Top Internet Deals for Discount Bags and Shoes

For any woman who is perpetually searching for the best deals on bags and shoes (designer or otherwise) the internet is a virtual heaven with hundreds of E-tailers available with just one mouse click. The question is, where to start? You want the best deal, but a Google search pulls of tens of thousands of results. Here’s a quick guide to some of the top e-tailers based on the experiences of this shoe and bag addict!

Become a fashion mule! Or so says Zappos.com. From Via Spiga heels at under $200.00 to the vast selection of the cutest Steve Madden boots, Zappo’s has a fantastic inventory of full and half sizes and the handbags to match. Zappos offers some of the newest, coolest bag styles, many for only $50.00 like the Keen Betty Bag. And once you find a fantastic deal on the shoes and bag, Zappos also sells clothing, watches, and eyewear.

Love your local DSW Shoe Warehouse? Try DSW Online. With 500 plus pages of pumps alone, DSW has fantastic selection and unbeatable prices on the latest styles of boots, pumps, heels, wedges, platforms, and more. Soon DSW Online will also be offering a luxury designer boutique so shop, shop often, and check back for the luxury designer boutique!

A newcomer to the web, Bluefly sells designer brands at up to 40% off. If you are looking for deals on Prada, Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, or Christian Dior, look no further. Try the super sexy snake print Charles David boot or the Marc by Marc Jacobs “Lovely Aline” satchel. With a phenomenal inventory of designers at non-designer prices, you’ll be addicted to Bluefly in no time. Add it to your favorites girls, because you’ll be back!

Do you have all the patience in the world when it comes to finding the perfect pair of shoes or stunning new bag? Then Ebay is one of the best places to find any designer, color, size, or pattern you’re looking for. The only requirement is learning how to work an online auction. If you have the time to watch an item and bid smart, then Ebay is a great option for you. Just ask the $400.00 Via Spiga pumps I paid only $40 for! Just be careful when using Ebay and check the seller’s feedback ratings. Avoid scam artists by shopping only with those who have positive, detailed feedback such as GothamCityOnline, my favorite EBay retailer.

SmartBargains.com is a lesser known site that shows up farther down the Google laundry list but they offer quite a selection at some pretty fantastic savings like the always stylish Michael Kors Black Patent Clutch for only $99.99. Another little known site caught my eye while sifting through the Google sponsored links in the side bar of my search- Designer Shoes Web Store not only offers free shipping, but also free return shipping. Talk about risk free buying! Lacoste, Hugo Boss, and Elie Tahari are some of the designer brands this website sports. Might be worth a try…

Now, I know that most women are like me. We LOVE the feel of a new purse hanging off our arm and the looks we get from the girls passing by on the street who only wish they had that bag. But instead of blowing your rent check on just one bag, imagine changing bags every week! Well, you can. On Bag, Borrow, or Steal you can “rent” the latest Chanel or a stunning new Fendi. Sport a Louis Vuitton or Prada, just like the girls on Sex and the City.

Tips for Hosting an Open House FSBO

Once you have decided to sell your home yourself (FSBO) instead of using the services provided by a realtor, you will be faced with hosting your own open house. Hosting your own open house might seem like a daunting task at first, but if you bear in mind that you are inviting people into your home for a purpose, it can make things go much more smoothly and you can be more relaxed during the process. Of course, you should be sure to advertise your open house a few days in advance and post an “open house” sign out front.

  • Staging

One of the first things to do is “stage” your home. This means you will need to clean out all the clutter and personal belongings that might interfere with the buyer’s ability to “see” himself in your home. Leave enough items so your home continues to look like a spacious, orderly and comfortably decorated home, but definitely not overdone with a particular theme. If you have paint colors that you enjoy but might not be a favorite color for others, you will also need to paint, preferably in a neutral color. Be sure all of your bedding is fresh and color coordinated, even if it means buying something new just for this purpose. You will also want to purchase new towels to hang in your bathroom(s), which will also add a very fresh, clean appearance.

  • Host an Open House Party

Sometimes going beyond what is expected can be just the ticket to sell your home more quickly. Everyone does an open house, but if you have both the time and the money to take it to the next level, if just might be worth it in the long run. You could choose an outdoor event, provided one of your home’s best features is your backyard and patio area. Choose foods that are easy to prepare on the grill and can be easily eaten by your guests after they have viewed inside your home. Be sure to provide comfortable seating, cold drinks such as colas, tea, or lemonade. Help potential home buyers get a feel for how relaxing your backyard truly is as they gather for refreshments. Be sure to accent any features you want to draw attention to in your yard, such as arbors, beautiful flower gardens, water features, etc. Show off!

  • Financing Assistance

Another helpful idea for hosting a FSBO open house would be to have a financing expert on hand to help answer questions asked by your potential home buyers. Making things easy, especially for first-time home buyers will be a welcome addition to your open house.

