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June 28, 2009

Heading off cash flow challenges.

Filed under: Uncategorized — teddytowncrier @ 11:37 am

I know no-one here ever encounters any cash flow challenges but as the Christian thing to do this fine Sunday morning …. You may wish to pass this along.

A couple of cash handling tips I’ve discovered …..

An acquaintance posted on Twitter how she was treated badly by a staffer at one of the national electronics stores. She was so ticked that she blabbed about the experience on twitter and named names.

Her plan now seems to be …. Create a web page describing her experience and show it to the store manager and ask for his comment before blasting the announcement to a couple of million on Twitter. …. If he has any moxie; He’ll turn this unfortunate incident into a positive and make sure her post is favourable to his corporation. … (A $100 gift certificate sounds about right).

Item No2. … MythBuster’s Adam Savage uses Twitter to help nuke $11,000 phone bill More Compliments of @tfollowers

Item No3. The ins & outs of using credit cards to your advantage More. Compliments of @calreg See also this recent Towncrier blog post.


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June 25, 2009

Today’s story about bad customer service from Magicjack.

Filed under: Uncategorized — teddytowncrier @ 12:29 pm

Today’s story about Magicjack and my phone lines.

Magicjack’s customer service stinks.

Canada is a prosperous market about the population of California and a burden we Canadians frequently have to bear is that many US suppliers simply choose to ignore this market or at best; Pay us minimal lip service.

I’d been using a purchased Magicjack unit (with a US Telephone number) for a year, in order to objectively test it before recommending it in my book on How to fire your phone company.

I choose to pay with PayPal and while Magicjack US do not accept this payment method. (Magicjack Canada does) they refer customers to a Paypal add-on that will facilitate payment …. Guess what? … Not available in Canada.

My interim report:    The product is adequate but the help files are scanty and the customer service is the saddest I’ve ever encountered.    Dealing with the old Ma Bell was a Sunday school picnic compared to getting help from Magicjack.

Fortunately; I’ve a couple of solid, freebie US numbers plus a Canadian number that I’ve re-routed to
ring on my computer (Or Laptop). ….. and since I use a Communications Portal which is accessed from every page … I only have to change one telephone number

What really twists my knickers is that I’m a geek and often make things do ten times more that they were intended to but am also a lover rather than a fighter and I’ll be letting Magicjack win. (and also relating my experiences to a 20-30,000 folks).

Sad part is that if they had treated me well …. I’d have blabbed about that, too.


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June 22, 2009

Major players are increasing video ads budget while slashing conventional ads.

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Imagine you’re watching an interactive movie in which the heroine arrives in a “greener” car and a message pops up inviting you to click and explore this cute car.

As you’re watching the short clip showcasing this car, additional pop-ups arrive on the screen inviting you to explore the engine and transmission options, interiors, trim and financing options.

When this showcase is over and you return to the movie. …. The value of this particular automobile will be solidly embedded in the viewers’ memory along with the subtle psychological motivators in the clip.    A memorable experience amplified whenever our viewer sees any mention of that featured automobile!

Embedding showcases for people, places and things in a movie is not a new concept but it is one being increasingly embraced by some serious, savvy players who, while perhaps are shrinking conventional ad budgets are increasing budgets for video presentations.

Writer Kenneth Hein goes much deeper into the who, what, where, how and why in his fascinating article in June 20-09 Brandweek. Including who was the top shopped automaker online for the month of April.   It’s all here folks

Video can tell your story …. Interactive video builds a thousand dreams.


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June 21, 2009

Want to work here? Hand over your IDs and Passwords.

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Our rights are increasingly, being gobbled up at a feverish rate and if we remain apathetic will continue to be regarded only as revenue producing units, ground to dust between the wheels of governments and big corporations.

Now the idea of requiring Login IDs and passwords to accompany job applications, has been floated.

Canadians also need to be aware of the pounding our rights are taking.    This Winnipeg publisher estimates the government spent $500,000 to pursue a human rights complaint against him.    Interview with Michael Coren … Click Here.

I could have just posted a link to the U.S. article referenced here and let it go at that but in case you wanted to take some action;    I’ve also included access to listings of your elected representatives for you.

Want to work here? Hand over your IDs and Passwords. Article Here

Senators … Click here.

Representatives … Click Here.

Governors … Click Here.


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June 20, 2009

Enough Work for to-day. I might buy you a drink

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Dating in the cyber age

Dating in the cyber age


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June 13, 2009

Sticking it to the man, again.

