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Memorial Day Things I Think (and Personal Finance Links)

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I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. I would wish everyone a happy one, but it just doesn't seem to fit the occasion. I'm pushing back my typical Memorial Day BBQ plans to go to a friend's house to watch the Celtics-Heat game later this evening. (Update: I was a little slow in getting this out, the game didn't go as well as I hoped.) Tomorrow, I'll catch up on the missed BBQ opportunity by making some pulled pork from my friend's recipe at GenXFinance. In the meantime, here are some things that I'm thinking before I get to the personal finance links.

  • Looking into Green Cars - My car is currently 11 years old. I'm going with the Tom Brady school of optimism that it has just as many years left. Since that may not match reality, I'm preparing myself by looking into what my next car would be. This time, I'd like to buy something that is lightly used depreciated rather than new. I really like the idea of the new plug in hybrids often abbreviated (PHEVs). The Chevy Volt is one example that is aleady on the market. The Ford C-Max Energi is coming out later this year and that has caught my eye as a good mix of energy efficient savings with a family size car. I hope to expand on this with a more complete article in the coming weeks.
  • Ultrabooks in Focus - When I'm not thinking about those green cars, I'm looking into Ultrabooks. Those are the thin and light laptops that Intel is pushing. Asus has a Zenbook Prime coming in a month or so that looks to be leap-frog anything else out there by a significant margin. I got a chance to look at a earlier version at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto yesterday and it was impressive. The Microsoft Store itself was impressive. At twice the size of the Apple Store next door, it was packed.
  • The Mess that is Hewlett-Packard - This article on how crazy HP's management is simply amazing to me. It's amazing that a company with dozens of billions in revenue would have employees bringing home their trash because they cut back on the pick-up. No wonder webOS couldn't advance smartphones and tablets - it didn't get a shot.

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3 Responses to “Memorial Day Things I Think (and Personal Finance Links)”

  1. Ryan Paredez says:

    Iv’e never actually been to a Microsoft store. I didn’t even know they had one. Thats interesting.
    As far as your laptop goes. Ive never seen an Asus one but I do have an Asus EEE pad tablet and it is smooth as butter.
    Your more energy efficient car idea sounds like a good one too. Ive had my VW for 5 years now and am hoping to have it for quite a bit longer

  2. Hah, great post! I found the dealing with spousal debt a great read as I’ve found my self in that situation in the past.

    If you were to release an update to this post, what would be your thoughts on ultrabooks now?

    • Lazy Man says:

      I still like ultrabooks, but now I’m thinking about a detachable tablet-type computer. It’s just that I like a 15-inch screen and I don’t see those coming in detachables soon. The new Dell XPS 13 that was announced recently would be a contender if it had Ethernet and a built in SD reader… oh and a touch screen. They are getting close to what I’m looking for at least. Should be something that I’m excited about by this back-to-school or holiday season.

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