Monthly Archives: October 2008
Oct 31 2008
Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch
 

Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch

Google Earth is now available for both the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Beyond searching for cities, places, and businesses around the world, you can use auto-tilt to adjust your view and see 3D terrain, view geo-located Wikipedia articles and Panoramio photos, and use “My Location” to virtually fly to your current location. You can download it directly from the iTunes App Store.

http://mobile.google.com/apple/earth

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Oct 31 2008
#1 Source for Hip Hop Gear
 

IcedOutGear.com is the #1 Source for Hip Hop Gear! Iced Out Gear has got the Bling — Personalized LED Belt Buckles & Dog Tags, Icedout Crosses, Pendants, Chains, Pimp Cups, Shudder Shades, World Time Watches, and GRILLZ! They can even create Custom Jewelry Items! Everything is PRICED LOW, SHIPPED FAST and comes with a 100% MONEY BACK SATISFACTION GUARANTEE! See what Iced Out Gear’s got in the house!

Bling Bling!! Get FREE SHIPPING on any order at Iced Out Gear — no minimum! Enter FREESHIP at checkout. Expires 11/30/08.

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Oct 31 2008
Adding Search Muscle to Your Marketing in a Weak Economy
 

comScore

As the economy slows and budgets contract, how will you make every online marketing dollar work for you in 2009? This is a crucial webinar for smart marketers looking for answers as they plan for the first quarter and the remainder of 2009.

Join comScore and Reprise Media to discuss Adding Search Muscle to Your Marketing in a Weak Economy. Joshua Stylman and I will review the trends in search that will have a significant impact on your campaigns next year. Delving deeper, we will explore specific strategies that will help maximize your return on marketing efforts, including:

· How to amplify your other marketing efforts through an integrated paid search strategy

· How to put the competition’s marketing dollars to work for you via ad drafting

· How to use search data as a focus group to test key messages, markets and product features

This 1-hour webinar will be held on Thursday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m. PT.  Register by clicking on this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/601019454

I hope to see you on the webinar.

Sincerely,

Eli Goodman Search Evangelist |   comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR)

+1 (212) 497-1729 | egoodman@comscore.com

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Oct 31 2008
More notebook batteries from Sony recalled
 

The notebooks containing the recalled batteries were sold directly by the computer makers or through computer and electronics stores and Web retailers. The notebooks were sold for between $700 and $3, 000. Some of the batteries were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

In the United States, HP’s recall involves a total of 32,000 batteries in three notebooks, the HP Pavilion, models dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000; Compaq Presario, models v2000 and v2400; and the HP Compaq, models nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230, nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, and nx9600. The recalled batteries have a bar-code label starting with A0, L0, L1, and GC. HP has set up a Web site for customers to get instructions on replacing the batteries and has also listed a toll-free number, 800-889-2031.

Toshiba has recalled 3,000 batteries in two notebooks, the Satellite, models A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, and M50/M55; and the Tecra, models A3, A5, and S2. Toshiba also has a recall Web site and toll-free number, 800-457-7777.

Dell’s affected notebooks are the Latitude, model 110L, and Inspiron, models 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160. Dell also has set up a customer Web site and toll-free number, 866-342-0011.

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Oct 31 2008
Acapulco Restaurant Coupons – For real?
 

My experience is that Acapulco will honor the $2.99 or $3.99 discount. If not I would contact them and complain.

http://www.acapulcorestaurants.com/contactus.aspx

Headquarters:
5660 Katella Ave Ste 100
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: 562-346-1200
http://www.realmexfoods.com
REAL MEX FOODS DISTRIBUTION
7150 Village Dr.
Buena Park, CA 90621

Phone (714) 523-0031 Fax (714) 521-8674 or e-mail Info@realmexfoods.com

General Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Warehouse Operations: Monday through Sunday 5:00 am to 1:00 pm

REAL MEX FOODS MANUFACTURING
13013 E. Molette St.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Phone (562) 802-0770 Fax (562) 802-9924

General Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Next time I go I will ask about their policy regarding coupons.

