The Teaneck Shuls Page
What's on this page:
I was hoping Teaneck Shuls members could help me reclaim some storage space.
Prices are not negotiable, this is not an auction (or eBay). All items come with
original manuals and remote controls (where relevant) and are gently used unless
otherwise noted. (Please note: I am the original owner of all items – I don’t
ever sell items I get from companies to review.)
||What is it?
||Home theater front projector
||Plus HE-3100 “Piano”
||720x480p front projector with excellent color balance,
perfect for DVDs (no scaling required). Only 445 hours on the bulb - the
bulb is worth far more than I'm asking for the projector. The projector is
really small and can be placed on a table and stored in a closet when not in
use, or permanently mounted on the ceiling. Original box and
(unused) carrying case included.
||Home theater screen
||84” SharpVision screen
||84" manual (pull-down) projection screen. Matte white 1.0
gain, 4:3 aspect ratio.
||Wii-like video game system and game
||XavixPort Game Console and Xavix Bass Fishing
||Before Ninendo launched the Wii, Xavix brought out its own
console based on moving around in the real world waving things or jumping on
things. Once you have the console you can buy fitness pads, baseball bats,
bowling balls, etc. for it. This is the console itself and the Xavix Bass
Fishing rod, reel, and game cartridge. Both are new and unopened. Originally
sold for $179.
||MP3 player for your car (hard drive, digital media player, controller)
||omnifi mobile digital media player
||This was so cool I just had to buy it. Then it sat on a
shelf forever, like a lot of this stuff. I have a problem. Anyway, it is a
20 GB hard drive for your car with a controller so you can play digital
music on the go. You can take the hard drive inside, or use the WiFi
receiver to update tunes over your WiFi network with your car parked in the
driveway. (*The controller and hard driver are new in an unopened box;
the WiFi receiver was used with something else for a week).
*MAYBE = there's someone ahead of you in line, but no deal has been
completed. I'm responding in the order email is received, but I am not holding
things for anyone - whoever gets here first gets the item.
Interested? Email me at auctions "aht" greengart "dawt" com. First come,
first served. Thanks,
As a mobile devices
analyst at Current Analysis, I have at least one phone from each carrier.
I took the opportunity to pretend I was Verizon's "Can you hear me now?" guy
and took at least six phones to 12 locations within Teaneck. The
spreadsheet includes similar tests I performed three years ago in the same
The methodology is NOT scientific
(the handsets are not identical, and even the "number of bars" is not
calibrated the same on each phone) but should give a rough real-world
snapshot of what you might expect in various locations around Teaneck. These
are personal observations, and should not be construed as research findings
validated by my employer, Current Analysis.
Over the past three years, Cingular
bought AT&T Wireless and moved all traffic off of AT&T’s TDMA network and
off of T-Mobile’s GSM network and consolidated everything on its own GSM
network. Sprint bought Nextel, and due to various technical and business
reasons, coverage on Nextel's network across the country has taken a
nosedive. Sprint promises that it is reinvesting in Nextel and that things
will get better.
|Cingular went from mooching off of
T-Mobile's network to building its own network in Teaneck, and it truly
does offer more bars in more places - Cingular is the only carrier to
provide coverage everywhere. Even in Glatt Express. However, its
super-fast HSDPA network (equivalent to fast DSL) is only available in one
corner of the town near New Milford. Everywhere else gets EDGE (about 2x
|T-Mobile made amazing strides in the
past three years, and now provides excellent coverage everywhere except
the West Englewood area. Go ahead, talk it up. Note that T-Mobile does not
offer a super-fast data network; EDGE (about 2x dial-up speeds) is the
best you'll get with them.|
|Sprint and Nextel's coverage look
about the same - which makes sense, because they share the same tower
locations now. However, Sprint's coverage is considerably more reliable
than Nextel, where signal levels vary widely from minute to minute (I used
averages). Sprint also provides EV-DO service (DSL speeds) wherever it
gets a decent signal, so if you want to watch the NFL network or buy an EV-DO
card for your notebook, Sprint does have the most powerful network. Truth
in advertising again!|
|Can you hear me now? Most of the
time. Verizon Wireless has improved a bit in the past three years, but not
nearly as much as its competitors, and it now trails everyone in terms of
breadth and quality of coverage. Its EV-DO network (DSL-like speeds) is
available in roughly half the places I tested.|
Tech Talk 2
(102KB PowerPoint file)
|The Beth Aaron Men's Club asked me to give a
consumer electronics overview, and in exchange, rather than the $5,000 fee
my firm usually charges for presentations like this, they would give me an
apron. Seemed like a good deal at the time.
11/19/06 PLEASE NOTE:
This worksheet was last updated several years ago and is now badly out of
date. I do NOT have firm plans to update it. Some changes that need to be
made: housing and tuition costs are both way (way) up, food is up slightly,
and insurance costs are down a bit (life insurance is down a little, car
insurance in NJ is down a lot).
|(The answer to, "how come I don't have any money?" and also why "I don't have
to get a degree, I'll learn 'for a few years' and then, at some point, if I
have to work, I'll work" only works if you plan to accept
tzedaka instead of giving it)
In order to determine how expensive Jewish
life is, I've created a realistic scenario that represents the most
expensive time of life. This should provide insight into total family income
required at this point in life. It should be noted that this time of life
also - thankfully - tends to coincide with the peak earning years for many
careers. Therefore, if you're using the Worksheet as a guideline for
choosing a career, keep in mind that you don't need a starting salary in
this amount, just the likelihood of achieving it somewhere down the road.
Also, single income families are increasingly rare - possibly because
otherwise there's simply no way to get there from here. It's total family
income we're looking for.