An article on Slashdot asked this weekend whether video games were a good investment. The answer is generally no. Collectibles in general are not–they follow a boom and bust cycle. I’ve seen it happen in my own lifetime.
A coworker expects to inherit a two-bedroom house in the next few years and asked for some advice on fixing it up to rent out. It’s a surprisingly simple formula, really.
I’m several months late to this party, but I just saw Marcel’s post on Google’s two-factor authentication with a smartphone. He’s right. It works until someone steals your phone. Once someone steals your phone, you’re in a world of hurt. It’s just a compromise, until we find a way to do two-factor authentication the right [...]
My wife read an article yesterday on real estate investing that made her mad. I’d link to it, but I can’t find it today–maybe it was pulled. But the premise was that you shouldn’t invest in real estate, because being a landlord isn’t a quick way to get rich. I agree with the second part. [...]
This week I’ve had multiple people send me warnings they saw on Facebook about a new privacy threat, which, after I read about it, really appears just to be something that aggregates information already available about you. Perhaps not coincidentally, PC Magazine has a piece telling you what you need to do if you’re really [...]
You know how Microsoft decided in 1997 to make Windows look like a web browser? And continued that decision for the next 20 years? Don’t like seeing that stupid Windows logo moving while you’re waiting for Windows to display your files?
Me neither. Go download Throboff, which works on all versions of Windows up to XP. I don’t know about Vista or 7, sorry.
Even if the throbber doesn’t bother you all that much, turning it off regains some screen real estate, which is useful on netbooks.
I have a Saturday ritual. On Saturday mornings, about 49 times a year, I go to estate sales. On numerous occasions, I’ve been to estate sales of millionaires who, for one reason or another, were downsizing.
And on Saturday afternoons, I’ve been known to go look at foreclosure houses. Or, now that my wife and I have bought one, working on the foreclosure house.
I see a pattern.
So a friend of a friend came over the other night, pitching a pyramid scheme. He just told me he’d started a business. I figured (and kind of hoped) he wanted to sell me handyman services. Actually he wanted to get me out of debt.
"But I have no debt," I said. He told me I needed to keep an open mind.
I remember the last time someone told me that. It was two Mormon missionaries. To be nice, my wife and I let him keep talking.
You’re not going to believe this. This week my wife and I applied for a mortgage.
Not on our primary house. We’re buying an investment property. I’m still struggling with the mortgage bit.