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Purchases & Wishlist

The PayPal Security Key

By hagrin - Posted on 03 March 2007

Recently, when I heard that PayPal would be offering additional security through a keychain security key (or key fob), I immediately signed up that day even though I rarely use PayPal and Ebay. For me, I want to be an early adopter of two form authentication since most Internet users really should be protecting themselves in every available manner (from themselves in many cases). I applaud PayPal and Ebay for implementing this additional layer of security before any of my banks have and I hope that more institutions follow suit.

First, I paid $5 USD to get the security key. I ordered the security key over a month ago and was surprised when it came today in the mail. If you haven't seen an image of the key yet, I've included one below -

Activating your security key is extremely easy. All that you need to do is browse to PayPal's security key page, enter in the serial number on the back of your key fob, press the key's button to generate a 6 digit number, wait 30 seconds and then retrieve a second number. If successfully activated, your security key will be attached to your account. I logged out and logged back in to test the new system and loved the simplicity. After successfully entering in my email address and password, I was now presented with an additional screen asking for my 6 digit number instead of my normal Account status screen.

It's that simple.

With all of the talk of Ebay hackings and PayPal insecurity, any user that relies on either of these services would be foolish to not spend the 5 dollars to add yet another level of security. This security key provides protection against those phishing attempts that are lucky enough to catch you with your guard down since even if they sniff out your email and password, the 6 digit security code will prevent them from fully accessing your account. You'd have to say - PayPal is definitely on the right track and got "it" right this time.

Hagrin's Music Collection

By hagrin - Posted on 10 February 2007

The following is a list of my music albums listed first by genre and then in alphabetical order. If you know of an album that I currently do not have listed, but you think matches my musical tastes, please let me know. As you can see, I have a very vast musical collection that spans across many genres due to my association of music to my moods (like most people).

My album list is generated every night off my computer and automatically uploaded to the web server so this list is constantly being updated. The process is written in VB.Net and utilizes MS SQL Server 2000's SQL Server Agent for process scheduling.

Alternative & Rock (156 Albums)
A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms
A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
Aerosmith - Honkin on Bobo
Aerosmith - Oh Yeah Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
Alice in Chains - Greatest Hits
Audioslave - Audioslave
Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin
Barenaked Ladies - All Their Greatest Hits
Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
Beatles - Abbey Road
Beatles - Beatles for Sale
Beatles - Help!
Beatles - Let it Be
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Beatles - Please Please Me
Beatles - Revolver
Beatles - Rubber Soul
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band
Beck - Mellow Gold
Beck - Midnight Vultures
Beck - Mutations
Beck - Odelay
Beck - Sea Change
Bjork - Greatest Hits
Blink 182 - Dude Ranch
Chevelle - Wonder What's Next
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay - Blue Room
Coldplay - Parachutes
Coldplay - X & Y
Collective Soul - 7even Year Itch
Collective Soul - Blender
Counting Crows - Films About Ghosts
Courtney Love - America's Sweetheart
Cracker - Forever
Cracker - Kerosene Hat
Deftones - Adrenaline
Deftones - Around the Fur
Deftones - Deftones
Deftones - Minerva
Deftones - White Pony
DMB - Before These Crowded Streets (1998)
DMB - Busted Stuff (2002)
DMB - Crash (1996)
DMB - Everyday (2001)
DMB - Listener Supported (1999)
DMB - Recently (1994)
DMB - Remember Two Things (1993)
DMB - Some Devil
DMB - Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)
Eric Clapton - Me and Mr Johnson
Eric Clapton - Story
Evanescence - Fallen
Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
Foo Fighters - Everywhere But Home
Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo
Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl
Goo Goo Dolls - Hold Me Up
Goo Goo Dolls- Gutterflower
Green Day - American Idiot
Green Day - Dookie
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Guns N Roses - Greatest Hits
Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion I
Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion II
Harvey Danger - Little by Little
Hoobastank - The Reason
Incubus - A Crow Left of the Murder
Incubus - Fungus Amongus
Incubus - Make Yourself
Incubus - Morning View
Incubus - Science
Interpol - Antics
Jet - Get Born
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Junior Senior - Don't Stop the Beat
Kinks - Fab Forty (The Singles Collection)
Kinks - One of the Road
Lenny Kravitz - 5
Lenny Kravitz - Baptism
Lenny Kravitz - Mama Said
Limp Bizkit - Results May Vary
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park - Meteora
Linkin Park - Splitting the DNA
Live - Throwing Copper
Liz Phair - Liz Phair
Lostprophets - Start Something
Lostprophets - The Fake Sound of Progress
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
Meat Loaf - The Very Best of Meat Loaf
Nickelback - The Long Road
NIN - Further Down the Spiral
NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
NIN - The Downward Spiral
NIN - The Fragile
NIN - Things Falling Apart
Nirvana - In Utero
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana - Nevermind
Oasis - Be Here Now
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Oasis - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Oasis - The Masterplan
Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory
Our Lady Peace - Gravity
Our Lady Peace - Spiritual Machines
Pearl Jam - Binaural
Pearl Jam - Riot Act
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pearl Jam - V.S
Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
Pearl Jam - Yield
Phish - A Picture of Nectar
Phish - Billy Breathes
Phish - Farmhouse
Phish - Hoist
Phish - Junta
Phish - Lawn Boy
Phish - Story of the Ghost
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Radiohead - Com Log
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Radiohead - Kid A
Radiohead - OK Computer
Radiohead - Pablo Honey
Radiohead - The Bends
RATM - Battle of Los Angeles
REM - Automatic for the People
REM - Fables of the Reconstruction
RHCP - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
RHCP - Californication
RHCP - Greatest Hits 2003
RJD2 - Loose Ends
Rod Stewart - The Best of
Saliva - Survival of the Sickest
Silverchair - Diorama
Silverchair - Neon Ballroom
Simon & Garfunkel - The Simon & Garfunkel Collection
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
SOAD - Steal this Album
SOAD - System of a Down
SOAD - Toxicity
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits
Sublime - Sublime
The Doors - The Best of The Doors
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
Weezer - Make Believe
White Stripes - De Stijl
White Stripes - Elephant
White Stripes - Life on the Flipside

