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What’s An Extra $25 Here Or There?

Posted by pete on 26th April 2007

Kiva - loans that change lives It turns out that it can be quite a lot when aggregated with $25 for other people. It can also mean quite a lot when loaned to businesses in developing countries.
I just finished watching a Frontline/World report on microfinance. I was sitting here at my laptop, watching this report on our TiVo and I saw how much a few hundred dollars loaned to a small business in a developing country can mean. Best of all, this was all done via the Internet and around banks. (I have a deep distrust and dislike of banks and most financial institutions.) It’s so simple to go to a site like Kiva and drop a few $25 loans. I figure that, with the repayment rates they’re seeing (currently, 100%, but normally greater than 96%), I’ll probably get the money back, then re-invest in some other business that needs it. If I don’t get it back, oh well, it’s only $25.

It’s nice to know that an amount that means so relatively little to me can make a big difference to someone else.

It also helps that the first entrepreneur they talked with was named Grace. :)

So, if you’ve got it (and if you’re reading this, you probably do), check out sites like Kiva or some other Internet-based microfinance site and see what you can do to help make a difference in somebody’s life. (And, yes, in this case, I am the boss of you.)

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Awww Man….

Posted by pete on 5th April 2007

A few weeks ago, I went to make sure I’d be getting MLB Extra Innings package from Cox. It was one of the things I needed available when I left DirecTV. They told me that InDemand (the service that provides MLBEI to Cox) and MLB couldn’t come to an agreement and they weren’t offering MLBEI this year. Bummer.

For 2006 MLBEI subscribers, they were offering to rebate the $90 subscription price to It’s a nice deal, but not as nice as MLBEI. I was annoyed, but this took some of the bitterness out. Meh.

Now today, I read that InDemand and MLB came to an agreement and they’re offering MLBEI immediately. Woot!

I waited until I got home to call Cox about it. After all, just because InDemand’s offering it now, doesn’t mean that Cox will be. I also wanted to make sure they were still honoring the rebate offer since I’ve already purchased The Cox rep I talked with said that they were and, yes, they are offering MLBEI now. It’s about $160, but that’s not that big of a deal spread out over the season. Double woot! Set me up.

Wha? No cablecard support?!?! Aw man… I love baseball and love being able to catch most Yankee games, but there’s no way I’d give up my S3 TiVo. Looks like for me, it’s free and those games on ESPN. Pleh.

At least I’m saving $160.

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Posted by pete on 2nd April 2007

Looks like I’m going to get much better acquainted with EMI’s catalog come May. Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for DRM. This can’t bode well for eMusic though.

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