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Living Room / Cody Sightings
« on: July 27, 2007, 01:37 PM »
Here is a Cody sighting in Suburban Pittsburgh (North Hills).


Nudone - I thought you kept him near you?

DcUpdater / Another Bug, Maybe
« on: July 11, 2007, 04:41 PM »
I don't know if this is a bug or not after reading the way the plugins work, but I noticed DCUpdater seemed to update all the plugins except the ProcessKill plugin.  I ended up following the instructions which worked fine, but I thought the Updater did all that.

Living Room / Who is more corrupt?
« on: July 10, 2007, 12:39 PM »
I just finished dealing with my lawyer and the government red tape we have to go through to open an estate (a hassle in itself.  6 months and two lawyers just to accomplish a half hour paperwork job >:(), just to be hit with a banking institution I never contracted with for online services looking for payment on a "debt" that was incurred over 2 years ago.  This debt was over a bank error that I disputed, but they refused to acknowledge.  When I refused to pay bills until they recognized it, all of a sudden they found my dispute and we finally resolved it with final payment to the bank to as the seal to the issue - or so I thought.  Apparently the bank insulates itself by using third party contracts for the online payments, but now they refuse to pay the contractor and the contractor is comming back to me.  Even with the letters of resolution they are not bothering to even contact the bank for proof of payment and my legwork can not access the bank records.

The entertainment industry is well known for their underhanded, conniving ways, but I think there is more corruption elsewhere.  What do you think?

In case people haven't heard already....

Newest update (well 2 days ago) from Microsoft.  To comply with federal anti-competitive charges from 2002, Microsoft has agreed to make changes to the integrated search bar in Vista.  These changes will allow end users to change the default desktop search engine more easily, and it appears that it will allow more integration.  Just think, FARR right in the start bar and explorer search bar instead of just a hotkey.  More options, same great program  :D

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Living Room / Very Good (Printed) Book Search Site
« on: June 11, 2007, 09:48 AM »
As requested....

Search and Compare among 40+ sites, 20,000 sellers, millions of books!

I learned of while I was in college and I credit this site with singlehandedly saving me hundreds of dollars (unfortunately I didn't learn about it in my early years of college or it could have been a thousand or more).  This site does what it says, but has now expanded to include music, movies, magazines, and most recently credit card offers.  While I have not used it for anything other than books, I can attest to the value of the searches.  It conveniently allows you to search for books by keyword, title, author, and (most valuable to students) ISBN.


A suggestion on usage for the students out there...Go to the bookstore when the book list is first published.  Get the ISBN numbers off the listings, then search here.  I found on average I was paying about 30% of my school bookstore prices if I could get them used, and about 60% new.  Doing it this way guarantees you get the exact same edition.  The only books I ever bought at the school bookstore were school publications (often handbooks that the teachers put together and published locally only).


Best of all, AddAll will determine the prices for you AFTER calculating shipping.  Very handy for those sites that lure you in with low cost goods, but are actually more expensive because they charge high shipping rates.  Lastly, you can link to the site to buy the book.  Here is an example of the results:


All in all, a VERY useful site.

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