Dance & Techno (11 Albums)
Basement Jaxx - Remedy
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
Chemical Brothers - Come with Us
Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Crystal Method - Legion of Boom
Daft Punk - Discovery
DJ Q Bert - Battle Breaks
Donna Summer - The Best of
KLF - The White Room
KMFDM - Money

Hip-Hop & Rap (465 Albums)
2 Live Crew - As Nasty as They Wanna Be
2 Pac - 2Pacalypse Now
2 Pac - All Eyez on Me
2 Pac - Don Killuminati The 7 Day Theory
2 Pac - Ressurection
2 Pac - Strictly 4 My N.i.g.g.a.z
213 - The Hard Way
50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent - Guess Who's Back
50 Cent - Guess Who's Back Again
50 Cent - No Mercy No Fear
50 Cent - Power of the Dollar
9th Wonder - Black is Back
Aceyalone - Grade A
Aesop Rock - Float
Akinyele - Vagina Diner
Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days
ATCQ - Beats Rhymes & Life
ATCQ - Low End Theory
ATCQ - Midnight Marauders
ATCQ - People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm
ATCQ - The Anthology
ATCQ - The Love Movement
AZ - A.W.O.L
AZ - Do or Die
Bad Boys - 10th Anniversary The Hits
BDP - By All Means Necessary
BDP - Criminal Minded
BDP - Edutainment
BDP - Sex and Violence
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys - Some Old Bullshit
Beastie Boys - The In Sound from Way Out
Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs
Beatnuts - Intoxicated Demons
Beatnuts - Milk Me
Beatnuts - Street Level
Beatnuts - The Originators
Big Daddy Kane - It's a Big Daddy Thing
Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane
Big Daddy Kane - Taste of Chocolate
Big Pun - Capital Punishment
Big Pun - Yeeeah Baby
Binary Star - Masters of the Universe
Binary Star - Waterworld
Binary Star - Waterworld Too
Birdman - Fast Money
Biz Markie - Weekend Warrior
Black Eyed Peas - Behind the Front
Black Eyed Peas - Bridging the Gap
Black Eyed Peas - The Monkey Business
Black Moon - Diggin in Dah Vaults
Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
Black Moon - Total Eclipse
Black Moon - War Zone
Black Radical MKII - The Undiluted Truth Vinyl
Black Rob - The Black Rob Report
Black Sheep - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Black Sheep - Non-Fiction
Blackalicious - The Craft
Blahzay Blahzay - Blah Blah Blah
Block McCloud - I Was Drunk When I Made This
Bow Wow - Wanted
Brand Nubian - Everything is Everything
Busta Rhymes - It Ain't Safe No More
Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes
BWP - The Bytches
Camron - Come Home with Me
Camron - Confessions of Fire
Camron - Purple Haze
Camron - SDE
Canibus - 2000 B.C
Canibus - C True Hollywood Stories
Canibus - Can-I-Bus
Canibus - Hip-Hop for Sale
Canibus - Lost Lyrics (DJ Rukiz)
Canibus - Mic Club The Curriculum
Canibus - My Name is Nobody
Canibus - Rip the Jacker
Canibus - The Brainstream
Cappadonna - The Pillage
Cappadonna - The Struggle
Cassidy - Split Personality
Chingy - Jackpot
Chingy - Powerballin
Chino XL - Here to Save You All
Chino XL - Lyrical Messiah
Ciara - Goodies
Clipse - Lord Willin'
CNN - The Reunion
CNN - The War Report (1997)
Cocoa Brovas - The Rude Awakening
Common - Be
Common - One Day it Will All Make Sense
Common - Ressurection
Common Sense - Can I Borrow a Dollar
Copywrite - The High Exhaulted
Cormega - Hustler Rapper
Cormega - The Realness
Cormega - The Testament Year
Cormega - The True Meaning
Cunninlynguists - A Piece of Strange
Cunninlynguists - Dem Bois from Da Souf
Cunninlynguists - Southernunderground
Cunninlynguists - Will Rap for Food
Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill III (Temples of Boom)
Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill IV
Cypress Hill - Stoned Raiders
Cypress Hill - Till Death Do Us Part
D-Nice - Call Me D-Nice
D-Nice - To Tha Rescue
D12 - D12 World
D12 - Devil's Night
Da Band - Too Hot for TV
Das EFX - Dead Serious
David Banner - Certified
David Banner - Mississippi the Album
De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State
De La Soul - Stakes is High
De La Soul - The Grind Date
De La Soul - Three Feet High and Rising
De La Soul - Timeless
Dead Prez - Get Free or Die Trying
Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
Dead Prez - Revolutionary But Gangsta
Devin the Dude - Just Tryin ta Live
Diamond D - The Diamond Mine
Digable Planets - Beyond the Spectrum The Creamy Spy Chronicles
Digital Underground - Sex Packets
Dilated Peoples - DETA LIDeracy Project
Dilated Peoples - Expansion Team
Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch
DJ Clue - The American Idol Part II
DJ Clue - When Animals Attack
DJ Green Lantern - Countdown to Armageddon Part 2
DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Part Two Conspiracy Theory
DJ Kay Slay - Addicted to Beef Part Two
DJ Kay Slay - The Streetsweeper Vol. One
DJ Premier - Bootleg Volume C (Mixtape)
DJ Premier - Check Ya Mail
DJ Premier - Premier's Premium
DJ Premier - Reality Check
Do or Die - D.O.D
DOC - No One Can Do it Better
Dr. Dre - 2001
Dr. Dre - Look Out for Detox