  • Kitchens Sell Homes

It is especially important to put your best foot forward in your kitchen. If you have an especially spacious, well-appointed kitchen, be sure to focus on this room of your home. On the other hand, if your kitchen isn’t very spacious, you might need to focus on this space prior to the open house. Replacing outdated counter tops, appliances and flooring can be costly, but the yield on these improvements will be substantial. Kitchens sell homes, so spend some money on this room and be sure it is an eye-catcher, regardless of its size.

  • Be Sure Your Home Smells Good

It seems that every home has its own scent. We become so accustomed to our own scents that we don’t realize the smell can be offensive to others when they first enter our home. So, be sure your home smells really great! If you have pets, be sure you clean carpets and upholstery. If you have a litter box, be sure both the cat(s) and the litter box are removed before your open house begins. It is also a good idea to bake up some muffins or brownies before the start of your open house. Even just popping some pop corn will add a wonderful aroma to your home. Be careful with strongly perfumed sprays however, not everyone loves these scents and some may even be allergic.

  • Landscaping is Important

Sometimes we get so caught up with inside our homes that we neglect the outside. It is especially important for your home to have a very welcoming appearance from the street. Be sure walkways and porches are clean. They should be well lit and inviting to potential home buyers. Spruce up flower beds and borders with colors that will accent your home’s exterior and will provide a fresh, well cared for appearance.

  • Timing is Everything

Choose a day and a time that will be best for the majority of future home buyers. This is usually on the weekend or in the evening before dark.

  • Host A Neighborhood Open House

If other homes in your neighborhood are for sale, network with your neighbors by hosting a Neighborhood Open House. This way, buyers can view several home in one day, saving them lots of time. You could also provide potential buyers with a small note pad and pencil so they can jot down things they want to remember about your home.

  • Get to Know Potential Buyers

Greet your guests as you would a friend. Get to know something about them and share a few things about your own life, especially any warm memories you have about living in your home. Take your time so they don’t feel rushed.

  • After the Open House

Safety is always a concern when you have unknown visitors viewing every inch of your home. After the open house, check all the doors and windows to be sure they are locked. Check outside to be sure an unwanted guest did not choose a hiding place for future entrance into your home. It is better to be safe than sorry.

TechTips – IIS 7 Error 0x8007643 when Installing on Windows 2008 Server 64bit

I just upgraded one of my servers to Microsoft Server 2008 R2 64-bit and everything was looking great and going smoothly. That is until I went to install IIS 7 on the server and got the error 0x8007643 which basically says that IIS 7 can’t install due to the Windows Activation Services. I did some research and found this is a common problem and there are many possible solutions. I will explain how to perform the most common and which one fixed the problem for me.

First thing I did was to use the sfc /scannow tool and see if I had any problems with missing or corrupt files. This is a very good place to start, so to run the scan, do the following:

  • Click Start
  • Click Run
  • Type CMD
  • Hit Enter
  • Type sfc /scannow
  • Hit Enter
  • After the scan view results (allow Windows to fix problems)

After my scan there was only one file that had a problem and Windows was able to repair it and it didn’t fix my problem with the IIS 7 installation error. So I fixed a corrupt file which was nice but didn’t repair my real issue with the IIS 7 installation failing so on to the next fix.

Next you can try the install from the command line, sometimes the GUI (Graphical User Interface) just doesn’t work as it should. To try the install from the command line follow these steps:

  • Click Start
  • Click the Start Search Bar
  • Type CMD
  • Hit Enter
  • Type start /w pkgmgr.exe /uu:IIS-WebServerRole;WAS-WindowsActivationService

After the command completes go back through the installation steps for IIS 7 and it should complete without the error. This fix also didn’t work for me. I still got the error code and it references the Windows Activation Service having problems and IIS 7 failing to install. So let’s go to the final fix that actually did work for me.

Another simple fix is to install/reinstall all of the .net framework pieces (1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5) when you install these they also install parts of the Windows Activation Services. It’s surprising that this might work but it can be possible. .NET Framework can be a pain to uninstall so if you need it there is a great free tool called .NET Framework cleanup tool, which you can get here. Simple uninstall all .NET framework and then reinstall the pieces one at a time starting with 1.1 to 3.5.

The fix that finally worked for me was to disable the Windows Activation Service and rename the inetsrv folder and run my IIS 7 installation. To do this, complete these steps:

  • Click Start
  • Type services.msc
  • Find the Windows Activation Service and right click it
  • Choose Properties
  • Choose Startup Disabled
  • Click Stop Button
  • Once the service is stopped navigate to the inetsrv folder (usually in C:\Windows\system32)
  • Right click and choose Rename
  • Name inetsrvOLD (really your choice just change the name)
  • Reinstall IIS 7

If it works then go back and set the Windows Activation Services to Automatic and restart the service. Test your websites and make sure they are working as expected. This was the fix that finally resolved my error with the IIS 7 installation failing with error 0x8007643. I hope one of the fixes works to help you to get IIS 7 installed on your Windows 2008 Server.

Tech Tips: How to Move Your Event Logs in Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 stores event logs by default on the root directory at the location C:WINDOWSsystem32configEventLogsfilename.EVT, sometimes it is necessary to move these files to another location. This isn’t a hard process but it does require editing the registry so it can be tricky and needs to be done with care.

