Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson
Some of the gals from customer service walked by as we did it, and they started acting like we were slaughtering puppies! For weeks they said that they couldn't believe we would do that! It was pretty hilarious, yet pathetic at the same time.
Over this time, all other things have been equal with my credit history, but each time I take out an installment loan, my FICO score goes up 20 - 30 points over 3-4 months. Once the loan is paid off, it drops down again over about a year.
I bought a new motorcycle over the winter, and financed part of it. FICO score is on the rise again! But in a year, it will be falling again, as the loan will be paid off.
Also, a few years ago, during the rash of bank bailouts, I had several credit cards cancelled for 'lack of activity'. I'm sure it was the banks trying to improve their balance sheets to make it look like they did something with the bailout money other than steal it.
Don't worry -
... You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
Women's shelters and animal shelters are where all of my charitable donations (items, money, time) go. Our motorcycle club has poker runs and such to raise money for Home of the Sparrow, a local shelter for women with children escaping (usually abusive) relationships.
Don't know if I'll be coming back after the boycott. Probably like most of us.
Apparently not much, at least not to stockholders: http://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:TGT
Back the time window up to 12/13-12/17. I would wager the small dip in value was seen as an opportunity to buy, especially in the Christmas season. Also, one of the the wonders of automated trading.
The redirect can be avoided by setting a parameter via the URL: http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1
Update your bookmark/link and you're good to go, old school!
Thanks for all of that information. In any case, it is kind of fun running 30 year old software at the start of a class to show the beginnings of the spreadsheet...
By the way, you can download a working copy of Visicalc from Dan Bricklin's website: http://www.danbricklin.com/history/vcexecutable.htm
(It is really just a curiosity at this point...)
I actually ran Visicalc directly on Windows thru XP and even Vista, at the beginning of any Excel training that I've done for the last 15 or so years, until I no longer had a 32-bit OS to run it on. The copyright notice says (c) 1978-1981; I'm pretty sure it was 8-bit PC XT software, and it ran directly on Windows thru Vista, as long as it was a 32-bit OS.
It is an interesting way to start out the class, and it's fun to point out that what you get for ~$100.00 has sure changed! Now I have to run it on an emulator, due to Windows 7+ only being offered in 64 bit versions.
"Sometimes, it pays to read between the lines. At least that may be the message --and, more accurately, the hope — of workers at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage, Alaska.
The message can be found in an official forecast put out at 5 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) that seems, at first glance, routine with its discussion of air pressure, wind speeds and weather systems.
But if you line up the first letters of each word from top-to-bottom in the forecast, under the heading "Analysis and Upper levels," there's something else there: P-L-E-A-S-E-P-A-Y-U-S...."
The text of the forecast is on their web page. Some of the comments in the story's discussion are rather interesting, including a few people sending their own similar messages."
Support is available, as well.
... I just need to come up with a captcha program that will do an entire paragraph.
Try one of the 'ransom note' fonts that are available, and save your document as a JPEG. That may be enough obfuscation to make OCR difficult/unreliable. Of course, you can type up your paragraph first, then change the font. Much easier on the eyes (and the mind) while typing!