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Dylan - Life After Diddy
Eminem - 8 Mile Soundtrack
Eminem - Don't Call Me Marshall
Eminem - Eminem is Back
Eminem - Encore
Eminem - Infinite
Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem - The Eminem Show
Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
Encore - Layover
Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
Erick Sermon - Chilltown New York
Fabolous - Ghetto Fabolous
Fabolous - More Street Dreams
Fabolous - Real Talk
Fabolous - Street Dreams
Federation - The Album
Four Horsemen - The Horsemen Project
Fugees - Blunted on Reality
Fugees - The Score
Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - The Tunnel (1999)
G Unit - 50 Cent is the Future
G Unit - Beg for Mercy
Game - Classified
Game - Nigga With Attitude
Game - Stop Snitching Stop Lying
Game - The Documentary (Advance)
Game - Untold Story
Game - Untold Story Volume 2
Game - Who Got Game
Game - You Know What This Is Vol. 2
Gangstarr - Daily Operation
Gangstarr - Hard to Earn
Gangstarr - Moment of Truth
Gangstarr - The Ownerz
Ghostface Killah - 718 Stapleton to Somalia
Ghostface Killah - Bulletproof Wallets
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Ghostface Killah - Pretty Toney
Ghostface Killah - Shaolin's Finest
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
Ghostface Killah - The Wally Champ
Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep
Gravediggaz - Pick the Sickle & the Shovel
Gravediggaz - The Demo Tape
Gravediggaz - The Demo Tape (1993)
Guerilla Black - Guerilla City
GZA - Beneath the Surface
GZA - Legend of the Liquid Sword
GZA - Liquid Swords
GZA the Genius - Words from the Genius
House of Pain - Shamrocks & Shenanigans
I 20 - Self Explanatory
Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Ice Cube - Death Certificate
Ice T - Gang Culture
Immortal Technique - Miscellaneous Songs
Immortal Technique - Portable Immortal
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Volume One
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Volume Two
Inspectah Deck - The Movement
Inspectah Deck - Uncontrolled Substance
Inspectah Deck - Undadogz Volume One (DJ Storm)
J Five - Sweet Little Nothing
J-Kwon - Hood Hop
Jacki-O - Poe Little Rich Girl
Jadakiss - Kiss of Death
Jadakiss - The Champ is Here (Big Mike & DJ Green Lantern)
Jay Z & Linkin Park - Mash Up
Jay Z - Black Album
Jay Z - Blueprint
Jay Z - Blueprint 2 The Gift and the Curse
Jay Z - Grey Album (Dangermouse)
Jay Z - Hard Knock Life Volume Two
Jay Z - In My Lifetime Volume One
Jay Z - Life and Times of S. Carter Volume Three
Jay Z - MTV Unplugged
Jay Z - Reasonable Doubt
Jay Z - Silver Album (RJD2 Mix)
Jay Z - The Dynasty Roc La Familia
Jay Z and R Kelly - Unfinished Business
Jay Z vs. Illmind - The Black and Tan Album
Jay Z vs. Kno - The White Albalum
Jeru the Damaja - Divnie Design
Jeru the Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East
Jeru the Damaja - Wrath of the Math
Jin - The Emcees Properganda
Jin - The Rest is History
Joe Budden - Joe Budden
JT - Untold Story
JT - West Coast Resurrection
Juelz Santana - What the Game's Been Missing
Jungle Borthers - Raw Deluxe
Jungle Brothers - J. Beez wit the Remedy
Jungle Brothers - Straight Out the Jungle
Junior Mafia - Conspiracy
Kankick - The Traditional Heritage
Kanye West - College Dropout
Kanye West - Kon the Louis Vuitton Don
Kanye West - Late Registration
Keith Murray - Enigma
Keith Murray - He's Keith Murray
Keith Murray - The Most Beautifullest Thing in this World
Killa Beez - The Sting
Killa Beez - The Swarm
Killah Priest - Black August
Killah Priest - Black August Revisited
Killah Priest - Every Knee Shall Bow
Killah Priest - Heavy Mental
Killah Priest - Priesthood
Killarmy - Dirty Weaponry
Killarmy - Doomsday (Bootleg)
Killarmy - Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
Kool & the Gang - Celebration The Best of Kool & the Gang
Kool G Rap - 4 5 6
KRS One - Keep Right
KRS One - Kristyles
KRS One - KRS One
KRS One - Prophets vs. Profits
KRS One - Return of the Boom Bap
KRS One - Spiritual Minded
KRS One - The Sneak Attack
Kumasi - God is So Kind
LA the Darkman - Heist of the Century
Last Emperor - Palace of the Pretender
Last Emperor - The Lost Empire
Leaders of the New School - A Future Without a Past
Lil Jon & The East Side Boys - Crunk Juice
Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz - Kings of Crunk
Lil Kim - The Naked Truth
Lil' Kim - Hardcore
LL Cool J - 14 Shots to the Dome
LL Cool J - All World (Greatest Hits)
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
LL Cool J - Mr. Smith
LL Cool J - Ten
LL Cool J - The Definition
Lloyd Banks - Best of Lloyd Banks 1 (DJ Famous)
Lloyd Banks - Best of Lloyd Banks 2 (DJ Famous)
Lloyd Banks - Best of Lloyd Banks 3 (DJ Famous)
Lloyd Banks - The Hunger for More
Loon - Loon
Lord Finesse - From the Crates to the Files
Lost Boyz - Legal Drug Money
Ludacris - Back for the First Time
Ludacris - Chicken and Beer
Ludacris - The Red Light District
Ludacris - Word of Mouf
Main Flow - Hip Hopulation
Mase - Double Up
