InsideThePerimeter, v1.0.2 beta

Tax Addict
My preliminary pass at my taxes are done. And, although I know I’ve given the Gubment an interest-free loan over the last 365 days, I’ll be getting some of my green back! WoooHoo! Gentlemen, start your eCommerce engines…

You know that I have to have at least one gripe, right? 🙂

Thanks to TurboTax (and an amazingly good job of recordkeeping) the process was not overly painful. For the first time ever I decided I was going to eFile. But first a little backgrounder…

The US Postal Service is supposedly a private industry. In years past I always griped that I had to spend 30-something cents to mail my taxes in. Why? With millions of tax filers I saw it as a completely unfair business practice. Then arrived Mr. Gore’s Wild Ride and the advent of electronic filing. Screw you Postal Service, I’m eFiling!

I clicked on eFile with glee to find out that while eFiling my Federal taxes was gratis, the state of Georgia wants me to pay $15 in order to file electronically. What the fuck is this?!? Goddammit, I pay taxes when I make money, I pay taxes when I spend money, and now another $15 in order to “settle up” with the State Gubment? This shit has gone way too far…

Keep Your Comments Coming
Some of you have had problems with InsideThePerimeter and have told me so. Thanks! No, really, thanks! I admit to being new at this game, eventhough I applied to be Al Gore’s ‘Right Hand Man’ when he created the Internet. Here are some known issues, and hopefully an adequate explanation for today

  • Mac users having problems scrolling: I have no access to a Mac, although I am toying with the idea of getting a Mac Mini as a toy once my taxes are settled.
  • It sure is hard to read some of the text: HTML coding and Cascading Style Sheets are still relatively new to me, so this is all a work in progress.
  • Live Journal readers can’t see the right galley: Can’t help you there (at least I don’t think so). It appears that my RSS feed, which is what LJ reads in, only covers the current entry.
  • Why no pictures: Twofold — One, I can’t get myself to carry my camera around; Two, I am just learning the ins-and-outs of Flickr. I tried Picasa and wasn’t overly enjoyed (although I now see that they have a new version). Shit, since I am teaching myself PHP I might as well get around to setting up an Apache server and learning how to host my own pics…

Stick with me.
Tell me what you like and don’t like.
Send me suggestions!
Spread The Word! I won’t be happy until I reach all areas bounded by I285. Those outside can start their own website, may be available.

Bloggers In The Light Of Day; Bloggers In The Dark Of Night
In a rare move, Bloggers of this city might escape their keyboards (although I am sure there will be a fair number of Crackberries, Treo 650s, and other internet-enabled devices abound) and go out in public. Yes, another Atlanta blogger, mingaling (link will be removed upon author’s request), has arranged a ‘Meeting of the Minds’ at Hand in Hand tonight at 7:30pm. When I inquired as to how I would be able to identify the group, her reply was

Oh, I don’t think you’ll have a problem. Look for the crew talking about RSS feeds!

I’ll be the one with the beer in hand, hopefully a Smithwick’s (pronounced Smid’-icks).

Join Me On The Bandwagon
Beck’s cd “Guero” is fucking awesome! What makes me laugh is that I have noticed this cd referenced in most of the blogs I have been reading lately. Amazingly when I swung by the Moreland Target the other day, it was sold out. Hmmmm, take that 50cent!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – weeeekend, hurry up!
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Elliot Smith — “A Distorted Reality Is Now A Neccessity” (yes, again!)
Website Of The DayBeer Hunter, not the Michael Jackson on trial.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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