Personal Finance

Kevin on October 12th, 2009

As I write this on Sunday morning, it’s difficult to believe that I was playing in a golf tournament a week ago.  It snowed Friday night in The Middle of Nowhere, and this morning the temperature is 27°F. As a result, the weekend has been devoted to cooking (pulled pork, Cajun seafood over linguine, corn […]

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The (plain old) telephone system most of us are familiar with was developed in the early 20th century. Since the 1930’s, the most significant changes have been the addition of touch tone (in the 60’s), and improvements in capacity and quality. But the fact remains: using a land line in your home today is an experience not much different than that experienced by your great-grandparents.

We’re now using ooma – a voip service with which all local and long distance calls within the U.S. are free; international calls range from 1 to 4¢ per minute.

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Kevin on September 8th, 2009

An option is to use an online sniping agent. A veteran eBayer – my first successful bid was in January of 1999 – I’ve used online sniping agent eSnipe for years. For a modest fee, eSnipe enables you to establish and set up your bid days in advance, and will actually place it seconds before the auction’s end (the default setting is 6 seconds). You can change or cancel your bid up to 5 minutes before the auction’s end.

If you’re outbid during the auction, eSnipe will notify you via email. At the auction’s conclusion, you’ll receive an email notifying you of the auction’s closing bid and whether your snipe was successful or not. It’s very simple and in my experience, works flawlessly.

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Kevin on August 28th, 2009

This arrived Thursday afternoon: ooma.  Set-up took about 15 minutes.  My wife called her mom in NY, and the signal was strong and clear.  While they were talking I launched a YouTube video on our desktop PC, with no adverse affects on sound quality/clarity. Thus far, this thing rocks.  I’ll live with it for a […]

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Contrary to the old saying, March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lion – here and in several other parts of the U.S.    I hope you and your families are safe, wherever you live! Here are a few interesting articles I’ve come across in the last few days; I hope […]

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Kevin on March 3rd, 2009

A simple, entertaining explanation of the credit crisis from Jonathan Jarvis.  If you don’t exactly understand how the financial sector got into the mess it’s in, check out this brief illustrated video: The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

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Kevin on February 4th, 2009

We are quickly closing in on the end of not only a terrible 18 month performance in the markets, but in fact the worst decade for stocks in the last 100 years.  Since March of 2000, the Dow has lost 27.3%, the S&P 45%, and the Nasdaq nearly 71%.  Since its peak in October of […]

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