Neat income percentile calculator

Remeber the Occupy Wall Street protest [which started in NY on September 17, 2011]? Of course you do! It hasn’t even been a year. Since you remember you’re very familiar with all the “We are the 99%” pictures all over the net. Well today I found a “What Income Percentile Are You” calculator over at Intuit’s web site. Ever wonder what percentile you are actually in? The calculator will tell you. I displays both your US percentile and world percentile. Check it out with the link below:

what-percent-are-you

I admit that it makes me wonder if any of the protestors were in the top 1% globally speaking and if they even considered that. In case your curious to be in the top 1% globally you need to make about $104,000/year.

Saving Money Quest: Light bulbs

Last year was a hard year for my employer. As a result it was a hard year for my wife and I also, as I lost 16 hours a week. While I quickly found a part time job to cover some of the lost wages it meant tightening the proverbial belt a little and reducing our expenses. So I’ve tried my best to reduce my bills doing things like: downsizing my Cable package and getting rid of the house phone; clipping coupons; signing up for a cash back credit card; doing some comparison shopping; etc. I’ve also kept my eyes open for and actively looking for bargains and today I found something worth sharing with everyone.

It seems that some electric company’s give rebates for updating your house or work with more energy efficient devices and lights. If you live in NH you should really take a look at:

NHSaves

Now while the LED light blubs are still very pricey the cost of the squiggly bulbs is incredible. Especially check out the prices on the TCP 14w SpringLamp and the 19w and 23w SpringLights.

If you don’t live in NH you should check out your local power provider they chances are they have an energy saving programs or rebates.

Not just PSN also SOE!

I received this email a little while ago. If you played EQ or EQ2 etc the recent Sony Data breach also pertains to you.

    Customer Service Notification May 2, 2011

    Dear Valued Sony Online Entertainment Customer:

    Our ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems has discovered that hackers may have obtained personal customer information from SOE systems. We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyber-attack. Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password.

    Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained and we will be notifying each of those customers promptly.

    There is no evidence that our main credit card database was compromised. It is in a completely separate and secured environment.

    We had previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the cyber-attacks on the company, but on May 1st we concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen and we are notifying you as soon as possible.

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the attack and as a result, we have:
    1. Temporarily turned off all SOE game services;
    2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
    3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

    We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

    For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When SOE™’s services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your Station or SOE game account name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

    To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

  • U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.
  • We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.
    Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
    Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
    TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

  • You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at (877) 382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.

    We are committed to helping our customers protect their personal data and we will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in regions in which such programs are commonly utilized.

    We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at (866) 436-6698 should you have any additional questions.

    Sincerely,
    Sony Online Entertainment LLC

Fantastic, just fantastic. /sigh

Observations, poisons, quandaries, ramblings, and sashay

As many of you have noticed by now, I haven’t had a lot of money recently. Some of you have helped out, some of you haven’t. I’m still doing very part time work for two different companies. Yes, I am still looking for something full time. I have been selling things on eBay, worked temp at the Post Office, helped friends move offices, etc.

Some of the things that I haven’t done followed by simple observations;

  • borrow money from other people. (Although, some may argue this point since i currently owe my “landlords” a decent chunk of change.) There are quite a few people in this world that owe me money from over the years. You want to impress me? Pay me back, thanks. The amount(s) owed to me well exceed my current level of debt. Some of it boils down to I kept a room over your heads. Some of it dates back to my house in Hollis. Some of it is as recent as my Apt in Nashua. You all know who you are, but it’s come down to keeping a roof over my head and eating.
  • buy books to read (I’ve borrowed quite a few from Marduath, and Sir_K), but I cannot remember the last time I bought a book. This actually bothers me for some reason. As recent as a few years ago I would probably buy a couple books a month and devour them. So as a result I found myself asking when the hell did paper backs start costing $7.50 or $8.99 or $9.95? I’m pretty sure that the last paperback I bought cost me $6.95 and I considered that pretty darn expensive at the time.
  • found a full time job. I’ve had many interviews, and sent out 1000s of resumes. Monster.com has become a nearly daily reading requirement. Many friends who work in my industry have accepted resumes and passed them around internally where they work, which has resulted in several interviews. To all those people saying the economy is getting better, I would candidly like to point out that your wrong. The IT industry unemployment rate is higher than the national average.

