Archive for June, 2009

June 25, AJC - Reading Notes

Friday, June 26th, 2009

June 25, AJC

A girl drowned in a pool. Taken after by a baby sitter. This is a heartbreaking story, especially after I knew it personally from an email on Wednesday.

glidden.com: a free quart of interior paint from 6/25 to 7/2. Go to glidden.com to claim your free quart of paint.

GA school choice law, Forsyth and Gwinnett get waivers. NAACP will sue for discrimination.

Emails between Sanford (SC Governor) and his Argentina lover were posted in today’s AJC too.

After reading over AJC and back online, a breaking news (first headline in Google news): Michael Jackson died today. Got to know it Friday morning that it was caused by overdose of pain killer.

Having internet connection problem last night so can not I post it until now.

Garden cumming ga: what I’ve got today

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Just get a little bit serious about gardening in Cumming ga in this father’s Day.

Bought 1 black plastic edging at about $10, 2 greyish plastic edging at about $13 each and two woods.

Two woods was used as edging around a garden in my backyard. I am exhausted at digging and making a long trench to install woods as edging for the garden.

Appeal your property tax: how to tell if your property tax is overassessed?

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

(Resources From web)

Tell-tale signs include:

• Errors in the description of your property on the tax bill.

• Compatible homes in the area that have sold for less than your appraised value.

• Neighbors with lower assessments on similar houses. Some homes retain the same assessed value for years and assessed values often don’t rise in step with market values or home sale prices.

• Value reducers in your home or area, including drainage problems, easements, re-zoning, heavy traffic, nearby railroad tracks, freeways, industry or toxic waste.

Depreciation factors, including age, the quality of materials, inefficient heating, structural cracks, deterioration, or chronic defects.

The AHA’s kit is a good deal because it’s an informative package that is free. NTU’s costs $7, but likewise remains a bargain from an independent non-commercial source. However, your local jurisdiction has all the information you need to appeal your property tax assessment and it’s a good bet that information and the process is free.

Watch out for private, sometimes questionable property tax reduction operations charging larger fees and promises. Avoid official-looking mailings and email come-ons that offer to do the work for you — for a fee — with “guarantees.” Some are out right scams appealing to your sense of dread at going it alone. They want only your money and have no plans to appeal your property tax assessment.

In any event, you can wait until your assessment arrives or visit your property tax assessor’s office to examine your account.

atlanta gardening|garden cumming ga

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

I just love gardening, but have yet to find time to do it. In Atlanta, I did not find a group that are much interested in gardening, especially in North Atlanta areas.

Anyway today I’ll shop around to find some raised baeds, edging materials, etc.. I may visit HoeDepot, Lowes, Walmart, Pikes or other stores.

I’ll browse around at walter reeves web site. I heard his show in wsb radio and am interested in knowing more from hos web site.

Atlanta TV Stations

Friday, June 5th, 2009
TV Query results are derived from the public files at http://www.fcc.gov/mb/databases/cdbs.

Fri Jun 5 00:33:37 2009 Eastern time

Search Parameters
City: ATLANTA
State: GA
Record type:
Lower Channel 2
Upper Channel 69
          Freq Offset (NTSC analog TV only)
Call  Channel |  Service Status      City               State Country   File Number    Docket    FacilityID      ERP        HAAT   Licensee/Permittee
WSB-TV     2  Z  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLCT-19840823KE    -         23960           100. kW   316. m  GEORGIA TELEVISION COMPANY
WUVM-LP    4  Z  TX      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTVL-20030523AEX   -         69785            2.5 kW     0. m  UNA VEZ MAS ATLANTA LICENSE, LLC                                            

WAGA       5  -  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLCT-20001128AAS   -         70689           100. kW   328. m  WAGA LICENSE, INC.
W06CM-D    6     LD      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US BDCCDVL-20061013AAL   -         167705           0.3 kW     0. m  VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
WDWW-LD    7     LD      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US BDCCDVL-20061019AAZ   -         168145           0.3 kW     0. m  RICHARD C & LISA A. GOETZ                                                   

WXIA-TV    10    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-20040302AAO   -         51163            80. kW   303. m  PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
WXIA-TV    11 +  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BMLCT-19960208KF    -         51163           316. kW   320. m  PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
WYGA-LD    16    LD      CP MOD   ATLANTA                  GA US  BMPDTL-20090428AAB   -         168094            4. kW     0. m  EBC ATLANTA, INC., DEBTOR IN POSSESSION                                     

