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An Open Letter to My Senators and Congressmen And All Others Who Say “I support the Second Amendment but….”

Guns save lives. Support the Second Amendment. 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,… Continue reading »

Protect Your Facebook Privacy the Right Way

Facebook privacy hoax alert! 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.… Continue reading »

If You Want Me to Buy From You Again, Don’t Spam Me!

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 »

Setting Free The Bears

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 »

Earthlink Pisses Off a Long-Time Customer

I've had an Earthlink dial-up account since 1999. My email addresses were @mindspring, from back before Earthlink bought them out. For a long time, my dial-up service was my only means of getting online; there was no high-speed internet where I live. I got satellite internet back in around 2003, but the satellite connection was unreliable — especially all summer long here in Florida, where our daily thunderstorm activity was guaranteed to knock out my satellite internet connection. So I needed dial-up as a backup, which I used frequently. Then a few years ago, DSL came to my neighborhood, and… Continue reading »


Launchpad Kills Muscle Memory

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 »

West Marine Destroys Their Own Datafeed

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 »

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China Is Not Your Poodle

eBay is pinning its hopes for 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 Says: Share on Facebook, But Don’t Let ‘Em Buy

eBay Makes New Rule For Facebook Sharing 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… Continue reading »

ePN’s Funky Calendar

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 »

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