SERVICE: KODAKGALLERY days are numbered

http://www.macworld.com/article/1166562/shutterfly_only_bidder_for_kodak_gallery_customer_accounts.html#lsrc.rss_main

Shutterfly only bidder for Kodak Gallery customer accounts
by John Ribeiro, IDG News Service Apr 26, 2012 10:00 am

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Online photo service Shutterfly has emerged as the only bidder for the customer accounts and images of Kodak Gallery online photo services business, the companies said Wednesday.

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Only last year, I urged folks to get their backup in order. 

The times are a changin’!

KodakGallery is on life support.

And, that’s the part of “put everything in the cloud” that people forget.

This is the last month for folks use Apple’s IWEB to publish web pages. 

Don’t be a sucker. Stick to open standards and non-proprietary software like what you get from Apple and Microsoft.

Don’t be lured to the “Dark Side”.

Like the Gooferment, NO ONE is here to HELP YOU!

Apple, Microsoft, and all the ISPs want to lock you in.

No matter how cheap and easy it is to start, it’s always painful at the end.

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SERVICE: SkyDrive free storage space

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/take-advantage-of-limited-time-skydrive-loyalty-offer-from-microsoft/6049?tag=nl.e064

Microsoft Windows
Take advantage of limited time SkyDrive loyalty offer from Microsoft
By Mark Kaelin April 24, 2012, 8:31 AM PDT

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Takeaway: Get a free SkyDrive upgrade to 25GB just by clicking the right link, but don’t wait too long.

This story has been showing up all over my social media streams and on several of the websites I track, but I could not leave the news to chance when it comes to readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog. Whether you use Microsoft’s SkyDrive on a regular basis or just occasionally, you still have a limited time to upgrade your account to allow access to more free storage space.

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I grabbed mine. You?

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NOTRECOMMENDED: Google’s GDRIVE while live; when uninstalled leaves a mess. NOT GA; use only if you’re on the “bleeding edge”!

Looks interesting as a DROPBOX competitor.

I can’t tell if it uses real hard drive space. (It must.) 

So it’s behind DROPBOX. (You can tell DROPBOX that you don’t want a local copy.)

Also, it copies to the local drive all the docs on the GOOGLE_DOC account. (I don’t want them all on local. That’s why I put them up on GOOGLE in the first place Argh!)

Jury is still out!

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GDRIVE puts down a “footprint” on your machine. I don’t know what all that crud it but in my case it’s two or three GIG!

Even uninstalling with APPCLEANER doesn’t remove the “footprints” (i.e., at least two directories with big files). One of which is PICASSA related if your believe the directory names.

I’d classify this as alpha software and leaving it the “bleeding edge” folks until it gets more exposure and “testing”. 

It’s imho NOT ready for prime time use.

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SERVICE: Apple APPSTORE continues to befuddle me

Apple store asked for another reset after taking #2 to download epson ipad print (free) app. That app works beautifully. Unlike the APPSTORE app.

This is my THIRD password reset. I know I know it.

Interesting I went “up” to the APPSTORE for the free IPAD Epson utility. It challenged me for my password, I gave it, and it started to download. So, i thought: “Hey, stuff working. Let me update the 18 apps that I couldn’t do last time”. Silly rabbit.

It tells me I’ve forgotten the password I just used successfully.

Argh!

So I go thru the “i forgot my password” again. (After waiting a good 5 or 10 minutes. Reset it by incrementing the number to “3”!) Went back and retriggered the update. And, it worked.

Argh!

So here is something very funky with how Apple has the APPSTORE coded.

Argh!

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SERVICE: GARMIN — caution warranted

Funny – peculiar.

I’ve reported to the SURVIVAL BLOG http://survivalblog.com, as have many others, of “death by GPS”. Some are funny, like the truck driver in England who followed the GPS into a river when there was no physical bridge where the GPS said there was one. Others are tragic — the German tourists who drove into Death Valley unprepared, unaware they were on a trail, and suffering a mechanical (breakdown). Or the tech fellow who followed the GPS onto a seasonal logging road in California – Oregon area and was trapped by snow.

