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My TIME magazin subscription expired a couple of months back and I did not renew because they did not give me old rate ($25 for 2 years). They offered me a renewal rate of $30 for 1 year (or $50 for 2 years) which was not good enough for me. Looks like the $25 for 2 years deal is back again and I subscribed again online. I would definitely recommend the $25 for 2 years option. NOTE: Do not forget to cancel the auto renewal before your 1 (or 2) year subscription period expires.

1. TIME - $15 per year or $25 for 2 years + Ultrasonic Weather Station Clock (BEST DEAL)
https://subscription.time.com/storefront/subscribe-to-time/site/td-monthnonsenior1110.html

2. Kmart - $16 per year
www.kmart.com/time-magazine/p-071V001640310000P

3. TIME - $30 per year (regular subscription rate)
https://subscription.time.com/storefront/SubscribetoTimeMagazine/site/td-56for30hardoffer.html
https://subscription.time.com/storefront/subscribe-to-time/site/td-semallaccess0313.html

4. Amazon - $30 per year
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007BK3L/ref=mag_var_36599999_365

This is the best GoDaddy deal I have come across.

1. Buy $70 GoDaddy credit for $25 at
http://www.groupon.com/deals/go-daddy-com-december-baton-rouge (expires Dec 30, 2012)
Note: $30 GoDaddy credit for $10 is also available

2. Add $70 GoDaddy credit to your account at:
http://www.godaddy.com/redeem/groupon.aspx

3. Use one of the following codes to get discounts on your cart. Use trial and error, see which code works best for you. The best news is that the $70 GoDaddy credit is stackable (i.e. can be combined with other GoDaddy coupons).
GDBBREN8 (good for .com renewals)
rev7 (best for .org renewals)
GDBBA547
gd50bbpd5 or bb5020d5
gdx1236g
gdbb776
cwm7

4. Check out and make sure to apply your $70 GoDaddy credit during checkout

I just bought the $70 Groupon GoDaddy deal and here are my savings:
$132.60 (8 domain renewals) - rev7 GoDaddy coupon = $70.25 - $70 GoDaddy Groupon credit = $0.25

So basically, I bought $132.60 of domain name renewals for $25.25 i.e. a savings of $107.35 or 81%!

References:
http://www.fatwallet.com/GoDaddy-coupons/
http://www.slickdeals.net/permadeal/86892/
http://www.retailmenot.com/view/godaddy.com
http://www.godaddypromocode.com/

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Register online to get a $20 gift card back after spending $200 on your MasterCard this holiday season.

Enroll online at: https://holiday.mastercard.com/holiday

Instructions (from the website):
1. Enroll with your MasterCard.
2. Shop with your card online between November 15 and December 31, 2011.
3. After spending $200 online, you'll receive an email confirming your qualification and instructions on how to get your MasterCard gift card or other gifts. Limited time, limited quantity. Promotion Open to US Residents Only.

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HP is discontinuing the TouchPad and so it is selling off it's inventory for almost 80% off. The $499 TouchPad is now available for $99 and the $599 touchpad is now available for $149.

As of the time of this post (8:13 AM 8/21/2011), the following is the availability of the HP TouchPad:

Useful note: Check out this slickdeals page for the most up to date availability info: http://tinyurl.com/3l6b9ml

Things to know before you buy:


  • HP is discontinuing the TouchPad but not WebOS. The units you buy will have warranty but cannot be returned.

  • The HP App Store is not too bad

  • In the future, people are expecting a port/fix which will allow users to install Android on the TouchPad

Happy Shopping and all the best!!! :)

Getting free airline miles is always a great idea. I follow the Points Guy blog and he posts interesting tips from time to time. One of them is the American Airlines (AA) Appraiser email promo. I tried it out and got 1,000 free AA miles. The Points Guy got 1,500 miles and many of the visitors to his blog said they got between 1,000 to 2,500 free AA miles.

Try it out now: American Airlines (AA) Appraiser email promo

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Thanks again, Points Guy!

