Technology

Listia.com and Dr. Pepper EA sports game codes.

So you say that nothing good in life is free? You think that you can’t get something for nothing? You want dr. pepper game codes so you can get that neat virtual weapon in Battlefield Heroes but you can’t buy dr. pepper with the code where you live? Have I got the solution for you!

Listia.com is a cool up and coming website which acts as a mediator between people who have junk they want to get rid of and people who want more junk. It’s sorta like Ebay, except it doesn’t cost actual money. It’s sorta like freecycle, except people actually want what you’re giving away. It’s sorta like craigslist, except it’s safer because you have the “listia assurance” against scammers.

What exactly is it? It’s a website, where people auction off their unwanted items. Anyone can join and it’s completely free to do so. Even before you’ve joined, you can browse the auctions and see what sort of cool and interesting things people are giving away. Once you’ve decided to join, you get a certain amount of free credits to get you started. If you link your listia.com account with your facebook or twitter account, you’ll get even more free credits. The geniuses at Listia will even give you free credits just for checking in, making comments on other people’s auctions and all sorts of other things.

Where does this lead you if you’re not a US citizen and you want dr.pepper codes? Well, the site is international, so you can sign up and get the free credits just like anyone else. Then you search for dr. pepper in their handy dandy auction search and start bidding. Of course, you have to verify your account before Listia will let you bid on those auctions, but it doesn’t take long to verify your account.

Listia has a seller/buyer feedback mechanism much like Ebay. Good sellers can be weeded from bad sellers by their feedback rating. You can even see what previous buyers have said about a potential seller by looking at their profile.

Does this sound like something you’re interested in? Use this link and look me up when you get there.

My attempts at renewable heating

http://permaculturetokyo.blogspot.com/2006/05/top-10-fuel-trees-for-zone-5-and-above.htmlWe bought a new house this last year. It’s a moderate sized ranch, built in the 50’s. It’s not well insulated, but the previous owners have tried to improve it. The windows leak, but not much. It’s better when we cover the windows with plastic.

The most annoying thing to me however, is the oil furnace. The thought of heating with hydrocarbons hurts me in my little Eco-heart. In an ideal world, we’d have passive solar heating with a geothermal backup. Some day, when we have the funds, we’ll improve the passive solar heating.

Since that’s a long way off, heating with a more renewable resource is our best bet. We bought a wood-burning fireplace insert, manufactured by Hearthstone, called the Clydesdale. We have two fireplaces in the house, but were afraid to use them because they are so inefficient. Some places even said that we would require MORE fuel to heat the house.

Well, we’ve reached the end of another long winter! Hooray! It was a long and cold winter indeed for us in the midwest. I don’t have the specifics of degree days at this time, but as a quick comparison, last year in March, it got to 80 degrees near the end of the month. Now that is unusual for Wisconsin. This year it snowed on April 15th. Rather fitting, I thought. The point is that this heating season has been colder than last season, based on my nonscientific memory. Last year, without the woodburning fireplace, we went through 4 tanks of oil to heat the house. This year, using the fireplace insert almost every night that we were in town, and not changing the thermostat settings, we only used 2 tanks of oil. That means at the current cost of oil, the Clysdale will pay for itself in 2.5 years. A good investment and a step towards energy self sufficiency.

IPad he’ll!

I bought an iPad last month in a moment of weakness. Many years ago I had a Mac, so when my lap top died, I thought, well an iPad might be a good idea. It didn’t hurt that work would pay for 500 dollars of it.

I use my laptop at home mostly for searching the Internet, some games, and some word processing. I haven’t used an apple product in years and after using the iPad, it will be many more years before I buy another one.

Why do I dislike the iPad? Let me count the ways.

First and foremost, there is the auto-incorrect. Please check out the website damnyouautocorrect.com. It is the most amusing 30 minutes you will ever spend if you, like me, hate this nifty little feature. Yes, I am aware that you can turn it off.

Secondly, the keypad jumps while web pages are loading. If you are impatient, like me, you start typing in your email password before the webpage is completely loaded. Now on my old laptop, which was windows based, I could do that horrendously impatient thing. I could get my email address and password entered before the site was loaded, therefore saving myself that crucial 2 seconds. However, with this freaking iPad, the keyboard jumps up, then hides multiple times,thus driving me mad! I am learning patience.

Thirdly. Where is the flash player!?$&@? Not being a tech geek, I was blissfully unaware of Steve Jobs’ irrational and stubborn insistence that no flash player could be loaded on his precious machines. I have a weakness for a game called chicktionary on ClubBing.com. If you are a tech geek, you will recognize ClubBing as a Microsoft web site. Microsoft and Apple do not play well together. You can not play chicktionary or any other flash based videos or games on the iPad.

Fourthly. I enjoy certain websites, such as listia.com, among others. I’ll write about these in the future. Suffice to say in the meantime that I need to upload pictures to the Internet to sites other than Facebook. If you have an iPad, you can upload all sorts of pictures to Facebook, but you can’t upload pictures onto other sites. Why? I don’t know! If you are a tech geek or know a tech geek who can explain this to me, I would appreciate it!

Next number! Say you have a series of numbers you want to cut and paste somewhere. If you had a keyboard, you could just hit control-x and control-v. Done. But with the stinking iPad, you have to hover over the numbers, try and get the dots to line up perfectly, adjust their position and then hope the little black box which says cut/copy/paste shows up. Oh wait! I forgot! If you’re dealing with a set of numbers with no other characters, you DON’T get the cut copy box. No, you get the “save to contacts” box only. It’s just too bad for you if it’s not a phone number, that’s your only option.
I am certain there are many more reasons why I don’t like the iPad, but this is a good start for now.

Tomorrow I am going to go look at windows based laptops. If anyone is interested in a (slightly) used iPad, let me know!

Please Bill Gates, forgive me! I’m coming back to you!

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