By Jason | Published April 11th, 2011
Had a customer looking for a new system that would be powerful enough for his son to play games on. They went the Dell route for their last 3 computers but wanted something affordable and would be good enough to handle games for years. Below are the specifications for this system I put together:
- ASUS Sabertooth X58 Intel X58 LGA 1366 Motherboard
- Intel Core i7-940 2.93GHz 8MB LGA 1366 Processor
- Corsair Vengeance 4GB PC13800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (x2)
- ASUS GeForce GTS 450 1GB GDDR5 PCIe DVI/HDMI/VGA Video Board
- Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-6G Hard Drive
- Sony Optiarc 24X DVDRW SATA
- Ultra X4 750W Modular Power Supply
All contained within an Ultra XBlaster Mid-Tower Black Case running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
By Jason | Published March 3rd, 2011
This is a custom computer I assembled for a customer’s sign shop. He needed a high end system, and fast, as one of his jobs he was unable to plot (print) due to the vector file having thousands of objects. Once received I had the system ready to go in 3 hours and it had no issue plotting the vector file. The system had the follow components:
- EVGA X58 FTW3 Intel X58 3-way SLI LGA1366 Motherboard
- Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz 8M LGA 1366 Processor
- Corsair XMS3 4GB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel 1600MHz Memory (x3)
- EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB PCIe w/Dual Link DVI Video Board
- Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA HD 7200/16/SATA-6G Hard Drive
- Sony Optiarc 24X DVDRW SATA OEM
- Ultra X4 750W Modular Power Supply
All contained in an Ultra XBlaster Mid-Tower Black Case running Windows 7 64-bit.
By Jason | Published February 6th, 2011
Packers beat the Steelers by 6 points, great game! The office pool I play in, I went with 48 points so it exceeded that with a total score of 56. Which doesn’t disappoint me as I was 1 game behind the two leaders whom both picked opposite teams. However I did want Green Bay to win since the Steelers already had a couple under their belt with Big Ben. The 3rd quarter was a little boring but picked up in the 4th so that was good.
With Driver (WR) and two of the Packers top DB’s injured in the first I was worried and without Driver that probably caused some issues with Rodgers but luckily overcame them in the 4th quarter. So I was a little surprised they were able to pull the game out with a few key injuries.
Speaking of injuries, looked like several were going to be out of the game. Ben slipping and hurting his knee then next play running for a first down. I forget the other injuries but a few came back into the game in the second half I think for the Steelers. Glad to see Ben not get injured to badly as I’m sure that would have kept their score lower and basically be an easy win for the Packers (although I have no clue whom the Steelers 2nd string QB is).
Anyway, great game to watch and was very entertaining! The pregame shows were great as well.
By Jason | Published February 5th, 2011
Since my last blog entry early this year I have started seeing more and more of these Penny Auction sites, some of which actually look promising. For example, I saw a commercial on TV for QuiBids so decided to take a look and see how truthful they are as opposed to BidFan.
On their home page it states QuiBids is a BBB Accredited Business so that’s where I went to first. I was surprised to see that they were indeed accredited and since September of last year and they have a A- rating with responses to 144 complaints filed against them (yikes!), here’s a link to the BBB Review. Contact information is also listed there as well as in the whois info of the domain name.
So digging further I went to QuiBids register page where they have a video from News 9 channel. I Googled the anchor woman, Kristen McIntyre, plus news 9 and returned what looks to be a legitimate news station in Oklahoma. All menu items go to where they should go (unlike BidFan that used a fake news station website which the menu items took you to BidFan). Below the video they claim they have been in articles from ABC, MSNBC, etc. Now just try to find those articles, I couldn’t with just simple Google searches (i.e. msnbc quibids article, etc.).
I did come across a Wired article but only reason it showed up is someone posted the URL to QuiBids website, I don’t think that counts. Their also listed on local news channel websites which happen to be ABC or whatever.
The last thing I found was a PDF document from Beckham & Mandel, Business Litigation Attorneys, here’s the link to the document. It’s a class action lawsuit which you can read if you feel like it. So while QuiBids looks a bit more legitimate than BidFan, QuiBids might be the safer Penny Auction to try out if you’re really interested but I would still advise not bothering with any of them.
By Jason | Published January 6th, 2011
A customer of mine sent me an email asking what I thought of this online bid site and included a URL to a review of the site by Channel 9 News – How To Save Money In A Recession. I read through the article and clicked on their link towards the end of the article stating “Use our link to get discounted bidbacks!”.
Upon visiting the BidFan you’re exposed to a lot of familiar logos such as ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. and, actually, a nicely designed web page. Scrolling down the page you’ll see a list of current auctions including time remaining, cost and current bidder. Take a look at one of the items on auction that has 30 seconds left or so noting the current bid and bidder then wait 10 seconds and refresh the page… oh look! Instead of having 20 seconds left for the same item it now has 40 (and also has the same bid and bidder). That’s the first clue.
Scrolling down further you’ll see quotes from Wired, New York Times and BBC but if you Google for those reviews you’ll find none. That’s the second clue.
Going back to the Channel 9 News page, click on one of the links (i.e. the menu bar, click on US, World, Business, etc.) and you’ll promptly be taken to BidFan’s website. Clue three.
By now you probably do not need additional information to come to the conclusion that this site is a potential internet scam but on the Channel 9 News page, towards the bottom, are comments. It states 10 of 177 comments but there is no way to view any other comments and also it says Julie Ayers reports. Google her name and the first result is a link to a report on another internet scam.
If that’s not enough to convince you go ahead and create an account. Afterwards it’ll tell you that you’re one step away from bidding, all you have to do is buy a Bid Package (125 bids at $75 or 250 bids at $250). Why do you have to pay for bids up front? That goes against all other auction sites that I am familiar with.