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April 19, 2009

Newsletter 4/19/2009

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 5:54 pm

I sent this link out a couple of years ago but it is worth repeating because I had to use in a few days ago because I got tired of the automated response I received trying to reach a representative of a financial company (see failed banks below). If have finally given up trying to get a human on the phone of a large corporation, check out the link below to get through the hassle and straight to a human on the phone.

The FDIC is often appointed as receiver for failed banks. The following site has useful information for the customers and vendors of these banks. This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership. It also tell you many other interesting facts about the failed banks such as how to get you money, what about payments, etc. Look at the dates of the failed banks. You will notice that 90% are in 2009.

I am always following new tech and high tech on the automobile scene and I just read an article on the results of the Shell Eco-Marathon. This is a contest to for schools and universities to build a concept vehicle to get the ultimate in gas mileage and they do. There were 44 teams from across the Americas. The team from Mater Dei High School (Evansville, Ind.) took the grand prize in the new “UrbanConcept” by achieving 433.3 mpg. Simply amazing but not totally practical. Check out the link below for all the info on the contest.

Another interesting article is at the Wired Science web site. It compares the former President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” with what is need now to combat the recession/depression we are experiencing right now. Worth the short read at the following link.

Save Time and Money! Search and Compare travel fares for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruise and vacations from more than 70 travel websites, Get travel deals from more than 170 travel websites and shop more than 20,000 travel products. The following site indexes information from more than 210 travel websites and 80 shopping websites all over the world and they give you a probably tell you the best price and travels deals going.

Want to watch the best videos on the web? Yeah you say I know about, but this site has links to videos can only dream about having. Great search engine to find videos others can’t find and categorize correctly. If you need subject based video search, this is the site to visit.

While we are talking about alternative sites to the main stream. Instead of using Yahoo or Google on you next search try Kosmix. Instead of telling you all about the results this site give and how it organizes all the info for your viewing pleasure, just check it out for yourself.

I am shopping for a new car as my car of 16 years is finally showing signs of wear and needs to be replaced. The following is my short list of cars I am looking at. Based upon the following list, tell me which one you would buy and why. You can just leave a note with the name of the car that is you pick.
The short list:
Mazda Mazdaspeed 3
Subaru Impreza WRX
Volkswagen GTI
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T
Mini Cooper Clubman S



  1. Mike: I would pick the Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 (based on the brochure you shouwed me) or the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T. I believe in 5 years, these may be the only 2 companies left standing:-)

    Comment by phil drew — April 19, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  2. Mazdaspeed3 hands down if you’re not going to go for the latest AC Cobra from the link you sent me.

    Comment by Barry Brown — April 20, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

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