An Open Letter to My Senators and Congressmen And All Others Who Say “I support the Second Amendment but….”
I implore you to truly support the Second Amendment by voting AGAINST any new “assault weapon ban,” magazine limits or universal background checks.
On so-called “assault weapons” and magazine limits, the federal government’s own research has found no conclusive evidence that the AWB of ’94 had any effect on violent crime rates.
Further, the dishonesty inherent in the ’94 AWB as well as current proposals for a new “assault weapon ban” rely on confusion and deception by attempting to convince Americans that the firearms to be restricted or prohibited are actually assault rifles, which they most assuredly are not, or… Continue reading »
A Facebook friend of mine — who happens to be a real-life friend, we grew up together, and he was the first boy I ever kissed — recently posted a warning on Facebook about protecting your privacy.
It read like this:
Hello, my FB friends:
Just a reminder and thanks if you have already…… I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. However, with the recent changes in FB, the “public” can now see activities in ANY wall. This happens when our friend hits “like” or “comment” ~ automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change… Continue reading »
I did all my Christmas shopping online, and I’m done. Completely done. I have no intention of setting foot inside any retail establishment (other than the grocery store) until after the holidays.
But now I’m getting spammed. Too many websites where I shopped automatically put me on their spam list without asking me, and have been sending me emails daily about their latest specials, new arrivals, hot products, etc.
Look, I engaged in a business transaction with you. I paid you money, you sent me my merchandise. That’s it; the transaction is over. I do not want to be your… Continue reading »
Are Hannes Graff and Siggy Javotnik running around Zanesville, Ohio, this week?
In 1968, John Irving’s first novel, Setting Free The Bears, was released. It was about two new friends, Siggy and Graff, traveling on a grand motorcycle tour across Austria on their way to Vienna, with the ultimate goal of liberating all the animals from the Vienna Zoo.
Siggy dies on the trip, after crashing into a truck full of bee hives and being stung to death. But Graff carries on with Siggy’s scheme to free the zoo animals. I haven’t read the novel in years, but if I… Continue reading »
I’ve been using Launchpad for a couple of months now, and it took me a while to figure out why Launchpad is so difficult to use as an application launcher.
It turns out that after I spent all that time initially dragging apps around in Launchpad and getting them arranged in way that suited me, Launchpad on its own moves apps around within the Launchpad screen.
What happens is, I drag a particular app to the first spot in the third row in Launchpad. I use Launchpad a few times to launch that app. My mouse hand developed muscle memory… Continue reading »
So…. I make money from affiliate marketing. That means, basically, that I help people who are looking to buy stuff find what they need, and the merchant they buy from pays me a small cut of the revenue from the sale.
One of my favorite things to do in my affiliate marketing efforts is to use datafeeds from the merchants that I’m affiliated with. I get a download of their product catalog daily, or once a week, and I can pull appropriate products from the catalog to display to my site visitors.
Merchants are all over the board in terms… Continue reading »
Overheard at WebmasterWorld, in a discussion about Google’s new Google+ Facebook-wannabe social network and Google’s insistence on people registering with their real names:
If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.
I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but it’s absolutely true! That’s not anything to panic over, necessarily, but when you’re using free services or free products, be aware that they’re making money off of it somehow.
If the money isn’t coming out of your pocket, then it’s coming out of someone else’s pocket. What they’re paying for is your eyeballs… Continue reading »
eBay & PayPal
eBay is pinning its hopes for ebay.com sales on Chinese sellers. eBay has stated that it expects sales from large exporters in China to grow 30 to 40 percent annually. In efforts to firm up this expected growth, the online auction house is dedicating teams of staffers to provide customer support to sellers in China, and is also opening fulfillment centers in the U.S. to handle product inventories from sellers in China.
eBay has even struck a special deal with the U.S Postal Service and China Post to help sellers in China send packages faster and at a lower cost… Continue reading »
eBay has added a new feature for sellers: A seller can choose to have their listed items shared on their Facebook newsfeed. There’s no charge for this service, and once a seller opts in to sharing, all of their listings from that point forward will be shared automatically.
There’s a “gotcha,” though. eBay says that your Facebook friends aren’t allowed to bid on your auction-style listings; they’re only allowed to use Buy-It-Now (BIN). Here’s the quote from eBay’s help page on sharing:
All selling formats are supported for sharing listings. However, if you want your online friends to buy your… Continue reading »
The eBay Partner Network must have a funky calendar. Besides their chronic lateness, they don’t seem to have a handle on dates the way normal people do.
There was a reporting delay (among other glitches) last month. They posted a message in our eBay Partner Network dashboard telling us that they would report our earnings on June 31. Problem is, there is no June 31. There’s never a June 31.
Then this week there was another delay. They posted a message on eBay’s ePN forum, stating that they would get our earnings posted on July 21nd.
This might be worth… Continue reading »