WPCH-TV    17 -  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLCT-2402          -         64033          1480. kW   332. m  SUPERSTATION, INC.
WPCH-TV    17 -  TS      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BXPCT-20030923AAZ   -         64033           105. kW   332. m  SUPERSTATION, INC.
WPCH-TV    17 -  TS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US  BMXPCT-20060125AFL   -         64033           250. kW   332. m  SUPERSTATION, INC.                                                          

WPCH-TV    17 -  TS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US  BMXPCT-20070516ABM   -         64033           770. kW   332. m  SUPERSTATION, INC.
WPCH-TV    17 -  TS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US  BMXPCT-20060125AFL   -         64033           770. kW   332. m  SUPERSTATION, INC.
WGCL-TV    19    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-19981211KE    -         72120            49. kW   329. m  MEREDITH CORPORATION                                                        

WGCL-TV    19    DT      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BPCDT-20040220ACX   -         72120          1000. kW   329. m  MEREDITH CORPORATION
WGCL-TV    19    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20071126AIH   -         72120            49. kW   329. m  MEREDITH CORPORATION
WGCL-TV    19    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20071218ACY   -         72120           697. kW   291. m  MEREDITH CORPORATION                                                        

WPCH-TV    20    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-20050204AAD   -         64033          1000. kW  310.3 m  SUPERSTATION, INC.
WPBA       21    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLEDT-20041013ABK   -         4190            55.4 kW  265.7 m  BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA
WSKC-CA    22    CA      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTA-20051013AAE   -         35090           150. kW     0. m  KM LPTV OF ATLANTA, L.L.C.                                                  

WSKC-CA    22    DC      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US BDFCDTA-20061201AJF   -         35090            0.8 kW     0. m  KM LPTV OF ATLANTA, L.L.C.
WSKC-CA    22    CA      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US    BSTA-20071116ABO   -         35090          4.064 kW     0. m  KM LPTV OF ATLANTA, L.L.C.
WSKC-CA    22    DC      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US  BMPDTA-20080804ABS   -         35090            10. kW     0. m  KM LPTV OF ATLANTA, L.L.C.                                                  

W23DN      23 +  TX      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US    BSTA-20060628ACK   -         61199           18.1 kW     0. m  VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
W23DN      23 +  TX      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLTT-20070126AFM   -         61199           18.1 kW     0. m  VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
WATL       25    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-20020716AAH   -         22819           500. kW   332. m  PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.                                          

WATL       25    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20071126AHB   -         22819           500. kW   332. m  PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
WTBS-LP    26 -  TX      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTL-20000620AEP   -         53584           22.2 kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
W23DN      26 +  TX      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US  BDISTT-20060707AFQ   -         61199           18.1 kW     0. m  VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.                                                    

WTBS-LP    26 -  TX      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BPTTL-20070411ACJ   -         53584           150. kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
WAGA       27    DX      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US  BXPCDT-20000316ACI   -         70689           846. kW   287. m  WAGA LICENSE, INC.
WAGA       27    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-20060728AEL   -         70689          1000. kW   332. m  WAGA LICENSE, INC.                                                          

WAGA       27    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20070221ACM   -         70689          1000. kW   332. m  WAGA LICENSE, INC.
WANN-LD    29    LD      CP MOD   ATLANTA                  GA US  BMPDTL-20080428ABZ   -         168812           15. kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
NEW        29    LD      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US BDCCDTL-20081215ACT   -         168612           10. kW     0. m  COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.                                               

WANN-CA    29    LD      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US    BSTA-20090309ACN   -         53585            15. kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
WANN-CA    29    LD      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US BDISDTL-20090302AEH   -         53585            15. kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
WPBA       30 Z  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLET-19910325KE    -         4190           1380. kW   334. m  BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA                                   

WTBS-LD    30    LD      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US BDCCDTL-20061025AFH   -         168811         0.001 kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
WTBS-LD    30    LD      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US  BMPDTL-20090409ATL   -         168811           15. kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
WPBA       30 Z  TV      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US    BSTA-20090423ABK   -         4190           1380. kW   334. m  BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA                                   

WSB-TV     31    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20090320AFX   -         23960             9. kW   268. m  GEORGIA TELEVISION COMPANY
WANN-CA    32 +  TX      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTL-19991214ABG   -         53585           18.2 kW     0. m  PRISM BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
WDTA-LP    35    LD      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US BDISDTL-20081007ALW   -         17545            1.5 kW     0. m  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.                                                

