Saturday, September 19, 2009

Earning money from eBay

I've earned some money on eBay by selling iTunes gift cards that were left over from my last job. It sure is hard though to make money and avoid all those scams promising large sums of money. I was a victim of these quick rich schemes and avoid them since then. There is no way you can make money that fast unless you have a successful business venture. Selling my stuff seems to bring in some income, but not much. With the way the economy is running, many of us sell off our stuff just to pay for the bills. I need to replace my old router since I'm getting interference from 3 other networks around my house. Too bad I'm out of work for the time being.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Xoxide out of business for good

Looks like the site Xoxide will be closing its doors soon and selling off all their stuff. The store specializes in computer mods, components, and other knick-knacks. At first, the prices were okay but later prices drop to unbelievable levels. The price cuts make me want to buy stuff, but I didn't since I lost my job recently. Who would ever thought an Enermax Revolution 1050w PSU would be sold for $135 when the PSU is around $285? Blame the weak U.S. economy and skyrocketing unemployment. At least Xoxide still has an auction on buying the domain name which is good. If another computer parts store is going out of business, then I will buy whatever they have if the discounts are huge. It is scary though if other online computer vendors follow suit.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Paid to review products

It is interesting in this day and age that people are being paid to review products from focus groups. These products are usually in trials and you come back to tell if it works or the product has problems. There are sponsored reviews for products because they are paid to test the products and see how it goes. Unfortunately, some review sites are paid to say the product is positive when in fact it has issues or problems. This is why I wish I was paid for unbiased views of products, but I would have to do torture tests and write them in great detail. XoticPC was a great site and it was very user-friendly to navigate the site. Anyway, user opinions really matter on products and often up-to-date on them.

Friday, September 11, 2009

XoticPC review

Today I'm doing a review of XoticPC. It is a website that specializes in selling custom notebooks for a variety of uses to buyers. The reason is that people want to be different instead of using the same old Dell, Apple, HP, and any other OEM laptop. Just remember that XoticPC also competes against other online vendors who sell the same laptops/notebooks as theirs.

Their customer service and tech support are top notch, they are very friendly, and they will price match other sites that offer the same specs on any notebook. I can vouch for them since they were originally on eBay, but they moved on to have their own web site dedicated to selling custom notebooks. They occasionally have special sales on certain laptops in the form of discounts, which is good if you plan on upgrading your notebook.

There are several choices to choose from like Asus, Sager, MSI, and their own brand Force. Most seem to be on the expensive side, but you will pay in quality and service. No bloat ware or any junk software in the laptop beyond the drivers. You have the option to include an OS, but it costs extra if you need an OS except for Asus (which is included). Click on the link below and see if any of these notebooks is best suited for you. I get 1% for every sale made on anything sold by XoticPC. Trust me, you won't regret ever going back to a Dell, Apple, HP, or any other OEM branded laptop.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day

Labor Day seems to be getting closer here in the USA, but only a fraction of the population will go out on vacation while the rest stay home. Many of the people I have seen are incredibly sad due to people losing their jobs and not making any income. I have seen it with my own eyes and experience job loss myself. It is frustrating to come up with money to pay for bills and I have to sell my stuff on eBay to cover for college tuition and expenses.

More people seem to be vocal about Obama's promise of change, but it is turning out to be a storm of uncertainty and unrest. People now blame Obama for the recession, but they don't realize that our country has outsource the jobs long ago to other nations. China now has the second largest GDP and will now do what it takes to surpass the USA. Don't blame the President, blame your companies and organizations for outsourcing your work to these nations to satisfy their greed and profit. Quit saying you're buying an American car when it was assembled in Mexico. You must realize that we can not blame someone else as a scapegoat, when we should be blaming those directly responsible for your job loss and time.

We're laughed at around the world and completely hated in the Middle East for trying to get into other countries' affairs. It's time for the USA to advance beyond petty squabbles and excuses and unite to make our future brighter instead of being bleak.
Violence and irrational behavior are no excuses to change our nation for the better.