Monday, November 3, 2008

Posts from the past

As I'm taking down my hosted site, I will be posting these as an archive.


Cheapurpedic

To make your own foam mattress you'll need two main parts:

The topper
The support

The topper I got is from memoryfoam.com for $158.99 (Queen, 3 In., 4.0 lb. 12 ILD MemoryTherm Memoryfoam Topper, #2109104).

Then for the support, I went to JCPenny.com and ordered for $109.99, 5" Extra-firm Topper -Queen 60x80" Item# RN725-5805A.

All of this includes shipping too! So for about $300, I get a sweet, home made mattress. I LIKE!

Not to mention, you may want to get a mattress cover from bed bath and beyond that is zippered to keep the pieces together. This one looks like it'll work $34.99 (Zippered Queen Mattress Cover with Antimicrobial Treatment). I chose instead to go to ShopSatin.com and got their mattress cover there for like $20.

And you don't even need a foundation. Actually, you want a solid foundation, but the floor will do just nice.









Friday, October 31, 2008

Goodbye Hosted Website

As time has gone on, I've found I've not needed a hosted website. Especially with Web 2.0, I'm going to be transitioning to owning only a domain, and then using free services through Google Apps to manage my e-mail.

And then this blogspot will still act as my main "web page." So then that means that when you go to JeffersonKim.com you'll get redirected here, and not my original website. . . now I'm going to have to transition some of those pages to here for "safe keeping".

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My everlasting business card

I actually had about 1,000 business cards I had to throw away after moving hotels. . . and I'm guessing I'm going to be moving around a lot from this point on from hotel to hotel, so I had to make a business card that I can take with me everywhere.

My phone number is VoIP, so I'll be able to take that anywhere. I designed this through Microsoft Word and then uploaded it through Vista Print. About 1,000 cards for about $32 shipped. I'll get them in about 14 days.

The question I have is to see how the picture ends up looking on a business card. . . it could be a big waste of money.

My inspiration for the design was Guy Kawasaki's business card which can be found here:

http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/05/the-art-of-the.html





Saturday, September 20, 2008

My House Buying Experience Thus Far

Kendra & I are looking to buy a house through Blair Newman (http://socalrealestatenews.wordpress.com/). I found him while searching online on research about the SoCal housing market.

A big help to me in understanding the economy as a whole and analyzing the data has been through: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/
That site is my main goto to understand what's happening in the market.

I used http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/business/2007_BUYRENT_GRAPHIC.html to help determine if we should rent or buy. We currently pay $1195 rent with a budget of about $250,000 for a townhouse. So according to the calculator, we're actually better off renting. However, we rent an apartment where we don't have W/D hookups and the garage is one car that's detached. In addition, we have a neighbor above us with three young boys (loud :) ). I don't mind it too much though. . .

The noise in our neighborhood is fairly loud. We're surrounded by two very noisy apartment complexes, less than 1,000 feet to a main freeway and railroad tracks. The racial makeup is majority Hispanic, which explains the two taco trucks that sit on our street, and the loud music we hear just about every morning.

So if I were to compare the $250,000 townhouse with a comparable rentable property of about $1500/month in a better neighborhood, we end up working out ahead.

I'll be getting a 5.95% APR loan through CalVet (thank you Air Force).

I've been looking off and on since about March. But it's definitely morphed as time went on.

Recently, we looked at about 4 townhouses. One was a short sale. . . but there was water damage, and the current residents were highly undesirable. . . not to mention a very flakey selling agent. Not worth the hassle.

The other three were much better. The main one I like is located in Anaheim. The amount I'm offering is based off of these detailed email. I think it may help you in determining what price you should aim for. I have very specific criteria, and time is in our favor.