6/20/2011: This deal is back! Check it out: http://livingsocial.com/deals/57725?ref=personalized-link-box-14146653&rpi=14146653

Original post (3/3/2011):
$9 for 2 Fandango movie tickets - LivingSocial Fandango deal

This is a really awesome Fandango deal from LivingSocial. Check it out:

$9 for 2 Fandango movie tickets - LivingSocial Fandango deal

Living Social was acquired recently by Amazon. I have seen 2 good deals from them so far - $20 Amazon gift card for $10 in January 2010 and this $9 for 2 Fandango tickets in March 2010. Here is a good news item from PC Mag on this particular deal if you would like to read further. Living Social sold 1.4M Amazon gift cards for a revenue for $14M.

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Note: This deal expires at 10 AM Eastern 3/5/2011

Gmail for Blackberry

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To download Gmail for Blackberry, use the following options:

1. Official Method
Go to http://m.google.com/mail/ and select the "Install Now" link at the top
Note: This is the recommended method because Google determines the appropriate version for your blackberry or other mobile device.

2. Alternate Download Location (Google Mail V 2.0.7 for Blackberry 9650 - 438.6 KB)
Download from here
Important Note: This is a download specific for Blackberry Bold 9650. But you can check if it works for your Blackberry model. This installs Google Mail v2.0.7.
Other Notes: This download link is helpful if you are not able to access the official Gmail Mobile download link (for example: http://m.google.com/mail/ is blocked by your service provider). This is actually a drawback for Google and they should provide alternate download links for downloading Gmail for Mobile.

3. Alternate Download Location (Google Mail V 2.0.6 Generic - 256.4 KB)
Download from here
Important Note: This is a generic version and installed on my Blackberry Bold 9650 but did not work. But you can check if it works for your mobile device.

Older Versions:
Older Gmail Mobile versions are available below (courtesy of WAP Review)
Google Mail V 1.5.0 - 156 KB: JAD, JAR
Google Mail V 1.1.0 - 138 KB: JAD, JAR
Google Mail V 1.0.0 - 113 KB: JAD, JAR

If you are interested in knowing how I was able to get an offline copy of the installation file (refer to #2 above), read on. It took me a couple of days but I finally figured it out.

1. Switch your browser user agent to your mobile device's user agent
The main problem was that if you try to access http://m.google.com/mail/ from your laptop/desktop browser, it does not show you the Gmail Mobile download link. So, you need to change the user agent for your browser so that Google thinks that you are coming to the website from your mobile device.

1.1 Find the user agent for your mobile device
You can find uthe ser agent string for your mobile device by going to http://ip.maisnam.com/ on your mobile device. Look for the part which says: "You are currently using:". Using that, I was able to determine that the user agent string for my Blackberry Bold 9650 is:
BlackBerry9650/5.0.0.1006 Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105

1.2 Change the user agent on your browser
The next part is to make Google think that you are coming to the website from your mobile device by changing your browser user agent. If you are using Firefox, you can use the User Agent Switcher add-on. Once you have installed the add-on, create a new user agent using the user agent string obtained from step 1.1.

2. Download the .jad file
After switching to the correct user agent for your mobile device, go again to http://m.google.com/mail/ and click the "Install Now" link at the top. This will download a mail.jad file to your computer.

3. Download the .cod files
Now, open the downloaded mail.jad file with a text editor (I usually open it first in Wordpad, save it and then open it again in Notepad). The mail.jad file will look like this. Look for the .cod files (6 in the mail.jad file I downloaded) and download them. In my example, the cod file URLs are:
http://m.google.com/mail/download/binaries/L1/2.0.6/BlackBerry-47/GoogleMail.cod?dc=gorganic&session=3831091937&ver=2.0.6
http://m.google.com/mail/download/binaries/L1/2.0.6/BlackBerry-47/GoogleMail-1.cod?dc=gorganic&session=3831091937&ver=2.0.6
http://m.google.com/mail/download/binaries/L1/2.0.6/BlackBerry-47/GoogleMail-2.cod?dc=gorganic&session=3831091937&ver=2.0.6
http://m.google.com/mail/download/binaries/L1/2.0.6/BlackBerry-47/GoogleMail-3.cod?dc=gorganic&session=3831091937&ver=2.0.6
http://m.google.com/mail/download/binaries/L1/2.0.6/BlackBerry-47/GoogleMail-4.cod?dc=gorganic&session=3831091937&ver=2.0.6
http://m.google.com/mail/download/binaries/L1/2.0.6/BlackBerry-47/GoogleMail-5.cod?dc=gorganic&session=3831091937&ver=2.0.6

4. Edit the mail.jad file
Once you download the .cod files, update the cod file URLs to point to your local copy. The updated mail.jad file will look like this.

