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1321  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help me with Newsletter mailings on: August 02, 2008, 04:33:20 AM
I need help.  I’ve been assigned the task of finding a way to email our company Newsletter out to all of our clients who have signed up for it.  My title is as a graphic designer but I seem to get stuck with these “fun” tasks a lot because…well I don’t know… I guess I’m just special.  I make the newsletters themselves in HTML and can send them out individually just fine but this doesn’t work well for 80 clients.

I’ve already tried all the automated services I could find like Constant Contacts and Mail Chimp but they all get picked up by our spam filter.  I’ve been told this is actually fairly simple but I don’t know where to begin and I have almost no programming experience outside of web design. 

Anyone ever have to do this?
1322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: American McGee's Grim on: August 01, 2008, 03:50:08 PM
It’s actually possible to find a standalone version, that’s what I did.  That said I’m not sure it’s really worth it.  Besides, it didn’t give me an auto uninstall shortcut and that aggravates me.
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: American McGee's Grim on: August 01, 2008, 06:05:18 AM
Blah.  I knew almost nothing about this title and I’m still disappointed.  Between getting stuck on the environment in multiple places and a complete lack of charm I don’t see much redeemable in this one.
1324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are there any other games like Alpha Centauri? (With Automated AI) on: July 30, 2008, 10:55:17 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on July 29, 2008, 11:12:09 PM


I tried Civilization 4 but hated it.. even though it's made by the same people (mostly) they took out most of the Automated AI stuff they had in with Alpha Centauri. You can't "Automate" your units anymore, other than explore automatically.


That was exactly my criticism of Civ4.  Alpha Centauri was filled with characters that seemed completely different from each other and often quite real.  All the AI characters in Civ4 felt like carbon copies of each other and despite being much newer the diplomacy model in general felt far inferior.
Sadly I haven’t found a game that matches it depth or character.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Red Bull on: July 30, 2008, 08:28:54 PM
I didn’t need to know that…
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Gonna Get Raped by Their Utility Companies? on: July 26, 2008, 09:47:45 PM
My computer heats my apartment quite well.  I work from home so my computer runs most of the day.  Last winter I barely had to turn the heat on.  It gets a little chilly at night when I power it down but I grew up in a house where water would regularly freeze on a night stand by your bed every night in the winter.  Compared to that its quite cozy.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 25, 2008, 08:34:23 PM
The Website is Down

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcQ7RkyBoBc

Could be a page from my life.
1328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 24, 2008, 07:11:17 PM

Quote from: Zimix on July 23, 2008, 10:47:49 PM


saywhat
1329  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yet another reason to avoid Vista on: July 21, 2008, 05:38:40 AM
I was pretty satisfied with Vista until two days ago when a little window popped up telling me that SP1 was ready to be installed.  Since then my video has been washed out, my audio produces weird popping noises and trying to take my computer out of sleep mode crashes it.  Ugh...
1330  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: July 16, 2008, 10:55:03 PM
+1 gwartok
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: July 16, 2008, 10:16:00 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on July 16, 2008, 06:44:03 PM

You guys are definately gonna' want to watch this!

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36578.html

That makes me so happy!
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: July 14, 2008, 12:17:41 AM
If it’s not there will be a riot.  I’m still holding out hope for five races though.
1333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Want some torture with your peanuts? on: July 08, 2008, 03:54:51 AM
I’ve never been on a plane…this isn’t helping my chances.
1334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woot! I got my hedgehog into space :) on: July 07, 2008, 09:41:22 PM
Cute.  23 days for first try. 
1335  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: PS3 40GB + 6 blu-ray movies on: June 29, 2008, 12:17:39 AM
Did Purge end up claiming this?
1336  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: PS3 40GB + 6 blu-ray movies on: June 25, 2008, 05:39:53 AM
That’s tempting…I just got a new HDTV today and would like a blue ray player….not sure if I can afford that on top of it in my current budget though.  Hmm.
1337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Take a tour of Newegg on: June 22, 2008, 04:30:02 AM
Sounds good.  I’ll wait outside with a big truck.  You guys can load it up and I will drive it away to “safety”.    icon_biggrin
1338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tax Question (first time worker) on: June 21, 2008, 08:39:31 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 21, 2008, 07:57:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 21, 2008, 07:29:37 PM

Yes I read this BUT the form says to base this information on earnings in 2007, which I don’t have, so I don’t understand how I am supposed to set this up.

