Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Baltimore Ravens Schedule 2009

Did you ever find yourself wondering who the Baltimore Ravens play or what time the game is? Ever forget if it's a home or away game? I found a site that tracks the Baltimore Ravens Schedule for 2009 / 2010 and it's a quick way to get exactly what day the Ravens play, who their opponent is and whether the game is home or away. The site also quotes the game time in Eastern time catering to the timezone of the Baltimore Ravens fans. I find quick to view sites like this easier than wading through the official Baltimore Ravens site for simple information like a schedule.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wipe Your BlackBerry Prior To Activation

If your IT shop is like ours we activate alot of BlackBerry smart phones. We also have our share of problems activating a BlackBerry. Lucky for us most of these center around performing the proper voodoo dance required to get the darn thing activated. Here is what has worked well for us and you will want to wipe your blackberry to start. So to do a wipe blackberry you'll want to go into your options, and look for the wipe blackberry option. Then pull the battery after wiping the blackberry and wait 30 seconds. Then try your activation with a clean blackberry and it should now succeed.

The Seattle Seahawks 2009 Schedule Is Out

Hooray! The 2009 Seattle Seahawks Schedule has been released and i'm ready for another season of NFL Football. Qwest Field is an awesome stadium to catch a Seahawks game. According to the Seattle Seahawks schedule the Chicago Bears come to Qwest Field September 27 2009 to get stomped by our Seahawks. I hope that they bring their A game as I want to get my moneys worth watching the show. Rumor has it that this is the year to go beyond the playoffs and right into the super bowl.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cash For Clunkers Will Put More Clunkers On The Road

Think the Cash For Clunkers program will put more fuel efficient cars on the road? Think again. Under the Cash For Clunkers rules you must turn over your car to the dealer who gives you $4500 for it. So really unless you have a fairly crappy car you could likley get more than $4500 with a private sale. The folks who actually drive cars worth less than $4500 are not out buying new cars so even with a $4500 voucher they are likley to opt for the used car probably saving well over $4500 by taking advantage of someone elses depreciation loss. The only persons who really benefit are truck owners who will trade into a new truck. Though wise truck owners would also purchase used and not new as trucks don't change much from model year to model year. The Cash For Clunkers bill should be been called the auto dealer welfare act because when you do the math and analyze who can actualy use the program under the Cash For Clunkers Rules you'll find that the only benefit falls to the dealers for the small percentage of folks that actually dump their paid off beater for 5-6 years of car payments. More likley however folks not knowing the rules of the Clunker Bill will show up and be disappointed that they cannot trade their car in without taking a loss then decided to go the traditional route of a true trade in or private sale and purchase of a new or 1-2 year old car of their choosing regardless of gas milage. So dealers win by the program generating foot traffic. Most consumers lose because they will most likley finance the cars roping off a chunk of monthly cash flow due to car fever.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CARS Car Allowance Rebate System

Introducing the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS)
More Details!

What is the Car Allowance Rebate System?
CARS is a new program from the government that will help you pay for a new, more fuel efficient car or truck from participating dealers when a less fuel efficient car or truck is traded in. Government officials have often referred to this legislation as, "Cash for Clunkers." Or The Clunker Bill

How does CARS work?
Determine if you qualify by visiting http://cars.gov/ or Fueleconomy.gov

Does my trade-in vehicle qualify?
The qualification of the new vehicle and the incentive amount depend upon the kind of vehicle you want to purchase, it's mpg compared to your trade-in vehicle, and in some circumstances depends on the kind of vehicle you are trading in. In addition the purchase vehicle must be new (meaning the legal title has not been transferred to anyone) and must have an MSRP of $45,000 or less.

Does the vehicle I want qualify?
The qualification of the new vehicle and the incentive amount depends upon the type of the purchased vehicle and the difference in fuel economy in regards to the new vehicle and that in which was traded in. These requirements differ from those of work trucks.

