Cool Tool – The Smart Wallet

Posted on May 18th, 2008 by Merlin.
Categories: Life, Money, Weird Stuff.

Cool Smart WalletOk I just got to play with another cool wallet. My friend Don had this and I had to look it over and see what it was. Don said he loves using this wallet as it keeps everything together without much fuss. Has his drivers license, debit card, health insurance card, and frequent player card to one of the casinos. I have seen these for sale on TV but Amazon has them now. Check out all the great comments. All I have to say is this is neat and usefull! I am buying one today!


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New WordPress Theme: Revolution Theme

Posted on February 6th, 2008 by Merlin.
Categories: Announcement, Communication, Firefox, Journaling, Money, Search Engine, Web Service, Wordpress, working.

Normally I would not be writing about a New WordPress Theme – But I felt I should mention it as I am considering purchasing this for possible use here. I really love the look and feel of this theme. It really is very clean looking, easy to navigate, brings more information to the front page, hopfully will get the reader more involved in the blog. (Yes, You – Please comment and let me know what you think) – I do write to help me understand different topics more, and I love sharing any of the information I learn about. That is why I started Merlin’s Tower. Yes, I like seeing what I created and written on the web. And Why not share any bit of information your learn with others. So, they can learn from your mistakes and highs as well.

So here is The WordPress Revolution Theme – This really would be good for most informational blogs. I really love the wordpress magazine theme. Yes, this theme does cost some money but I really think this developer deserves to be paid as this really is a great looking set of themes.

The Revolution Theme: Revolution News Theme This is the Revolution News Theme: To Quote the website: “This theme is a great solution for those who want the online newspaper look similar to websites such as CNN News, US World News & World Report, etc.”

This really is a nice WordPress News Theme: Supports Ads, Widgets, and Fully Customizable

Revolution Magazine ThemeOn the Right is the Revolution Magazine Theme: “This theme is perfect for those who want to publish an online magazine. It’s built for daily posting, displaying video and is easily monetized with ads.” This really is one Classy looking WordPress Magazine Theme. I like the look and the layout of this theme.

This is a possible choice for me to use.

The Revolution Theme: Revolution Tech Theme for WordPress

Here is the Revolution Theme called Revolution Tech Theme.

The Revolution Tech Theme: “This theme is ideal for the Techcrunch fan, and who wants their site to feature a technology, focusing on the latest tech news, product reviews, etc.”

This is the theme for someone that will be starting a technology blog. A few of the blogs I frequent could use this. This is not for me but it too is a classy theme for wordpress.

The Revolution Theme: Revolution Sports Theme for WordPressThe last theme that Revolution Theme has is the Revolution Sports Theme: “Here’s a great way to turn your site into a major sports news/infromation hub. Feature sports like Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey and more.” A friend of mine is thinking about starting a golf blog and this would be a good place to start for him. Again words are not enough to describe this theme. A very nice clean and professional looking theme for wordpress.

All of these themes really take wordpress to the next level and take it from just being another blog and transforming it into a true CMS (Content Management Solution) that gives a really beautiful look and feel to wordpress. Please support Brian Gardner and his Revolution Themes: Revolution Tech, Revolution Magazine, Revolution Sports, or Revolution News and his soon to be released Revolution Pro Theme. Again these will work with widgets and are all fully customizable.

So, People let me know what you think and visit the Revolution Theme Site and Support Brian Gardner in all of his Theme Building.

The Revolution Theme WordPress Theme: Taking WordPress to a Higher Level


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GoDaddy Coupon Codes

Posted on September 28th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Communication, Google, Hack, Money, Web Service.

Well it was time to renew a few of my domain names and I wanted to save a few bucks off of the domain registration cost. So I went hunting for some Godaddy Coupon codes. I figured I would the treasure trove of coupon codes I found here for all you readers that may want to own their own domain and want to be as cheap as possible.

Hey, I am cheap and proud to say I love a good deal and several of these codes are great deals. Depends on what you are doing and how many domains you have to order or renew but these can save you from 10% to $2 off a registration.

Well here are the Godaddy Codes that I found:

GoDaddy Coupon Code 1: Save 5% on a $30 purchase – Code:           OYH2


GoDaddy Coupon Code 2: Save 10% on any purchase – Code:           OYH1


GoDaddy Coupon Code 3: Save 10% on any purchase – Code:          hash1


GoDaddy Coupon Code 4: Save 10% on any purchase – Code:          chill1


GoDaddy Coupon Code 5: Save 20% off a $50/£25 Order – Code:         BTPS7


GoDaddy Coupon Code 6: Save 20% on shared hosting – Code:   cjc20host


GoDaddy Coupon Code 7: .com Domain for $6.95 – Code:          hash3


GoDaddy Coupon Code 8: Save $2 on a .com Domain – Code:          OYH3


GoDaddy Coupon Code 9: Save $5 off a $30 Order – Code:          hash2

GoDaddy Coupon
Code 10: Save $5 off a $30 Order – Code:          chill2

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New Wallet Spotted Last Night – The All-Ett Wallet

Posted on August 12th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Gadgets, Life, Money, Shopping, Travel.

