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Think twice before tinting your BMW

May 27, 2008 Leave a comment

The sunlight in Southern California is real bright. To protect the little fellows in the back seats I decided to tint my BMW 325. The tint shop quoted me $165 over the phone but managed to sell me a $265 one later for “better UV protection and longer warranty (5 years) against fading”. The film contains 50% metallic material, contrary to the 100% “dyed” material at the quoted price, which is said will fade in 3 years.

Unfortunately I found that after the tinting the AM reception of the car became very very bad – at least my favorite Chinese radio station (1300/1600) is virtually just noise. FM seems just fine.  A few days later I was told by the BMW dealer that the radio antenna is at back window. Obviously the metallic material interfere with the radio reception.

I’m a little upset about that tint shop because it has been tinting cars for over 10 years and should be aware of this issue.  Recently a lot of cars use built-in antenna in windows. The BMW dealer told me that they use special tinting material  – maybe that’s why they asked for $400+.

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“Forever” stamps

May 16, 2008 1 comment

The US postal service has raised the First Class mail postage a few times in past few years. I kind of lost track of at what price I bought my stamps since some of them do not have a face value printed on them. Today I asked an post office staff. She told me that those stamps without a face value are called “Forever” stamps, and they can be used no matter what the current potage rate is. Great!

Correction (7/1/2008): that staff was wrong. There is only one forever stamp: http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007stamps/forever/welcome.htm

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Sharepoint post moved

December 12, 2007 Leave a comment

All my sharepoint post are here now: http://sharemypoint.wordpress.com

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Free 411 from your cell phone?

October 12, 2007 Leave a comment

Dial from any phone 1-800-Goog-411 (1-800-466-4411). You will speak the city and state name (please be clear and loud since you are speaking to a voice recognition software, not a live person), then the business name (or type). Then it give you the matches and you can choose to directly connect to it, or speak “Details” to get street address and phone number.

http://www.google.com/goog411/

Otherwise your cell phone provider usually charge $$ for each 411 call.
Simple idea and easy implementation. Maybe only Google has the cash to offer this free service. What’s the next? Maybe 15 seconds of ad before it connects you. Hey, Google, you killed a good small business opportunity of me!

This seems to be Google’s strategy – to get into everyone’s life as much as possible with its innovative ideas and abundant resource, and to roll out any possible competitions by offering free service.

I love Google … as long as it’s free.

(Maybe I should buy Google stocks now, so when any of these services is no longer free, I still benefit!)

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