Some of the Chrysler Group vehicles that may qualify:
• Chrysler: PT Cruiser, Sebring Sedan/Convertible, Town & Country, Aspen
• Dodge: Caliber, Avenger, Journey, Nitro (2WD), Grand Caravan, Dakota, Ram LD/HD
• Jeep: Compass, Patriot, Liberty (2WD), Grand Cherokee (2WD), Commander
Contact Us for More Details and See How We Can Save You Money!
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Chrysler Ups The Ante On The Clunker Bill

Not to be satisfied with the clunker bill passed by the government. Chrysler is now offering an additional $4500 off the price of new vehicles. The Chrysler Cash For Clunkers special offer effectively doubles the savings a customer of Chrysler would get over Ford Chevrolet or one of the many imports. A savings of $8500 or $9500 may have those who wouldn't consider buying a new car thinking of that new Chrysler minivan or smaller model that gets great MPG. This is smart as there is only a small pool of car buyers with the recession on so leveraging the government Cash For Clunkers program to sweeten their own deal could easily result in increased sales for Chrysler LLC.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Car Dealers Shouldn't Use Audio On The Web

As if car salesmen aren't annoying enough, I keep running across websites for car dealers where a salesman starts talking when you visit the site. If your sound is turned up from maybe a game etc it is REALLY annoying. Recently I found a Ft Pierce Toyota dealer whose website I wanted to check out. I hit the Bev Smith website and BLAH BLAH BLAH I get this guy telling me about Bev Smith Toyota and I have to scramble to get my volume turned done. I'd love to see the research that says that using audio on websites for advertising purposes is a good thing. Lucky this Ft Pierce Toyota dealer has an excellent reputation so it's customers will likley let the annoying sales guy slide. For those who just want the address or phone number however it's quite annoying.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Turn Off The Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? Warning In IE8

If you use IE8 otherwise known as Internet Explorer 8 you've probably encountered the error Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? that requires you say no to agree to view all the content. If you are tired of seeing Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? and hitting no you don't have to remove IE8 and roll back to Internet Explorer. You can just change a security setting in Internet Explorer 8 to "Display Mixed Content" which will prevent the Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? warning from appearing. To make this setting change in your IE8 browser click Tools, Internet Options. Click the Security tab and click the custom button. Look for the setting called Display Mixed Content and you'll notice it set to prompt. This is what causes the browser to prompt you with that warning. Set it to enable and now you can surf warning free. Keep in mind they put these settings there for a reason so you've slightly lowered your security.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Alternative Work Arrangements

I work at a large company with many sites around the world. Recently i've been hearing of all our troubles with space at our offices. We can't keep building out and expanding into more floors. So as a result we're looking at Alternative Work Arrangements where we use Office Hoteling and Hotdesking to accomodate more workers in less space. This is in addition to more relaxed flexhours and work at home telecommuting plans. Alternative Work Arrangements are the future as it saves companies many dollars becoming more flexable vs demanding all employees occupy a cube in valuable office space.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Outlook Doesn't Archive or Auto Archive Emails Not Removed From Inbox

If you are trying to Archive in Outlook or using Auto Archive in Outlook but find that your emails are not removed from your inbox sent items etc you may have a modified date that is earlier then the date specified in your archive or autoarchive settings. Outlook archiving does not use the received date when archiving it uses modified date which can be changed without your knowledge. To check to see if the modified date is not falling within the date you specified in your archive settings right click the top of one of the columns where you view mail. Choose customize and choose the fields button. You'll notice that Modified is a hidden field by default. Add it to the visable fields and move it to the top. Now view your emails and you'll see that you might have a received date of 1/15/2009 but a modified date of 4/18/2009 and if you said to archive everything older than 3/15/2009 no mail would be removed from your inbox because the modified date is 4/18/2009. There is no way to fix this that i'm aware of, you just have to discover the modified date and adjust your archiving date.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Autoway Toyota The Well Oiled Machine In Pinellas Park