I have seen this listed in a few forums I read as a great wallet and that it is the worlds thinnest wallet available – Well Believe all the hype. My friend who bought this all-ett wallet had a ton of credit cards – library cards – drinking club card – grocery club card – Sam’s Club – Costco Membership – Gym Membership Card – I believe he had about 15 total cards and it was smaller then my regular wallet. He did take out all the cards and money to show me how paper thin this wallet really was. I was amazed at the quality that went into making this all-ett wallet beautiful stitching around and re-enforced areas to prevent this from failing. I am pretty sure this wallet will hold up for quite a few years as this is made from sail material and if it can withstand the rigors of sailing I am pretty sure it can withstand the back pocket – They are listed as being able to last 3-5 years.

Here is a photo of the ALL-ETT Billfold — Link to Purchase from Amazon

The Full Sized All-Ette Wallet

And here is the Junior ALL-ETT Billfold, Link to Purchase from Amazon

The All-Ette Junior European

Merlin – Living Life to the Fullest only Simply


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Price Protection – Via Price Protectr

Posted on January 10th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Communication, Hack, Money, Search Engine, Shopping, Web Service.

Price Proctectr - Hands you money back - SortaHow many times have you seen the guarantee that you will get the lowest price around even if the price drops in the next 30 days you will get the money back. Well how often do you actually keep looking at the prices once you purchase the item. Well that is where Price Protectr Comes in handy. This is a free service that allows you to watch prices for the following companies:

Amazon,, Best Buy, Circuit City, Costco, Future Shop, Jenson USA, Office Max, Sears, or Target

I know I use quite a few of these to purchase items. I think I have only once checked the price afterwards to make sure the price didn't drop and that was by accident seeing it in a weekend sales catalog. I can see this being a very useful service and time saver. To use this service it only takes a few minutes to setup the alert then all you have to do afterwards is to check your email as you normally do. (Well I hope you check it regularly Cool

Thats it a quick and easy way to verify that you got the best price and make sure you take advantage of the best price for the upcoming month or so.


Thanks Price Protectr

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Posted on January 4th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Money, Web Service.

Money Being Handed to youOK Ok – I use ebay every once in a while to sell some items – And just announced is that at the end of the month they are going to be raising the prices again on listing an item. Yeah it is not that much – But how much money do they really need to take off of a person. First you have to pay to list an item (Was .35 cents now .40 cents for items with a starting bid of $1.00) Then you have to pay Paypal (Which is owned by eBay) and their fees are pretty steep as well. Listed below is a summary from – A Free Ebay Fee calculator to show you how much you can make depending on how much you sell it for.  My example is for a $5.00 Item that sold for $6.00 with a only $1.00 markup on S/H to cover my gas and packing materials. (In reality you will need to set this margin higher to actually make some money or at least cover the cost of eBay (5.25% of the closing value goes to eBay up to a value of $25) and PayPal- Yup Stick it to the consumer) This chart below shows the prices at the current prices not the new prices that take effect Jan 30th. As you can see – I only made .53 Cents and that is only If the Item actually sells. I still would have had to pay the insertion fees and listing fees even if the item didn't sell (.55 Cents). Well there goes the money to cover the cost of Gas and boxes – Well I would hope to have received more then only a $1.00 over the cost of the item but that is pretty normal from what I have seen in various eBay auctions.

Now I understand why people jack up the fees for S/H on eBay so much – That seems to be the only way to actually make money there. I am hoping there will be some other competition in this arena that actually attracts customers as much as eBay does. I would love to see Google or Amazon Or anyone that might have enough web experience to take on this giant.

I do use CraigsList.ORG to look for items and sell some items locally but I they are now partnered with eBay as well. 

TAGS: ebay paypal fee fees pricing increase online auction

Actual Earning: $0.53
Starting Bid: $0.01
Selling Price: $6
Shipping & Handling: $4.65


Selling Price: $6.00
Shipping & Handling: $4.65
Insertion Fee: $0.20
Optional Features: $0.35
Final Value Fee: $0.32
PayPal Fee: $0.61
Product Value: $5.00
Actual Shipping Cost:



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