This is the posted comment:

They never give the entree for 2.99. Rather they deduct 2.99 from entree price. Not right!!

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Oct 31 2008
Ropak Storage Hampers on Wheels, Large – $200
 

Ropak Storage Hampers on Wheels, Large – $200


Very large and sturdy collapsable storage hampers for moving all sorts of equipment around. Great for tours or conventions and general hauling of material.
Check out the video here:
How the Ropak Hamper expands
How the Ropak Hamper collapses
Size: 40″x48″
Color: Black
Codition: Like new.

Containers are perfect for:

• Appliance Components
• Automotive Components
• Chemicals
• Computers and Peripherals
• Industrial Equipment Components
• Industrial Supplies
• Plastics and Rubber
• Subassemblies
• Textiles
• Best Value in Bulk Containers

I have six(6) of these that I need to sell.

$200/each but will make a lot deal. Also if someone wants to rent them that would be possible as well.

Please call for pictures or additional details.

818.919.4264 or 562.945.1300

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Oct 31 2008
AT& T paperless billing and $25 at a great restaurant
 

Save time, trees and $25 at a great restaurant.
Just sign up for AT&T Paperless Billing and you’ll get a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate.* But hurry this offer ends November 15, 2008.

Switch to paperless billing and:

Get a $25 Restaurant.com Gift
Certificate

Reduce paper clutter, and help the environment

Improve record keeping by saving bills as PDFs

Even set up automatic payments, and then relax

Plus, it’s FREE!

Register for Account Manager to manage your AT&T account online, and choose to enroll in paperless billing. Or, if you’ve already registered for online Account Manager, just log in and choose to stop your paper bill. By enrolling in paperless billing, you’ll live greener and get a $25 gift certificate!

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Oct 31 2008
TelcoTV 2008
 

More info here:

http://www.lightreading.com/live/event_information.asp?event_id=28699

Entering its 7th year, TelcoTV is the telecom industry’s premier event for the exploration of a comprehensive entertainment convergence strategy. More than 3, 500 attendees, 175+ exhibitors, and 125+ expert speakers comprise the TelcoTV ecosystem. It’s a must-attend event for telecom carriers of any size, looking to investigate, implement, and manage a comprehensive entertainment convergence strategy.

TelcoTV 2008 will build on its rich legacy as the leading destination for broadband and entertainment convergence by offering:
* Compelling speakers and panelists who provide unmatched insight into the evolving TelcoTV landscape
* Expanded educational tracks covering MobileTV, NetVideo, The Consumer Experience, IOC Issues, Technology, and Differentiation Strategies
* The largest TelcoTV-focused exhibition hall in the U.S., featuring over 175 leading providers of broadband and entertainment solutions
* A dynamic networking marketplace for broadband service providers, entertainment executives, and TelcoTV solution provider.

TRACK OVERVIEW

TelcoTV will have six concurrent educational tracks. You must purchase the Standard TelcoTV Conference or VIP Pass, in order to attend the TelcoTV Educational Tracks. (Expo Pass and Workshop Only Pass Holders will not be admitted to the TelcoTV Educational Tracks.)

Understanding MobileTV
The MobileTV era has begun. Understanding its implications and opportunities on your converged entertainment strategy will be critical for long-term success. Topics in this track:

* Realities of 3-Screen Convergence
* Learn From the Pioneers – MobileTV Case Study Panel
* Is MobileTV in My Future?
* Battle of the Platforms: Which One Makes Sense for Me?
* Understanding MobileTV Consumer Expectation & Behavior
* Marketing MobileTV: Do Consumers Get it?

Making Sense of NetVideo
The explosion of Internet-delivered video will have profound implications on triple- and quad-play service providers. Exploring the growing NetVideo ecosystem will be paramount for service providers of all sizes and types. Topics in this track:

* Converging Pay TV & NetVideo: How, Why & When?
* Pull Back the Curtains: The NetVideo Players
* Quality of Service: The Service Provider Trump Card
* Building Bridges: Strengthening Service Provider & Content Partnerships
* Business Model – What Business Model?
* What’s Hot? What Are Consumers Watching & Why?