Hi Blair,
$212,650 is what I'm willing to offer. Please let me know if there are any major holes in my logic:
- My target day to "close" any house sale will be in the January - February 2009 range based off of this chart (http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/2008/08/july-existing-home-sales-record.html) when sales are typically the lowest of the year. This is to ensure that there will be less buyers and more sellers.
- With no major reason that's pointing toward a "bottom" anytime soon, I'll be pricing according to my projections of what the house will price at in the Jan-Feb '09 range. In fact, high gas prices, higher commodity prices, rising unemployment, the US's continual involvement in Iraq & Afganistan, and the continuing failures of major financial instruments of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stears, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Indie Mac bank, point toward the economy becoming weaker rather than hitting any sort of "bottom" within the next couple of years.
- I am pricing VERY aggressively because I would rather risk losing the house than pay more than I need to. We're not in any hurry to move out, and at our cerrent rent, moving up to a town house is a luxurious upgrade in both quality and cost/month based off of this calculator: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/business/2007_BUYRENT_GRAPHIC.html
- Based off of the data at http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Anaheim-California/, this is the data I have extrapolated to project future housing prices for 3 bedroom houses/condos in the city of Anaheim. I made up the numbers for Sep'07 & Dec'07 because they weren't available on the site.
Quarter Median Decline Average
Jun-Aug '03 $350,000
Jun-Aug '07 $528,192 50.91%
Sep-Nov '07 475000 -10.07%
Dec-Feb '08 $425,000 -10.53%
Mar-May '08 $398,930 -6.13%
Jun-Aug '08 $360,000 -9.76% -9.12%
Projection
Sep-Nov '08 $245,000 -9.12%
Dec-Feb '08 $222,650 -9.12%
Aug'07 median house prices for Anaheim have declined on average, 9.12%/quarter for 3 bedroom houses in the Anaheim area. This is probably based off of listing prices and not actual sale prices. Taking this 9.12% out to my Dec-Feb'08 quarter takes the original $245,000 that would be reasonable in Sep'08 to the price I project it to be at in Feb'08, which brings me to $222,650.
If you have the trends for actual sale prices for this time period, that would be more accurate in determining the actual trajectory of median sale price for 3 bedroom condos/townhouses/houses that could help me in determining a more accurate price.
- From a preliminary list of improvements that will be needed, the total cost would be about $10,000 for these improvements:
Item Material Ship Installation Tax Total
Gas Range 599 65 19 53 736
Ventilated Range Hood 399 0 100 39 538
Dishwasher 499 65 110 52 726
Carpet (4 Rooms) 2,000 2,000 4,000
Padding 180 180
Bath Faucet Repair 80 100 180
Refinish Wood Stairs 1,000
Other Repairs/Cleaning 2,000
Sub Total 9,360
- So from the $222,650 projection, minus the $10,000 minimum improvements that I saw at first glance, the price of initial offer would be $212,650.
Jefferson Kim

Friday, August 8, 2008

My Office Setup
















My inspiration to this article:
http://lifehacker.com/399296/the-lifehacker-editors-favorite-software-and-hardware

I'm always aiming to get the most optimized and efficient work environment. Being more effective is my goal with this setup. As you can tell, aesthetics isn't so much a priority. This setup isn't 100% complete, but to maintain a reasonable budget, it's good enough.

Monitors:
- Acer 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor (Vertical)
- Dell 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor (Horizontal)
- V7 22" Widescreen LCD (Horizontal)

Keyboard & Mouse:
- Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (keys mapped to commonly accessed programs)
- Logitech MX Revolution (thumb buttons mapped to move windows to alternate windows, middle button mapped to switch between tabs, etc)

Chair:
- MATREX HIGH-BACK CHAIR (from Staples. I originally tried the Herman Miller, but I found it to be stupid expensive. I spent about $400 for this, and it's more comfortable than the $900 chairs I would've bought due to the headrest. It was hard for me to think that the $900 Herman Miller would've been more than 2x more comfortable than my current chair.

Other Peripherals:
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HP Scanjet 7650 (I use this to scan in documents and automatically convert them into searchable PDFs. I recommend not getting this model and trying perhaps this one (http://lifehacker.com/365016/scan-paperwork-to-pdf-in-one-step)

This is just my humble setup. Probably much than most, but if you're looking for the ultimate in tips, check out LifeHacker.com

I'm just testing out the vertical setup It seems to make reading a lot of websites a lot easier. I'll see if this actually works out though. . .
I had to buy a Neoflex LCD Stand in order to get my 22" Acer to go widescreen.

Anything in your office setup that you are exceptionally proud of?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Memories from Growing Up

Perhaps it was the huge amounts of Curry I ate for lunch, and the indigestion I got afterwords that prompted these weird series of memories from when I was about seven to twelve years old, but here's a broken list of memories.

I think I have lots of nostalgia, remembering a time of near innocence. Though I remember throughout this lots of crying, fighting, jealousy, and selfishness. So, not much innocence. Just no puberty.

This prop goes out to Eugene (Four years younger) & Jason (Two years younger), my brother, who shared in most of these experiences.

- Tae-Kwon-Do class, and every time we did the stretch where we laid on our back, and we would try and have our feet touch above our heads, someone would always fart. We would go through about 20 of these repetitions.

- Playing pillow fight in the entertainment room where I would aim for the head as Eugene & Jason would try and take me down.

- Jumping for hours on the big trampoline imagining we were ninjas fighting through a game.

- Playing hours of Contra on NES, along with this ninja game from the top down perspective.

- Getting freaked out playing Super Contra on SNES.

- The boiler room where we were freaked out of because it looks as though it had red blood in it.

- The father who was diabetic toward peanuts, but loved Baby Ruth's and the wife that would get angry at him for eating it.

- Riding in the plastic cars in the backyard area going around in circles, crashing into each other.

- Going swimming at the community pool very very frequently.

- Giving "korean-style" motorcycles. . . if you don't already know what this is, I don't think I should be sharing this with you.

- Playing Hero's Quest. Don't forget to ask Zargon to open the chest.

- Getting extremely competitive playing SNES Street Fighter II. I'd always be cheap and be Ryu with the fire balls & dragon punches.

- Mainly lots and lots of Nintendo.


Other Memories from before Age 7:

- Creating huge forts from couches and having sock wars. We would turn off the lights and have only one flood light on.

