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June 25, 2008

No recent posts on Pulsers?

Filed under: Quality of Life,Reasons I Leave My Computer — estreet @ 2:07 pm

The great thing about eBay is that there are interesting tactics to be studied and written about everyday.

eBay’s Trust & Safety is working in overdrive this year, NARUing sellers right and left. Like this one I meant to write about for the 6 weeks. But it was “removed” from eBay before I got to it.

Well, I’m just busy this summer. I spend an inappropriate amount of time analyzing my two daughters’ videos and photos pitching a softball. Did you know it takes 10,000 pitches to develop a decent fastball? Now, we’re working on the changeup.

Proper softball pitching form is a beautiful thing to watch… and watch and watch. With Jennie Finch as a role model, lots of girls with big dreams have joined teams this year. Her she is with my daughter Jessica.

I digress. But this is how my days are going. I have a plan of what needs to be done each day but then I start on the softball. Productivity over.

So why do I put so many hours into writing this blog? It’s hard to get started on a post and equally hard to make a relevant point. My explanation is simple: I’m finding my voice.


June 18, 2008

eBay Dev Conf 2008 – Day 2

Filed under: eBay,Reasons I Leave My Computer — estreet @ 9:45 pm
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I like the feel of the eBay Developers Conference this year. It’s about value and innovation. Gone are the flashy, big spending advertisers in matching branded shirts. Present are the great minds who build tools and businesses with their bare hands.

What would we do without Ina Steiner from Auction Bytes? We’d be completely in the dark on eBay happenings, that’s what.
Me and Ina Steiner of AuctionBytes

Everyone’s a friend at the Dev Conf.
Me, Kevin Kinell, Laura Della Torre

Me and Adam Trachtenberg

I’m going to eBay Live! on Saturday with my best friend Roxy to see Chris Isaak. I’ve never stayed until the last day before but I’ve heard great things about the food.

January 30, 2008

Must Buy QuickBooks Pro 2008

Filed under: Reasons I Leave My Computer — estreet @ 2:05 pm

Corporate tax filings are due tomorrow.  I have 6 forms that need to be postmarked “Jan 31”.  Even though it was just 7 degrees this morning, I was happy to be headed to my accountant’s office.

I tried to get away with using QuickBooks Simple Start.  But I found out the hard way that payroll tax filings are ridiculously cumbersome to do by hand, even for 1 employee.  Upgrading to QuickBooks Pro gets you the payroll filing capability.  

Intuit’s seasonal price for QuickBooks Pro 2008 increased from $170 to $200 since it’s tax time.  Office Depot has it for $200 and a $50 rebate for a net of $150.  That’s not bad.  I’m paying an accountant $150 today for my annual filings.   


November 9, 2007

First Reason – free coffee

Filed under: Reasons I Leave My Computer — estreet @ 9:57 pm
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Two days left on this coupon for FREE COFFEE. I’ve already had 2 free sleighbell brews but I donated the money to their books for kids in need.
Border’s / Seattle’s Best coffee - Sleighbell Brew