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Earliest: December 13, 2003Latest: December 8, 2019Total: 67
October 16, 2009

Books for Christmas this year

Looks like the Christmas 2009 is going to get a little nasty:

Wal-Mart launches a price war with, putting 10 hotly-anticipated new books online for just $10 each. Amazon then matched the price, after which Wal-Mart fired back by dropping prices to $9. Wal-Mart is also selling 200 bestsellers at a 50% discount. Combined with Google's move into ebooks yesterday, Amazon now finds itself under a two-prong assault.

October 13, 2009

Subaru Rust

If you are looking at buying a used Subaru Impreza, you should be aware that some of them rust very easily. This is probably more true for cars that are driven in the North East and North West. (I don't know how many people in the South West need to have all wheel drive.)

Take a look at the photo taken of the left rear tire. You can see some of the rust appearing between a couple of panels. The problem is that during a winter storm sand can build up between the panels and over time can cause rust.

Make sure that you look at the rear panels very carefully. If there is any signs of chip or rust, chances are that the rust and chip will get bigger.

September 1, 2009

Sony Camera

I am looking around the internet for some accessory for my Sony DCR-TRV720. Its an old video camera and there's not much out there. The camera works great and I am looking forward to taking it on my trip to the west coast.

I recall there use to be a camera shop on Hollywood Boulevard that use to sell all sort of lens for the Sony DCR-TRV720. I purchased a really cool fish-eye lens there.

August 11, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

Little known fact about the Cars for Clunkers program:

There is a waiting period between the time the car is bought and when it drives off the lot. That's because the dealership has to wait for the government's money to come in.

June 2, 2009

Grand Summer Gazebo 2.0

This past weekend we put up the new canopy on our Grand Summer Gazebo. There was no problems putting it up and it fits like a charm.

The key thing to keep in mind is to not put the top (Small Canopy) on all the way. You'll need to maneuver the bottom part (Large Canopy) over the top. Its a little hard to explain but once you put the canopy on it makes sense.

Here's some Pictures of our Grand Summer Gazebo.

This is what it looked like last year:
Grand Summer Gazebo

This is what it looks like this year:
Grand Summer Gazebo

This is related to the Grand Summer Gazebo topic.

May 21, 2009

Energizer Rechargeable Batteries

This morning I purchased some Energizer Rechargeable Batteries (2450 mAh) at CVS in Waltham, Massachusetts. I paid $12.99 for the four pack. That comes to about $3.25 a battery.

I was surprise that I wasn't really able to find them much cheaper online. had them for $11.45 plus shipping. I found a few deals on but I don't know about the quality of those batteries.

We are going on a trip to LA and Vegas in September and I thought I stock up now on getting batteries for the trip.

Interesting post on Instead of the Energizer 2500mAh cells, I recommend buying the Rayovac "Hybrid" 2100mAh cells. They have very low self-discharge rate (see my review on "RAYO 4PK AA") and are cheaper than the better-known Sanyo eneloop 2000mAh cells.

I'll have to get Rayovac batteries and try them out.

May 6, 2009

Nikon D700

Check out this clip on Flickr. Looks like the Nikon D700 would be a great camera to use to take photos in the Haunted Mansion.

The only downside to this camera is that it cost about $1,700! There's probably some other camera that can do excellent night mode and has an interval timer.

April 20, 2009

Grand Summer Gazebo

Searching for Sunjoy Canopy to replace our canopy on our Grand Summer Gazebo. There are three companies that offer replacements:

This was purchased at Sears by the previous owner. The model number for the Sears version of the Grand Summer Gazebo is G-GZ039PST-2.

The CNDCS Canopy Company has the best deal for the replacement. The only downside is that its not in stock, so we have no idea on when we will get it.

Here's information that I found on The SunJoy Company. They don't have a website:

Sunjoy Industries Group Inc
619 Slack St
Steubenville, OH 43952
(866) 578-6569‎

We'll keep you updated on the Canopy replacement status.

November 26, 2008

Economic Crisis

Have you wondered why all of a sudden there's a lot of government bailout information in the news? This is no accident.

The United States government is trying to put some confidence back to the consumers to start spending this holiday season. Black Friday is only a couple of days away, and they are hoping all the good news will save the Christmas season.

Will this work? No one knows. I predict that Black Friday will be big this year, due to all the big deals. I suspect that this year the big deals will be on Flat screen TVs and clothes. Don?t forget to add Circuit City to your shopping list! I'll be looking for great deals on 8GB USB devices.

April 18, 2008

Walmart and Target

Picture two shoppers: a typical Walmart Shopper and a typical Target Shopper. Which one is going to have less clutter in their home?

Think about it.