May 25, 2015

I purchased a car and am finally done with the process with time to think. I have thought about ways to improve this process and the lessons learned for buying my next car. I have a full write up of ~2,200 words but will share a few of my key take aways.

1. Have time. Be patient. There are two components to this, the actual date you need to drive away with the vehicle and the amount of time the negotiations take. If I had more time I would have walked out and waited for a better deal with a more honest salesman. Also make sure you have time to sit at the dealership. I came in after work but if I had to do this differently I would have come in on Saturday with the day free to sit (if necessary).

2. Expand the dealership search. I wish I had also looked into dealerships in Oklahoma and bordering cities. They may be a drive but if the deal is good enough it may be worth it.

3. Do your research. Understand if the vehicle is able to be configured in the manner you would like. Make sure you ask a few dealerships the same question instead of relying on one. I got burned wasted lots of time because of this.

4. Along with number 2 and 3, Ask multiple dealers the same question. If you ask your salesmen questions and a majority tell you one thing but one person tells you something different, there is something fishy going on. I should have taken that as a warning but didn’t and ended up without a built in navigation system.

5. Understand how much you're paying in interest over the life of the loan. Originally I had come in with a 1.79% from a credit union but with the 0.9% offered at the dealership. For me that meant approximately $350-400 saved over the life of the loan which I could afford to put into the warranty or other incentives dealers may provide to use their financing.

http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/calculators/calculate/howMuchWillMyLoanCost.php?calcCategory=debt

6. Due to the navigation system and the hybrid, I had a limit to what I would pay for the warranty. With the increased savings from the financing, I was able to increase that limit and still saved some additional money.

7. Lute Riley Honda lied to me and misled me multiple times. They also took more than 3 months to refund me and it seemed like their management didn't care too much past the sale. I will not shop at Lute Riley ever again.

If you have questions about the full process or detailed notes, I may provide those by request.

 

November 11, 2014

I wanted to hear more about Spurs since TV and radio in Dallas don't really cover North London's premier football club. In my search I found a few including The Fighting Cock and Echoes of Glory which was exactly what I was looking for. A little bit of Spurs history, trivia, some banter, and some guys just having fun.

After listening to these and tired of watching the garbage on TV I decided to look into some other podcasts outside of soccer. Upon doing so, I replaced most of my entertainment on television (excluding sports) with the following:

PRI's The World
NPR: Planet Money Podcast
Stuff You Should Know
The Fighting Cock Podcast (Tottenham Hotspur)
Echoes of Glory (Tottenham Hotspur)
Men In Blazers
NPR: Ted Radio Hour Podcast
TEDTalks (audio)
The Football Ramble
The Moth Podcast
The Daily Show Podcast Without Jon Stewart

After you get hooked on a few, it is easier to use an app to keep track of them all. I recommend Podcast Addict (Android). It does a pretty good job of managing my podcasts and haven't really had many issues. If there are some must listen to podcasts that I'm missing out on please let me know!

September 9, 2014

Neal Daftary challenged me to the ALS Bucket Challenge so I accepted and below is my acceptance and my challenge.

I believe that instead of donating to just any cause, you should donate to causes that are near and dear to you. For me those two causes are type 1 diabetes and Alzheimer's so I will be donating to both JDRF and ALZ.

 

Pavan Dave's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

 

August 26, 2014

One of the first interesting cases I worked in the Contact Center Express TAC was related to silent monitoring and recording. Coming fresh from RTP (Research Triangle Park), I had taken numerous cases where switching or switch based features were of concern and was familiar with troubleshooting that. However with every Cisco VOS platform there is also the challenge of configuring the virtual network appropriately in VMware. If there is a misconfiguration sometimes it can be time consuming to figure out where and what the actual problem is.

Over the course of this issue I kept documenting our troubleshooting and thought it would be helpful to have an example configuration for our customers. With the help of some colleagues and many months of waiting I am proud to finally share this article.

UCCX SPAN-Based Silent Monitoring Configuration Example