News that caught my eye this week

Little secrets of ‘out-of-business’ sales

Was your trip to CircuitCity a disappointment? Mine sure was. Everything that was on sale is now at regular price with a mere 10% off taken on top. This CNN Money article goes over some aspects of these liquidation sales and explains how things really work under the hood.

Expired food for sale? Why not!

Tough economic times create issues for some and business opportunities for others. A good example is a family owned UK site selling expired but edible food at a discount. It appears their business is booming and they currently have a 12-day backlog of orders due to a healthy demand for their products. I wonder if there is a US equivalent to this website? (via)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - free download

The famous book by by Stephen R. Covey which sold over 15 million copies in 38 languages can be downloaded for free in Audible format using this link. To listen this book you will need to create a free account at and download their proprietary software. (via)

Save Money by Making Your Own Ringtones

LifeHacker links to a very simple online web app that will let you upload an MP3 or WMA music file, set some parameters like length and fading, and will generate a ringtone for your phone. You can then send the resulting file to you phone in SMP or e-mail message or save it on your computer desktop. (via)

Senate delays digital TV transition plans

Just as I expected the deadline for moving to digital TV has been moved. The new date is June 12. Do you have an analog TV? Have you installed a converter box yet? I am still lingering. I already received my coupon but haven’t purchased the box. For more info on the DTV transition go to this website. (via)

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2 Responses to “News that caught my eye this week”

  1. 1 G Feb 3rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Um… the DTV transition has *NOT* been delayed (yet). It’s still on track for February 17, as you’ll see on the linked website. The delay bill was defeated (although they’re working on another one). Don’t be misled! Be ready!

  2. 2 Yan Feb 3rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    From what I know there is still a very good chance it gets approved. Senate approved it twice already and the House failed to pass it only because the bill was on suspension and required 2/3 of votes to pass. The House will vote on Wednesday again and this time whey will need a simple majority to pass.

    That said I agree I rushed the news w/o carefully investigating what is going on. Senate approval doesn’t make it a law which I wrongly assumed

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