Mase - Harlem World
Mase - Welcome Back
Masta Ace - Disposable Arts
Masta Killa - No Said Date
Master P - Good Side Bad Side
Mathematics - Love Hell or Right
Max Julian - Smoke N Roll
Memphis Bleek - M.A.D.E
Method Man & Redman - Blackout
Method Man - Tical
Method Man - Tical 0 The Prequel
Method Man - Tical 2000 Judgement Day
Miri Ben - Ari the Hip Hop Violinist
Missy Elliot - Missy's Madness
Missy Elliot - This is Not a Test
Mobb Deep - Amerikaz Nightmare
Mobb Deep - Hell on Earth
Mobb Deep - Infamous Allegiance Part One
Mobb Deep - Infamy
Mobb Deep - Juvenile Hell
Mobb Deep - Murda Muzik
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Mos Def - Black Star
Mos Def - The New Danger
Mr SOS - SOS for President
N.E.R.D - Fly or Die
N.E.R.D - In Search of N.E.R.D
Nas - Carry the Cross
Nas - Carry the Cross Chapter 2
Nas - God's Son
Nas - I Am
Nas - Illmatic
Nas - It Was Written
Nas - Nastradamus
Nas - Prematic (Demo Tape)
Nas - Stillmatic
Nas - Streets Disciple
Nas - The Lost Tapes
Nas - Unreleased and Rare
Naughty by Nature - Naughty's Nicest
Nelly - Country Grammar
Nelly - Nellyville
Nelly - Suit
Nelly - Sweat
Neptunes - Neptunes Presents Clones
Nice and Smooth - Nice and Smooth
Nine - Cloud Nine
Nine - Nine Livez
Noreaga - God's Favorite
Noreaga - Melvin Flynt Da Hustler
Noreaga - N.O.R.E
Northstar - RZA Presents Northstar
Notorious BIG - Life After Death
Notorious BIG - Platinum Instrumentals Presents B.I.G. Beats
Notorious BIG - Ready to Die
NWA - Niggaz4Life
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Obie Trice - Cheers
Old Dirty Bastard - Nigga Please
Old Dirty Bastard - Osirus
Old Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers
Old Dirty Bastard - The Dirty Story - The Best of ODB
Old Dirty Bastard - The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones
One Man Army - Project F.E.T.U.S
Onyx - All We Got Iz Us
Onyx - Bacdafucup
Outkast - Atliens
Outkast - Speakerboxxx The Love Below
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother
Pete Rock - Soul Survivor
Pitch Black - Pitch Black Law
Pretty Ricky - Bluestars
Proof - Searching for Jerry Garcia
Public Enemy - Apocalypse 911 The Enemy Strikes Black
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Puff Daddy - No Way Out
Q Tip - Amplified
Raekwon - Immobilarity
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Raekwon - The Lex Diamond Story
Rahzel - Make the Music 2000
Rakim - The Master
Ras Kass - Rasassasination
Ras Kass - Soul on Ice
Ras Kass - Verbal Murder
Redman - Ill at Will Mixtape Vol.1
Redman - What Thee Album
RJD2 - Deadringer
RJD2 - Since We Last Spoke
Roots - The Tipping Point
Royal Flush - Street Boss
Royce 5'9 - Build and Destroy
Royce 5'9 - Death is Certain
Royce 5'9 - Rock City
Royce Da 5'9 - M.I.C
RZA - Birth of a Prince
RZA - Ghost Dog Way of the Samurai Import
RZA - RZA as Bobby Digital In Stereo
RZA - The Cure Mixtape
RZA - The World According to RZA
RZA as Bobby Digital - Digital Bullet
Sabac - Sabacolypse
Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust
Salt N Pepper - Very Necessary
Sean Paul - Dutty Rock
Sean Paul - The Trinity
Shawnna - Worth tha Weight
Shyheim - Manchild
Shyheim - The Lost Generation
Shyne - Godfather Buried Alive
Singe - The Epidemic
Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Slim Thug - Already Platinum
Slum Village - Detroit Deli
Slum Village - Prequel to a Classic
Smif N Wesson - Unreleased Rawkus Album
Smif N Wessun - Da Shinin'
Smif N Wessun - Reloaded
Snoop Dogg - Paid Tha Cost to be Da Boss
Snoop Dogg - Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece
Snoop Dogg - Top Dogg
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
Snoop Doggy Dogg - The Last Meal
Souls of Mischief - 93 Til Infinity
Special Ed - Youngest in Charge
Styles P - A Gangster and a Gentleman
Sugar Hill Gang - The Essentials
Sunz of Man - Saviorz Day
T.I. - Urban Legend
Talib Kweli - Beautiful Struggle
Talib Kweli - Quality
Terror Squad - True Story
The D.O.C. - No One Can Do it Better (1989)
The Firm - The Album
Timbaland & Magoo - Under Construction Part II
Tone Loc - Loc-Ed After Dark
Tony Yayo - Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
Twista - Adrenaline Rush
Twista - Kamikaze
Twista - Resurrection
Twista - The Day After
Twiztid - Mutant Volume 2
U-God - Golden Arms Redemption
U-God - Mr. Xcitement
Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
VA - Rawkus Presents - Soundbombing II
VA Promo Only - Urban Radio December 2004
Virtuoso - Word War 2 Evolution of the Torturer
Warren G - In the Midnight Hour
Westside Connection - Terrorist Threats
Wu Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers
Wu Tang Clan - The Iron Flag
Wu Tang Clan - The W
Wu Tang Clan - Wu Tang Forever
Wu Tang Killa Bees - The Swarm Vol. 1
Wyclef Jean - Welcome to Haiti Creole 101
Xzibit - Man vs. Machine
Xzibit - Restless
Ying Yang Twins - United State of Atlanta
Young Buck - Sraight Outta Cashville
Young Buck - Street Life Mixtape (2004)
Young Buck - T.I.P
Youngbloodz - Everybody Know Me (Advance)

