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After Christmas Tips

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Bill sent me a list of some excellent tips to follow after the Holidays are over and gone. If you think before you do… and then actually DO what you thought… your life next year might just be happier.

  • Don’t groan when the credit card bills roll in from the holiday shopping. You know it was money well spent. Of course, when shopping, always look for the best deals, and coupons. Try to stay away from “impulse buying”, as well. Plan your budget, make a list of who to buy for and ideas for them, and be done with it.
  • Look at the new year as being full of new opportunities and experiences. Apply yourself, and watch how much you can grow and change as a person.
  • Don’t focus your resolutions only on yourself. Dedicate at least one to doing something to make the world better, and KEEP doing it throughout the year.
  • Shake the hand of any man or woman you meet who works in a life-saving occupation, including law enforcement, health care personnel, and military members. Let them know how much what they do is appreciated.
  • Remember… love, joy and friendship isn’t only about the holidays. Keep them going all year long.

Random acts of kindness can go a long way to making this world a much better place.

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Christmas Safety

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I love this time of year: the music, the weather, the sights, sounds, and good shopping deals! I also find people tend to be in better moods, as well. However, there are extra hazards during the holiday season that you need to watch out for.

No matter what holiday you may or may not celebrate, all of us here at live.pirillo.com certainly hope you have a safe and happy one. Over 60% of house fires during the winter are caused by decorations and/or Christmas trees. That is a scary statistic. Here are some tips to help keep you safe, sent in by cb14 from our chat room.

  • Unplug the lights and decorations when you are not home, or they are otherwise not in use. Heat + a pine tree = house fire. The trees are highly flammable. Also, be sure to check all cords and plugs prior to using them for the year, for wear and tear. Throw out and replace any that look as though they are starting to fray or show bare wires. The smallest spark can possibly result in a very large disaster.
  • Make sure all external electrical decorations are well protected. Keep them away from moisture, and especially keep them away from moisture and salt. Salt and water together can also cause a fire very quickly when they come in contact with something electrical. Again, turn them off when not in use. They look great at night, but turning them off at bedtime will keep you safer… and keep your electricity bill down.
  • If you don’t have any rock salt handy, you can use table salt to keep your walkway and driveway ice free. This can help keep a lawsuit from landing in your lap, due to someone falling and becoming hurt on the ice. Try it yourself: place an ice cube in a container, and cover it with table salt. It works wonders!
  • Santa comes down the chimney, not through the door or windows. Keep those locked, and your blinds drawn when you aren’t home or are sleeping/otherwise occupied. Most home burglaries happen this time of year, and it would be awful to have the presents stolen, along with your other treasured possessions.
  • Go ahead and indulge in EggNog, but stay away from fruitcake. Fruitcake is an evil that should be avoided at all costs.

Have a wonderful holiday season, wherever you are.

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Top 5 Tips for Christmas Holiday Shopping

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And now that you’e watched the video, here’s another great tip. Check out the 275 stores listed below for coupons and deals, and if you can’t find the store you’re looking for check out our new Coupons site, which has coupons for over 1000 stores.