- Playing lots of Nintendo, where the older neighbor kid, Brett or Brent, would come over to play my Nintendo.

- Track and field, using Lego helmets from the space collection to more easily alternate between the A & B buttons.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Triple Monitors on Windows Vista

I setup triple monitors just fine, with minimal troubles at home on Windows XP, but then, I discovered that it's actually much more complicated on Vista.

I don't want to go into too much detail, as it includes about 5 trips to Fry's, dealing with shotty PSU's from Dell, etc. . . headache.

But basically, in case you decide to do triple monitors, you need to make sure that the two graphic's cards use the SAME drivers. So if you wanted to use a GeForce 8400 with a FX 5200, forget about it! Windows XP lets you load graphics cards with different driver's, but Vista doesn't work that way for some reason. . .

I have an 8400 in my PCI-E and a 6200 in my PCI. I could theoretically go for four monitors, but two 22" wide screens and one 20" wide screen should do for now :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Prime Customer Service: Logitech

I ended up buying their Logitech mouse, Revolution VX and MX on the same day. The MX started having problems with its thumb button, where it would no longer click, and would just be mushy.

So I called in, and they sent me a replacement without me needing to return the defective one. For proof, I sent a receipt, except I accidentally sent in the receipt for the VX, rather than MX, and they ended up sending me the wrong model mouse.

I called in again to tell them they sent in the wrong mouse, and they apologized. They're in the middle of sending me the right one, the MX. So from one slight defective mouse, I'm getting two good mice in return for no charge!

This reminds me of another time about two years ago when I've had stellar service from them. This was when I bought the G7 mouse, cordless mouse, and the receiver started going all wacky. I called in, and they sent me a replacement for no charge, and I didn't have to send back the old one. The replacement mouse they sent me had the same problems, so they sent me another one, and the final one worked fine. Then later, the original replacement started working again for some reason I don't understand. So I got two good mice for one bad one.

I LOVE THIS COMPANY. I think I'm pretty much going to be a Logitech only company when it comes to high priced peripherals.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Now on Twitter

I've been reading a lot about this and read you don't really know what it's all about until you do it.

www.twitter.com/jeffersonkim

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fun Dental Hygiene!

Often times, I don't really research things unless there's a pressing reason. This reason came up, thanfully through routine maintenence, rather than pain.

I went into the Dentist for a routine visit, and all the two back molars in my mouth, for a total of about 8 teeth needed to have the fillings replaced. The original dental office, West Coast Dentist in Buena Park, said I needed to replace all 8. Then they told me that my HMO insurance through Costco, which charges a flat, $70 fee for the silver fillings, would not cover the "desensitizing" that would be required for my teeth.

The crazy thing is that this Dentist office charges about $45 for the process, while I called around and found another place that charges only $15. What the heck? Plus, I didn't have the option to not have the desensitizing through them, so I had to go through a different dental office.

Anyway, so, I'm going to another Dentist's office, 7 Day Dental in Anaheim, where they said I only needed 6 fillings refilled, but she did recommend a hardcore teeth cleaning where they'll dig deep to tear off all the hard tartar under my gums. I'll need to get a shot and do one side of the mouth at a time. . .

The nice thing is that through a combination of my HMO through Delta Care with Costco, and my veteran's payment plan, I can get it for free. Basically, the HMO plan makes dentist's only charge $70/filling, and my secondary plan, which covers about 80% of the $130 operation, would cover the $70.


Ok, onto the home reaction. My question became, how can I take care of my teeth better without having to floss? I have a strategy on three fronts:

1. Use Original Listerine after brushing! According to this study, http://jada.ada.org/cgi/reprint/135/4/496.pdf
using Original Listerine is just as effective as flossing in killing the germs that rest inside your gums. The store brands have not been clinically tested to see if they're as effective as original listerine, and the way they tested in the study, they had people use the listerine mouth wash after brushing.

2. Use Oral-B Proffessional Care Toothbrush. This one already bought about four years ago, when I noticed a lot of people in my fraternity using the Soniccare tooth brush. I researched it and found out that the Oral-B is more effective at getting rid of the bacteria over Soniccare.

3. Use Colgate Total. This tooth paste is the only one that is ADA approved and clinically proven to destroy the germs that cause gingivitis. Well maybe not the ONLY one, but the cheapest one.

Most of the times I try and use "generic" brands, but after researching and finding that a lot of generic brands aren't ADA approved, there's no clinical evidence showing that generic brands are as effective as name brand ones. In fact, my reading of the above linked study seems to infer that generic brands were tested but failed to show results.

If someone has studies pointing otherwise, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hotel Add Request :)

Hi All,

If it's been a while, here's an update on where I'm at. I'm currently running a hotel near Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. I'm trying out an experiment to see if I can help market the hotel through MySpace and FaceBook. If you could add my hotel to your friend's list that would help me out in my experiment in seeing how far it goes.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Comfort-Inn-Maingate/10516567497
http://www.myspace.com/comfortinnmaingate

If you're ever down in the area, give me a holler and we can meet up! Thanks for your help.

- Jefferson