Gladware versus Pyrex Containers (cost-wise)

I prefer the Pyrex for packing and warming leftovers, and apparently the cost difference is not that great (the 8-cup Gladware is more in this instance). I find that the Gladware (or any plastic-ware for that matter) gets lost much more easily, and requires replacing from loss if not from wear. Moreover, the blue lid and glass of the Pyrex containers are definitely more forgiving when it comes to forgotten leftovers.

Pyrex 18-piece storage set; $29.99 or $1.66 per piece.

versus Gladware:

Gladware 1-3/4 cup (6 pack of 5 piece); $19.32 or $0.64 each

Gladware 8 cup (3 count), $5.99 or $2.00 each


Giant beige bath towels

Nothing says, ‘I have no idea what to get you,’ quite like giant beige bath towels.


Larabar vs. Soyjoy

Larabar wins hands down. Much better, sweeter taste. Moist texture. Pecan Pie has been one of my favorites. Over 50% fat, but most is polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fat. 100% raw food, made from dates, nuts, etc…

Soyjoy is dry, flavorless (mango coconut was horrible). 60 out of 140 calories from fat. 3.5g of the fat is saturated. Other flavors have 40 out of 140 from fat, with 2g of saturated. One of the things that surprised the most was the ingredients list:

Ingredients: Whole Soybean Powder, Raisin, Butter (from milk), Sugar, Dried Coconut, Frozen Egg, Maltodextrin (natural fiber source), Dried Papaya, Dried Mango, Dried Pineapple, Natural Flavors, Salt.

I have nothing against soy, but I’d figure that soy would generated be eaten as a meat or daily substitute. Soyjoy is definitely not a vegan product, despite the name. It’s not very enjoyable, either.

Larabar

Soyjoy


Windows XP Keyboard Navigation

In Explorer:

  • "<ALT>VOU" – Go up one level (View, Go To, Up one level

With most PC options out there shipping with Vista, I think I want a mac.

$1499 versus a $1250 with Windows XP Pro, I’m really starting to consider a Mac as my next computer. Thinking about it and doing it are two different things, though.


Saving for Retirement with Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery

The title may sound like the book is going to uncover lost secrets of getting rich, but in reality, this is book is a retirement savings manual written especially for novices. In addition to explaining the magic of everyday retirement savings, this book gives links to several additional resources and explanations of how to use those resoucres.

Sites that I bookmarked from reading this book:
http://www.americasaves.org/ – savings ideas
http://www3.troweprice.com/ric/RIC/ – T-Rowe Price Retirement Income Calculator, using a Monte Carlo simulation to determine how long your savings will last.
http://www.moneychimp.com/ – compounding calculator under calculators
http://www.dinkytown.com/ – lots of calculators, including a retirement income and mutual fund fee calculator
http://www.choosetosave.org/ – site partially funded by the AARP which includes a “ballpark estimate” for how much you will need for a comfortable retirement.
http://www.bloomberg.com/invest/calculators/index.html
http://www.livingto100.com/ – Life Expectancy Calculator


Stored procedure to search functions and stored procedures.


-- Altered slightly from http://www.knowdotnet.com/articles/storedprocfinds.html
CREATE PROCEDURE Find_Text_In_SP_or_FN (@StringToSearch varchar(100))
AS
SET @StringToSearch = '%' + @StringToSearch +'%'
SELECT DISTINCT SO.Name
FROM sysobjects SO (NOLOCK)
INNER JOIN syscomments SC (NOLOCK) on SO.ID = SC.ID
AND (SO.Type = 'P' OR SO.Type LIKE '%F%')
AND SC.Text LIKE @stringtosearch
ORDER BY SO.Name
GO

They still make TI-89s?

I thought for sure that TI-89 graphing calculators would have been obsolete by now. But not only are they for sale on Amazon, but they seem to not have changed in price much.


Mac OS X Leopard Pre-order on Amazon

MAC OS X Version 10.5 Leopard is a available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Product will ship "sometime in October."


Jamaica Blue Mountain for $31.24 per pound

Not a bad price for Jamaica Blue Mountain, cheapest I’ve heard of is $35 per pound.