Miscellaneous (13 Albums)
B2K - Santa Hooked Me Up
Barry Manilow - Ultimate Manilow
Barry White - Love Songs
Douglas Adams - HHGTTG BBC Albums
Men at Work - Business as Usual
Nintendo - Zelda Melodies
Soundtrack - Bad Boys 2
Soundtrack - Barbershop 2
Soundtrack - Boyz N the Hood
Soundtrack - Honey
Soundtrack - Kill Bill Vol. 1
Soundtrack - Shrek 2
Soundtrack - Tales from the Hood

Pop (58 Albums)
10,000 Maniacs - The Wishing Chair
Aaliyah - Aaliyah
Ashlee Simpson - Autobiography
Avril Lavigne - Let Go
Beyonce - Dangerously in Love
Britney Spears - In the Zone
Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera - Just Be Free
Christina Aguilera - Stripped
Dido - Life for Rent
En Vogue - Soul Flower
Enrique Iglesias - Enrique
Enrique Iglesias - Escape
Fiona Apple - Tidal
Inxs - The Greatest Hits
Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
Janet Jackson - Damita Jo
JC Chasez - Schizophrenic
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Barenaked
Jessica Simpson - In This Skin
Jessica Simpson - Irresistable
Jessica Simpson - Sweet Kisses
Jojo - Jojo
Justin Timberlake - Justified
Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
Kelly Clarkson - Thankful
Mandy Moore - Coverage
Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper
Michelle Branch - The Spirit Room
Nick Lachey - Soulo
Norah Jones - Come Away with Me
Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
Prince - Musicology
Prince - The Hits 1
Prince - The Hits 2
Pussycat Dolls - Pussycat Dolls
Sarah McLachlan - Afterglow
Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball (Live)
Sarah McLachlan - Solace
Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing
Sarah McLachlan - The Freedom Sessions
Sarah McLachlan - Touch
Sheryl Crow - C'mon, C'mon
Sheryl Crow - The Very Best of Sheryl Crow
Stacie Orrico - Stacie Orrico
Sting - The Very Best of Sting & The Police
Tori Amos - Strange Little Girls
Train - Drops of Jupiter
Train - My Private Nation
Train - Train
U2 - Achtung Baby
U2 - Best of 1980 - 1990
U2 - Best of 1990 - 2000
U2 - Joshua Tree
U2 - October
U2 - Pop
U2 - The Unforgettable