Filed under: Uncategorized — teddytowncrier @ 11:55 pm


As you may already know … I have 5 phone numbers in 3 countries plus fax line and cell phone and my phone bill is running around $15/Mth and it’s all legal.   More

My alarm system, scares the pants of intruders, sends me an alert and a picture whenever anyone enters my premises and that’s another $30/Mth I’m saving.

Today I scored another coup. … This time for my TV service.

Many of the Digital TV channels we view on Cable or via Satellite are available over the air and with the arrival of Digital TV the analog channels were disappearing and my TV selection was becoming pathetically small.

The options were: Buy a shotgun and send these life stealers into the next county,  Shell out serious money for a digital TV.    OR;   Plonk down what amounts to dinner for two for one of those black boxes and get them all back.  (Our U.S. cousins can get a $40 coupon to help with the purchase).

Today: I bit the bullet and purchased one of those set top boxes which was promply hooked up to an existing antenna and am delighted to report that I now have an adequate selection of life wasters including the public channels.

Overjoyed to be saving $150/Mth ….. Between my TV, Phone and security system (AKA Granny Watcher). That’s almost $2,000/Yr I’m keeping in my pocket.

I just love saving money and when I’m “Sticking it to the man” …. It’s even sweeter.

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Update on Set Top Digital TV Converter

Filed under: Uncategorized — teddytowncrier @ 10:46 am


Having a couple of days using my new Digital TV signal converter to grab the over the air (OTA) digital TV signals I can reflect on whether it was a good investment.

Overall …. I’m happy with the result although the functionality is not exactly “Silky smooth”.

For example …. The new TV converter seems to overlook a couple of stations which were available previously and I have to use it’s zapper to turn it off and use the old zapper and my TV set’s tuner to tune in those stations.

Another minor annoyance is that a couple of Digital Station’s signals are occasioally pixellated.

Now understand that even though I have a decent $35, amplified antenna ; It’s far from a fancy schmancy unit and a better one may deliver better results.

Bottom Line? …. It was a good buy! …. The $750/Yr savings come in handy at Christmas.

See also … I just love to sticking it to The Man. … Today it was the Cable Co’s turn. Click Here.


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June 7, 2009

Using a thumbdrive for flexibility and peace of mind.

The magic of the thumb drive.

Carry your favorite programs and sensitive data safely in your pocket.

When it’s time to work with the confidence that nothing is left behind. A Pen Drive may be your solution.

IBM introduced thumb drives in 1998, as a solution for replacing the less stable floppy disks. Their use caught on quickly, and as portable data storage has become more of an issue, thumb drives or flash drives skyrocketed in popularity. They can now be seen hanging on lanyards around the necks of computer users everywhere.

This small (About the size of a man’s thumb), portable memory storage can be used to run applications, store pictures and even music They are re-writeable and unlike RAM, holds its memory without a power supply and will fit into any USB port on Windows and Mac machines. Being Hot-Swappable means a user can plug the drive into a computer and will not have to restart it to access the thumb drive. They are very stable memory storage devices.

Their lack of compatibility with Windows 98 can be seen as a dawback, since so many users are still running this operating system. However, most thumb drives come equipped with software that will install a Win98 driver on the computer, enabling the user to connect a thumb drive. Installing the software takes about 60 seconds.

Since my support group is scattered across the world …. I have added both conventional telephone and Skype to my thumb drive in addition to a few Instant Messengers.

Warning to supervisors and administrators.
Thumb drives also pose security threats, since they are easily concealed and can be used to run unauthorized applications without leaving any history on the host machine. Users could copy proprietary information to them, or upload unauthorized software from them, all undetected by the system administrator.

However, on the plus side; System administrators can also upload anti-virus software to an infected computer from a thumb drive, for instance, without risking the system servers. Their write speeds and read speeds only really come into play when users are running large applications from them. When the user is saving text documents or photos, for instance, these speeds are not nearly as important. Most thumb drives also have millions of re-write cycles and will store data for ten years before they need replacing.

These drives are available in storage sizes of up to 8 gigabytes. However; Most people will find that sizes of 256 megabytes to 1 gigabyte will do nicely. If you are storing mostly text, with few images, then a smaller thumb drive may be adequate.

Web developers are particularly fond of thumb drives since ideas can be demonstrated in a client’s office without the risk of leaving any tracks behind for later review and possible theft of the idea.

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