WATL       36 Z  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLCT-20020816AAH   -         22819          2690. kW   313. m  PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
WKTB-CA    38    CA      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BPTTA-20030624ABT   -         35418           4.62 kW     0. m  KOREAN AMERICAN TV BROADCASTING CORP.
WKTB-CA    38    CA      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTA-20030701BJB   -         35418           4.62 kW     0. m  KOREAN AMERICAN TV BROADCASTING CORP.                                       

WSB-TV     39    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-20041020ADC   -         23960          1000. kW   301. m  GEORGIA TELEVISION COMPANY
WSB-TV     39    DT      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BPCDT-20080619ACR   -         23960          1000. kW   316. m  GEORGIA TELEVISION COMPANY
WIRE-CA    40    CA      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTA-20070611AAI   -         55108            55. kW     0. m  D.T.V. LLC                                                                  

WATC       41    DS      STA      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20030307AER   -         13206            2.9 kW   293. m  COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.
WATC       41    DS      STA      ATLANTA                  GA US  BMDSTA-20050207AFA   -         13206            7.1 kW   293. m  COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.
WATC       41    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLEDT-20070912AAT   -         13206           165. kW   319. m  COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.                                                  

WATC       41    DT      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BPEDT-20080619AIR   -         13206           750. kW   317. m  COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.
WATC       41    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20090601ASN   -         13206           330. kW   317. m  COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.
WTHC-LP    42    LD      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLDTL-20060511ABF   -         65409             7. kW     0. m  THE ATLANTA CHANNEL, INC.                                                   

WUPA       43    DT      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLCDT-20020702AAJ   -         6900           1000. kW   335. m  ATLANTA TELEVISION STATION WUPA INC
WYGA-CA    45    CA      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BPTTA-20040107AMV   -         17541           150. kW     0. m  EBC ATLANTA, INC., DEBTOR IN POSSESSION
WYGA-CA    45    CA      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US    BSTA-20080908AAR   -         17541             2. kW     0. m  EBC ATLANTA, INC., DEBTOR IN POSSESSION                                     

WGCL-TV    46 -  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLCT-2619          -         72120          2340. kW   332. m  MEREDITH CORPORATION
WSB-TV     46    DS      APP      ATLANTA                  GA US   BDSTA-20090320AFY   -         23960             5. kW   285. m  GEORGIA TELEVISION COMPANY
WDTA-LP    50 +  TX      CP       ATLANTA                  GA US   BPTTL-20030530DWS   -         17545           150. kW     0. m  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.                                                

WYGA-CA    55 -  TX      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTL-20020308ABH   -         17541           15.7 kW     0. m  EBC ATLANTA, INC., DEBTOR IN POSSESSION
WSKC-CA    59 -  TX      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US   BLTTL-19990817JA    -         35090           113. kW     0. m  KM LPTV OF ATLANTA, L.L.C.
WUPA       69 Z  TV      LIC      ATLANTA                  GA US    BLCT-20030214ABA   -         6900           1000. kW   336. m  ATLANTA TELEVISION STATION WUPA INC                                         

*** 65 Records Retrieved ***

(Result from FCC data queried via: http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?state=GA&call=&arn=&city=atlanta&chan=&cha2=69&serv=&type=0&facid=&list=1&dist=&dlat2=&mlat2=&slat2=&dlon2=&mlon2=&slon2=&size=9)

Smart Phone Price Rundown(phone, voice plan and data plan)

Friday, June 5th, 2009

As of June 4 2009.

The smart phone deals:

  • Palm Pre: $199 after $100 mail-in rebate. Available Jun 6 2009 on Sprint. 2-year agreement with qualifying voice & data plans required.
  • iPhone 3G: $199. AT&T has announced the 3G data plan for the iPhone will cost $30 a month, which is $10 more than the $20 EDGE plan of the original iPhone. This cost is in addition to a voice plan, which starts at $39.99. About $70/month minimum. For complete updated information on pricing, go here.
  • G1 (Google Phone):
What types of plans are available for the T-Mobile G1?
Once you’ve selected a specific T-Mobile voice plan (starting $39.99 individual, $69.99 family plan), you must also choose a data plan in order for your T-Mobile G1™ to work. You can choose a data plan that offers unlimited data access and unlimited messaging (text, IM and email) for $34.99 a month. Or for $24.99 a month you get unlimited data access and 400 messages (text, IM and email). These plans are the best value.

Palm Pre vs. iPhone

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I just heard about Palm Pre this afternoon on my way home through NPR. It loks like finally we got a competitor for IPhones. Palm is a great company who invented Palm Pocket PC or Parl Pilot.

I hope to buy an iPhone before but the subscription is a little bit expensice. Palm Pre is to be 30 dollars less than iPhone’s AT&T service through Sprint.