You are not required to make quarterly estimated payments, but you will still owe the same tax burden at the end of the year. Your contract employer will report your income to the IRS on form 1099, and you'll have to pay self-employment taxes as well as income taxes on 1099 income. Since the IRS has no basis year to compute your expected obligation, you can choose between smoothing it out quarterly or giving it to them all in one big lump next April. Assuming that you're disciplined about such things, your smartest strategy would be to compute your quarterly obligations, then pay that money into an interest-bearing account that you will drain next April. If you are less disciplined, you probably ought to make the quarterly payments to avoid having one obscenely huge bill next year (and yes, don't forget to check your state's rules, too).

The Bride of Ironrod earns 1099 income in very irregular chunks. Every time she gets a freelance check, I take out 25% for the feds and 5% for the state. Four times a year, I send in whatever I've withheld during the previous quarter. This method works out pretty accurately for us. Depending on your overall deductions, your effective percentage rate might be higher or lower than that.

Welcome to the joys of the 1040 long form and Schedules A, C and SE. Besides 1099 income, we also have wage income and corporate profits to account for. Tax season is a major ordeal when you aren't a wage slave.   finger


Thank you Ironrod; that clears up quite a lot. 

Seems like a lot of extra stress for a first time job...of course setting my own hours and working for home makes up for it.  icon_smile

Edit – that seemed rude – thanks to you too KC! - Edit
1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tax Question (first time worker) on: June 21, 2008, 07:29:37 PM
Yes I read this BUT the form says to base this information on earnings in 2007, which I don’t have, so I don’t understand how I am supposed to set this up.
1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tax Question (first time worker) on: June 21, 2008, 06:50:26 PM
I have only been working for a little over a month at my current job, I work on a by project basis.  They informed me that because I don’t work full time but still make over $400 I will have to file a 1040-ES form and pay quarterly.  They send me checks without taxes pre-taken out of them. 

Looking at the form there is a line that says:
Quote
“Exception. You do not have to pay estimated tax for 2008 if you were a US Citizen or resident alien for all of 2007 and you had no tax liability for the full 12-month 2007 tax year. You had no tax liability for 2007 if your total tax was zero or you did not have to file.”

Everything on the form says I need reference 2007 but I never had an income because I was a student. I’m a little puzzled about what I’m supposed to do to file taxes this year.
1341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 04:45:19 AM
Anyone else amazed how much worse most of the other “explorations” on that link are?  I’m a recent graphic design graduate and I would have been embarrassed to show most of those to a client.  I want to work for Google!  I make pretty icon!
1342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 19, 2008, 10:24:39 PM
Yeah I hate it also.  I actually did a double take a day or so ago when I first noticed it.
1343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apparently I made a new Chinese friend! on: June 19, 2008, 04:41:32 PM
Received this private message the other night on another site and I shall cherish it always, its spam but its special spam!

Quote
Good evening Friend
Dear friend, I am a Chinese girls, the volunteer of 2008 Chinese Olympicses, if you love you of nation, if your love athletics, if 2008 you come to our China and I will very happily contribute efforts to you!Certainly also hope that we can become the friend of multinational, although my English badly, I am diligently studying, my letter passes a translation, hope that you don't suggest.If you would like to, there is sincerity, please the translation website that I register me a letter, my Web address BE: (deleted)
1344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help us help you- Come take our survey!!!!! on: June 18, 2008, 04:51:38 PM
Survey doesn’t seem to work properly on Opera.  Once you get to the last page it just takes you back to the first…That or I just submitted it twice.
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love the dentist! on: June 18, 2008, 05:50:59 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 04:13:28 AM

Quote from: mb737 on June 18, 2008, 02:55:15 AM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on June 18, 2008, 01:42:06 AM

I don't get cavities and root canals.

34, 1 cavity. You guys drinking sugar down there?

I have noticed that some people, no matter how dentally hygienic they are, seem to be afflicted by every possible dental horror.

I attribute it to past-life karma.  What awful people they must have been!

I don't know about the karma, but the first part is definitely true.  I brush and floss at least twice a day, and generally take very good care of my teeth.   Unfortunately, everyone in my family has bad dental problems.   Even when I was doing regular checkups, I don't ever remember a visit where I didn't need at least 1 filling.

