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Here are some interesting ways to watch movies and their prices !!

Going go a movie theater  ~ $11/person
      pros : Big screen, comfortable chairs, new movies
      cons : Expensive
      This has been a traditional experience thing, to have bunch of friends go and watch a Friday released movie. Should one get the AMC tickets through Costco, it will $8.75/person.

Watching it over on Demand or renting it from blockbuster - $4/movie
      pros : watching @ home experience
      cons : selection limited to DVD releases
      The Comcast OnDemand isn't one of those things you can brag about. Blockbuster, in stores had limited availability in collection in stores. I am already paying a huge comcast bill !! 

Online subscription(netflix/blockbuster) - $5/month
      pros : watching @ home experience
      cons : selection limited to DVD releases, wait time to receive new DVDs
      Any online play mode like the one offered by netflix, is a downer without a way to watch it on the TV, inspite of offering a vast array of choices. Rest assured, the fact of planning  ahead and ordering a movie, seems a bit of the stretch. Any the lowest of the subscription at @ $5 does impose lot of restrictions of how many I can get per month.

Redbox - $1
     pros : Close accessible, awesome price, latest collection
     cons : doesn't offer a huge non-new list (but who cares)
    
      I found it in safeway over the weekend. It offered the latest movies, very descent collection. I can go anytime I want and get one in 10 minutes. I am happy about the price !! I cudn't go any lower. I only catch is I have to return it the next day before 7PM. Since, it works well for me to watch something and return the next day, I am not complaining about it.



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Google's april fool joke

It has become a yearly ritual .. Google joke for April 1st .. Here goes one for this year !!

More about CADIE technology !!



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Google Themes for gmail ..

I had been playing around with different themes on Gmail. There is something for everyone including the default one which we are so used to, to something that would look like command-line for the geeky ones.
The one that I liked the most is the TREE.

What i really liked the most is the theme reflects the current weather outside !! very smart way to use the theme not only to let me customize it but also provide me useful information ..
So it was raining outside today ..

and guess what .. I cud see rain on my themes...

let me know if you find anything anything interesting in any of the other themes !!

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whole day in a line of code

I did night out yesterday till 2am, and spent most part of today trying to figure why i am getting an Exception aka error in one of my code, only to realize a single line was missing !!

Background :
We all use multiple social networking sites .. One of the most common things among all of them is "Status message" .. Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, Linkedin, Hi5 .. you name it ..
So, for my own personal use, I am writing a simple Android application so that all of status message will be updated simultaneously !!

Android programming permissions to use certain features on the phone like network or some hardware features in its configuration file and I have missed it ..
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

Damn .. now the applications works and what a relief ..

The point is .. sometimes while programming the trivial issues are the ones HARDEST to find and EASIEST to FIX !!

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ITIN / H4 / IRS / CA / 2008

Well it is TAX time and I had been finding reasons not to do it even though I am going to get an refund. Finally I put aside by procrastination to file one. I had called H&R block and the rep who quoted me $350 to do all these !! what a rip off !! That motivated to find what it takes to do it all myself.

.. Here are the steps ..

Conditions :
- You have SSN or ITIN while your spouse doesn't have one
- You live and work in the state of california

Process :
- Use TaxAct.com and get the FREE federal filing, file for "married jointly". Don't file it though, you just need its help to print a filled 1040.
     I started off with deluxe version and it wudn't let me print the 1040.Taxact did export an pdf, but it had watermark and had print disabled. Very irritating.. so I downloaded a copy of 1040 from IRS website and copied in the values manually. phew ..
- Download W7 from the IRS, fill it.
- Take copy of spouse passport (you don't need to notorize it if you are dropping the application personally)
- Find the local IRS office which does ITIN

Doc list to be taken :
- Filled federal filing
- Filled w7
- Passport copy
- Original passport

I am told it will take 8-10 weeks for the ITIN to arrive.
"The California Franchise Tax Board only requires that you file for an extension if you owe California taxes. If you are expecting a refund from California there is nothing to be filed, an extension is automatically granted until October 15, 2009 for the filing of your 2008 tax return."

I need to wait for my wife's ITIN to arrive and file my CA taxes and I will be done.


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Demise of notebook

It was only recently I started using the Google Notebook actively. I end up reading and need ways to jot down notes and I found notebook as a way to sync my thoughts while at work or away from work as long as I had access to the net.
Today was surprised to see this .. Maybe the next best alternative is Google docs ? In fact I has even used Sticky Note on the google personalized homepage ..


Another death due to recession ..




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graphical cheat sheet


Offlate I have been using lot of VIM (back to the olden days). I am always struggled with remembering all the combination of keys that are required to make things happen !! Textual cheat sheets are there for long, but I found this graphical cheat sheet, very useful. There is even an fully configurable keyboard from artlebedev, but extremely expensive.




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sammy nc10

Finally we got our 08 Christmas gift :)
It is a Samsung NC10, just in time to replace 4 yr old gateway laptop.
NC10 is pretty compact that can fit into 2 palms. Here is a glowing review of this laptop.
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Brother HL-2140

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Finally a printer @ home :)

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Dev D ..

Tuesday is movie day !! .. Here we saw one more ..

The only time where Dev is not stoned in the last few minutes of the movie. But it was fun to watch, a little hilarious at times. When the movie began, a thought ran across as to how did the guys even choose those 2 females for their chars, but towards the end it was obvious. Deol guy has done well .. Lucky oye Lucky .. was his other movie. The screenplay is realistic as one can expect (no over acting)
It a good movie tuned for next-gen stoned crowd, but the downer for people of yester years :)

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