The Independent View
Independent telcos are the telecom industry pioneers in triple play and IPTV deployments. Independents have unique issues and requirements relative to their converged entertainment strategy. Topics in this track:

* Is IPTV the Answer?
* Middleware Strategies
* Overcoming the Scale Challenge
* Realities of Convergence for Small Carriers
* The End Game: What’s My Long-Term Entertainment Strategy?
* Content Options: Seeing the Whole Picture

The Consumer Experience
At the end of the day, consumers will gravitate to the converged entertainment experience that provides them the right combination of features, content, interactivity, and value. Building that right experience is no trivial task. Service providers will be challenged to understand and implement the right mix of experience “ingredients” to build a sustainable value proposition with current and prospective customers. Topics in this track:

* Beyond Caller ID on the TV: Next-Generation Communications Convergence
* The Role of Mashups: Are They in My Future?
* Integrating the Social Network Experience: Fad or Reality?
* The Winning Content Experience: What Is It and How Do I Build It?
* The New Network Edge – The Home Network
* Putting Time & Place Shifting into Context: Understanding Consumer Viewing Behavior

Evolve With Technology
Converged entertainment platforms are complex and sophisticated. They evolve quickly, and service providers are challenged with ensuring their technology strategies keep pace. Topics in this track:

* Evolving Cable Landscape: Understanding DOCSIS 3.0 & Tru2Way
* Digital TV Transition: What Does It Mean to Me?
* Set-Top Box Evolution: Gateway to the Home?
* Avoiding Gridlock: Are Content Delivery Networks up to the Challenge?
* IPTV: Its More about TV than IP
* Service Quality: Strategies for Getting It Right

Dare to Be Different
Avoiding the “me too” trap with your entertainment strategy is easier said than done. Succeeding at building and implementing a successful differentiation strategy will take a concerted and determined effort. Topics in this track:

* Marketing the Entertainment Experience: We’re Well Beyond Voicemail & Call Waiting
* Avoiding the Low-Cost Provider Trap: Building the Right Pricing Strategy
* Embracing the On-Demand Generation: Strategies for Success
* Leveraging FTTH: How to Differentiate My Superior Network in the Marketplace
* Bundle of Joy: Developing a Winning Bundling Strategy
* Beyond Traditional Content: Leveraging Alternative Content Options

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Oct 31 2008
Opportunity Green Conference
 

Opportunity Green Conference!

Opportunity Green is a convergence of the prime movers & shakers and the up & coming innovators driving today’s new green economy.

Rub elbows with 500 of the best and brightest thought leaders: entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and designers focused on building sustainable enterprises.

Speakers include:

Rick Ridgeway, VP Environmental Programs & Communications, Patagonia
Lorrie Vogel, General Manager, Nike Considered Products
Rand Waddoups, Sr. Director of Corporate Strategy & Sustainability, Walmart
Michael Besancon, President, Southern Pacific Region, Whole Foods
Michela O’Connor Abrams, Publisher/President Dwell
Adeo Ressi, Trustee, X Prize Foundation; Founding Member, The Funded
Zem Joaquin, Founder/Editor in Chief, EcoFabulous
Josh Dorfman, Author/Producer/Host of ‘The Lazy Environmentalist’
Joshua Onysko, Founder/CEO, Pangea Organics
Marc Alt , President, Marc Alt & Associates; Co-Chair, AIGA Center for Sustainable Design; Advisory Board Member, The Designer Accords
Alissa Walker, Founder, Gelato Baby
Andy Funk, Managing Director, Funk Ventures

Continue to network at Being Green + Being Profitable (open-bar) After-Party!

For more info: Karen Solomon 310-709-6952 karen@opportunitygreeninc.com

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Oct 31 2008
thinkLA Luncheon: “Selling Luxury in Today’s Economy”
 

thinkLA Luncheon
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

“Selling Luxury in Today’s Economy”
and how Lexus plans to go to market…


Proudly presents:
Steve Jett, National Marketing Communications Manager,
Lexus Division

Registration Deadline is on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Register Now

Date:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Time:
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location:
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Pricing:
Registration closes on 10/31/08 at 5:00 PM PDT.
Members: $85
Non-members: $120
Member Table of 10: $800
Non-member Table of 10: $1150

Registration:
Register Now

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Oct 31 2008
ClearContext on WorkFast.com
 

CEO Deva Hazarika was on with Robert Scoble discussing ClearContext. SAP was the sponsor.