23; had one cavity when I was pretty young and none since.  I make it to the dentist about once every 4 years and the only thing they tell me is that I should floss more.
My teeth are a bit crooked but aside from that they are awesome.
1346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 11:15:18 PM
Newest version of Opera just came out as well.  It looks funky.
1347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 16, 2008, 06:03:39 AM
 saywhat
1348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the hell do you promote a website? on: June 12, 2008, 02:58:33 AM

Quote from: ChrisGrenard on June 12, 2008, 02:36:22 AM

So far I'm kinda liking the boobs idea...

Lord, yeah, it's my little Rock Band page that I'm thinking about.  I'll pm you about it.

Responded

$200 please.   icon_biggrin


Let me know if you need any of that elaborated on.  Most of it is pretty simple but will go a long ways in improving your site.
1349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the hell do you promote a website? on: June 12, 2008, 02:30:08 AM
Search Engine Optimization is actually one of the responsibilities I have at my job, is the website in question the one in your signature?
1350  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Carnival Season 1 $20 (Dead both seasons back up to $43) on: June 11, 2008, 10:56:56 PM
Still $60 everywhere around me.  A bunch of other HBO shows for around the same also.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000029931&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0VD0AC6TXQ8NYS5DNWGH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=404919801&pf_rd_i=130

edit - Deals dead now
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Abstract RTS: Dyson on: June 11, 2008, 07:59:43 PM
A cool little locust simulator.  nod

It needs some indication of victory though; I eradicated the evil greens and then waited for like five minutes before I realized nothing was going to happen.
1352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]rumour....new Blu-ray xbox 360 to be announced this week on: June 08, 2008, 11:02:06 PM
Am I the only one who would be happy if this news were true?  I’ve actually contemplated buying a PS3 BECAUSE of its blue ray player; the system itself interests me very little.  An X-box360 I would be far more inclined to enjoy.
1353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job hunt on: June 08, 2008, 04:36:23 AM
I’ll second craigslist, I’ve found a number of freelance jobs on there; although I suppose it depends what you majored in. I’m a recent grad myself, most of the people I know haven’t found work yet and its been a little over a month.

 Luckily I did some work for an individual while still in college, he contacted me around graduation asking if I could fix a problem his company was having with one of their websites.  I corrected the problem in three hours and impressed the company’s board so much that I had a full time job a week after college graduation!
1354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How does one make female friends? on: June 07, 2008, 09:27:45 PM
Umm, I collect swords.  They’re sort of like guns…only sharper and don’t shoot things.
(Strangely enough all the women I know seem to love swords)
1355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How does one make female friends? on: June 07, 2008, 08:00:23 PM
How does one make male friends?  I don’t drink, like sports, or care about cars…most of my friends have always been women…
1356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Classic RPG updates - Planescape Torment, Fallout2, Arcanum on: June 07, 2008, 07:49:11 PM
Awesome, when Arcanum came out I tried hard to love it but there were so many things that got in the way.  Reinstalling now.   nod
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: June 07, 2008, 06:58:05 PM
I hope they release some of the other races soon, I will be really disappointed if I can’t be pointy eared and sneaky.

It’s unlikely they wouldn’t be included but they don’t seem overly popular of the relic forums.
1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Collectors Edition...metal lunchbox!!!!!new items 5/19 on: June 06, 2008, 10:43:16 PM
Amazon gets to one up the previous collector’s edition.


Cool but the $130 price tag is too rich for my blood.  Who’s going to take the plunge?
1359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Power Bills Soaring? Turn Off The Playstation 3 on: June 05, 2008, 12:38:44 AM
Not that surprising.  When I started unplugging my entertainment center stuff when not in use my power bill went down by almost $20/month.
1360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What should I know about buying a HDTV? on: May 24, 2008, 10:58:47 PM
I appreciate the responses. 

Right now I don’t actually have anything that makes use of HD, but in the near future I can see that changing, especially since my 5 year old DVD player is making terrible clunking sounds on a regular basis. 

Right now I have an Xbox (old) and a friend’s Wii, it would be nice to be able to use them from more than three feet away and not have to squint.  Obviously I want both to look as good as possible on my new TV.

This is the one I have been eyeing http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/LG-42-LCD-HDTV-42LB5D/sem/rpsm/oid/174195/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
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