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Youi Car Insurance is a rip-off

November 21st, 2010 28 comments

Well, I’ve just spent the last 10 minutes doing an online quote for Youi insurance and what a waste of time this has been… The insurance with Youi has come in at MORE THAN DOUBLE what I currently pay with AAMI.  Perhaps it might work out well for someone who only uses their car on the weekend but it doesn’t work out all that well for me, even though I drive against the traffic each day.  So, Youi or not Youi, it’s still an insurance company and it doesn’t ask anywhere near as many questions as you’d think from their ads about how you use your car.  Then again their actuarial models would be pretty nasty if they did ask more questions.

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How to Open the Crestcom Don’t Count On It Wooden Puzzle Money Box

July 14th, 2010 9 comments

So, you might have received a Don’t Count on It Wooden Puzzle Money Box from Crestcom or from someone else and wondering how to open it.  The box of course most likely has money in it or something else of value that you probably want to get out.  The easiest way to open the box is just to break it.  Well if you’re a practical person that’s the best way to do it.  That’s the way that I did it, not so much to get the $5, but as I was interested in how it works rather than getting the money out or keeping the box in one piece. 

Well, the way it works is as follows:

There are two end pieces that have magnets glued into them.  Then, the main frame has holes which are about one inch long and inside those holes are little metal rods about half an inch long.  The way the box locks is by putting the metal rods into the holes then sliding the cover on and turning the box so that the metal rods slide inside the holes and make contact with the magnets at which stage they attach to the magnets.  Once you know the actual construction it’s quite easy to work out ways of how to open the Don’t Count On It Wooden Puzzle Money Box.

I came up with the following ways:
1. The way I broke the box was to twist the end bit sideways (i.e. No in the direction of the slide).  The end bit just popped out.  This is the easy way but it kinda breaks the box slightly as it usually creates a crack along the joint between the 3 main bits that make up the main part of the box.

2. The best and proper way is to grab the box and tap it with a hard sharp blow on the floor (with one of the ends at the bottom) and then just slide the top end off.  The basic idea here is that the intertia and the sudden stopping of the frame will make the rods separate from the magnets and fall into the holes.  You might not get it the first time, but I believe that’s the PROPER way to open the box.  Something to remember here as well is that only one of the sides has the magnets, so if you try like 10 times with one side and have no luck, try with the other side.  I recommend doing this on a carpet if you don’t want to damage the box.

3. Use strong magnets to separate the metal rods from the little magnets inside the end.  As nice as this sounds not everyone has a magnet lying around… In fact thats’ the way that I tried to open it initially, but didn’t have a strong enough magnet laying around, and doubt you would too.

4. Try to use some really sharp instrument to slide the rod away from the magnet via the tiny gap between the end and the main bit… This is a real pain in the ass and I tried this way also before opening the box using method 1.

I’ll also try to create some photos and videos and post them on YouTube for anyone interested.

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Best Niagara Falls Tour

April 16th, 2010 No comments

Today I went on a Niagara Fall Tour and I have to frankly say that it was by far one the best tours I’ve ever done and I’ve done a few.  Why?  Because the driver was absolute fantastic.  He was funny, easy to understand and entertained the entire bus ALL DAY.  If you are ever in Toronto and want to do a tour to Niagara Falls than I would highly recommend Best Niagara Falls Tours by 4 Season Tours.  In fact the guy was soo good that I’ve given him advise on how to improve his own website in terms of SEO and linking to his website from this post as he currently does the work through another company and I’d love to see him doing it all himself, as every tour to Niagra Falls or in fact anywhere should be as good as this.

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April 3rd, 2010 No comments

Welcome to my blog.   I’ve been rather slack with creating a blog, most probabably because I’ve always been a bit too busy with work and so on, but lately I’ve been finding that I’m reading blogs more and more and have some opinions that others may find very useful.  For example comparing different CMSes, comparing different programming languages such as PHP and ASP.NET, comparing different PHP IDEs, comparing different PHP frameworks such as Yii vs Kohana or components such as LinqToSql vs LinqToEntities vs NHibernate, comparing different CMSes like Drupal vs Joomla vs DotNetNuke vs WordPress and so on.

This is stuff that I’m doing anyway and do have a fair bit of experience with, so I figured why not share it with others as if not for other people’s blogs I would have found some of this far more difficult.  I also found that many blog posts were outdated or don’t consider all aspects that I’m interested in which I think other people would also find interesting.

So, now that I have a blog I’ll be able to post some of my research and hopefully make other people’s lives who are trying to do the same research a little easier.

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