See the show here:

http://www.fastcompany.tv

Here’s the text from the Workfast.tv site.

ClearContext is a software company that makes email more useful. Here founder and CEO, Deva Hazarika, talks to us about why email is so hated inside corporations and how people can dramatically make it easier to deal with.
Join in a live video chat after the show at http://kyte.tv/workfasttv

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Oct 30 2008
AFI Digital Content Lab
 

AFI Digital Content Lab

The AFI Digital Content Lab is the premiere R&D incubator for new forms of digital entertainment. Launched 10 years ago, the Lab has generated more than 80 prototypes that consistently set a standard for innovation, excellence, and real-world viability. These prototypes are conceived and built by teams of working professionals who volunteer for new media productions that run three to six months.

For more information on the Lab, see www.afi.com/dcl

For a list of Lab projects, see www.afi.com/education/dcl/roster

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Oct 30 2008
John Daly Interview While Playing Golf — No Shirt Or Shoes
 

PGA golfer John Daly is interviewed while he plays a round of golf at Murder Rock Golf Club in Branson, Missouri. Shirtless and shoeless, with a cigarette in his mouth, of course. Classic Big John.

Appearance with John’s playing partner for the day, country singer Johnny Lee, at the end of the video.

Definitely one person I did not want to see topless.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6HXfA__e14&hl=en&fs=1]

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Oct 30 2008
Amy Ziff Editor at Large for Travelocity
 

Amy Ziff Editor at Large for Travelocity

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Oct 30 2008
OriginOil to Speak at the Latino Caucus Foundation Economic Development Forum
 

OriginOil to Speak at the Latino Caucus Foundation Economic Development Forum

CEO Riggs Eckelberry is the Featured Presenter On Economic Building Blocks Panel at EconDev –

Los Angeles, CA–October 30, 2008–OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that OriginOil CEO, Riggs Eckelberry, will represent OriginOil at EconDev, the Latino Caucus Foundation Economic Development Forum, to be held on November 6 and 7 in San Francisco.

Mr. Eckelberry will serve on the first panel of the Forum, entitled “Economic Building Blocks: Water, Transportation, Energy”. The panel is scheduled for 8:30-9:45 AM, Friday morning, November 7 and Mr. Eckelberry’s focus will be oil and energy – seen through futurist eyes.

CEO Riggs Eckelberry commented, “I’m honored and keenly looking forward to serving on this panel. The Latino Caucus is at the forefront of efforts to reorient the California economy toward industries and technologies of the future. I expect to take back plenty of guidance on OriginOil’s road to market.”
The theme of the forum is “Turning Crisis into Opportunity: Reinvigorating California’s Economic Climate”. The Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation states, “In this summit we will bring together Members of the Legislature and key economic development leaders from around the state to engage in serious dialogue and come away with significant public policy initiatives for our state and its people.” Attendees will include members of the California Legislature, legislative staff, representatives of California administrative departments, leaders of the business community, academics, elected officials, and interested public.


Assemblymember Joe Coto chairs the California State Latino Legislative Caucus. The vice chairman is Senator Gil Cedillo. Caucus members include Senators Ron S. Calderon, Lou Correa, Denise Moreno Ducheny, Dean Florez, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Jenny Oropeza, Alex Padilla and Gloria Romero; and Assemblymembers Juan Arambula, Anna Caballero, Charles, Calderson, Hector De La Torre, Kevin De León, Felipe Fuentes, Ed Hernandez, Tony Mendoza, Pedro Nava, Fabian Núñez, Nicole Parra, Mary Salas, Lori Saldaña, Jose Solorio, Nell Soto and Alberto Torrico.

About OriginOil, Inc.