R&B (65 Albums)
112 - 112
112 - Hot & Wet
112 - Part III
112 - Room 112
Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys
Allure - Chapter III
Avant - Ecstasy
Avant - My Thoughts
Avant - Private Room
B2K - B2K
B2K - Pandemonium
Bobby Brown - Greatest Hits
Bobby Valentino - Bobby Valentino
Boyz II Men - Greatest Hits
Brandy - Afrodisiac
Brian McKnight - U Turn
Carl Thomas - Emotional
Carl Thomas - Let's Talk About It
Christina Milian - It's About Time
Craig David - Born to Do It
Craig David - Slicker than Your Average
D'Angelo - Brown Sugar
D'Angelo - Voodoo
Destinys Child - Destiny Fulfilled
Domino - Domino
Erykah Badu - Baduism
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
Ginuwine - Back II Da Basics
Ginuwine - The Life
Ginuwine - The Senior
Houston - It's Already Written
Jagged Edge - A Jagged Era
Jagged Edge - J.E. Heartbreak
Jagged Edge - Jagged Little Thrill
Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable
Joe - All that I Am
Joe - And Then
Joe - My Name is Joe
Lauryn Hill - Miseducation
Lauryn Hill - MTV Unplugged
Luther Vandross - Dance with My Father
Mario Winans - Hurt No More
Marques Houston - MH
Mary J Blige - No More Drama
Montell Jordan - Get it On Tonight
Montell Jordan - Life After Def
Montell Jordan - R U With Me
Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It
Musiq - Soulstar
Mya - Moodring
Next - The Next Episode
Nick Cannon - Nick Cannon
R Kelly - Chocolate Factory
R Kelly - The R in R & B Greatest Hits Collection Vol. One
Ray J - Raydiation
Soundtrack - You Got Served
SWV - Release Some Tension
Total - Kima, Kiesha & Pam
Total - Total
Usher - Confessions
Usher - My Way
Usher - Sex Appeal
Usher - Usher
Young Gunz - Tough Luv

