I love music, and I often take it for granted, but I realized how much I enjoy it earlier this week. I love high quality sound, and for about the last five years, I’ve always enjoyed the sound that comes from my Klipsch Promedia 5.1 computer sound system. It is fantastic, but on Tuesday when I went to fire up my music player, I was shocked to find there wasn’t any sound coming from the speakers. After some basic troubleshooting, it was clear that the amplifier that is built into the subwoofer has gone bad. Looks like it is a fairly common problem after browsing the Klipsch support forums. So for now, until I can ship the board to someone to have it repaired, I’m stuck listening to music through a pair of tiny speakers that look like they came from 1996. They sound about as good as listening to headphones at full volume.
Since I do everything to music while at my computer, I forgot that a long time ago I had created a profile at Last.fm to keep tabs on my listening history. I had completely forgot about this, but it was interesting to look at my profile and see what I’ve been listening to. If you aren’t familiar with Last.fm, it is a service that utilizes a plugin for your media player such as winamp, iTunes, WMP, or whatever, and it logs your listening history to share with others on the web. From there, you can make friends, listen to other people’s music, and discover new bands. If you want, you can visit my profile on last.fm. If you already have a profile, feel free to add me as a friend, or leave a comment here with your user name. I’m always on the lookout for new music. But enough about music, it is time for the links.
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Bad Investment? Losing The Million Dollar House, Literally – A true story brings to light a very real scenario of buying property that might be considered high risk. While we all have dream homes, sometimes the decision to buy may overlook some possible risks that could make it a bad investment.
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Amazon Kindle: Buy or Not? – The Kindle is an interesting concept that allows you to read books in a portable digital format. You can carry around a small device that can hold many different books and allow you to read them from anywhere. But, is it really a good item to buy? Lazy Man takes a look at the pros and cons of the Kindle.
Invest in What You Know – Are you faced with a decision of paying cash or financing for a very attractive rate? Should you pay off your mortgage if you have the money available? These are common questions, and Brip Blap examines the options as he sees it.
Your Money Personality – The Frugal Trader looks at an MSN article that highlights eight different money personalities. I don’t quite fit into just one, but I do see a bit of 1, 4, and 8 in me.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.