First step is to decide a new location for the event logs, you can put these anywhere you want, just make sure you note the location. In my example I will move them to my secondary hard drive named D:, I have also created a folder just for the logs called EventLogs. Once you have decided on a location you will want to copy all the existing event logs over so that you don’t lose any of the Logs. To do this go to the directory C:WINDOWSsystem32configEventLogs, in here you should find all your log files, the three that we are most concerned with our System, Security, and Application. You might have other log files stored here that you want to move, if this is the case then follow the same steps as you do with the other three log files.

Now copy all of the log files you wish to your other directory, now my log files are in my D:EventLogs folder.

Now you can go to Start gt; gt;Run and when the new window opens type REGEDIT and press enter. Once inside the registry you will want to expand down to the registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesEventlog

Next click the sub key that represents the log file you want to move, I am going to move the Application log file first so you guessed it I click on the folder named Application. When you click on the sub key you will notice that the reading pane on the right changes and there are some keys inside it now, double click on the one labeled File. This will open the property page of the File key, you will want to change this to the new location of your log files, so I put D:EventLogsAppEvent.Evt, and the AppEvent.Evt is the log files name which is required here. Edit the remaining Log file keys with your new directory. The three main log file registry keys and edits should be the following.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesEventlogApplication
  • D:Folder_NameAppEvent.Evt (the D: is the drive letter where you put the new folder)
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesEventlogSystem
  • D: Folder_Name SysEvent.Evt (the D: is the drive letter where you put the new folder)
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesEventlogSecurity
  • D: Folder_Name SecEvent.Evt (the D: is the drive letter where you put the new folder)

Once you are done making these edits you can close the registry editor and reboot your system. When it comes back up test the event logs to be sure they are still working. You can check them by right-clicking “My Computer” and choosing manage. Click on Event Viewer and make sure the logs are showing an event that happened recently. With just rebooting your system most logs will have a new event in them. If it seems to be working then you can go to C:WINDOWSsystem32configEventLogsfilename.EVT and delete all of the log files you moved. Now your system will store the log files in the new location. Hope this was helpful.

Scrapbook: A Fantastic Clipping Extension for Google Chrome

There are a lot of different ways to keep track of information you find on the Web. You can copy it to the clipboard, then paste it into an empty document. There are services like EverNote that allow you to save your information to the Web. There are even web browser extensions that integrate with Google Notebook or Zoho Notebook (although the former is closed to new users). The problem with some of these, no matter how nice the service, is that they require you to create an account. What is there for the person who just wants to store notes locally? A new extension for Google Chrome, called simply “Scrapbook” caught my eye the other day, and after trying it out, I have to say it’s very nice.

The Scrapbook extension, once installed, creates a new icon in your Google Chrome toolbar. To use Scrapbook, simply go to a website you wish to save locally, and click the new icon. Clicking this icon shows you a little pop-down menu with a couple options. There is the big “Scrap This Page” button, which will do exactly what it says. First, however, you’ll need to select a name for your “scrapped” page. By default, the name area is pre-filled with the name of the website, but you can change it to whatever you want. You’ll also want to create a folder in which to save your page. Folders are how Scrapbook organizes your clippings. If you’ll be saving clippings in different subject areas (technology, sports, wedding, etc.), then simply create a new folder. Then, when it comes time to save the page, just choose the appropriate folder/category.

Once a page has been scrapped, it is accessible via the “My Scrapbook” option. Click there to reveal all your different folders. Hovering over a folder shows all the pages saved within. Click one to view it.

If that was all the Scrapbook extension did, it would still be nice. But in a lot of ways, it wouldn’t be any different from an extension such as Read It Later, which allows for quick saving of links (to be read later, hence the extension’s name), but also offers offline saving, so you can load up a bunch of interesting articles, and still have access to them even when you don’t have Internet access.

But Scrapbook offers more. First is the option to notate your scrapped pages. When you go back to view a page later, you’ll notice a few options at the bottom of the page. The first four are different types of highlighting (which you can see in the big screenshot). This allows you to emphasize different sections of a page, and have them visually separate from each other. You can also attach a note, in the style of a sticky note, to the page. You can add text to this note as well as move it around the page. It will hover over the page, no matter where you place it. If you decide you want to remove the note, simply click the big “X” in the upper-left corner. Similarly, if you decide you don’t want text you’d previously highlighted to be highlighted, clicking the little broom icon in the lower toolbar will allow you to get rid of what you want.

After a while, it’s likely that you’ll end up with a lot of saved pages, pages you may find you no longer need. In that case, go to the Scrapbook Options page. There you’ll see a list of all saved pages. You can search through your scrapbooked items as well as delete whichever you no longer need.

Scrapbook is an excellent extension. It doesn’t offer the ability to synchronize your saved pages from one computer to another, but that’s okay in my mind; it seems aimed at single-computer users. I love the ability to put notations on a page (it helps remind me of exactly why I wanted to save the page in the first place!), and the scrapbook management page, though fairly spartan, is still pretty useful. I’ve tried a lot of different page saving utilities, and in all honesty, this is one of the best.