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Torley Wong

I love life, wife, and watermelons. I amplify your awesome with the useful and fun... USEFUN! Let's get creative.

Latest articles by Torley Wong

How to be the best customer

We've no shortage of "How to do good customer service" articles designed to be applied from the company's side. But what about customers?

Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam: why doesn't 4 stars tell the full story?

At first glance, a product looks great and inspires your confidence with its marketing blurbs and dozens of favorable user reviews. But criticism and complaints point to deeper pro

Pianos cost too much? Get a synth!

Be aware of your options! Did you know there's a wonderful world — no, UNIVERSE of sound out there which shatters the conventional stereotypes of boring piano lessons? Don't get in

DON'T Buy It Now on eBay without using Live.com cashback

You've been saving money with your online purchases thanks to Wise Bread, but wanna save even more? I know that got your attention.

The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online

This is a lovely guide to getting the most out of your consumer purchases on the Internet.

How do you spend money to save time?

It's a — pardon the expression — timeless saying: "You can always make more money, but you can't make more time." The staunch followup to that tends to be that you can make better

Beat the Nirvana fallacy: why doing something is better than nothing

The problem with the Nirvana fallacy is simple: there's NEVER a perfect solution, only shades of decisions that are better than others, and mistakes you make and can hopefully lear

Modifiers: 5 things that change an item's final price

Shopping for goods isn't Dungeons & Dragons, but it's still an adventure. Like D&D dice, modifiers affect the end result of what happens to you — specifically, how much you spend.

7 ways to spot a social media snake oil salesperson

Sure, you'd like to boost your online presence and make money on the Internet. But just like pyramid schemes attract the greedy and fad diets interest the desperate, many social me

New Mac minis: Beware small gains at a big price!

Are you interested in a new Mac mini? Read this first: be informed about which upgrades don't make sense and what to do about it.

Armor Etch can be a cheap fix for your scratched eyeglasses

Have you heard the rumor that goes, "Did you know Armour Etch can fix eyeglass scratches?" I had to see (ha!) if it was true for myself. Read on to find out what happened...

What frugal lessons can we learn from the demoscene?

The "demoscene" loosely refers to an underground computer art movement where the emphasis is on creating amazing-but-compact demonstrations — hence the name. What can its evolution

Can cheap AppleCare on eBay be trusted?

Getting peace-of-mind protection for your Mac or iPod for less — in some cases over $150 less — looks tempting. But is it for real? Read on and find out.

Does Amazon.com's "Frustration-Free Packaging" live up to its name?

Amazon.com recently announced their "Frustration-Free Packaging" initiative, aimed squarely at reducing the jagged tears and nasty lacerations. But is it as good as they claim?

How to find the sweet spot when buying electronics

The "sweet spot" is the ideal point where you get the highest performance (and quality) at an optimum price. It can refer to many types of goods, but electronics are of particular

Is it worth paying more for faster shipping?

"Free shipping" is often advertised as attractive bait for you to take action and buy something! That is, until you find out it's not free after all. Here are tips & tricks to help

Inside the Shady World of Cheap iTunes Gift Cards

A casual search on eBay led to auctions selling iTunes gift cards for cheap, but is there a darker side to this? Some would say yes.

Deal Fu: Inside the Culture of Obsessed Bargain Hunters, Part I

The media covers tragedies like Wal-Mart tramplings, but they've neglected thriving communities on the web who'll stop at nothing to get the deals they're delirious about. We're —