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Scaring You From Dining Out

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by

I was watching this episode titled Canada Restaurant Secrets from the show marketplace on CBC which was kind of interesting as this is normally a show about finance and money in general. In this episode it essentially talked about food safety and how many restaurants have health violations. You can see the episode here at http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2013-2014/canadas-restaurant-secrets

Funny enough, people often complain that dining out is probably a huge cause of their financial woes in life. Talking about how much you save or how much healthier it can be to buy and cook your own food usually isn’t enough. I can easily see though how something like this would scare people into doing it. Maybe one key to help people save money is to get them to watch stuff like this. Takes the workload off you from nagging others to do the financially responsible thing. :mrgreen:

On a side not I find it funny they mentioned KFC in this report as I even wrote not too long ago that I ate some KFC due to a person wanting to treat me and it ended up making me feel ill.

Reading The Terms of Service For Free Phone Apps

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by

Interesting topic I was hearing today about how so many apps out there for smartphones request that when you use it you authorize the company to do things such as record your voice, turn your camera on or other things like seeing your contact list. Essentially, it was how many times the apps are free because you are essentially exchanging a lot of personal information about yourself and that data is worth a lot of money.

This is nothing too new in general as companies have been doing these types of things forever. There were just some examples that got people thinking more such as how some free bank apps say that you give them permission to record your conversations with the justification that if they record you if there was ever a dispute such as a transaction fraud they can use this recording as verification. Of course the different spin on this was people were saying anyone in the organization can just turn it on.

I usually try to minimize the apps I install personally. I never thought it was a good idea to just install everything simply because it is free. Can’t put a price on your privacy.

The Simple Fix At Times

Friday, April 11th, 2014 by

Recently my dad was telling me how his computer wouldn’t turn on and as a result this could mean that he would need to bring it in for repair or worst having to buy a brand new system, which he was prepared to do. He was describing how the computer turned on but nothing was coming on the screen. I immediately thought it was a user error and so I went to see what was wrong. As it turned out, the video mode and power button are next to each other and it seemed like the monitor was simply on a different video mode to what the cable is connected to.

He did feel a little silly afterwards. Kind of makes you think at how many other things we sometimes tend to just dispose of because we think it is broken when really it isn’t. It is usually a quick excuse to buy something new as well huh? I was trying to imagine how much money he could have potentially paid to have someone “diagnose” the problem as well. When in doubt, ask the kids first right? :mrgreen:

Looking For Your Old Equipment

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by

I was looking for an audio cord the other day and I am pretty sure I have one laying around somewhere. I basically wanted to test out a connection from my monitor to my desktop speakers. However, I couldn’t find it immediately and one thing that crossed my mind was instead of looking around for it maybe I should just buy a new one. I know many people would opt to do that and as a result this is usually how we end up with so many pairs of the same item.

While I am usually pretty good in holding myself back in cases like this, I really needed to know if my setup would work or not for an upcoming project and so I ended up going to the dollar store and buying one for like $2. The dirty feeling of spending money on something extra that you know must be laying around somewhere. It’s almost a sin that the thing is cheap too as I am sure if it costs like $1000 there is no way I would say may as well just get a new one.

On a different note, I have no idea how dollar stores can call themselves that anymore either as it doesn’t seem like anything inside is actually $1.

Trying To Find Last Minute Reviews

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by

Today while shopping I saw that there was a bundle of coconut water on sale and it sounded like a reasonable deal. The problem was I had no experience with this particular brand and since it was a bundle of six one litre packages it would be a waste if I didn’t actually like it. Therefore, my first reaction was to go online and attempt to find user reviews of the product.

This made me think how this is like the new way that many people decide on whether or not to buy your products or services. There have been a few occasions over the week where I have seen other people and businesses do the same when they are looking for some kind of third party solution. Kind of shows you the importance of investing in social media in general and trying to make sure as many people as possible put out a good word for you huh? Of course this can mean more fake reviews too and so you need to try and screen those out.

Maybe I should find like some kind of mobile community for things like this. It would be very handy.