Regular Amazon customer? Tips to save time and money

Regardless of whether you enjoy shopping or not, it's more or less inevitable that you'll do some buying thru Amazon. If that's true for you, here are a few personal techniques I use to save time and money. First, if you don't already have one, get the Amazon VISA card issued by Chase. You can … Continue reading Regular Amazon customer? Tips to save time and money

Amazon and Big Five Publishers Sued for Price Fixing

One important reminder -- anyone can file a law suit. That doesn't mean they've proved their case. It doesn't help that the big fish publishers are eating the little ones and that an increasing percentage of the book market is highly concentrated. If you need to be reminded of the consequences, just look at the … Continue reading Amazon and Big Five Publishers Sued for Price Fixing

HBO Max sweetening the deal for filmmakers upset about concurrent showing in theaters and streaming

Something was going to have to be done. We'll see if this move is sufficient. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-09/warner-bros-guarantees-filmmakers-a-payday-for-hbo-max-movies Warner Bros. Guarantees Filmmakers a Payday for HBO Max Movies By Lucas Shaw and Kelly GilblomJanuary 9, 2021, 5:36 PM EST  Breaking with tradition, bonuses are less tied to box office Seventeen of its films to debut in theaters and online in 2021 … Continue reading HBO Max sweetening the deal for filmmakers upset about concurrent showing in theaters and streaming

How to sign a PDF on a Mac

https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/01/04/how-to-sign-a-pdf-on-a-mac How to sign a PDF on a Mac  By Amber Neely | 6 days ago   E-mailFacebook Twitter Reddit Learn how to create a digital signature that can be inserted into digital forms and documents on macOS with this helpful guide. If you've ever been emailed a form you need to sign, you know that it can be a bit annoying, … Continue reading How to sign a PDF on a Mac

Apple Pay GrubHub promo thru January 1st

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/29/grubhub-apple-pay-promo/ Apple Pay Promo Offers 20% Off Grubhub Purchase of $10 or More Tuesday December 29, 2020 4:45 pm PST by Juli Clover Apple today sent out emails informing Apple Pay users about a New Year promotion that will see Grubhub offering a 20 percent discount on purchases of $10 or more when customers use ‌Apple Pay‌. Customers can … Continue reading Apple Pay GrubHub promo thru January 1st

Fascinating view of how our lives have changed during the pandemic

This very graphics-heavy story gives a lot of data on what types of household expenses have increased and which have decreased. Oddly enough, despite a dog being in one of the illustrations, there's no mention of the huge increase in households with a pet or who have added more pets. Another obvious omission (altho admittedly … Continue reading Fascinating view of how our lives have changed during the pandemic

Ideas for reasonably priced (or on sale), well-liked holiday gifts

Here are two handy lists to skim of excellent options for holiday gifts: https://www.buzzfeed.com/emmalord9/products-reviewers-say-loved-everything https://www.bustle.com/life/60-gifts-that-are-best-sellers-on-amazon-because-theyre-actually-life-changing-19362590 https://nymag.com/strategist/2020/12/things-on-sale-youll-actually-want-from-sonos-to-jacquemus.html

Higher tax rates under Biden for those with incomes over $400,000

When you read this and other articles with scary headlines, REMEMBER that these higher rates probably don't apply to you. These rates are only for those who meet any definition of wealthy. And I'm guessing that's not you. Biden’s tax plan could create a tax rate of as much 62% for New Yorkers and Californians, … Continue reading Higher tax rates under Biden for those with incomes over $400,000

Second wave coming for odd availability of customer merchandise

Turns out our lives after the rise of COVID-19 aare so fundamentally different that our purchases, and even the timing of those purchases, are new. That's producing scrambling by manufacturers, sellers, and service organizations. Some of that scrambling may include empty shelves but not like the panic buying shelves for toilet paper. This is new. … Continue reading Second wave coming for odd availability of customer merchandise

California fires’ carbon dioxide effect are HUGE — a must read

Washington Post puts out sterling daily emails on the environment and climate change. This is a particularly scary one.  By Dino Grandoniwith Alexandra Ellerbeck EmailCalifornia's fires are putting a huge amount of carbon dioxide into the airCalifornia’s unprecedented wildfires, driven by man-made climate change, are pumping the atmosphere with tens of millions of tons of carbon dioxide that … Continue reading California fires’ carbon dioxide effect are HUGE — a must read

Trump’s transparent gambit to kill Social Security has problems for employers

Employees haven't been jumping up and down for a reduction in payroll taxes at least in part because so many people are still unemployed. Those who are working are well aware that Social Security will be unfunded and due quickly within that tax inflow. Now the IRS has made clear that the optional deferral of … Continue reading Trump’s transparent gambit to kill Social Security has problems for employers

Zoom messed up but response was better than the usual

So often when a corporation blows it in some way, there's no acknowledgment of failure much less a heartfelt apology. This one's worth reading. https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/zoom-just-failed-its-biggest-test-its-apology-is-an-extraordinary-example-of-emotional-intelligence.html Zoom Just Failed Its Biggest Test. Its Apology Is an Extraordinary Example of Emotional Intelligence The company's outage as millions of students started school was bad. The apology was brilliant. … Continue reading Zoom messed up but response was better than the usual