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Archive for July 8th, 2008

I Love This Old IBM Thinkpad – Model #T23

Posted by mikenopolis on July 8, 2008

I got an old IBM ThinkPad from work (PIII, 800Mhz, Windows 2000), They were actually going to throw it away, it had dead 20GB HDD, no ram, no power adapter and a dead battery.

I took it home, went on eBay and bought a battery ($20), power adapter ($10) and a SECOND battery ($35)that fits into the “Ultrabay” where the DVD/CD/Floppy optical drives is supposed to be. I put in two sticks of 128mb of pc100 ram that I had from like 10 years ago (this laptop maxes out at 512 but I didn’t feel like I would need it for this old thing). I put in an old 40GB Toshiba hard drive I had pulled from an old laptop in college. Installed Windows XP and all my usual software and utilities. $65 dollars and 4 hours later, I was up and running.

The laptop was definitely abused by the previous owner, it had a few blemishes, the LCD had minor but annoying pressure points from either fingers poking at it or keyboard pressure. for $65 dollars I had a new IBM ThinkPad that cost $3000 7 years before. Yes, it is old and underpowered, but I have 7 other computers at home, power is not what I was looking for, I was looking for a piece machine to sit back with on my recliner in front of the TV. With the Ultrabay battery, this is definitely the machine to do so.

I had tested the two batteries in the laptop, I got over 6 hours of active use on it with a medium bright screen, with a PCMCIA Wifi card on! When tested it, I noticed that the battery monitor said this (2 hours into use)….89% battey, 10:11 hours left. of course that’s wrong because I got the battery critical alert at 6 hours 12 minutes, but I’m still very impressed! I don’t think I can get this kind of battery life on my newer 2Ghz¬† Thinkpad! There’s an advantage for this little underpowered machine after all!

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eBay & PayPal Is Killing Me With Their Fees

Posted by mikenopolis on July 8, 2008

I sold $765.25 worth of stuff on eBay recently and only got $699.18, the more I sell the more I feel ripped off.

PayPal (the company that allows people like me to accept online payments from other people) is owned by eBay.

I have to pay a listing fee to eBay when I list and item to sell, then when it ends I have to pay a percentage of the sold value to eBay. When the buyer pays me through PayPal, PayPal gets a percentage of that! I’m getting poked from three sides!

There’s nothing I can do, but I have no idea how this is even legal! grrrrrrr.

Ending Price Listing Price 8.75% for 1st $25 3.5% for Remainder to $1000 Total eBay Fees Total PayPal Fees Total Received BEFORE Shipping
$ 208.50 0.25 $ 2.19 $ 6.42 $ 8.86 $ 5.82 $ 190.78
$ 158.50 0.25 $ 2.19 $ 4.67 $ 7.11 $ 7.46 $ 144.28
$ 372.00 0.25 $ 2.19 $ 12.15 $ 14.58 $ 11.58 $ 342.84
$ 26.25 0.25 $ 2.19 $ 0.04 $ 2.48 $ 1.29 $ 21.29
$ 765.25 1 $ 8.75 $ 23.28 $ 33.03 $ 26.15 $ 699.18

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Ghetto Parents – They Should Be Neutered

Posted by mikenopolis on July 8, 2008

I was at the mall a few weeks ago and saw a family, the mom was pushing a stroller and the dad was walking with their older son following…what’s the problem you ask?

Does this guy dress the part. WTF is with the pants and the limping walk, we all know you are not handicapped! I hate people like this procreating, STOP IT, just STOP IT!!!!!! we don’t need your type educating children to F@#$ up our society, I already had a group of them sitting on my curb “hanging out” all the time!

Oh they drove a OLD Impala on chrome wire rims….If you can’t afford a real family car, DON’T HAVE CHILDREN!!!!

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Salesmen…I hate them…Society does not need them!

Posted by mikenopolis on July 8, 2008

One of my all time favorite stores is Fry’s, it’s not because they have low price because if I wanted low price I would hunt things down on eBay (which I’ll be posting about in a second on how they keep ripping me off when I sell things). I like Fry’s because they have everything a nerd would ever want of need, and they have a huge selection of non-name brands that you would never see in places like BestBuy or Circuit City. I usually go there with a pen and paper to jot down all the price of things I need and head back home to see if I can get it for cheaper. Anyway back to the reason I’m ranting.

I’ve experienced this billions of times, These two nice older couples were in the bluetooth headset aisle (California made it mandatory to talk on a handsfree headset device while driving as of 07/01/08) they had a few question and were asking each other with a blank stare. Being the nice nerd that I am, I helped them through their confusion and we decided on a simple yet functional headset and offer to help them pair their phone with it after we checked out (as usual, I wasn’t buying anything). As we were about to leave the aisle to get in line for the registers, a salesman walks up (I saw him eyeing us for a good 10 minutes before) and asked the couple how they were doing and offer to do a “write up” for them. They asked why…He said it was store policy for certain items.

The sales people work for commission, they have a crappy base pay so they do their best to rake in commission, but I see this all the time, they swoop in on nerds like me who knows more about majority of the products in the store then they do and try to take credit from my choice of products. It’s one thing if the salesman actually assisted me in the decision and answered some questions, it’s a whole different situation if you just wait for me to choose and then swoop in and print out a paper that says you helped!

So the douche of a salesman holds us there for a good 10 minutes so that he can get all the information from the couple (they were new to Fry’s so all their information needed to be put into the system), printed us a paper saying he did his job and sent us on the way. As we walked away, I told the couple what just happened, and crumpled the paper loudly, making sure he heard and saw it….he did…mouthed off “what da F@#$?!?”.

Like I said, this is not the first time I’ve dealt with this. I’ve actually yelled out “NO!” when one of them ran after me and asked if he can do a “write up” for me, he asked why, I said “because you didn’t help me find this”, he actually had to guts to say “but we make commission”. I said “Then maybe you should go back to your area and actually earn that commission by actively helping people!!!”

These salesmen are the WORST ones, they remind me of old school projects where you always have that one or two idiot who’s either too stupid or too lazy to help, but when we get an A, he gets one too!


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