Purchased: Dell 2005FPW 20" LCD Widescreen

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

I know, I know - it's not the 30" cinema display that I had previously talked about on my wishlist, but this monitor will more than suffice.

After running out of space on my desk (which now houses my 32" TV, my DVD player, my 21" CRT and some other electronic equipment (speakers, 2 keyboards, 2 mice, etc.), I decided that it was time for a monitor upgrade. I had already decided that the experiences I have had with my work monitors (multiple Dell LCDs of varying sizes) that I would price the different Dell monitors and get the best one for the cost.

When trying to figure out the cost of purchasing a monitor, the one major drawback of buying a monitor of the Internet is the shipping costs. Therefore, when I went to Dell's website, I had to figure in not only the cost of the monitor, but the shipping charges (plus any insurance charges). However, one way to offset the costs (when ordering from Dell) is to find an online coupon code that applies to the item you are trying to purchase. Finally, when determining costs, you have to account for available markets - in this case buying from Dell directly or through a reseller like Ebay.

First, I headed over to Dell's web site to see which models fell within my price range and immediately wanted the 2005FPW. It's widescreen display, high resolution, low price, portrait orientation option and other features all attracted me to this model right away. In addition, Dell has had this model on sale a lot recently (probably due to the release of their 30" display) so the monitor had the following cost structure:

  • Normal Cost of $529.00, but was on sale for $105.20 making the base cost $423.20.
  • Shipping costs were $19.00, but were also waived due to being on sale. Final shipping costs were free.
  • Tax came out to $36.51.
  • Final Cost: $459.71

Now, with the Dell coupons I could find online, I would have been able to knock another $20 off the price to make the final cost ~$440.00. Being miserly, I decided to monitor hunt on Ebay to see if I could get myself a better deal. First rule of Ebay is to not bid until the final 2-5 minutes. I really don't care what any Ebay buying guide may tell you, if you bid before this timeframe, you're only going to have your maximum price exposed to the seller. After almost two weeks of scouting and bidding on 2005FPWs on Ebay, I tracked the median price to be around $410 after shipping and insurance and the minimum price to be $380. However, I didn't win any of these auctions and after two weeks I was still monitor-less.

At this point, a buyer must make the decision whether or not the uncertainty, the wasted time and the hassle of trying to save ~$60 (13.6% savings off the Dell cost) is worth trying to acquire the monitor off of Ebay. Personally, the $60 savings was worth it and when I was offered a "Second Chance Offer" from a respected seller, I jumped on the opportunity. The 2005FPW arrived brand new as advertised and works without any dead pixels.

Since I may try and buy a second 2005FPW for a dual monitor display, I plan on trying to hunt down a really good Dell coupon first and then seeing if Dell's final price is comparable to the prices found on Ebay. Be aware, it seems as if the price of this monitor is dropping so check back to the Dell web site frequently and keep updated on available coupons.