OriginOil, Inc. is developing a breakthrough technology that will transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum. Much of the world’s oil and gas is made up of ancient algae deposits. Today, our technology will produce “new oil” from algae, through a cost-effective, high-speed manufacturing process. This endless supply of new oil can be used for many products such as diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, plastics and solvents without the global warming effects of petroleum. Other oil producing feedstock such as corn and sugarcane often destroy vital farmlands and rainforests, disrupt global food supplies and create new environmental problems. Our unique technology, based on algae, is targeted at fundamentally changing our source of oil without disrupting the environment or food supplies. To learn more about OriginOil™, please visit our website at www.originoil.com.

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Oct 29 2008
CNET reports Courtney Holt to MySpace Music
 

MySpace has offered MTV Networks’ EVP Digital Music and Media Courtney Holt the CEO job at the newly launched MySpace Music, CNET reports.

More details to follow.

Here’s the link to CNET:

TechCrunch is also reported the news

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Oct 29 2008
Palin effigy sparks controversy
 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3vVW-4cLkk&hl=en&fs=1]

Palin effigy sparks controversy

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Oct 29 2008
hp Refurbished Desktops
 

Get Refurbished Desktops for as low as $299.99
Get Refurbished Desktops for as low as $299.99!

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Oct 29 2008
HP Mini 1000
 
HP Mini 1000

AVAILABLE NOW!

HP Mini 1000

Buy now

The perfect companion PC with the flexibility of Windows XP. Reliable and efficient so you can stay connected without missing a beat.

  • Integrated wireless technology helps you get online easily and often from just about anywhere
  • View websites and photos clearly on both the 8.9” or 10.2” displays
  • Travel light with the ultra-mobile design – only 1” thin, starting at just 2.25 lbs
  • Work and play comfortably on the near-full size keyboard (92% of full size)
  • Ideal for email, IM and chatting face-to-face with built-in HP Mini Webcam
  • Snap an HP Mobile Mini USB drive into recessed port to add storage

Starting at just $39999

HP Mini 1000 series

The HP Mini 1000 is the perfect on-the-go companion for the ultra-mobile consumer. Stay connected with more people, in more places. Our HP Mini is available with an 8.9″ or 10.2″ diagonal display, weighs only 2.25 lb., and has a nearly full sized keyboard. Personal computing just got a whole lot smaller.
Genuine Windows XP
Get things done, stay connected, and enjoy entertainment in a protected environment with genuine Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3. ††
Stay connected
Bring the Web and your favorite content to your fingertips, and connect with more people in more places while you’re on the go1. With our Mini 1000 you’ll get:

* Easy access to information, communication, and entertainment via the Internet
* Your favorite digital music and photos close at hand
* Communication and social networking via built-in webcam/microphone, 802.11bg WAN
* Simple, affordable Web access via Intel’s new Atom processor
* Up to 1GB of system memory
* Scalability and flexibility via hard drive options—8GB or 16GB SSD, or 60GB HDD§
* Integrated high-definition audio
* Bluetooth (optional)
* Up to 8GB of extra storage via the HP Mini Mobile Drive accessory, which is housed within the HP Mini

HP webcam
Easy to use
Organize your life and get more done with the Mini’s comfortable, nearly full size keyboard. You can:

* Surf the Internet1 without eye strain on the spacious 8.9″ diagonal widescreen, or upgrade to a 10.2″ diagonal, edge-to-edge BrightView Infinity display
* Send e-mail and instant messages with the nearly full sized keyboard (92% of standard size)1
* Easily transfer data to and from other devices via two USB ports

92% of standard size keyboard

Sleek, ultra-lightweight design
This compact device is so small that you can carry it in your briefcase or bag, or even just in your hand. The Mini 1000 Netbook is:

* Stylish and alluring, with our rich, onyx-toned “Swirl” Imprint design
* Super slim and lightweight—just 2.25 lb. to start
* Less than an inch thick
* ENERGY STAR® qualified and shipped in environmentally friendly packaging

Quality warranty, software, and support
The HP Mini 1000 is backed by a one-year hardware warranty. In addition, we test and qualify all software sold for a trouble-free experience. You get:

* Microsoft Works 9
* Windows Internet Explorer 7
* Windows Media Player 11

1. Internet access required and not included.

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Oct 29 2008
Steve Bass’s Weekly Newsletter
 

TechBite

TechBite Technology



October 29, 2008

Steve BassSteve Bass’s Weekly Newsletter



TechBite’s columnist Steve Bass
writes weekly commentary on the technology products he loves, the strategies for getting the most out of them, and the gotchas that can cause computing misery.

