Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Increase is Evidence of a Decrease???

Two consecutive sentences from a Washington Post article, Mortgage Rates Drop to 6.14 Percent:

Home prices grew 0.86 in the third quarter of this year, the slowest pace since 1998, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise reported today.

This slow growth "provides more evidence that the long-forecasted national depreciation in housing prices is occurring," the agency's director, James B. Lockhart, said in a statement.

So the increase is evidence of the decrease? What!!!!

Related: Coming Collapse in Housing? - 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates - Financial Literacy blog posts

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Ad Supported Laptop Purchase

Help Me Buy a Laptop!

My computer just turned six years old! Banquo survived five years of college (three in dorms), twelve relocations (one cross-country), two operating system upgrades.
Unfortunately I'm completely broke and can't afford to replace him.
For $150 a square inch, I'll etch (almost) whatever you want on the top of my new laptop. Your ad will be shown all around the Bay Area coffee shops, start-up offices, and Web2.0 conventions! I now work at Instructables, a how-to/DIY website full of cool projects. Instructables is located at Squid Labs and I have access to their laser etching/cutting machine. Click here to see other laser etched laptops.

And it worked. Cool.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Compete Toolbar

A new (to me at least) toolbar is available. The Compete Toolbar seems nice. It seems to be trying to see its Trust Scores (can you trust this site) and Deal (which tells you about deals on teh site you are visiting). Both seem decent. Trust I would bet will leave off a bunch that are trustworthy but so what. If it indicates tusted sites that seems worthwhile. I like the site profiles feature.

Other popular toolbars: Google, Alexa, Yahoo.