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Tech Tip: Coupons for your favorite Restaurant

Restaurant.com is an online service that generates printable gift certificates for participating restaurants in cities all over the country. Generally their deals work like this: a $25 gift certificate costs $10, and there is a minimum purchase of $35 or $50. Of course, that's just list price, and we bargain-hunters rarely settle for list

To get the rock bottom steal, you need to know that there is usually some sort of promotion code going around the Internet. Today the promo code is SANTA. I don't know how long this code will work, but right now if you enter it during the check out process on Restaurant.com your purchase will be discounted by 80%! (How did I found out about this promo code, you ask? I'll tell you tomorrow.)

I don't know about your city, but the list of participating restaurants in Austin is long - about 65 or so. The list is also quite varied - steak, seafood, ethnic, high-end (Zoot, for crying out loud!) and some grittier places.

Free GPS Software

Own a GPS?  Own a GPS Datalogger?   www.Maps-GPS-Info.com maintains a list of free GPS software at http://www.maps-gps-info.com/fgpfw.html.

Is your printer lying to you?

We all know that laser and inkjet printer manufacturers make their money on the "give you the razor, sell you the blade" model.   Is it any surprise that your printer might tell you that the toner cartridge is empty, when, in fact, you can print several hundreds more sheets before replacing it?  In the good old days, you merely took the cartridge out and gave it a good shake and kept printing .  Now, the manufacturer's have gotten smarter and put chips into the cartridges that tell us when the cartridge is "empty".

On, Fixyourprinter.com, one fellow claims that he got 1,800 more pages after he hacked his Brother printer by covering the sensor with electrical tape.  This let him continue printing even though the printer claimed his cartridge was empty.  Your mileage may vary.  The site also offers references for error codes, printer drivers, etc.

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