Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Power of Yahoo headline: downtime on Ziggs

Ziggs.com was featured in one of the headline videos on Yahoo this morning. It seem the Ziggs website is not yet ready for such publicity. As of now, if you go to the Ziggs website, it will show "Service Unavailable". Some of the graphic icons are also missing.

This is yet another example that too much publicity can bite you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Nestle milk powder is found to be contaminated with melamine

Milk is a sensitive issue nowadays. After several milk powder brands in China were found to be contaminated with industrial chemical melamine, the Swiss branded Nestle is now found to be contaminated with melamine too [news report].

So we now have to be careful, especially those with children.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Banks are still looking for your pocket -- in the middle of the crisis

Many banks are in trouble now. After the demise of Lehman Brothers, the Feds are pitching tax payers money to save AIG. Washington Mutual seem to be on its way to a new boss too. Still other banks are looking for clever ways of funding: your pockets.

One of the well-know banks (name start with a E*) is offering $10 bonus if you pitch in $5000 more into your bank account by October 15, 2008. It's probably a way to glean more cash from the public to secure their own financial position.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Obama vs. McCain: What's your stand on AMT?

With less than 60 days into the presidential election, both Obama and McCain are advocating their own tax (cut) plans. But what about the AMT (alternative minimum tax)?

John McCain used to advocate a permanent repeal of the AMT, but recently he modified his message to a gradual phase out of the AMT, which means it will not have any real impact soon.

Obama does not seem to mention AMT in his campain website.

In the end, whatever have been promised may not be realistic after all. Only time can tell.