Archive for August, 2007

Want To Give Your Laptop A Real Boost In Speed? Pick Up This 160GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive For Just $129!!!

August 13, 2007

Update 4: Price is now back down to $129, plus there is a 10% off coupon for all Dell accessories when you use paypal!
Coupon Linky (Exp: 09/05)

HT: Asher O.

Update 3: DEAD-NOW $179!

Update 2: I have personally confirmed with Dell in writing that this hard drive IS covered by a 1 year warranty. Additionally if you buy it with your Starwood AMEX credit card you will have 90 days to return it and you will have a full 2 year warranty!

Price Drop-Now Just $116 from either Dell Home or Dell Small Business!
For those who have already ordered-call Dell up to receive a price adjustment!

Originally posted on 07/15
Last year I upgraded the supplied 40 GB 4,200 RPM(Rotations per minute) hard drive on my Dell 700m notebook to a 100 GB 7200 RPM hard drive.

Being the early adopter that I am I paid dearly for it at the time ($220 or so) but it was the best upgrade that I made on my laptop.

The performance boost from the 7,200 RPM hard drive was much more noticeable than from more RAM or a faster processor.

After the upgrade windows booted up in literally half the time, and programs opened up without any delays (e.g. before the upgrade firefox used to take a fair amount of time to open up, afterwards it didn’t take any time at all!)

At any rate Dell is now selling the 160GB 7,200 RPM drive for just $129, which is an unbeatable price.

The drive is manufactured by Seagate. (You can tell that it’s a Seagate by clicking on the picture of the hard drive to enlarge the image!)

Even though the links say that it’s for a “Latitude D820″ this will work fine in any notebook that takes standard 2.5” SATA notebook hard drives.

This drive is available from Dell Home Outlet or Dell Small Business.
I would recommend buying from Dell Small Business, just in case Dell Home Outlet might send you a refurbished drive!

160GB 7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive From Dell Home

160GB 7,200 RPM SATA Drive From Dell Small Business


20% Off At Toys R Us!

August 13, 2007

Delete your cookies to visit the coupon link more than once…
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Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007 For Free With Free Shipping After $40 Rebate!!!

August 12, 2007

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Staples reward members never pay shipping!
Rewards Member Signup Linky (Free!)

To get your free shipping as a reward member:

On the last checkout page, in the “Staples Customer Numbers” section click on the “edit number” button, and then click OK without actually changing the customer number.

On the final checkout page it should then display the free shipping!

American Express Financial Review-What Is It And How To Avoid It…

August 12, 2007

American Express occasionally freezes the credit card accounts of individuals with high-risk patterns.

They request lots of personal information, such as IRS returns, that most people are hesitant to fax away in today’s age of security risks.

I personally have a dozen or so AMEX cards, and have never had a financial review, so I don’t speak from my own experience, but here are some important steps you can do to avoid the dreaded financial review:

-Keep your credit lines on each of your AMEX’s below $25,000.
One symptom commonly found among people who have been hit with a review is very high credit lines.

-NEVER utilize over 50% of the credit line of any of your AMEX cards.
If you have a Starwood card with a $10,000 limit, never have a balance of over $4,999, even if you pay it off every month on time.

-Keep your collective credit balances well below your stated annual income.
If you reported an annual income of $200,000, AMEX won’t like it if you have $190,000 of credit available to spend in one month.

What if you do get hit with a financial review?

Immediately call up AMEX and ask to close down every one of your accounts.
If the AMEX financial review bean-counters close your accounts they will say closed by issuer, which is quite bad.
If you pre-emptively close them they will simply say closed at customer request, and will barely hurt your credit.

Suffering from Starwood AMEX withdrawal?
Don’t worry!
Since you pre-emptively closed your accounts, just wait a few months and then you can apply all over again, and you will even get the signup bonus again!

My 1 Month Schedule…

August 12, 2007

I’m going to sticky this as the top post until the end of August as a reminder that updates will be sporadic for the next month.
Please scroll down for new posts.

Will I be forgiven if I don’t make 5 posts a day for the next month?

07/27-Drive to Pittsburgh for Shabbos.
07/29-Earning Jetblue tickets for flying PIT-JFK flights. Overnight at the Tudor hotel (Thanks Nadiv K.!)
07/30-Fly back to PIT, Drive back to Cleveland.
07/30-08/01-Take summer semester finals and hand in essays due for my grad school courses.
08/02-Fly to Israel!
08/26-Return to Cleveland.
08/27-First MBA class of the fall semester.

Free Lunch Bag From Claifornia Raisins…

August 11, 2007

Free Lunch Bag Linky

$10 Off $40 Or $20 Off $80 At Express Stores!

August 11, 2007

I didn’t think I needed to explain this, but based on the comments apparently I do…
The time-stamp of this site is set to EST, so when I post from Israel it still shows the EST time(7 hours earlier than it is for me).
Obviously I would never update this site on shabbos, G-d forbid.

Possibly my first ever post while it’s still shabbos in ctown…

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Airfare Alert!

August 10, 2007

Pittsburgh-S. Diego-$122+ RT On AA and Northwest

NO REBATES! Logitech MM28 Portable Speaker For Just $14.99 Shipped!!!

August 9, 2007

Compatible with all MP3, CD, DVD Platers, etc.

Logitech MM28 Portable Speaker Linky

Have Windows Vista? Get This 8GB ExpressCard SSD For Just $68 Shipped And Boost Your Computer’s Performance!

August 9, 2007

In Windows Vista is a feature called ReadyBoost that will use this Solid State Drive(SSD) to access files from flash memory instead of from the hard drive, which will speed up and improve your computer’s performance!

Lexar 8GB ExpressCard SSD Linky
$24 Rebate Linky