    Some other things that I’ve noticed in recent years/months/weeks/days:

  • There are a lot of internet sites the want you to pay for a service that any one can get for free. Some examples in recent years are wholesalers, drop shippers, and information sites. Any of these types of services can be gotten for free by practically anyone. Start a business and get a EIN, and thats all you need to contact wholesalers to place orders. Information sites are a great example of ingenious slackerdom. All the information you need about something can be found elsewhere for free. Why are there so many stupid consumers in this world? (Read: why are there so many stupid people in this world, that are so quick to part with their money?)
  • One of my few heroes in this world is utterly crazy, but complete genius. Robert Anton Wilson, is definitely off the deep end, but much of what he says makes sense. For those not familiar with him or his works rawilson.com. He’s a lot more then just a co-author of the Illuminatus!.
  • I start so many projects, and seem to get bored with them and never quite finish them. Recently, there has been my M:tG PHP/MySQL DB that I worked on religiously for about a week, and then got bored with. My Apache pulling its running cfg from MySQL Project that I figured out how to get it to work, and got bored with. Even online games long a staple of my computer diet have been boring the hell out of me. Its time for spring damn it. I’ve even setup and configured several different Desktop machines from old PC parts laying around. (Including but not limited to fixing Booka’s machine, determining whats wrong with Vcander’s PC and giving him recommendations, setting up a debian desktop PC out of sheer boredom, setting up a unstable dist of Debian for testing purposes.) I have several more items like this on the todo list: Solaris10, and Gentoo. I have both DLed already its just a matter of installing my burner and burning em to disk. (note: after having written this, I ended up putting the composition on hold, and installed the CD-RW on JangoFett and have started burning the disks.)
  • I have an incredibly hard time getting on and staying on a 1st shift schedule when not working full time. I’ve worked 2nd or 3rd shift most of my life, and my body just rejects 1st shift. For the past few months I have been desperately attempting to change back to 1st shift. Recently I have almost succeeded. I’ve been waking up around 10 or 1030am.
  • not that I’m surprised by this, but… MS AntiSpyware blows goats. It has yet to find a single piece of spyware on my computer. (Yet when i run AdAware and/or Spybot afterward they always find something. While these are mostly just tracking cookies, occasionally its more then that.) To test this application further, I of course went out and visited about 30 or so different web sites. (google: sex and hit the first couple pages) MS antispyware didn’t find crap. Both Spybot and AdAware both found a bunch of stuff. Yay MS! Great product you have there.

    Well I guess thats enough rambling. I added to this through out the day off and on.

  • yesterday and today in a nutshell

    Tuesday – Boston for free preview showing of Constantine (Thanks cantbeacat!)

    Wednesday – Job interview in Waltham. It went well, hope i get it. Should start round two of interviews soonish. (This was interview 3, 4, and 5 with them. The first two were over the phone.)

    Dennys with matronsinafay and blkw1d. Some friends I hadnt seen in a while showed up. Als T the reg thursday night M:tG player.

    Bab5 (Season 3 – Episode 4) with matronsinafay yay!

    automobiles and jobs…

    Just got the car out of the shop… $888 later. Yay I’m mobile again!! Of course I’m broke. More then broke. If anyone is working for a company that needs any sort of customer service and/or IT support and/or SysAdmin work please let me know asap. I’m really sick of pouring thru monster.com, dice.com and all the other job sites.

    Went to the Monarchs game last night w/ matronsinafay, nateverlast, and blkw1d. Was a lot of fun. They creamed Conn. Lots of fights! yay.

    I’m putting together a mini Millenium Falcon that blkw1d and the1andonlyerg got me for my bday. 🙂 The mini Star Destroyer is of course already on Dreams’ monitor. Thats all for now. Peace.