Not enough traffic.
  • Added a webmaster todo list. This you can't see but it will help me manage changes that I want to implement to the website. There's so much to do that sometimes I think of changes that need to be made but forget about them later. I am quite happy with the code so I may post the source for web designers to use on their page.
  • Added Dumb law Submissions page - See the stupid laws submitted by visitors to this site.
  • Fixed browser layout issues and validated front page and css.




Posted by TJ on Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 10:24 AM
[Tags: hints, web design, windows]

I absolutely hate website's that play sounds on page load, and avoid visiting them at all cost. Why web designers think it's a good idea to do this is beyond me. However, I think I found a simple solution to sounding off these sounds in both firefox and internet explorer 7.
    The solution:
  1. Open the Internet Explorer or Firefox installation folder.
        The default path for IE is “C:Program FilesInternet Explorer”
    and Firefox is C:Program FilesMozillaFirefox".

  2. Create an empty file in this folder with the name “msacm32.dll”. (IE: open Notepad and do save as msacm32.dll).

  3. Close all Browser windows and test it. EA Sports usually plays "EA Sports it's in the game" at page load.
If you need to enable sounds you have to delete or rename “msacm32.dll”.






Posted by TJ on Thursday July 5, 2007 @ 02:51 PM
[Tags: links, internet]

I am always looking on the net for the great gift site. A site where you can go and find something for anyone. A site with products sorted by catogory of need. I found this site while looking on Amex.com and it looks to be pretty close to what I am looking for.

site: Red Envelope

It has really cool... original gift ideas and looks like you can find a gift for anyone. The only thing it needs is more gift suggestions.





Posted by TJ on Tuesday July 3, 2007 @ 11:39 AM
[Tags: lyrics, internet]

[Music: Nickback - Rockstar]

I don't really like Nickelback because every song sounds the same.. but this song actually has some cool lyrics and a good sound...


Rockstar
by Nickelback Lyrics


I'm through with standin' in line
to clubs I'll never get in
It's like the bottom of the ninth
and I'm never gonna win
this life hasn't turned out
quite the way I want it to be
(Tell me what you want)

I want a brand new house
on an episode of Cribs
And a bathroom I can play baseball in
And a king size tub big enough
for ten plus me
--(Yea, So what you need)--

I need a credit card that's got no limit
And a big black jet with a bedroom in it
Gonna join the mile high club
At thirty-seven thousand feet
--(Been there done that)--

I want a new tour bus full of old guitars
My own star on Hollywood Boulevard
Somewhere between Cher and
James Dean is fine for me
(So how you gonna do it?)

I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame
I'd even cut my hair and change my name

[CHORUS]
'Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars and
Live in hilltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We'll all stay skinny 'cause we just won't eat
And we'll hang out in the coolest bars
in the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger's
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blonde hair
And well...

Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar
Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar

I wanna be great like Elvis without the tassels
Hire eight body guards that love to beat up assholes
Sign a couple autographs
So I can eat my meals for free
--(I'll have the quesadilla, ha-ha,)--

I'm gonna dress my ass
with the latest fashion
Get a front door key to the Playboy mansion

Gonna date a centerfold that loves to
blow my money for me
(So how you gonna do it?)

I'm gonna trade this life
For fortune and fame
I'd even cut my hair
And change my name

'Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars and
Live in hilltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We'll all stay skinny 'cause we just won't eat
And we'll hang out in the coolest bars
in the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger's
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blonde hair
And we'll hide out in the private rooms
With the latest dictionary of
today's who's who
They'll get you anything
with that evil smile
Everybody's got a
drug dealer on speed dial, well
Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar

I'm gonna sing those songs
That offend the censors
Gonna pop my pills
from a Pez dispenser
Get washed-up singers writing all my songs
Lip --sync-- 'em every night so I don't get 'em wrong

Well we all just wanna be big rockstars
And live in Hilltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We'll all stay skinny 'cause we just won't eat
And we'll hang out in the coolest bars
in the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger's
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blond hair
And we'll hide out in the private rooms
With the latest dictionary of
today's who's who
They'll get you anything
with that evil smile
Everybody's got a
drug dealer on speed dial,well

Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar
Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar




Posted by TJ on Friday June 29, 2007 @ 03:08 PM
[Tags: links, cellphone, humor]

With the use of cell phones phone cards and pay phones have become a novelty. However this company has found a new use for phone cards. You can use these things to spoof the caller id and have any name show up on the caller id display. So do not wait any longer... buy one... call your mom with County Prison showing up on the display and ask to her bail you out.

Spoofcard, fake you caller ID




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