Here are a few sites I have discovered
which are helpful, informative or interesting. These sites relate
to Annapolis, to business or are just worth dropping in for a
casual visit. Let's go surfing and take a look.
Since 1978, the New Car Assessment
Program (NCAP) has had the primary purpose of providing consumers
with a measure of the relative safety potential of vehicles in
The website www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/testing/ncap/,
which is maintained by NCAP, now supplies consumers with important,
comprehensive information, including frontal- and side-crash test
results, to aid them in their vehicle purchase decisions. Their
goal is to improve occupant safety by providing market incentives,
rather than regulatory directives, for vehicle manufacturers to
voluntarily design their vehicles to better protect occupants
in a crash and be less susceptible to roll over. Make this your
first stop before vehicle infatuation sets in.
I have had many opportunities over several years, from Annapolis
to Canada, to see EZPASS in action. I have also noticed the steady
growth in EZPASS toll booths. It might be the right time for you
to take advantage of this inexpensive toll payment option. The
pdf application file is online at www.ezpassmd.com.
In this crazy, road-rage era, it's nice to know that there is
a low-cost option to ease your tension and save gas and time in
the process. Be kind as you pass those long lines of drivers not
yet aware of our secret.
Did you resist buying a new computer over the holidays in hopes
of finding a better deal after December? If so, check out www.essen
compu.com. This site features Window XP powered units the
size of the now- famous Mac G-4 Cube at Pentium 4 operating speeds
up to 2.4 GHZ speeds, as of this writing. These anodized beauties
are priced from $399 to $699 and can be fully customized to your
liking. The units can be viewed in more detail at www.mini-itx.com,
although not all units at this site are available in the U.S.
If speed, space and aesthetics are an issue for you, check them
If a new set of golf clubs arrived at your home over the holidays,
then www.golflabels.com is just the site
you should visit now. For less than $8, you can purchase a set
of 24 self-adhesive labels that will let you personalize every
club, umbrella or whatever is in your bag. I had enough labels
left over to personalize all the umbrellas and laptops in our
household. With club prices from $50 to $100, this little investment
can pay back big benefits. Do it now before spring and golf fever
If you are like most people, the cell telephone manual is the
hardest thing to find when you are desperately looking for help
or trying to review the options available on your new telephone.
Nokia has taken away some of the hassle by providing an extensive
database of manuals, instructions and features for their very
large cell telephone product line at www.nokiahowto.com.
It's worth reviewing from time to time just to refresh your memory
or expand your knowledge. Unfortunately, I have sent many a telephone
to an early grave without fully exploring all the options. It
is also a great way to shop for a new telephone.
As always we encourage your thoughts and suggestions, Thanks!
R. Hammand, CPA, is a resident of Annapolis and a consultant
to businesses in Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.