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Rundown to the New Year

Hello, everybody!  Sorry for the delay in posting today, but I’ve had a rough weekend. I had to get an emergency tooth extraction on Friday, and you can image how difficult it was to find an oral surgeon the day after a major holiday, and heading into a holiday weekend.

I thought I just had a head cold all week long, but it turns out it was all from an infected tooth. I had tried finding a physician on Friday, with no luck, so I tried calling my dentist since I remembered I had a tooth extraction pending. He was able to get me in to see Dr. Steven D’Abundo in Merrick before closing for the day, and he removed the tooth in a few minutes.

He also prescribed an anitbiotic which I take every 6 hours. He had also prescribed a pain killer, but it seems, surprisingly, I have had little need for that.

Borders Bookstores, Off-line Savings

Though Skylarking has concerned itself primarily with online savings offers, I’d like to alert you to an off-line savings offer. The Borders Bookstores chain is having a multimedia sale this week. All CDs and DVDs are being sold at 30% off their regular list price. (I corrected the discount.  originally I said it was 40%, but it is actually 30%). The sale has already begun, and it ends on January 4, 2009. So if you’re looking to save on some last minute, year end shopping, or if you have some gifts you forgot to pickup, go to your local Borders Bookstore and take a look.

VistaPrint

Winter Clearance - Save up to 90%

I frequently order my business cards and customized stationery items and calendars from VistaPrint. Right now they are offering up to 90% off their regularly low prices. Now’s a good time to save on holiday cards for next year. Save yourself from rushing to the store next year, and save yourself a lot of money, too.

TigerDirect

Here are some TigerDirect deals:

SAVE $50 – HP Compaq Notebook: AMD Sempron 2.0GHz processor, with wireless networking, 1 GB RAM (Memory, DDR2), with a 120 GB hard drive (Storage), a dual layer Lightscribe DVD burner, and a webcam. Uses Vista Home Basic $379.99* after $50 mail-in rebate, rebate expires 12/31/08. I particularly like the Lightscribe DVD burner. If you purchase blank Lightscribe DVDs, you can flip the disc over after burning data or video to it, and then have the burner burn a label onto the surface of the disc. It’s fantastic.

SAVE $50 – HP Compaq Notebook: AMD Turion 2.0GHz processor with wireless networking, 2 GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It alkso has the dual layer Lightscribe DVD burner and webcam. Uses Vista Home Premium $499.99* after $50 mail-in rebate, rebate expires 05/30/09.

More LCD flat-panel monitor madness: SAVE $30 – eMachines 17″ Widescreen LCD Monitor Refurbished 1440×900. Black $84.97.

SAVE $120 – Garmin Nuvi 265T GPS 3.5″ Touch Screen with Text To Speech and Bluetooth. Now $179.99.

SAVE $120 – EVGA GeForce 8500 GT Video Card: 1GB GDDR2 Video memory onboard, connects to a PCIe (PCI Express) slot. This board is SLI ready which means if you buy and install two of them they can work together for double the power.  This is great for 3D video gaming such as World of Warcraft. It also has connections for DVI, standard VGA, and HDTV. Now $39.99* after $35 Mail-in rebate, rebate expires 12/31/08.  You need to check if you computer has one or two available PCIe slots. Contact me if you hagve questions about this.

SAVE $30 – XFX GeForce 9600 GSO Video Card: 768MB DDR2 onboard video memory, uses a PCIe 2.0 slot with Dual DVI. It, too, is SLI Ready $79.99.

Sharp 52" Aquos HDTV

Sharp 52" Aquos HDTV

Need storage? Need a new hard drive? SAVE $10 – Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB Hard Drive. Uses a SATA-300 connection. $49.99. Computers over 3 years old probably won’t be able to use this drive. An internal SATA card connector would be needed.

SAVE $1100 – Sharp 52″ Aquos LCD HDTV: Sharp, a leader in LCD technology, establishes a new standard for LCD TVs. With a screen size of 52″, the AQUOS® LC-52D64U fits a large screen into an incredibly small footprint. They changed the layout of circuits inside the LCD panel, reduced the number of parts, and developed the slim-line design therby reducing its depth by 25%.  It uses a proprietary Advanced Super View / Black TFT Panel with multi-pixel technology providing 10,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio  and a 4ms response time. It has built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners and includes 3 HDMI (version 1.3) inputs, compatible with 1080p signals, a PC input and 2 HD component video inputs. Side terminals are included for wall-mounting convenience. $1399.99

Thank You

I received an unexpected gift over the holiday weekend. Almost 250 new readers in one day!  On Friday December 26, 2008, my Google Analytics report showed 468 people had visited the site that day. That’s almost 250 more than usually visit in a single day. The most popular posts that day were the Sears Heroes at Home program, Great Advice for New Computer Owners, and the Optoma PK101 Pico Projector.




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Donate to Sears Heroes at Home

Sears, the retailer, has a wishlist registry program entitled “Heroes At Home” which is designed to benefit members of the military, veterans, and their families. Through their web site, you can make a non-tax-deductible donation to help a serviceman or woman, a veteran, and their families this holiday season. This is so useful to those who are separated from their loved ones, or to those who have families in need this season. Perhaps you know someone in such a position right now. (When I was young, my father served in the military, and those early years afterwards were lean and rough, but we made it through, and we frequently support programs of this kind.)

Once you arrive at the Sears Heroes at Home site you can click “See How You Can Help” to read their stories in their own words. Nearly 32,000 families nationwide are represented on the site. The stories told reflect whatever the member or their family wishes to share about their background, their families, their current status, their needs and wishes, and their hopes for the future. Details show how many people are in the family and the state in which they reside.

One story I read was from a New York serviceman who had left behind a 2 year old son with his grandparents. He told how he had missed their son’s second birthday, and wouldn’t likely see them until next year. For now, he just wanted to see that his son received something nice. Items included some pajamas, a coat, a sweater, and a shirt, or a Wii game console.

Another was from a serviceman with a family of 6 in Arkansas. He, too, had a young son whom he would be away from soon. He also wanted to provide a few household items for his wife.

There appears to be no minimum donation, and some items on the wish lists cost as little as $10. The donations are not tax-deductible, and the collected monies are used to purchase gift cards which are distributed equally to each of the recipients of the program. Whether you choose to donate or not, you have the option of leaving messages of support. As far as I can tell these messages are kept private, and are likely forwarded.

My wish is that you’ll take a look, read their stories, and make a contribution.