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BUY.COM is my site of choice, though I buy only books there. Books are nearly ALWAYS less than Amazon or B&N -- sometimes only by pennies, but cheaper nonetheless. Best feature is frequent free shipping so all the more reason. [enough of all the promoting, you'd think I get a kickback (which I don't)]. My point is that Buy.com's gift list auto elimates items purchased. Though it doesn't read minds...my significant other's family selected items from the list -- only they purchased from Amazon! To each his/her own. And I still got what I wanted!!
Depending on how much you're buying you can do much better at www.alldirect.com where the prices are dollars (often several) less than amazon. Most items are 38% off of cover price. The downsides: free shipping doesn't kick in until $99. Sometimes they are out of an item and they don't do back orders. They don't have small press books. (But neither does buy.com, it appears.) And the web site is kind of clunky. And of course no frills like wish lists. I've also found overstocks.com to be competitive with flat rate shipping, but more variable in pricing. (Some items are 42% off cover price.)Add a comment...
But I'm optimistic that the site will improve drastically, and here's why: my status quo is changing, back to something like it was when I was a much better weblogger. Having made a living as an independent consultant since late 1999, I'm going back into the workforce as a Software Engineer for a local firm at the intersection of information systems and politics (which makes it right up my alley). I'm excited about working with a team of smart people again, and will leak more details as I feel like it.
(I'm still interested in the occasional consulting project; my schedule will just be less flexible.)
I was much better at maintaining a frequent update schedule back when I was able to do it after a full day's work; it's my plan to get back to posting at least thrice a week, hopefully more.
I also want to put down a fresh coat of paint on this site, but realistically that won't happen for a few months.
And speaking of politics, I've been following the various campaigns closely and writing about them elsewhere much more consistently than I've been posting here. Anyone interested in my thoughts on the upcoming elections, e-mail me and I may slide you the URL. 3 comment(s)
Congrats on the new job -- I hope it is going well!
uh-oh, something about the Iowa caucus results seem to have sent your new resolve into a tailspin... nothing in ten days!! we miss you!
Nah, it's just a period of adjustment to the new jobAdd a comment...
O'Reilly Network: My Wired News Wishes for 2004 [Dec. 31, 2003] (via Backup Brain)
I wish that Apple would take the best practices of the individual iApps, and make them consistent across the whole suite. For example, why does iTunes support Rendezvous for local area sharing, but iPhoto does not?...1 comment(s)
Why can't iPhoto stream albums over the web? While I understand the pickle that Apple was in that caused them to close the door on the iTunes feature that allowed streaming of mp3s (I wish they hadn't), I think this would also be really useful for iPhoto. I'd love to have my mom easily stream iPhotos from my computer, rather than me having to upload them to a webpage (which is much more cumbersome) or email them to her. And it must be easier to do this with photos than with audio.Add a comment...
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