The Bass Backstory

Hey, I’m Back!

Man, this feels good — really really good. I’ve got my own newsletter now, and it’s absolutely, 100 percent mine. I can say what I want, how I want, and I don’t have to look over my shoulder. Well, almost. I still have an editor.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In case you were wondering, this isn’t my technology newsletter. I’ll send that later today. I wanted to start by giving you — folks who have known me since the late 80s, readers following me in PC World, and those of you just discovering me — a little background.

I also want to forewarn you about all the things that might not go well with the first few newsletters — like looking weird in your inbox and how it might be blocked by your ISP, and what you can do about it. Because, despite it all, you know how things don’t always go well in computing…

I’d better warn you, too, that this “Hello, I’m Steve Bass” newsletter is longer than long; I appreciate your reading it.

Hello! My Name Is Steve Bass

I started with computers in 1982 when I bought an IBM from the now-defunct Computerland. When I asked them for support; they said “Don’t use it in the shower.” Great advice, so the following day I founded the Pasadena IBM Users Group. It started with 12 people, and over the years grew into a 2400-member organization; I ran it, czar-style, for over 24 years. I also cofounded the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG), a nationwide organization serving user groups.

At the same time, I was a licensed psychotherapist, had a small clinic, and started PCG Seminars, a training company for mental health professionals. In 1988, I wrote a guest piece for PC World. I didn’t think about it again until an editor called and asked if I’d write a monthly column. So for almost 20 years I wrote Hassle-Free PC (first it was Taking It Home, then Home Office), the Tips & Tweaks newsletter, and a blog, as well as loads of feature articles. Along the line I had two newspaper columns, plus stories in Forbes, Family Circle, Working Woman, and a handful of other pubs.

A few years ago I wrote PC Annoyances, a popular O’Reilly book that to date has solved over 900,678,411 computing problems. (No, really–I found that stat somewhere on the Internet.) The book is still in print. To save you asking, it doesn’t cover Vista (ha!), or Vista for Macs (double ha!), and I’m not doing a new book.

What I’ll Cover in the Newsletter

I write about technology, including computers, software and hardware; avoiding computing annoyances and preventing hassles; troubleshooting problems and talking about work-arounds.

My attitude is straightforward: I believe that most computing troubles you encounter aren’t your fault. They’re caused by dopey marketing people who promise too much and off-the-mark product managers who don’t have the user in mind. My job is to kvetch and then tell you how to avoid their dopiness–or if it’s too late, deal with it.

Don’t be surprised, though, when you see a piece about consumer stuff — like secrets that car salesmen don’t want you know about, an insider’s expose about buying a mattress, or why it’s easier to change the transmission in your car than to stop receiving junk faxes.

What the Newsletter Will Look Like

As I created the newsletter, I realized there were dozens of small things that made a difference in what it would look like. For instance, I prefer narrow columns; I think they’re easier to read. So we centered and narrowed the text in the HTML version. (We also have a preferences page if you want to switch to plan text.)

I struggled with how to handle hyperlinks. If a newsletter comes from someone I trust, I’m okay having the links embedded, like this: Watch this squirrel video or this one of a spinning squirrel getting nailed. On the other hand, some people prefer seeing the URLs only.

http://www.pibmug.com/files/watchthemfly.mpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLiasdJeoo

Showing the URLs, though, means exposing you to long links that break in odd places. My plan is to embed links and also embed YouTube videos. You can watch them right from the newsletter, saving you a trip to your browser. Like this:

Of course the length of the newsletter is a hairy problem. If it’s too long, you may not finish it–or worse, you’ll do what I do and stop reading the newsletter. (My friend Brian’s newsletters have terrific information, but they’re just too long for my taste; they stack up in my e-mail’s newsletter folder and most never get opened.)

