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Herding Cats: Steve Jobs' Impact, Occupy Wall Street and Farmers Market Buying Tips

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 11:58AM Friday October 7, 2011
under Loose Change

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This week we have Steve Jobs' achievements, Occupy Wall Street, a terrible idea for saving money out of Kansas, the perks of moving in with relatives, how to shop at a farmer's market, stupid online consumer habits and animated cats.
Wired: Steve Jobs' Greatest Achievements - Have to have a Steve Jobs post, of course. I've seen some stirrings online like "I don't use Apple products, why should I care?" Well, the Apple revolution has had a hand in everything: the home PC market, Android phones, the Kindle, even Facebook. It was the democratization of tech, putting computing power in the hands of everyday people that broke everything open.  Even if you've never touched a Mac, you're part of the Apple era--and Steve Jobs set the blueprint for much of the tech industry.

Reuters: Insight: Occupy Wall St, the start of a new protest era? - We reported on Occupy Wall Street last week, but it's not going away--it's growing, and that's part of the story. This is being described as the left wing version of the Tea Party, except the Tea Party were upset by the bank bailouts as well, so that's not totally accurate. Criticism by the right gets a little confusing, as many on the right are upset with the system as well. So...that may be why the protests are growing and not fading.  Generally, yes, this is more left wing than right wing, and given that roughly 60 million people voted for either side in the last presidential election, there are a lot of potential protesters on either side.

The Week: Legalizing domestic violence: Topeka's 'terrible' plan to save money - Holy Moses, this is a bad idea and sign of the times.  I'll go out on a limb here and say that they should legalize misdemeanor drug crimes well before legalizing assault and battery.  Yes, drug legalization has a whole slate of other problems, but when measured against legalizing domestic violence, it should at least be considered. And people wonder why the Occupy Wall Street protests are growing. When you're talking about a relatively-small $347,765 in budget cuts that are leading to this decision, something's out of whack.  There are lots of calls to trim spending, but some spending is 100% necessary.

New York Times: Need to Save Money? Move In With Relatives - Another sign of the times, but not one that's so vexing.  Though it could seem like a "failure" to move back in with relatives, it's also a fairly common practice in a lot of cultures. One could even make the argument that it's a good arrangement for raising kids. A lot of interesting comments that are surprisingly supportive about the arrangement--rather than considering it a step backwards. There have been a lot of articles about how kids aren't leaving the nest for a while, but this phenomenon is much more widespread.

Wisebread: What NOT to Buy at a Farmers Market - This is an interesting post, partly because it's not entirely accurate.  The main gist is that you may end up spending more money at a farmer's market than you would if you bought the same item at a farmer's storefront.  Well, in some communities, this storefront may not be available, so you very well could save money buying direct at the market.  Still, there are good tips here and a lively discussion in the comments.

Mint: 5 Incredibly Stupid Things Consumers Do Online - Good tips here--such as being liable for a double purchase if you get a 404 error at checkout and then click "submit" again.  I'd add to that: people don't update credit card info if a card is cancelled or changed. I've just gone through the unfortunate circumstance of having my card cancelled because of fraudulent activity. I've been issued a new one and didn't lose any money, but now I have to go through all my accounts that have automatic billing and change the card.

Ever made one of these mistakes online?

Cat of the week: Animation!