5. Upload all the files to your web server and access the .jad file from your mobile device
Next, upload the 6 .cod files and the updated .jad file to your webserver and access the .jad file from your mobile device. If you are using Blackberry Bold 9650, you can download the mail.jad file I created. This is a download specific for Blackberry Bold 9650. But you can check if it works for your Blackberry model. If you do not have access to a webserver, I believe you can create an .alx file and load it using Blackberry Desktop. That process is outlined here: http://www.kleinfelter.com/node/147.

Helpful Links:
http://wapreview.mobi/?p=2578
http://www.kleinfelter.com/node/147
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google%20Mobile/thread?tid=1f2b84444c174ab9&hl=en


This is a really awesome Groupon AMC deal. Check it out:

$4 for a Movie Ticket to AMC Theatres (Up to $12 Value)

Note: This deal expires at 11:59 midnight Central time 1/24/2011

If you are visiting Austin, Texas, definitely check out Austin Eats Food Tours - www.austineatsfoodtours.com

Austin Eats Food Tours

"Austin is home to the University of Texas, the State Capital, hundreds of live musicians, celebrities, athletes & even a few hippies. ... We invite you to join us for one of our three walking tours, each approximately 3-3.5 hours in length and sampling 7-10 local eateries. We'll indulge in the tastiest local eats from BBQs, to burgers to bakeries and share a little Austin lore along the way"

Logo courtesy: Austin Eats Food Tours

Crazy DC Capital Beltway Traffic

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Traffic was crazy today on the I-495 (Capital Beltway) inner loop. The commute was double that on regular days (which is bad already)! The increased traffic is probably because of people leaving one day early for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this Thursday (November 25, 2010).

The Google Maps screenshot below was taken at 7:56 PM and traffic was still crazy at that time!
Crazy DC Outer loop traffic - click to enlarge (648 kb).

No wonder this route is ranked the 3rd worst traffic bottleneck in the US with 243K cars daily!

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_495_%28Capital_Beltway%29

"Two intersections on the Capital Beltway are ranked in the top 20 on a study of the "worst bottlenecks in the nation." They are the I-495 at I-270 interchange in Montgomery County, Maryland, ranked third overall, which receives 243,425 cars daily, and the I-495 at I-95 interchange in Prince George's County, Maryland, ranked 11th, with 185,125 cars"

I just figured out by chance that GoDaddy Web Hosting Renewal rates are best with 3-year renewals and not with 4 or 5-year renewals. This is a bit weird because I would expect the rates to go down with longer renewals.

From the list below, you can see that the $4.99 per month Economy web hosting plan drops to $2.99 per month with a 3 year renewal, but only drops to $3.74 per month with a 5 year renewal. Go figure!!

Note: for current GoDaddy coupons, visit: www.retailmenot.com/view/godaddy.com

Original: $4.99 plan (Economy plan)
Coupon: gda1132bp (25% off $60)

2 year renewal
Base rate: $119.76 ($4.99 per month)
- Coupon: -$29.94 (25% off)
Final rate: =$89.82 ($3.74 per month)

3 year renewal
Base rate: $143.64 ($3.99 per month)
- Coupon: -$35.91 (25% off)
Final rate: =$107.73 ($2.99 per month) (BEST RATE)

4 year renewal
Base rate: $239.52 ($4.99 per month)
- Coupon: -$59.88 (25% off)
Final rate: =$179.64 ($3.74 per month)

5 year renewal
Base rate: $299.40 ($4.99 per month)
- Coupon: -$74.85 (25% off)
Final rate: =$224.55 ($3.74 per month)


=rand(99,200)

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=rand(99,200) is an interesting command. If you type this in Word 2003 and press Enter, you get 233 pages (99 paragraphs with 200 sentences per paragraph) of "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." !!!

