Herding Cats: Buffett Taxes, Facebook Changes and Netflix News

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This week we we cover the changes on Facebook and Netflix, the Buffett tax, the merits of used, when to pay more, earning money with surveys and traveling faster than the speed of light. Also a cat that seems to be Photoshopped in real time. USA Today: Facebook overhaul elicits range of reaction – It was a weird week for major brands.  First, Netflix splits in two, which was pretty mystifying.  Then Facebook changed its layout, causing massive uproars of complaints. I’ll give Facebook a pass because people will probably get used to it and forget what the old design was like. But Qwickster?  Yeesh, it’s like they want their DVD service to be obsolete.  How about Mailflix?  Interestingly, though, the new Facebook is going to be more integrated with Netflix, so those guys knew what these changes signified and knew people would be initially annoyed. The result: people will vent and vent and probably still go on using these services anyway.

Bargaineering: Your Take: The Buffett Tax – Speaking of branding, this was a pretty good job by the Obama administration.  People may be torn about Obama (including people who voted for him), but a lot of people like Warren Buffett, so calling this the “Buffett tax” nixes some criticism before it starts.  Taxing the uber-wealthy is also politically popular, so it’s not like Obama’s taking any huge chances–except with that crop of voters who disagree with anything he does.

Wisebread: 6 Reasons Why Used Is Better – A used manifesto.  I agree with all of these, except buying used kitchen appliances.  Well, at least some of them.  Just creeps me out a bit to buy something where someone else’s food has been prepared.  Glassware can be thoroughly washed, a toaster can’t.  Considering how dirt-cheap a simple toaster is, it doesn’t even seem necessary to shop for a bargain.  There’s something to be said to the fact that used items have stood the test of time as well–but it could also be that it’s being unloaded because it’s on its last legs. Overall, though, there’s no shame whatsoever in thrifting it.

Money Ning: 5 Consumable Products That’s Not Worth the Extra Cost – Here’s a post about when you should actually splurge a little more and when spending extra will make your money literally go down the drain.  Not all paper products are considered equal. Unless you’re printing a resume, high-grade printer paper isn’t all that necessary.  Also interesting: high-grade gas isn’t necessary if your car can’t actually process it. There is some trial and error with this–though it’s recommended that you buy generic, this isn’t always true.  Last summer I had a roach issue: the generic traps did nothing, but then I splurged on Raid and they were gone overnight. 

Consumerism Commentary: Earn More Money: Online Surveys – Some interesting info about how to make some side money.  You might think that filling out surveys is a kind of like the spam offers like “Win a Free iPad!!!” that you see all over the web.  But you can actually earn some real money doing this–albeit not a huge payday. If you’re in need for some extra cash, this is something to consider.  Click on the link in the post to the podcast with the eminently trustworthy Donna Freedman for more information.

National Geographic: Particles Moved Faster Than Speed of Light? – OK, this isn’t really savings related, except for, um, time saving, but it’s incredibly cool.  Neutrinos have been clocked at flying faster than the speed of light–something that was not thought to be physically possible (see: Einstein). This experiment needs further testing, but if corroborated could rock our fundamental understanding of physics.  This won’t totally invalidate Einstein’s theories, but it suggests that the theory of relativity is more of a beginning point than an end point.  There’s clearly a lot more to be discovered.

Back to Facebook: do you love or hate the changes?

Cat video of the week: Big cat.

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  1. SavingsIQ

    3 years ago

    Facebook needs to stop changing all these features. The new timeline is a stalker’s paradise.

    BTW, that is one ginormous cat!

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  2. AlDente

    3 years ago

    Senior eaters in Florida went berserk over the proposed “buffet” tax. SHOCKING:
    http://www.spnheadlines.com/2011/09/violent-riots-rock-restaurant-over.html

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  3. ChuckG

    3 years ago

    I agree with SavingsIQ. A few of my friends are leaving Facebook and going over to Google+. Look for an increase of users there, think I’d like to join up myself.

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  4. gatormomx2

    3 years ago

    I love Google+. It is simple and easy to use. I like the feature that if you click on the tiny triangle in the right corner of your photos and posts, you can lock them so no one else can use them.

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  5. ebbeszoo

    3 years ago

    i word about googleplus, ihave heard that it takes all your info and saves it to make the internet work around you. i’m more concerned about privacy issues with google there and how that works that with facebook…. especially when it comes to how they can make google searches specifically personalized to you.

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  6. lotsoflove

    3 years ago

    facebook will continue to change their features to keep up with technology and people continue to complain, but honestly, do we even remember the last changes made on fb? we will continue to move with the times, just like everything else. there maybe something else coming along, like google, but i am concerned about the privacy issue wiht a company so big. yes, there are privacy issues with fb still, but i’m not sure if i want to put eveyrthing out there with google yet.

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  7. champ76

    3 years ago

    It seems like every couple of months Facebook is changing the layout and it is getting a bit confusing and overwhelming. I like change but when it comes to FB and my privacy,I would like to know that it is kept safe and that my settings were kept the way that I applied them.

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  8. ebbeszoo

    3 years ago

    i’m hoping that the fb changes is because they are trying to keep our privacy safe ?????

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