If the newsletter’s too short, though, I won’t be able to say everything I need to, including those essential time wasters, and you might feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth. (Wait, this is a freebie, right? Okay, never mind.)

You may find some newsletter topics to be way over your head. No sweat, just ignore it and wait for my next missive. (What, you don’t find spending a day tweaking your Registry fun?) At the same time, advanced users may roll their eyes when I spend time describing what the “AnyKey” is. Hang in there and have fun with the time wasters until I get to issues that focus on your needs.

Critically important AnyKey

My plan is to keep each issue somewhere between 750 and 1000 words, depending on the topic. If after a while you’re in your Goldilocks mode, drop me a note and tell me what feels just right. My inbox is always available to you.

Tech Edits And My Copy Editor

I have people standing alongside me as I do this newsletter, experts who’ve agreed to make sure I get everything right.

Carey Holzman, author of The Healthy PC and co-host of Computer America is making sure I’m technically correct. My friend Rod Ream, a trouble-shooting genius, also agreed to keep me on technical track.

My copy editor will make sure I don’t say “pubic,” when I mean “public.” (It really happened; everyone, except me and the copyeditor caught it.) We don’t see eye-to-eye on everything, and while most of her questions and editing requests are reasonable, some are so dizzying, I can only laugh out loud. No doubt you’ll hear about some of them.

One other thing: As you can see, this entire newsletter is in your inbox. I was very unhappy when PC World decided to send an e-mail with an online link. It was a squirrelly bean-counter decision and was supposed to increase page views. It might have, but I lost an intimate connection to readers.



Bouncing Newsletters: The Bane of the Business

Your ISP — the company you get your Internet and e-mail service from — may think this newsletter’s spam. (LOL — maybe you do, too…)

It’s no surprise that every ISP wants to guard its customers from spam. Sometimes ISPs are overly zealous, and that’s probably a good thing. It happened to me: Every time someone subscribed to the newsletter and left a comment, I received an e-mail from TechBite’s servers. After 400 of these e-mails, EarthLink got its knickers in a twist, decided TechBite was a spammer, and added it to a blacklist–sort of protecting me from myself.

I know, you’re reading this newsletter, so you weren’t blocked. This time, yes, but the next newsletter may face the dreaded black list.

The proactive solution: Take a second, find your ISP in our handy How To Whitelist TechBite in your Spam Filter ditty, and white list yourself.

Problems or questions? Don’t hesitate — drop me a line.

Okay, now for the juicy gossip you’ve all been waiting for…

PC World? It Was Nice Knowing Ya

Many of you learned about me from my PC World columns and the Tips & Tweaks newsletter. Just as many are curious and want to hear the inside skinny, and maybe something scandalous.

So I’ll give you the short story — and then I’ll put it to rest. (If you’ve heard this before, hit your handy Page Down key.)

In mid-August, PC World laid off its three highest-paid writers, those of us with print columns. That meant me, Steve Manes, and the very funny Dan Tynan. There were other staff layoffs, too, and those weren’t the first round of cuts.

As an independent guy, almost always self-employed, I can’t complain. I knew what I was in for.

After some back and forth about PCW’s proposal to take my blog and use it again in print — in magazine parlance, repurposing — without extra pay, I said enough. Of course, they said that they said enough first. I thought I was taken advantage of and they thought I was making too much of a fuss.

Either way, it was enough for both of us and at noon on September 12, my formal relationship with PC World ended.

I wasn’t happy with the way they handled it; nor was I pleased not to be able to write a good-bye note in the print column. I mean, 20 years… really.

But wait, there’s news: At press time (I love that phrase), I got a call from PC World‘s new editorial director, Steve Fox, a friend and vet of PC World’s methodology (or should I say shenanigans). He said he received hundreds of angry e-mails [wink] and asked if I’d stay on the masthead as contributing editor and write an occasional feature. I agreed. As they say, sometimes you do what you have to do.

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