More info:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_quick_brown_fox_jumps_over_the_lazy_dog
- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070905095230AAB3Bks
- Sample output MS Word file

I just received a Fortune magazine subscription offer by mail and could not believe it. I was getting offered a 1 year subscription of Fortune magazine for $10! I checked online and the lowest price was $30 per year on Amazon. The only catch appears to be that you need to pay the subscription upfront and not forget to cancel the automatic renewal before your subscription expires.

1. Fortune magazine - $10 per year (20 issues). Recommended deal: $20 for 3 years (60 issues)
http://www.fortune.com/subscribe/
or
https://subs.timeinc.net/FO/fo_dm0110.jhtml?experience_id=255667&source_id=7&_requestid=434298

2. TIME magazine - $15 per year (57 issues). Recommended deal: $25 for 2 years (114 issues)
https://subs.timeinc.net/TD/td_monthsenior0309.jhtml

More info: http://www.dealigg.com/story-Time-Warner-Magazine-Subscription-Sale-Fortune-20-Issues-10-Time-57-Issues-15-More-2

Enjoy!!! :)

Many of us have tried to print screen from a video and later found out that the video part is black. Programs like PowerDVD and SnagIT have a screen capture option. However, if you do not have access to a screen capture software, the following method works by changing some settings in Windows Media Player.

4. Don't use Overlay

1. Open your Window Media Player and click Options on the Tools menu.
2. On the Performance tab, click on the Advanced... button.
3. Uncheck Use overlays from DVD video, click OK and restart the player.

Now you can capture images from any movies played in Windows Media Player using Print Screen (PrintScrn) key (or ALT + PrintScrn key). Once copied, the image can be pasted into Microsoft Paint (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint) or other image editor. If you have problems taking screenshots from a playing movie try to pause it first, then "print" the image.

These and other methods are described in detail in the following blog post from Amit Agarwal. Very useful post indeed.
http://labnol.blogspot.com/2005/11/capture-still-images-from-windows.html

 

Brother MFC-7840W Wireless Laser Printer

Bought a Brother MFC-7840W All-In-One Wireless Laser Printer from NewEgg today for $219, no tax, free shipping. I feel it is a pretty good deal. I have been looking around for an All-In-One printer for some time. This one has a laser printer, a copier, a scanner, a fax; and has both wireless and ethernet networking capabilities.

Brother MFC-7840W - $219 on NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828113303

Brother MFC-7840W Wireless Laser Printer - click to enlarge (177 kb).
Image Courtesy: www.brother-usa.com

I had a basic HP inkjet printer but the ink always seemed to dry up before I could use the whole cartridge. And I have often felt the need to scan or print something at home. I don't think I will be using the fax option that much though.

The printer is available for $249 at Amazon - http://amazon.com/dp/B0016ZQ566/. It has pretty good reviews there.



Amazon Amzn.com Short URLs

Speaking about Amazon, I figured out a way to find the shortest possible Amazon URLs for a product. Of course, I can use tinyurl.com or bit.ly, but this is the shortest URL I could find using an official Amazon website.

In the example above, the original link was:
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-MFC-7840W-Multifunction-Wireless-Interfaces/dp/B0016ZQ566/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1265863094&sr=8-1

The standard shortened link is:
http://amazon.com/dp/B0016ZQ566/

However, it can be made even shorter by using the amzn.com domain name. The trick is to append the product id (in this case - "B0016ZQ566") after "amzn.com/".
http://amzn.com/B0016ZQ566/

More info about the amzn.com short URL service:
- http://www.geek.com/articles/news/amazon-introduces-amzncom-short-url-service-20090511/
- http://www.conceptualist.com/2009/05/08/smart-branding-amazon-short-url-broadcasts-its-own-brand/


 


Gmail HTML version link

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Click the link below if you wish to view the Basic HTML version of Gmail. This is useful when the regular Gmail version is having problems loading.

