Buying Light Bulbs at Wholesale Prices

light bulb As a homeowner, one thing I find myself doing way too often is replacing light bulbs. Our home seems to use some of the most expensive types of fixtures ranging from halogen spotlights to incandescent floodlights of various shapes and sizes. I have gone everywhere searching for low-cost replacements including our local Ace Hardware, Home Depot and specialty lighting stores. I have tried buying online at Amazon.com and eBay. None of these places offer low prices, in my opinion.

For example, the local price for a 65BR30 flood, incandescent bulb ranges anywhere between $2.50 and $5.00 after tax. Amazon.com lists resellers offering these same bulbs for between $2.00 and $3.00. However, shipping & handling charges erode any savings vs. buying locally. Furthermore, if bulbs arrive damaged, I would be S.O.L. The same is true for any “deals” one might stumble upon on eBay.

Homebuilders and general contractors must buy large lots of light bulbs for their jobs. There had to be a wholesaler with a Web site willing to sell to an individual using a credit card. A few Internet searches later (using Live search, naturally) and I found such a site.

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How to Make Windows Vista Faster

Early this month, Microsoft released a couple patches for Windows Vista that improve performance and usability. I have installed both and have seen some noticeable improvements including:

  1. Faster startup/reboot times
  2. Smoother UI operations (all those snazzy animation effects)
  3. Faster file copies (including how long it takes for Vista to calculate & display the amount of time a file copy will take)

Details about the Vista Performance & Reliability patch can be found here. Jump directly to the download page by clicking here.

Details about the Vista Compatibility & Reliability patch can be found here. Jump directly to the download page by clicking here.

NOTE: Both patches require a machine reboot so plan accordingly. Also, the download links above are for the 32-bit patches. You can find links to the x64 patches on the patch details pages. If you are unsure which you need, chances are you need the installer links I’ve included above.

Crackhead Teriyaki

This summer I have been volunteering as a mentor at Youth In Focus. My mentee, Malek, is in the intermediate class and is heading into his senior year of high school.

Following a photo shoot at Seattle’s world-famous Pike Place Market, I asked if he wanted to grab a bite to eat. It was about 5 PM and we had been shooting in the bright afternoon sun for over 2 hours. I figured I could go for something cool and refreshing so I headed toward TB’s favorite dining spot, Crepe de France. Malek followed. As we neared the restaurant, I thought, “Wait, this is a good rapport-building opportunity,” and decided to see if Malek had a favorite dining spot that might expand my horizons.

When asked Malek’s face lit up and he said, “Yeah, [inaudible] Teriyaki!” I heard the “teriyaki” part but didn’t bother having him repeat the part I had missed. Teriyaki is teriyaki, right? He said it was about 2 blocks away so we begin walking up Pike, crossed 1st and I saw the restaurant up ahead on the corner of 2nd & Pike. The restaurant looked rundown from the outside and there was neon sign hanging in the window that simply read “Teriyaki.” I became very curious about what I had missed when Malek told me the name earlier.

As we approached this mysterious, hole-in-the-wall, Teriyaki joint, I asked Malek, “What’s the name of this place again?” He turned with a devilish grin and said, “We call it Crackhead Teriyaki.” I must have given him the wha-choo-talkin-bout-Willis look as he quickly clarified. Supposedly, this teriyaki dive got its name from the large number of Seattle crackheads that once loitered around its perimeter. The crackheads have long since gone but the name remains as some kind of twisted term of endearment. Yummy!

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Snap Shots Now Showing on lesia.com

I just enabled Snap Shots on Keith’s Amusing Musings. The links in my blog posts will now be enhanced by visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display inline RSS, stock charts and more.

The Snap Shot behavior all depends on the destination content referred to by the link. Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you “look ahead,” before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot to disable it.

Barry Bonds Hits Number 756

I’m sure everyone has been inundated with the sports coverage on every major network reporting on Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run earlier this evening. Did you know you can also relive Bonds’ historic 756 home run and the celebration which followed on MLB.com?

Why do I care? The video player on the site uses Microsoft Silverlight. Our little pre-release product was part of this history-making event. That’s pretty sweet.

A magical moment for major league baseball and a magical moment for Microsoft.