I've gotten over $200 in cash back from them at places I would have shopped anyway! Ebay, Staples, more! I put it at the top because they ROCK. Basically, you get a kickback from Ebates when buy.com or whoever pays them. Win-win. If you like throwing money away, don't use them!
Friday, November 22, 2013
It works simply and beautifully under Windows XP using Paypal to generate and print the postage.
Mac OS X 10.6.8? No go.
So that unfortunately is my solution: use Parallels and Windows XP or higher to print a shipping label using Paypal.
FORTUNATELY, if you have an old Windows laptop laying around and Parallels, your cost is extremely low.
I bought an old version 6 for $5 at Micro Center. At the time, I think version 8 was current. I had 3 and 5, and they all run XP fine. 6 is noticeably faster to startup than 5.
Will update if I find a Mac only solution.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Not horrible, but it has a $6000 deductible, $6000 maximum out of pocket expense.
So really, it's just for pretty bad stuff. You're not going to the doctor for basic ailments.
But I did not add in the wife and kids. So let's assume the same for the wife, and half of that for each of the kids.
Voila. $400+ a month.
Just for fun I looked at buying a brand new 2014 Mustang. I could get that instead. Welcome to your new mandatory car purchase equivalent.
I don't need it, I was just curious to see how much it would cost. So here are my notes:
so to see what the fuss is about on Obamacare, I decided to 'sign up'.
Here's the first thing I noted:
" You need an email address to sign up. You can get one now for free: GmailOutlookYahooAOL"
Seriously? I guess we really are going to insure everyone, even those who don't realize email is available for free.
Slow but pretty site…check…like a hollywood starlet…
Had to refresh one time…confusing questionnaire options…I have a college degree and I was uncertain…
site would not advance using Chrome browser after "please wait…' and a screen refresh…
site logged me out a few times…
had to click my app NUMEROUS times.
Excruciatingly slow and doesn't work well …like a live government worker.
no my14 yo and 11yo do not make much $$$…my 11yo does not pay alimony….yes. i said no income so thats what i think he will make…
I submitted. Then the site spun and spun and spun…hit refresh, managed to Submit again…now I can't see any application under my profile.
I'm done. As in: I don't have time for this.
Summary: GARBAGE. Hope you weren't planning on doing this on a lunch break or reasonable time span.
I'm not even going to clean these notes up. Consider the 'review' to be the same quality as the site.Worst website I've seen in a LONG time. Typically this level of performance is only seen during a price mistake shopping frenzy, new super popular site rollout, etc.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I guess the timing was good because it turned up 8 that were consistently bad. So, it would be a bad idea to use that drive.
It was a Western Digital 1.5 TB made in Jan 2010 according to the label.
This happened in August 2013. They have a 3 year warranty.
I bought a replacement made in April 2013, so it took 4 months from manufacture date to get it in hand, from Fry's.
By that math, that means the drive started going bad about 90 days, probably less, from going out of warranty.
I explained also on the phone that I had bought a WD replacement, had another WD drive as a backup unit for Time Machine, and had done TWO RMAs in 2010 that I had records on.
To sum, I was a loyal WD customer. I have 3 drives, 5 TB total, about $350 worth or so sitting in front of me.
So, the supervisor decided to let me do the RMA. I did the advance replacement which requires a credit card and that you return the defective unit within 30 days. They said the hold amount was $138.
I paid about that for the *2TB* 7200RPM drive I bought as a replacement. So I guess I got a deal. :) 33% more, and faster.
Good luck! And remember, backup frequently, and it's a good idea especially on Mac OS X to do a sector scan on external drives because they don't report SMART status.
I also recommend a SMART Status reporter such as (appropriately) SMARTReporter for OS X, or the equivalent for Windows. It monitors your drive's health using the drives' onboard hardware and software.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Swappa, the Craigslist of device trading. Goofy rules, flake buyer for my first sale, and when I complained about some of it I got this ridiculous answer:
"...we do things different on Swappa. It's part of what makes us better."
Internet .com bubble period language. Sorry, it just makes you different. And weird really.
#1 Goofy rule: making you hold up a sign with a code in a pic on EVERY device you list. Verified Paypal? Don't care. Lots of positive feedback? Nope. Doesn't matter. They want proof you have the device! Grainy photos ok as long as you can READ THAT CODE.
Also, you have to enter the IMEI/ESN on EVERY device you sell too. All you need is a 16 digit code from the same device type and you could probably fake it out. Either way it's a pain.
Great interface on the site, and it's pretty. But I think I'll have a short history here.
Ebay and Amazon has nothing to worry about yet.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I suppose he decided it wasn't a threat, yeah, that's it. Strangely, none of the other dogs wanted to go protect me either.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Just because it says Landing doesn't mean you should or have to. Yes, this really happened. He landed just where you see him. Great accuracy for falling with style. In case you wondered how grasshoppers get from Houston to Little Rock. Just like everyone else, except sometimes they get to ride in the cockpit.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Well, here are a few.
As a tablet, great hardware. With Windows 8 Pro, it has a lot of promise in flexibility.
Now if Dell/Intel/Microsoft would make it just work.
1. To get my (old school but still very decent) Think Outside Stowaway Travel mouse working I had to put it in pairing mode, start the pairing, and before it went out of pairing mode, go to Control Panel - Hardware and Sound - Devices and Printers.
Right click the mouse. Select Properties. Then on the Services tab, make sure 'Drivers for Keyboard, mice, etc.' is selected.
Then, my mouse worked.
Brilliant right? Like I don't want Windows 8 to load my mouse driver when I pair a mouse? Why do I have to figure that out? And I don't even know how I did except long persistence of looking at the issue.
Now, I had the Bluetooth Keyboard quit working on me once. To fix that...
Open Device Manager. Expand 'Bluetooth' by clicking the arrow or double clicking it. Right click on 'Bluetooth Radio' and then the Power Management tab. Deselect and reselect 'Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power'.
I haven't decided to leave this disabled or not. Will try to report back. Obviously it's going to use more power if I don't let the computer turn it off, but having my devices stop working is no bueno.
See my other woes with Dell Customer service at:
Now if I can just get tethering working with my cell phone. It works fine with my Mac of course, and every other hotspot appears to work with the tablet. Sigh.