I've always lambasted my sister who spends an insane amount of time just eye-shopping in the mall. I keep telling her, "There's nothing to look at for that long.

Unfortunately, Dell has managed to entangle me with their "deals." My new guilty pleasure has been to go to the Dell website, clipboard filled with coupon codes ... I make desktops that I'd want and then I use the coupon codes to make the cheapest combination computer. It's so soothing to see a total price of $1400 and see that you're getting -$400 off the price ... it just makes me feel so good.

I've made about 5 or 6 computers today, using a combination of their "outrageous" deals and just making a standard computer and using the coupon codes I've gotten from the Dellf game (a site where you can play "games" to earn Dell coupons).

Of course, I keep just closing out the window (I really wish I just had a thousand or two to blow on a new computer) ... but I'm sure one of these times my inhibitions will be lowered enough that I actually make a purchase.

Damn you Dell with your coupon codes and your low low prices .... *shakes fist*

. . .

Great news! The Tabulas licensing deal went through! Yay! Some money for me ... the beauty of it all is that I never had any intentions of ever licensing out Tabulas ... but there IS a demand for it! Woo hoo! Let's just hope I can get 2.0 out in time... ehehe

. . .

A few days ago, I finally got my business cards that I had designed/ordered a looonnng time ago.

They came out real well ... I was very impressed at their quality. It's hard to tell here, but they're made of this semi-plastic satin material so they're very durable.

How do you like them? I think it's very "me," whatever that means. I don't know what it is, but everyone is always able to tell when I've made a certain design/site or something. They always say, "It's very Roy." I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

If you want one, let me know. I can send some through snailmail ... because ... you couldn't find my Tabulas otherwise ... I think.

. . .

The product of about 4-5 hours of reading and cobbling together a prototype of a future feature.

Perhaps with the upcoming season coming, a "wishlist" feature might be a good way to letting your TABULAS friends know what you'd like so I can get you guys gifts (MAYBE!)

So far I have an interface in the control panel that connects through Amazon's Web Service API to grab search query results; you can then add that data into your wishlist with a click of a button; some data then becomes locally stored in Tabulas (so I don't have to rely on bloaty XML over HTTPD) ... and your 'wishlist' page is automatically generated. If you have anything *on* your wishlist, it will appear as a link in your content page.

So far, no interface for removing/editing your wishlist ... I'm thinking maybe next to the user's "bday" notification, I can also throw in a link to their wishlist if they've created one.

Would also like to let people "note" when they've bought something so multiple people don't buy the same item over and over again.

Posted by roy on December 2, 2004 at 12:22 AM in Ramblings | 17 Comments

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Comment posted on December 4th, 2004 at 03:15 AM
I wouldn't mine showing the card to my friends in Australia - try to get them onboard Tabulas as well.

PM5K (guest)

Comment posted on December 3rd, 2004 at 12:08 AM
"I really wish I just had a thousand or two to blow on a new computer"

You just bought a computer that cost a thousand or two.....
Comment posted on December 3rd, 2004 at 01:44 AM

ghost_tree (guest)

Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 05:11 PM
Hehe, "eye-shopping"! Funny thing is, I've started to use that Konglish expression myself.

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 02:04 PM
- The wishlist feature would indeed rock. Connecting it through Amazon is great, but could one CREATE a link to their desired commercial site for the item?

- I think that your business cards are sweet! Could I bother you to mail me one? Ill send you an envelope and stuff if you could. I would make some local Tabulas users very jealous. Eeeeexcellent.

- I am so happy that Tabulas licencing is going well for you. Remember to stay competitive. Tabulas is priceless so be sure to stick the thumbnails to em.
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 04:22 PM
I'm confused as to 'create a link' question. You mean in your entries? Like referencing a single book in your entries? (If so, yes I will work on that).

Sure! Just leave an addy (either here or PM) and I'll send you one as soon as I get home! :D

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on December 7th, 2004 at 01:28 PM
Im sorry this took so long for me to reply to, but I have been away all weekend.

I may have misunderstood the wishlist thing. Disreguard what I said as it now doesnt even make sense to me.

Everyone knows my addy I gots no secret lair...that you know of:

Tatsu "Tom Welling's one and only as well as Alizee's sexual fantasy" Oyama
94-080 Anania Dr. Suite 140
Mililani, HI. 96734
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 01:36 PM
Aww, the little guy on the front is so cute! He should be on the front page.
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 04:21 PM
They are both AWESSSOOMMMME.

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on December 7th, 2004 at 01:33 PM
I concur with rad. They MUST be on everything even remotely related to Tabulas because they rock in indescribable ways.
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 11:04 AM
oooh. your business card is so much fun! you should have put "ceo" in addition to "developer". hehe =b

my work business card is SO boring. it's just plain white with our boring logo on it. but i guess it's ok since i didn't have to pay for it.
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 04:21 PM
You should get new ones made! Muhahahaha.

I didn't put CEO because technically Tabulas doesn't make enough money for me to ever consider me a 'CEO.' Plus it seems so vain to make a business card for myself with 'CEO' on it, doesn't it?
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 04:56 PM
yeah, i was teasing. =)
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 10:08 AM
That business card is off the hook! What company did you go through to get those cards? (most companies I have found use cheap plastic, or are ridiculously expensive).
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 04:20 PM
<a href="http://www.4by6.com/">http://www.4by6.com/</a>

$155 for 500 cards (includes S/H costs) with satin finishing is a price I can't really argue with. Plus the quality rocks. I'm half-tempted to just go make some cool-design business cards for the hell of it.

They also do postcards (something I may try out).
Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 10:01 AM
congrats on making the deal work!

RoyKim (guest)

Comment posted on December 2nd, 2004 at 06:11 AM
nice business card :)