  • 1-800-Flowers
  • 1-800-Get-Lens
  • 3Balls.com
  • Abebooks
  • Absolute Home
  • ABT Electronics
  • ACDSee
  • Ace Hardware
  • ACLens
  • Acronis
  • Adidas
  • Adobe
  • Aeropostale
  • Alienware
  • Alloy
  • Altrec
  • Apple
  • Apple Bottoms
  • Artbeads
  • Audible
  • Avenue
  • B&H Photo
  • BabyAge
  • Baby Center
  • Baby Phat
  • Baby Universe
  • Backcountry
  • Bare Necessities
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Baseball Rampage
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Beauty.com
  • Bed Bath Store
  • Bellacor
  • Best Buy
  • BitDefender
  • Blockbuster
  • Bloomingdales
  • Boaters World
  • Boden
  • BookCloseouts
  • Books-A-Million
  • Borders
  • Boscovs
  • Bose
  • Bowflex
  • Brookstone
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Buckle
  • Buy.com
  • Buy Costumes
  • Cabelas
  • Calendars.com
  • Calumet Photo
  • Canadian Coupons
  • Carbonite Coupons
  • Celebrate Express
  • Cell Phone Shop
  • Chapters
  • Checks Unlimited
  • Childrens Place
  • Circuit City
  • CompUSA
  • Computer Associates
  • Cooking.com
  • Corel
  • Crayola
  • CyberCucina
  • Cyberlink
  • Dale & Thomas Popcorn
  • Dans Chocolates
  • Dean and Deluca
  • Delias
  • Dell
  • Dell Canada
  • Dell Home
  • Dell Small Business
  • Dell UK
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • Discovery Store
  • Disney Shopping
  • Domestications
  • Dragon Software
  • Drugstore.com
  • Dunham Sports
  • Dyscern
  • eBags
  • Eddie Bauer
  • ESET
  • Expedia
  • Family Christian Stores
  • Famous Footwear
  • FashionBug
  • Fathead
  • Figleaves
  • FinishLine
  • Footsmart
  • Franklin Covey
  • Gaiam
  • GameDuell
  • Gamepass
  • Gamestop
  • Gap
  • Gardens Alive
  • Geeks.com
  • GelaSkins
  • Giftbaskets.com
  • GigaGolf
  • GoDaddy
  • Godiva
  • Golfballs.com
  • Golfsmith
  • Greenloop
  • Guitar Center
  • Guitar Hero
  • Hallmark
  • Hammacher Schlemmer
  • HandHeldItems
  • Hickory Farms
  • HomeClick
  • Home Depot
  • Hotwire
  • HP Home
  • HSN
  • Ice.com
  • iFloor
  • iFrogz
  • iGourmet
  • In The Swim
  • Inhabit
  • InstrumentPro
  • Invisible Shield
  • iPod
  • iPod Touch
  • iPod Touch Cases
  • iRobot
  • iStockPhoto
  • JensonUSA
  • Joann
  • Joes Sports
  • Jos A Bank
  • Junonia
  • Karmaloop
  • Knet Golf
  • Kodak
  • Kodak Gallery
  • Kodak Store
  • Kodak Zi6
  • Kohls
  • Lancome
  • Lands End
  • Lane Bryant
  • LCD Monitors
  • Lenovo
  • Lillian Vernon
  • Limoges Jewelry
  • Linens-N-Things
  • Little Giant Ladder
  • Logitech
  • LostGolfBalls
  • Luggage OnLine
  • Mac Connection
  • Mac Minis
  • MacMall
  • Macys
  • Match.com
  • McAfee
  • Microsoft
  • Mighty Leaf Tea
  • Mikasa
  • Mondera
  • Moosejaw
  • Musicians Friend
  • Mwave
  • National Geographic Store
  • Netflix
  • Network Magic
  • NewEgg
  • NewEgg Daily Deals
  • NFL Shop
  • Nordstrom
  • Nutrisystem
  • Office Depot
  • OfficeMax
  • Old Navy
  • Onecall
  • onSale
  • Orbitz
  • Oriental Trading Company
  • Origins
  • Overstock
  • PacSun
  • Palm
  • Payless
  • Peapod
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • PetCareRX
  • PhotoWorks
  • Pinnacle Software
  • Pogo Stylus
  • Proflowers
  • QuickBooks
  • Radio Shack
  • RazorGator
  • RedEnvelope
  • REI
  • Rhapsody
  • Ritz Camera
  • Rockler
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Ross Simons
  • Roxio
  • Rugman
  • Sears
  • Second Act
  • Sharper Image
  • Shindigz
  • ShinyWhiteBox
  • Shoebuy
  • Shoes.com
  • Shop4Tech
  • Shop NBC
  • ShopNBC
  • Shutterfly
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Silhouettes
  • Sirius
  • Skinstore
  • Skype
  • Slingbox
  • SmartBargains
  • Smith & Noble
  • Smith Micro
  • Snapfish
  • Sony
  • Sonystyle
  • Spirit Halloween Store
  • Sports Authority
  • Staples
  • Sun & Ski Sports
  • Symantec
  • Szul
  • Target
  • Telescope.com
  • The Body Shop
  • The Company Store
  • TheNerds.net
  • ThinkGeek
  • Tiger Direct
  • TigerDirect.ca
  • Timberland
  • TiVo
  • Tool King
  • Toshiba
  • ToysRUs
  • Trading Post
  • Travelocity
  • Trend Micro
  • United Shades
  • Vanns
  • Verizon
  • Vermont Country Store
  • VisionDirect
  • VistaPrint
  • VMware Fusion
  • Walmart
  • Webroot
  • Weight Watchers
  • West Marine
  • Wine.com
  • Yves Rocher
  • Zales
  • Zappos
  • Zirh
  • ZipZoomFly

