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Dell.com - Be Careful How You Order
Last night the charging port on my Dell Studio 1735 went out, so I after getting a price on fixing it ($449 + installation) I decided it was time to get a new laptop.

I went and shopped for a Dell XPS 17 model. Because I knew exactly what I wanted, I started with the base model and then customized it to my needs. The cost was around $2,100. Next, I started with an upgraded model which had extras that I didn't really care for. I customized it to match my needs but it still had things I didn't want. The cost, however, was only $1700.

How can this be I thought? A laptop with more features that costs less? So I went back to the base model and I customized it to match EXACTLY what I had customized on the upgraded model. The cost difference: $508.

Here are the two quotes: base model quote & upgraded model quote.

You can clearly see that the market value on the items are the exact same, $2,207.99. But the upgraded model has $528 in discounts while the base model has only $20 in discounts. Even in my cart, this is what is shown:



Bottom line: Be careful how you shop on Dell.com.
 
FTD - A Ripoff If I've Ever Seen One
I have not written on here in 8 months, mainly due to the fact that I just don't have much spare time anymore. However, an experience with FTD has left me with a lot to say and a lot to complain about. Let me start off by showing you a picture of what I ordered from FTD's website:



This bouquet, called the "Precious Heart" bouquet, looks great in the FTD photo. I selected the "Best" quality bouquet expecting to receive what is shown in the photograph. However, this is what I received:



Looks like my order is missing a few flower's, doesn't it? Maybe it looks like they accidentally made me the lowest quality product (the $42.99 one shown on their website). Nope. That isn't the case. In the item description on FTD's website they state:

GOOD bouquet includes 11 stems.
BETTER bouquet includes 15 stems.
BEST bouquet includes 19 stems.

How can a company show a picture of an arrangement with AT LEAST 40 flowers (and that's just what I can count on one side!), when they are only going to send you 19? They clearly have 3 options for this arrangement, $42.99, $52.99, and $62.99 all with pictures different from one another. Even the cheapest arrangement shown on their website has more flowers on it than the "Best" one that I ordered. In fact, it is impossible to even order a bouquet that would look like the ones shown in FTD's photographs, as they don't have an option for an arrangement made of 80 flowers, which is how many I estimate are in the "Best" quality photo.

I checked other arrangements on their site, thinking that maybe this one was just a mistake. It was not. Every arrangement on FTD.com is done the same way, a HUGE arrangement is shown, but in the item description the number of stems listed is only a fraction of what is depicted.

I have contacted FTD.com and want to hear their side of the story. I want to see how they can justify showing pictures of arrangements with 80 flowers but only delivering arrangements with 19 flowers. This is a gross misrepresentation of the facts and is an example of false advertising at its finest. This is the type of thing that brings about class action lawsuits, and FTD may soon have one on its hands if they cannot change their deceptive marketing behavior.
 
Elliott Mason Lewis - Coming Soon
Last night Tabitha, Mom, Dad, Lilliann, and myself went and had a 3D/4D ultrasound done on our upcoming baby, Elliott Mason. Here are photos from the ultrasound.
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Making Flickr Badges Open New Window - jQuery Edition
Over a year ago I wrote an article about how to make images in a Flickr Badge open in their own window. This article has received a lot of attention, and many people have used the code on their website... however, a few people have inquired about me posting a jQuery version of this code. So, for all of those who have jQuery installed and would like to make your Flickr Badges open photos in their own window, here is the code:

$("#flickr_badge_wrapper a").attr("target","_blank");

Just as with the previous code I provided, this code should be placed within <script> tags and should appear either after your Flickr Badge or in a function that doesn't get called until the badge is loaded, like a body.onload or a jQuery "document".ready function.
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A Visit To Cox Arboretum
This Sunday was a Daddy & Lilli day. We went to Cox Arboretum in Dayton for a short while and saw some nifty little things including a frog, 3 turtles, ducks, and mushrooms. Lilliann had never seen a mushroom before and was fascinated.

Afterwards we weren't even 5 minutes down the road and she was fast asleep. :-)

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