A Chilling Sight – We Are All Doomed

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 9th, 2008 in Stuff

Updated: October 15th, 2008

Worst thing I’ve ever seen…





Edit: Oh, and this just knocked the wind out of me: this is the rate of return in my 401K account this year:


Edit #2: nope, that wasn’t the worst. Today (Oct 15, 2008) beats them all:



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Top 10 Reasons Why Digsby ROCKS

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 14th, 2008 in Awesomeness, My Favorites, Stuff, Technology, Twitter

Updated: August 20th, 2009

If you haven't heard of Digsby yet, you have probably been living in some kind of a virtual cave or have no friends. Digsby is a multi-network instant messenger application, similar to Trillian, Pidgin (GAIM), or Miranda. I said 'similar', so what makes Digsy special? Reviews I read so far don't give the real reasons and don't dive into the features in depth. Instead, you get a standard load of marketing BS and in the end to you, the user, Digsby may end up being "yet another IM program." Some reviews describe certain features, but so far I haven't seen one that highlighted THE MAIN REASON why Digsby is different. And may I preface it with: finally somebody got a …

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Updated: June 11th, 2015

Why do I dread doing taxes every year? One of the main reason was having to figure out ways to import hundreds of transactions from my stock brokers: Scottrade and InteractiveBrokers. I love IB but come on, it's 2008 and they still don't provide .txf files to import into TurboTax (or TaxCut, but I use TurboTax myself). Scottrade, on the other hand, is directly importable through TurboTax but it only imports sale amounts and not purchases, so TurboTax thinks I got my stocks for free and wants to tax me on the full sale amount rather than the profits. That is, of course, very incorrect. Here are the best solutions I could find to these problems:

1. Scottrade….

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The Housing Market Update From AP. Final Word: It's FUCKED.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 6th, 2008 in Stuff

…and I'm not too upset about it. Down, home prices, down!! Read this article for a nice update on the current housing market conditions and the experts' opinions.


Housing Market Spirals, No End in Sight
Thursday March 6, 5:30 pm ET
By J.W. Elphinstone, AP Business Writer
Low Home Equity, Record-High Foreclosures: a Limp Housing Market Looks Even Weaker

NEW YORK (AP) — Nervous homeowners and economic analysts have been wondering how much worse the housing market could get. On Thursday they got an answer: Plenty.

Foreclosures are at a record high. Home equity is at a record low. The housing market is spiraling down with no end in sight — and taking people's sense of economic security …

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Why You Do Not Want To Use Hotel Drinking Glasses. Ever.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 5th, 2008 in Stuff, WTF?

Take a look at the hidden camera videos of what hotel cleaning staff does to your drinking glasses. Watch and fear! And never use them again.

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Good News Everyone: Sharper Image Is Bankrupt.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on February 20th, 2008 in Stuff


I never thought this could actually happen but Sharper Image, the home of overpriced crap that nobody ever buys, is now bankrupt. Spencer's next?

Oh, and by the way, shares plunged 72% and are now sitting at 41c. That's from a 52 week high of $14.16.

CNN Money | Reuters | Google Finance

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I saw this joke posted on the Internet and decided to keep it for future reference. But… is it even a joke? I don't think so! It's the goddamn truth.

What a woman says, what she really means…

I need = I want
We need = I want
It’s your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now
Do whatever you want = You are going to pay for this later

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Touristy Things To Do In San Francisco And Around It

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 17th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff


I was looking through some old papers while cleaning out the closet and found this list that Milla made for my mom when she was visiting. I quickly jotted it down for future reference. Here it is in no particular order:

In San Francisco

Outside San Francisco


Fun With The Kill-A-Watt

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 15th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff

Updated: December 19th, 2007

If you haven't heard yet, there's a cool useful little device that you can buy for about $20, called the Kill-A-Watt. You plug it into the power outlet, then plug something into it and observe various fun facts about the plugged in device, such as the power consumption, voltage, amperage, etc. I started plugging things in and recording power consumption that you can see below. Here are the results I got so far (updated often):


Watch Out – Don't Kill This Future Woody Woodpecker!

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 29th, 2007 in Stuff

Updated: November 11th, 2007

The aww factor is through the roof.


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About a week ago, I started seeing really weird behavior on digg and fatwallet, among other sites. For instance, while viewing any digg article, the CPU goes to 100% and Firefox becomes unresponsive – it even pops up the "Script not responding" message similar to:

My digg viewing experience has plunged and I even resorted to using (gasp, how dares he!) Internet Exploder. It was even weirder at Fatwallet (wtf!?):

By then, I've had enough. I started disabling countless Firefox extensions (now called add-ons for some moronic marketing reason), and long behold – both Digg and Fatwallet are just fine after disabling ImageZoom. Who would have thought… apparently it has some horrible memory leaks. Checking ImageZoom's forum seems to …

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Largest Number of Dugg Down Comments In A Digg Post Ever?

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 1st, 2007 in Stuff

Sheep mentality or really really bad comments? Judge for yourself: http://www.digg.com/videos/comedy/What_the_hell_3

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It's Official: Costco Changes Return Policy For Certain Items

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on February 27th, 2007 in Stuff


Here's the summary: TVs, computers, cameras, camcorders, iPods, MP3 players and cell phones now have a 90 day return period. TVs and computers have a free 2 year extended warranty by Costco. Items bought before the policy went into effect Monday, Feb 26 are not affected by this change and can be returned according to the old policy.

Well, we all knew it was coming, and even though I'm not happy about it, I understand why it had to be done: the policy abuse was just too outrageous. Won't stop me from shopping in Costco though….

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Marine Letter Home. The Truth About Iraq.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 7th, 2006 in Stuff

Posted in TIME magazine recently, this original letter from an anonymous marine is a must read. Here it is:

The Secret Letter From Iraq
A Marine's letter home, with its frank description of life in "Dante's inferno," has been circulating through generals' in-boxes. We publish it here with the author's approval

Written last month, this straightforward account of life in Iraq by a Marine officer was initially sent just to a small group of family and friends. His honest but wry narration and unusually frank dissection of the mission contrasts sharply with the story presented by both sides of the Iraq war debate, the Pentagon spin masters and fierce critics. Perhaps inevitably, the 'Letter from Iraq' moved quickly beyond

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