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    Shawn from TechWebLog.net sent me his top 5 tips for Christmas and holiday shopping. Reading through the list, these are all excellent things to keep in mind at any time of the year.

    • Get an Extended Warranty. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an electrical product fail due to poor quality or excessive use. If a warranty isn’t offered where you are shopping, walk away. Chances are, another store or merchant will offer one.
    • Have patience. If the product is not in stock, don’t settle for something that isn’t exactly what you want. The store may get another shipment in within the next few days, or you may find it at another retailer. You can also ask a sales clerk or manager if they have some in “the back” that hasn’t hit the shelf yet. Sometimes, that actually does work!
    • Ask about the return policy. It happens all the time. People get a duplicate gift, the wrong size, or the wrong color/style. Make sure the store you are buying from has a return policy, and what it is. Do they give store credit? What about an even exchange for wrong sizing? How difficult will it be for the gift recipient to exchange? Always ask for a gift receipt, as well. Many stores now only give credit at the lowest sale price within the last 90 days. If you paid $60.00 for something, and it went on sale the next week for $30.00… the person would only get a $30.00 credit upon return without that gift receipt.
    • Shop around. Check sale ads for various stores, and even on their websites. You may find much better prices at a store three blocks away, than at your normal shopping haunt. You should also always consider checking for online coupons and deals to save even more money.
    • Do your homework. Search through blogs, reviews and posts around the Internet. Make sure that the majority of people are happy with the product you are planning to buy. Check to see if there are a lot of negatives, such as missing pieces and parts, shoddy workmanship, or the like.

    These are all excellent tips to help you when shopping during the Holidays, or any time of the year. Be sure to keep an eye on my blog for many more excellent deals, coupons and tips throughout this Season.

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    Jeff has something to add:

    I think you missed out on your Five Tech Shopping Tips. It really should have been Six Tips. Here’s the Sixth (and some say the most important!)-

    Always read the fine print when you’re buying, be it new or used!
    Before you plop down the plastic, read up on all the things you’d rather ignore. That includes return policies, DOA returns and or exchanges, price protection, etc… There have been more tears shed over a sniveling return policy with a monstrous restocking charge than those shed because someone bought something they simply wanted. Personally, I’d rather be sorry for busting the budget over an excellent product than working hard to buy something at the absolute lowest price, only to be tortured by a rat in vendor’s clothing.


    Yule Log: Fire Video Screen Saver for your Desktop or iPod

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    There’s nothing like a crackling fire to warm you inside and out during the holiday season. And now… you can even have that “fire” on your desktop.

    At iYule.tv, you can purchase 30-minutes of crackling fire and a beautiful original score by Geoff Smith formated for wide or standard screen portable players, your computer or Apple TV. This was filmed in high definition, and can come with or without music.

    This is a collaborative effort between Geoff, Paul Cullgian, and Cali and Neal. The cost for the Yule Log is anywhere from $5.00 to $10.00, depending on what you need. Why should you pay for this? Well, a portion of the proceeds is going to charity. ‘Tis the Season for giving, after all. In Cali’s own words:

    This is something we’ve worked on nights and weekends for almost a month and we hope it’s something that will warm your heart and bring smiles to the faces of friends you share it with.

