Archive | December 19, 2012

Newsweek Magazine Goes ALL DIGITAL As Of December 31, 2012. So That Will Be The Last Tangible Copy.

NewsweekLast-1Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you had not heard. Newsweek will be ALL digital as of 2013. I am bummed. Not sure what I will do when I have to sit around in Doctor’s Offices. Newsweek has always been my first preference in waiting rooms. Yes, over the last 25 years I have subscribed to it off and on, sometimes for quite lengthy periods at a time. We had stopped a few years ago because of ‘information’, and in particular ‘magazine’, overload. Right now I am 6 months behind on ‘National Geographic‘. I have them stashed away, in their clear plastic wrapping, waiting till a slot opens up when I will have the time to read them.

Deanna on a daily basis gets amazing online offers for merchandize — mainly because she is signed up with the right people and does all the jumping through hoops stuff they require. In October she got what I think was a ‘free for 1 year’ subscription offer directly from Newsweek. Since she knows that I like NW she signed up (to go with the other 5 or 6 free subscriptions we get — National Geographic and Reader’s Digest being the only two subscriptions that, I think, we pay for).

Newsweek, over the last couple of years, has been on a diet. It is now skinny and skimpy and doesn’t cover news in anything like the depth it used to. It is trying to be more like an abridged National Geographic with long feature articles. But, it is still fun to flip through, those thees days I can read all of what I want in an issue in one 10 minute sitting. This said, we were a bit put out when we got this huge card attached a recent issue saying that all print issues will cease as of December 31, 2012. Yes, our subscription will continue online — and Deanna already set it up. But, it is not the same. Yes, of course I spend 8 – 16 hours a day on my computer and do a ton of reading — but I do not read books or magazines on my PC or the Google Nexus 7s we have in the house. I like to read real books and real magazines. So, to me, this is the end of Newsweek. I will miss it, sometimes. Just wanted to make sure that you did not get blindsided.

Much as happened to Newsweek of late. I did not hear about this but they were bought by ‘The Daily Beast‘! They are now a subsidiary or ‘The Beast’. Yikes. Who would have thought. Another print institution bites the dust.

Loudon, NH Speedway Christmas Lights: ‘Gift Of Lights’: I Bought A Ticket On Line. Very Easy.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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..by Anura Guruge


Click to access the 'Buy Tickets' page.

Click to access the ‘Buy Tickets’ page.


Click to ENLARGE. No I did NOT print the requisite BAR CODE. It is the bar code that gets you entry. So you can print this, but it won't get you far. Sorry.

Click to ENLARGE. No I did NOT print the requisite BAR CODE. It is the bar code that gets you entry. So you can print this, but it won’t get you far. Sorry.


I like buying tickets online — as long as there is no outlandish service fee (or some other exploitative markup). The ‘Gift of Lights’ folks made it easy and compelling. NO service charge. Actually, you get an automatic $2 off the ticket!

Very slick. Just need a credit card and printer. It is done by ‘Vendini‘. I think I have had tickets from them before. All bar-code driven. This should speed things up since we can just lineup to get in, rather than having to get in the ‘Buy Tickets’ line.

I will, of course, let you know how we fared. I am hoping for great things.

PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH. That Is High. Glad I Signed Up For Resident Power.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
2/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
3/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.

An e-mail I got from 'Resident Power' yesterday, marked urgent. They are right! I checked. I am relieved I am no longer with PSNH. Click to ENLARGE.

An e-mail I got from ‘Resident Power’ yesterday, marked urgent. They are right! I checked. I am relieved I am no longer with PSNH. Click to ENLARGE.


I checked. Saw this in the 'Concord Monitor', dated Dec. 16, 2012. Not sure whether ALL others are as low as they claim. Click to access the article.

I checked. Saw this in the ‘Concord Monitor’, dated Dec. 16, 2012. Not sure whether ALL others are as low as they claim. Click to access the article.


I went and checked my PSNH bill a few minutes ago. Though I get 'power' from 'Resident Power' (PNE), PSNH still delivers it and I pay the entire bill, as before, electronically, to PSNH. My PNE rate is still the same. I then did some arithmetic.

I went and checked my PSNH bill a few minutes ago. Though I get ‘power’ from ‘Resident Power’ (PNE), PSNH still delivers it and I pay the entire bill, as before, electronically, to PSNH. My PNE rate is still the same. I then did some arithmetic.


I am happy. I have been getting ‘power’ from ‘Resident Power‘ since June 2012. So roughly 1/2 year. No problems, no issues — other than the routine outages with PSNH.

I still continue to see folks coming to this blog after doing a Web search for: “Resident Power Scam“. I tried to address this in my prior posts. I have done a fair amount of research on ‘Resident Power’. IF it is a scam, it alludes me — and I tend to be fairly good at being skeptical and paranoid. In my case, I can’t see what the scam can be. I see the rate, each month, that I am getting charged. It is the 12-month contract price I signed up to in May. I pay directly to PSNH. Resident Power does not bill me or get any money from me. They also have no access, whatsoever, to my bank account — as does PSNH, because they direct bill me. So, I am at a loss. If it is a scam, it must be ultra sophisticated that I can’t see it. Not sure what they can be scamming in my case. It is NOT like they can deliver bad electricity or electricity with viruses or Trojan horses in them so that they can spy on the household.

So, my only concern now is what happens in June 2013. My 12 months with Resident Power expires. I assume I have to sign-up again. I am sure they will increase the rate. Maybe that is when the scam kicks in. Maybe they will quote me a price higher than PSNH. I have heard that there are other options. So, I am going to keep an eye. Investigate. IF you have any details as to this SCAM, please let me know. We should publicize it. Thanks. Happy Holidays.

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