In researching Toyota dealerships in Florida, I came across a Pinellas Park Toyota dealer called Autoway that has a very good reputation. One comment online referred to the service department at Autoway Toyota as "A Well Oiled Machine". The writer was referring to a team concept in use at Autoway Toyota that results in a relationship built with your service advisor and efficient servcing of your Toyota car or truck. The sales team at Autoway Toyota also carries a good online reputation with only one gripe about marking up a $2500 market adjust ment on the Prius when those were in high demand. So if you are looking for a Pinellas Park Toyota dealer with a great reputation, Autoway Toyota is a winner to date.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Courtesy Toyota Service A1

My friend in Winter Park Florida needed a new clutch put in his 1991 Honda Accord. While worried about the cost he was most especially concerned that he would not find a reputable place to perform such a high end repair. He ended up at a Winter Park Toyota dealer called Courtesy Toyota and was most pleased with the quality of work and especially the price. Today he's still running the replacement clutch that Courtesy Toyota installed saving TONS over the cost of a new Toyota and those high car payments he'd need to make. If you need Toyota service in the Winter Park Florida area check out Courtesy Toyota a Winter Park Toyota dealer with an awesome service department.

Testicular Torsion Ouch!

A condition primarily affecting adolescent boys called Testicular Torsion is a painful experience. This occurs due to the twisting of a blood vessel around the testicle usually the left nut that cuts off blod flow to the testicle. Testicular Torsion sometimes can affect both balls but usually it's just one and for some reason many times the left nut. It's said that Testicle Torsion can occur when the scrotum is relaxed in a warm or room tempreture environment and then exposed to sudden cold. The scrotum contracts and twisting can occur. Testicular Torsion will leave the victim with pain, redness and sometimes swelling of the testes. Many times this is followed by nausea and dizziness. Your doctor can do an ultrasound to determine if pain in your testicle is Testicular Torsion or some other issue.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Lithia Springs Georgia Auto Dealers

Located in Douglas County Georgia, Lithia Springs is a small area of Georgia with a population of a few thousand residents. Still Lithia Springs is a popular place for high quality auto dealerships to base their dealerships. Team Toyota has been serving folks in and around Lithia Sprints, Decatur and Alpharetta for years providing great Toyota service and selection. Similarly, John Bleakley Ford also offers great customer service, and excellent selection and a high quality service department. The affulent residents around the area appreciate the high level of service they receive at these Lithia Springs dealerships and return the favor in repeat business.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Rudy Luther Toyota Golden Valley MN

One of the better Toyota dealers in Minnesota is Rudy Luther Toyota. Located in Golden Valley next to hwy 394 this Golden Valley Toyota dealer is one myself and friends count on when we have any need for our Toyota vehicles. Today Toyota has emerged as one of the strongest automakers with an excellent arracy of trucks and cars to fit any shoppers budget and taste. Take the larger trucks like the Toyota Tundra. These have morphed into a quality full size vehicle that would appeal to buyers of Ford F150's or Chevy Silverados. For those on the green kick there is always the venerable Prius that also qualifies you for a tax credit for saving energy. If you are in the market for a new or used Toyota check out Rudy Luther Toyota you won't be sad you did.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Costco Closed On The 4th Of July

July 4 is Independance day and in honor of this holiday Costco stores will be closed. Normally Costco hours on a Saturday would be 9:30am - 6:00pm. Other holidays that Costco closes on are Memorial Day, New Years Day and Easter. So plan ahead to shop at Costco on July 3 or you'll have to wait until Sunday when the store reopens. Many other grocery stores are open on the fourth of July so if you find Costco closed on this holiday check out your other options in your area.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wow! Unemployment In The United States Is 9.5%

Who would have thought that unemployment in the USA would double from the norm of 5% unemployment to 9.5% unemployment. This means that unemployment has nearly doubled. States like Missouri with an unemployment rate of 8.8% are hit hard with so many residents seeking unemployment benefits. Many states are in a similar situation so who will pay all the unemployment beneits? Those making over $200,000 are likley targets who will be forced to pay the unemployment benefits for those unemployed in states like Missouri where high unemployment is the norm.