    If you’re giving someone an iPod that plays video this year, load it up with the iYule Log.

    If you’re taking that special someone in your life out for a nice holiday dinner, load iYule Log on your iPod and put it on the table for a touch of whimsical romance.

    Proceeds will be split by the producers and a percentage will go to three of our favorite charities. Geoff chose the Songs of Love Foundation, a charity that provides personalized songs for chronically and terminally ill children and young adults. Paul has chosen LitLiberation, the largest online literacy experiment in history. Neal and I have chosen Heifer International, a non-profit that helps families in poverty by giving them valuable live animals to provide eggs, milk and farming help.

    The video we’ve produced is a cozy multi-sensory experience that pulls me into the romantic essence of a fireplace, every time I turn it on to watch.

    You can also get the cool Christmas clock wallpaper you see on my other desktop, for free!

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    12 Days of Christmas Song: A Music Geek Carol!

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    That’s right, the 12 Days of Christmas… Geek style! Thanks to the community members in the live.pirillo.com chat room who helped me come up with the lyrics.

    Going backwards, here are the lyrics:

    On the 12th Day of Christmas, my geek love gave to meeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Happy Holidays everyone!

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    Favorite Christmas TV Show Classic Cartoon Gift

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    I love Christmas. I love the lights, the sounds, the smells… and the good feelings that are abundant. I decided to bring Christmas a little early this year, by having a giveaway!

    Not long ago, I reviewed the Saitek Backlit LED Eclipse II USB Keyboard. Since I can’t use it myself, I decided to give it away to one of you! This will be done next Friday evening, October 26th, 2007. You must be present in the chat room at the time of the random ‘scrolling’, so that you can give me the link to your comment. Here’s the way you can win:

    Leave a comment to this video, either on YouTube or my blog. In that comment, you have to guess which of the following was my favorite Christmas movie to watch when I was growing up. If you are chosen, and have left a comment with the correct answer… you win the keyboard!

    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    • Frosty the Snowman
    • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    • The Little Drummer Boy
    • Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol
    • Cricket on the Hearth
    • Frosty Returns
    • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    • Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    • A Year Without Santa Claus
    • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
    • Nester the Long Eared Christmas Donkey
    • Frosty’s Winder Wonderland
    • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
    • Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July

    That’s all there is to it! Good luck to everyone.

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    The Light Night Before Christmas

    Oh, what a wonderful Christmas Eve we had – with Ponzi’s aunt and uncle, and our good friend Brandon Paddock. It was a quiet evening, for the most part. We had dinner, exchanged a few gifts, decked the ficus with a single string of lights (as we didn’t get a Christmas tree this year), and reminisced about Christmases past. When it was just the two of us together, Ponzi and I made a halfhearted attempt at exchanging gifts and whatnot – although most of her gifts are to be acquired after our honeymoon. I can only assume that everybody out there had a good night, too – merry and bright and all that jazz.

    The Best Christmas Present?

    Christmas, this year, will be a non-event. I’m disappointed, but realistically prepared. We don’t have a Christmas tree, we haven’t set out many decorations, and our shopping schedule has been extremely cramped as of late (fiscally and physically). Santa Claus didn’t forget us, though; Ponzi’s been picking up items from my wish list, and I’ve been planning a stocking to end all stockings for her. It’s almost three in the morning here, and I’m wondering if I’ll even have time to pick up a screw for my glasses tomorrow (it fell out at some point this evening). That would be a wonderful gift: time.

    Ponzi says she only wants one thing this year for Christmas: a completely new wardrobe. Apparently, clothes go out of style after you wear them twice – and it’s only fashionable to wear 1/10th of the outfits 90% of the time? Well, that kind of gift is unrealistic. She thinks I’ve already seen my presents (as they’ve been coming in all sorts of boxes, mixed in with wedding registry gifts). In my mind, the best Christmas present for her at this point is to match the amount she spent on me – letting her spend the same amount on her wardrobe, “guilt free.”