Gmail Basic HTML Version: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=html

To go back to the regular version, you can:

  1. Use the links at the bottom of your Gmail screeen, or
  2. Log out and log back in, or
  3. Use the following links to toggle between the different versions:

 

Snow Day

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CNN iReport: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-401420

More photos: Picasa album

Richmond had a snow day today (Saturday, Jan 30). The snowing started on Friday around midnight and has continued the whole day. We had between 8 to 14 inches of snow.

Snow in Richmond - click to enlarge (1.2 MB).

If you would like to install a free but good FTP/SFTP server for Windows, CoreFTP secure FTP server is a good one. This is useful for transferring files between computers or to act as a standalone FTP/SFTP server.
CoreFTP secure FTP server : http://coreftp.com/server/

Tip: For faster downloads, use the CoreFTP Lite client which is also free.

I also tested freeSSHd which is open source. However, the transfer speed was very low - only about 35 kbps on an intranet. On CoreFTP however, I got around 600kbps between two computers on an intranet.

To count the number of lines in a file using DOS, use the following command. Replace filename.txt with the actual filename.

findstr /R /N "^" filename.txt | find /C ":"

This is especially useful when the file is very large (say, over 250k lines) and using NotePad to open the file would definitely hang. Just tested the command on a 1.4M lines file and it took about 2 minutes to give me the result.

Reference: http://brett.batie.com/?p=25

Amazon.com does not allow you to use two payment options when paying for an item. But often, we wish to pay for part of a purchase using a gift card. The workaround is to use an Amazon online gift card for one part of the purchase.


Option [1] Buy an Amazon online gift card for the balance amount with your credit card (Amazon recommended method)

- Item price: $125
- Amazon online gift card: $25 (purchased using credit card)
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- Pay balance with gift card: $100

Example: Gift card: $100. Item price: $125. Buy a $25 Amazon online gift card using your credit card. Add the Amazon online gift card to your Amazon account. During checkout, the $25 Amazon gift card balance will be automatically deducted. $125 item price - $25 Amazon gift card balance = $100 balance. Make the final payment with your $100 gift card. This option is recommended by Amazon - see email at the bottom of this post for details.


Option [2] Buy an Amazon online gift card with your gift card

- Item price: $125
- Amazon online gift card: $100 (purchased using gift card)
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- Pay balance with credit card: $25

Example: Gift card: $100. Item price: $125. Buy a $100 Amazon online gift card using your gift card. Add the Amazon online gift card to your Amazon account. During checkout, the $100 Amazon gift card balance will be automatically deducted. $125 item price - $100 Amazon gift card balance = $100 balance. Make the final payment ($25) with your credit card.


Important Note:
Make sure you register your gift card so that you can use it for online shopping. Most gift cards will have a website listed on the back of the card which will provide additional information.


Email from Amazon customer service recommending option [1] above:

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From: Amazon.com Customer Service
Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 11:12 PM
Subject: Your Amazon.com Inquiry
To: Bobby Maisnam

Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.

From your message, I understand that you want to use more than one payment method to pay for the item you want to purchase.

We cannot accept more than one payment method for an order on Amazon.com. Because gift cards issued by the major credit card companies also work exactly like credit cards, this restriction applies to those payment methods as well.

You can, however, combine Amazon Gift Cards with a credit, debit, or gift card issued by a major credit card company to complete your order.

If you wish, use your credit card to purchase an Amazon Gift Card for the amount that your credit card gift card balance will not cover and have it e-mailed to yourself. Then you can designate your credit card gift card as the payment method on the order and enter the Amazon Gift Card number in the Gift Card field of the order form.

We recommend that you do not use your credit card gift card to purchase an Amazon.com Gift Card. The authorization for the Amazon Gift Card purchase will actually decrease the amount immediately available for your order by $1.

We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit to our store.

---- Original message: ----

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04/06/09 18:59:54
Your Name:Bobby Maisnam
Comments:Hi,

I have $157.99 in my cart ($119.70 + $25.20 + $13.09). I have a $100 visa debit gift card (Simon giftcard). How do I pay for the items in the cart using the gift card to pay $100 and pay the balance $57.99 with a debit/credit card?

Thanks,
Maisnam
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