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Comment Debt (Score 1) 842

i am in one of those strange places where I make a decent living, but ended up with a lot of debt (mostly due to divorce) and have to deal with a mortgage and my children going off to school.

1. Pay off debt - credit cards, mortgages, other loans.
2. Put aside money for college for the children.
3. Donate money to some very specific, local, causes. My wife has a community theater group she wants to support, and I'd want to support the local Boy Scout troops, and some other groups.
4. Travel: spent more time working when I was younger than traveling. I'd like to see more of the world. And not just in one-week chunks.
5. Figure out what I really like and then do it. I've been a software engineer for a long time, but it doesn't really satisfy me as much as it used to.

Comment Re:Advertised price 9.96 = 10.00 (Score 1) 362

Canada has GST and HST, both of which as sales taxes. A read of the article says that a subtotal is calculate, tax is then added, and then depending on the method of payment, the amount is rounded as necessary; only for cash transactions.

The books will not be "off by several hundred dollars" because the rounding will go down 50% of the time, and up 50% of the time, averaging out to a net zero loss/gain. POS (Point-Of-Sale) software can be updated to make note of how rounding is done for each transaction, and this can be tallied at the end of the day.

Comment eSATA (Score 1) 405

Your best bet for speed is likely to be eSATA.

Have you looked into something like this:

The cost becomes noise when you consider how many drives you will end up needing, and per TB, will be cheaper than USB solutions.

I don't know how your data is organized, but if possible, you may want to back it up by project/directory/etc.

There are also online backup systems that can do what you want, but it'll take an extremely long time...

Comment Weird Pricing (Score 1) 307

I currently pay $220 + tax:
400 minutes = $60 + 4x lines ($10) = $100
Unlimited messaging = $30
Data: 2x 2GB ($25) + 2x 200GB ($15) + unlimited non-smartphone ($10) = $90

There is a sweet spot in this plan for me. I have 4 smart phones, plus a messaging phone, which gives the following:
4GB -> $260 + tax
6GB -> $260 + tax
10GB -> $270 + tax
Why would I pick 4GB if 6GB is the same price?

If I were to have have 5 lines, so the price of 5 smart phones is:
4GB -> $270 + tax
6GB -> $265 + tax
10GB -> $270 + tax
Still, why would I pick 4 GB if 10 GB is the same price?

This is not much of a discount for me... unless my other lines had 2GB plans and/or I was tethering and/or I had a 3G iPad.
Tethering seems to be included, however.

Comment It's easy to spoof (Score 5, Interesting) 346

I didn't have any email addresses under my "About". Facebook didn't change my email addresses, it added the @facebook.com one to my About page. I was able to hide it, but you won't be able to get rid of it.

You can easily spoof FB messages to people using an unsecured SMTP server. I tried sending myself a message from my wife (not knowing my wife's FB or email passwords), and it worked; it looked as though the message were from her! Since there's no email headers to evaluate, you can't tell where it really came from. There is a little icon indicating that it is "Unable to confirm X as the sender." But it still shows up with her FB profile picture and full name (which I didn't provide in the email).

Comment Car Wars? (Score 5, Interesting) 95

I miss Car Wars.
I had lots of fun playing that after school and playing the cheesy computer game based on it (which came with a mini-toolkit in the box - no more swag like that in games any more!).

SJG stopped publishing supplements and revised the system. Unfortunately, they over-simplified it and effective killed it.

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond