Archive for March 2010


March 29, 2010

We have been using Dial hand and bath soap for over 40 years. We have become accustomed to associating the Dial fragrance with cleanliness; until just recently.

Dial bars used to be full firm and fully packed. Today they have a unique shape. Sort of dished out. Perhaps to fit the hand? Just recently I realized that they are not trying to make the shape ‘fit the hand’ as mush as they are trying to reduce the amount of soap in each bar. How silly! Fit the hand Indeed. That makes as much sense as putting handles on cats so you can take them for a walk,

No, the makers of dial are not looking out for the good of the consumer, they are raising prices and cutting product portions. Why? Because someone has figured out you don’t need to work nearly as hard if abuse the consumer. Costs go down. Profits go up. All you have to do is sit on your fat lazy ass and let it ride. Consumers are tied to brands by brand loyalty. They will never catch on.

During a recent trip to the store I noticed that Dial cost nearly double what other soaps were priced. I never gave much thought to the price of soap. After all, at ten cents a bar what is the point. That is no longer the case. Dial is up at $12 for a pack of 16 bars. Competitors are at $7 for a pack of 16 bars. Then when you consider your are getting half the soap in each bar of Dial, Dial becomes the product not to buy.

Suddenly that clean Dial smell has become the foul odor of greed and consumer abuse.

How to make Wishes come True

March 6, 2010

Fall comes and leaves fall. No problem unless you have large trees on the property. We have two huge trees in the back yard. Every year the trees drop their leaves. Some are blown away by the wind but most end up lining the fence around the yard.

The other day I was wishing they would disappear.

I ended up stuffing leaves onto bags for two days.

Today my wish has come true. The leaves have disappeared and now I know the secret to making wishes come true.

Can you guess what that might be?

Buying a Computer

March 3, 2010

Sometimes it is as important to know what not to buy as it is to know what is good to buy. This blurb offers both.

First, what to buy. Apple, apple, apple. My own personal favorite is the Macbook. Not just any Macbook. It has to have at least 2 gig memory, intel hardware, superdvd drive, external 1gig USB storage, airport card, wireless mouse and keyboard, video cable to use an external monitor, spare battery, powersupply, externally powered USB hub, at least a 120gig hard drive, and another external passport 120gig drive for the time machine backup software.

All the items described above will allow you to use the most recent OS-X software, WindowsXP in dual boot (if you must), default to the most reliable system available (OS-X). This setup is an excellent desk top solution and still provides the best in portable operation. The system is as fast as anything else out there and fully multi media capable. It can even do Netflix on OS-X as well as WindowsXP. Only use WindowsXP professional with ONLY SP2 and no versions of Explorer more recent than 7 with 6 preferred. Get updated and disable automatic updates. Get a personal firewall installed. One that monitors when programs want to connect to the internet. Then disable all those stupid programs that insist on calling home everytime you use them. Just disable the calling home feature, not the program itself. It is not good to let the software supplier update his software without letting you know in advance how that update will effect you. This is particularly true about software that is rarely used.

All that above software and hardware will cost around $2000 or less depending on if you buy new or used. It will be a complete and final answer to any computer needs you may ever have as concerns a personal computer.

Most all the above features can also be had at lower cost ($1000) by opting for a used iBook to support all the peripherals. It will be slower and less capable but the only feature you loose will be the ability to run Windows.

Now, what not to get. The easy answer is everything else. Specifically, avoid Dell, HP, Acer, and other first and third party vendors of complete systems. If you must to the PC route, build your own. Don’t use budget parts. Get new parts and go for quality. Read user reviews before you buy. Buy on-line mail order to avoid having to pay sales tax.

Do not try to build your own laptop. Panasonic and Sony make decent laptops. All others are junk.