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About Arthur.Rubin
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Member: Arthur Rubin
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Location: Brea, CA, USA
Member Since: Feb 28, 2000
 
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Expert in mathematics, computers, income tax, with a wide variety of interests.  more
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Reviews Written: 97
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Arthur.Rubin's Wish List
Date Added Product Rating Product Name
Jul 11, 2002 n/a Mr. Stox    
Apr 30, 2002 n/a Caddis Snooze Sack    
Mar 28, 2002 n/a Surreal Numbers    
Mar 25, 2002 n/a The Cat & The Custard Cup    
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May 14, 2005 TurboTax: smarter than the average bear, but not perfect Intuit TurboTax Premier for Tax Year 2004 for PC, Mac
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Mar 28, 2004 Disappointing, but adequate Maytag washing machine Maytag SAV5701A Washing Machine
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Oct 24, 2003 (Suspended) Google Answers: Good service, but depends on the value you put on the answer. Google Answers Online Service
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About Arthur.Rubin
I'm afraid I haven't been as active as I would like in writing reviews on Epinions. Be assured that I am still attempting to read and rate (if appropriate) all reviews in the categories in which I have special interest, and will read reviews on request -- although I may not always rate.

I've recently been laid off from a Fullerton, California aerospace contractor. My present attempts to make money are here, as an expert at Just Answer, and restarting my tax preparation business.

I live with my wife, and 3 2 4 cats.

NOTE: If you have any questions about my reviews or my ratings, please Email me. I may not change my mind, but I'm willing to listen.

Expert qualifications:

Ph.D. in Mathematics from Caltech (1978)
Novell CNE (1995-2000)
California Income Tax preparer (1990-1997, 2009)
Computer programmer since 1970
Open Directory Project editor since 2003.

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Income tax writeoff

Topic: Anything having to do with income tax
Date: April 16, 2002
Second date: August 15, 2002 (for anything having to do with tax refunds only, or if I receive an extension request by April 15)
Third date: October 15, 2002 (if I receive and approve an E-mailed extension request)

Writers signed up
Arthur.Rubin Depreciation Write-offs
laura10801 Your Taxes, Social Security, and Welfare: The Myths and Realities
Bryan_Carey Federal Tax Withholding: Keep it Under Control!
jro26 File Your Taxes Quickly and Cheaply!
jo.com Start Being The Tightwad Gazette III by Saving Your $ On This One
With an extension
jay1051971 Armed Robbery is Illegal (unless you are the IRS)

Hard_To_Please writeoff

Mark "Hard_To_Please" was one of the best known members on Epinions.com, and one of the most read, in spite of his posting fewer reviews than I have. He had recently informed us (the Epinions Community) that he has cancer. Many of us had decided to participate in a Hard_To_Please writeoff, with the ERoyalties to be forwarded to Mark, and now to cancer research.

Hard To Please

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ING Direct news and the hall of shame. The following members' only Epinions presence seems to be spamming comment sections of bank reviews and/or writing an unhelpful review of the bank asking people to open accounts through them. Please block them so that non-members and those with filtered accounts won't see this spam.

mikehuangsd (Bonus points for adding dozens of blank lines to his comments, so that naive users will see only his comments, and for persistence, and for deleting previous comments.)
vgirl77 (Bonus points for persistence, and for deleting previous comments.)
divabomb (points for originality -- "my cat needs a heart transplant")
littlestar04 (Bonus points for persistence, with a little credit for not doing it recently.)
shopster2
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davidkassa
uratbstdru (No comments, but a bonus for copying from the ING webside and copying the review to a completely inappropriate topic -- now gone)
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ilknurkeskin (No comments yet)
mtbiker99 (No comments yet, but the review was impressive, although now gone.)
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ingdirect (Well, at least his/her goal is clear!)
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goldie123
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tmmycat
bank_referral (see ingdirect above)
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rtrackstar (on probation)
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ingdollars (see ingdirect above)
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Since Epinions no longer allows you to pull up my reviews by category, I'm including a few pulldown lists (last updated 23 December 2009). Please let me know if there are any improvements I can make to this web page, as well. (** NEW ** means less than a month before the "last update" date above. ** UPDATE ** means updated (other than just to clean link formatting) less than a month before the "last update" date above.)
My mother died October 24, 2002. She died quickly, apparently of an aneurism.

My mother-in-law died April 30, 2006. She died, apparently in her sleep, from complications of pneumonia.