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
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.
Note: This deal expires at 10 AM Eastern 3/5/2011
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 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:
BlackBerry9650/18.104.22.1686 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:
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.
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 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
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!
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) 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.” !!!
– 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)
2. TIME magazine – $15 per year (57 issues). Recommended deal: $25 for 2 years (114 issues)
More info: http://www.dealigg.com/story-Time-Warner-Magazine-Subscription-Sale-Fortune-20-Issues-10-Time-57-Issues-15-More-2
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.