June 27, 2008
If you are like me and are waiting for the Xbox 360 to approach a more reasonable price before you buy, July 6th might be a good day for you.
According to this photo that was released, K-Mart already is starting to advertise the price drop. The photo, of a K-Mart newspaper circular, shows the Xbox 360 20GB console with a $299.99 price. That is a $50 drop of the current price of $349.99 for that console.
The thought is that they will be dropping the price of the Arcade and Elite consoles, but nothing has been seen in the wild yet.
Is $50 enought to get me to buy? Not sure yet, but after hearing about the new Deadliest Catch Xbox 360 Game, I may have to do it!
June 26, 2008
With the freakish increase in gas prices, it only makes sense that the IRS gets moving and ups irs mileage allowance
They are increasing the irs mileage rate from 50.5 cents per mile to 58.5 cents per mile. The increased irs mileage rates covers miles driven from July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008. That looks to be a 16% increase. And gas prices have increased over 50%, what a great deal! Yes that is sarcasm you are reading. This just looks to be one more way that we have to carry cost increases on our shoulder while the government provides little help.
Obviously the Mileage Reimbursement is only for people that drive for work or use their vehicle for things other than personal driving, but please make a note of it since you can be losing out on a couple of bucks if you are still expenseing at the 50.5 cents rate.
And due to the great idea to have a .005 on milage, make sure you always drive an even number of miles to get that extra .005 back! These days, you should take everything you can get!
June 25, 2008
T-Mobile’s new HotSpot@Home Talk Forever Home will launch next week. You can read my earlier post for the details of the service, but in a nutshell, it is home telephone service. You install a wireless router which allows you to plug telehpones into it. You then have home service that uses your broadband connection. The router will allow you up to 2 phone lines. Each line will run $10 added onto your wireless plan that will get you unlimited calling in the US.
This is not bad if you currently have a wireless plan of $39.99 or greater through T-mobile which is a requirement to get the service. Right now Vonage costs $19.99, so this could replace Vonage or your current telephone service for only $10 a month. I am definetly going to sign up for this. Right now I currently use T-Mobile HotSpot@Home Talk Forever Mobile service that gets me free calls through my cell phone when using my broadband connerction. So pretty soon ALL my calls from home will be free.
T-mobile has become a pioneer with offering free calls through your high speed internet connection. I sure hope these services take off since quality has been great and you can’t beat the price.
Keep checking this HotSpot @Home Talk Forever Home Site for details on the launch if you are interested in the service.
June 24, 2008
Yahoo User Research is calling for people to sign up and help them out with some research projects.
It looks as if Yahoo is working to make its sites and search engine more user friendly and as a result will attract more users. To do this they are looking for feedback from people like you.
According to the Sign Up Page they will be paying out $75 or more depending on the project that you participate in.
Yahoo will choose you for a project based on the criteria for the research project, so it is possible that you can apply but not be selected.
Here are a list of rates based on the project:
Not a bad way to make some extra cash for a few hours. Plus you get to help shape the new future of Yahoo! if you like that sort of thing.
June 23, 2008
Discover Card is giving away a free Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS System when you sign up for their Miles credit card. You will receive Garmin GPS once you have received that card and activated it.
The Discover Miles card gives your Double Miles on up to $3,000 in travel and restaurant purchases each year. You also get 1 mile for every $1 you spend on all your other purchases
Here are the details regarding the places that will get you double miles:
Eligible travel purchases include commercial airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals, cruises, tour operators and vacation packages purchased through travel agents, and online travel sites. Eligible restaurant purchases include those made at full-service restaurants, cafes, cafeterias and fast food locations.
There is no annual fee for this card and Discover is currently offering % intro APR on Purchases & Balance transfers for 6 months as well.
(Warning! This is a third party advertiser. When giving your info for this offer, you may sign up to receive marketing emails from them)
Deal Details and Application Page
What is great about this offer is that there is no spending requirement to receive the GPS. According to the offer page this GPS unit retails for $169.99. So if you are looking for one this is a no brainer.
June 20, 2008
We have see state and local governments crack down on talking on a cell phone while driving, but now the push has been to include texting as well. Sending text messages while driving, I think, is worse than being on a call. I’ve done a few text messages while driving at high speeds and have almost had a major problem at least 3 times. In some states a ticket for texting while driving can cost you over $150. This is enough to get me to just call the person, if at least I am allowed to do that legally.
The Governor’s Highway Saftey Association has a comprehensive site that shows which acts with a cell phone are legal and which aren’t. This is very hand to know espcecially if you are traveling. You could be on a cell phone call then cross a state line and get pulled over since it could be illegal in that state.
If anything always have a headset with you as most places allow you to have a hands free headset instead of holding up the phone to your ear while on a call. I’m sure that the list will change over time as local and state governments are just beginning to address the issue as more and more people carry cell phones. Stay safe and avoid that ticket by not text messaging while driving