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Ten Websites I Couldn’t Live Without

by Luke Landes

I’ll admit there’s a little bit of hyperbole in the title of this post. I’m sure I’d survive without the internet, but I’d be unwilling. Unwilling to go on living. If I had to choose, here are the ten websites I’d want to have with me on a desert/deserted island, in no particular order. CNN. ... Continue reading this article…

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If Ya (Ain’t) Got It, (Don’t) Flaunt It

by Luke Landes

Yahoo is preparing to launch a new site I don’t need, Yahoo Tech. It will be another website flaunting all the tech gadgets I would like to have but can’t justify buying. Yahoo Tech will provide information on gadgetry in 18 categories, including cellphones, laptop computers and digital-music players. In each category, Yahoo will highlight ... Continue reading this article…

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Wall Street Journal Online Free

by Luke Landes

The entire Wall Street Journal Online will completely free for ten days. They plan to publish several special features to coincide with the website’s tenth anniversary. You can also get free print newspapers and meet some names known to personal finance bloggers: The Wall Street Journal Online will go live from Times Square in New ... Continue reading this article…

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Verizon FIOS Driving Down Comcast Prices

by Luke Landes

Pkp646 asked in response to my latest Comcast adventure (which isn’t quite the latest — there’s something new I haven’t written about yet): I would be interested to know, Flexo, if there has been talk of allowing Verizon’s FIOS into your area. It seems that everywhere that they are trying to enter the field, Comcast ... Continue reading this article…

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Google Real Estate Listings

by Luke Landes

It was inevitable. Google is working on a project that mashes up its Google Base (data management) and Google Maps for the sole purpose of listing real estate for sale and for rent. If Google handles this correctly, it could simply crush all other online listing services. The best way to get to it is ... Continue reading this article…

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Comcast Still Doesn’t Have it Right

by Luke Landes

The Comcast Cable Internet saga continues. First I tried to take advantage of a free 50 percent speed upgrade and found out I had to buy a new modem. Then I realized I was actually getting an upgrade that more than doubled my download transfer speed for the same price. Now I’ve received the bill. I ... Continue reading this article…

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You Know, The Federal Reserve… For Kids

by Luke Landes

While we’re all anticipating an increase in the Federal Reserve’s short-term interest rate, the Fed has been busy creating a website for kids. The aptly named Federal Reserve Kids Page contains an eagle with large talons and mildly interesting trivia aimed at middle schoolers and those needing a refresher course on the twelve Federal Reserve ... Continue reading this article…

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Cable Internet vs. Cable Television

by Luke Landes

Last month, I mentioned my cable company, Comcast, was offering a free upgrade to 6 Mbps service. For those not familiar with downloading speeds, that’s pretty fast. I had to buy a modern, standards-compliant modem in order to take advantage of those speeds, however. Considering all the work I do at home, it has helped ... Continue reading this article…

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Things To Check Out

by Luke Landes

Hey! You’ve probably heard, but I must repeat to support my friends in the blogosphere. 1. AllThingsFinancial was mentioned in Money Magazine this month under “Best Professional Commentary.” Congrats JLP! 2. Jane Dough from Boston Gal’s Open Wallet has been interviewed by Scott from Money Blogger Podcast. 3. The MoneyBloggerNetwork has created forums to discuss ... Continue reading this article…

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Google Finance, Including Blogs

by Luke Landes

This is interesting. Google is launching a finance-related web site, seemingly to compete with the likes of Yahoo Finance. The site is described as a “financial news, stock quote and chat service,” and apparently financial blogs will be highlighted. I tried searching for Google on the new service, and you can see the results. I’m ... Continue reading this article…

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Follow-Up: Saving $10 on Cable Internet

by Luke Landes

A few days ago, I wrote about how I might begin saving $10 on my cable internet service from Comcast. I was approached by a neighbor who noticed my wireless network was available (but protected by password) and offered to pay me a portion of my cable bill if we could access it. I responded ... Continue reading this article…

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Comments: Rebate Scams

by Luke Landes

I received this email from Adam last night, in reference to my article about rebate “scams.” I’ve reprinted the email with permission: I really enjoyed your Rebate Scams article. Five to six years ago, I used to buy items with rebates all the time. I never had a problem. It seems like it’s a recent ... Continue reading this article…

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Saving Another $10 on Cable Internet

by Luke Landes

My wireless connection is protected by password in order to dissuade people piggybacking off my service. When I installed the wireless router, in addition to adding this security, I described the wireless network using my apartment number. Doing so may end up saving me money on my Comcast bill each month. A neighbor, while using ... Continue reading this article…

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Media Mentions

by Luke Landes

Congratulations to the ad-free personal financial blogs aggregator, pfblogs.org, which was mentioned both in Business Week (in an upcoming issue and online for subscribers) and in Barrons Online (for subscribers). A number of blogs were also mentioned between the two articles including MyMoneyBlog, My Open Wallet, Savvy Saver, Happy Capitalist, Frugal for Life, the MoneyBlogNetwork, ... Continue reading this article…

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Visualize Your Debt Payments

by Luke Landes

If you’re a visual person, you may like this debt repayment calculator I discovered via Consumerist. After you input the terms of your debt (only one account at a time), it presents a colorful timeline of your payments and end-of-year totals.

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First Look: Ev’reward

by Luke Landes

If you like shopping and love saving while you shop, you might find useful ev’reward. I tried it out quickly — no results for Express Men (that store’s too expensive anyway), 4 percent rebate for JC Penney, 2.7 percent for Circuit City and “0 stores matching Amazon.” A search for Holiday Inn resulted in a 5 percent cash ... Continue reading this article…

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National Tax Advice Day

by Luke Landes

To celebrate National Tax Advice Day (which I predict will soon become a major holiday which we’ll celebrate with staplers and shredders instead of tinsel and mistletoe) on Thursday, H&R Block has set up what appears to be a somewhat complete resource on calculating and filing your taxes. Sure, there are some light topics like ... Continue reading this article…

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Postage Rates and Online Stamps

by Luke Landes

Nickel over at Five Cent Nickel reminded me that postage rates are going up on January 8. One of the most convenient things I’ve discovered last month is the ability to print postage yourself, using your internet connection and printer. I’ve known this service has existed for a while, but I had been under the ... Continue reading this article…

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Blogosphere Supernova

by Luke Landes

About a year ago, I gave a shout-out to the other finance blogs on the internet — there weren’t many blogs in this category back then. Take a look at the comments and see the germination of personal finance blogs that have become some of the most popular out there. On my sidebar I keep ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft Will Pay You To Use MSN Search

by Luke Landes

Here’s an interesting twist in the Search Wars (turning everyone attention away from the Browser Wars, I suppose): Microsoft will pay individuals [WSJ/free] to use its search engine, sharing the ad revenues with the casual user, most likely through discounts in software packages. The biggest hole in this plan is easily snuffed out by the ... Continue reading this article…

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