I picked up Garmin to deal with confusing Virginia roads and poor signage. So far, I have been:

(1) trapped twice in a loop — once in VA and once in NJ;

(2) annoyed at least five times when it for example insists I get off a perfect good (and free) 295 to jump onto the Turnpike and pay to get to exactly the same place (i.e., the DE bridge).

(3) it insists on annoying me when I stop for gas or the WC.

(4) It’s sent me to a non-existent WalMart.

(5) Twice it couldn’t find an American Legion despite being given an address.

(6) And, numerous other little challenges. Like give it an address and, no matter how you enter it, it can find it.

(7) Finally, there’s not way to pick a spot and say take me there. (At least, that I could find.)

So, as self defense, I, if I’m going somewhere “new”, will Google map it and mapquest it BEFORE venturing out. (Prematurely opened my new VA printer, just so I can print those in case GARMIN develops a stubborn streak.

Sometimes it’s wonderful. Like when the corporate apartment’s dryer didn’t. Garmin with the word “laundromat” found me a 24/7 big one two towns over with the most interest Latino Customers. (Several of the Mexican ladies smiled at me as I loaded my wet tidy whiteys into a huge dryer. Not wanting to be in some Country Western tune where the big boyfriend takes exception to me with my high school Spanish saying “leave me alone, señorita”, I just focused on playing with my IPAD.

So, it’s like an idiot friend, who at random, dispenses both good (i.e., don’t drive home) and bad (i.e., buy us all a round) advice.

Caveat emptor applies to its directions.

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SERVICE: LEGACY improves

http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dignitymemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=paul-wolkenberg&pid=150386134&eid=lc_dm_gbexpire

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This Guest Book has been kept open until 4/16/2012 by Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. After that date, it will remain available for viewing-only, unless sponsored.

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LEGACY, the obituary site, has new level of “service”.

Before, Guest books disappeared unless sponsored. Now there appears to be a third alternative — probably a deal struck with the funeral homes for free advertising — the guest book remains readable, but not updateable. Big win for LEGACY. Puts a LOT of pressure on folks to eternalize.

Hmmm?

All in all I think it is progress.

Which all “services” would improve their offerings! Are you listening PAYTRUST, YAHOO, MICROSOFT, 1AND1, Verizon, and AT&T? Just a quick top o’ the head list incomplete and in no particular order. Argh!

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SERVICE: FACETIME on Apple platforms is marginally better than a cellphone

I’ve been playing with FACETIME at the behest of a youngster related to me. Other than LUDDITE, no one I know uses it.

It presents some interesting challenges for parents and guardians.

It opens up a whole new attack surface for predators and peers. While it gives the FACETIME User the undivided attention of the person they call, it does create: (1) an uncontrolled access to the two people FACETIMEing. (2) Creates a level of intimacy that could be used to break down barriers and physical inhibitions when the two people meet. (I’m being intentionally vague so as not to give any one ideas. Adults, parent, and Guardians will know EXACTLY what I mean. (If you don’t, ask.)

Its marginally better than a cell phone because, as far as know, there’s no built-in capture or forwarding. I can think of ways to do it. Hopefully peers won’t; predators will be rigged for it.

Adults, Parents, and Guardians better have a good understanding of the technology and its implications. The children can mae it work with little or no help.

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SERVICE: Yahoo is enforcing two factor authentication

NewImage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At least Google lets you opt out. This is my fourth annoyance, since Friday.

Are they TRYING to run off their paying Customers??

AND for some reason, I have to do it twice. (When I don’t even want to do it once!)

And, I pay for this disservice.

Argh!

Have to think of getting off this bunch of bozos.

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TO YAHOO:

Your new two factor authentication STINKS. Today I had to double authenticate twice. It’s the same machine that I used last week when you forced me to take an SMS message. And, the email choice are ALL three dead addresses. Argh! I’m a Technology Profession. Call me if you want to discuss the issues. p.s., SMS is not NECESSARILY free.

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SERVICE: YOUTUBE and “free” IPAD software

What’s wrong with the inet, the iPad, YouTube, and iPad clients?

Playing around with this stuff, I realized that google search is flawed. They drop a load of results. What I want is a curated list.

For example, in fooling around with an Alzheimer’s infatuation with Taylor Swift, did a search for her on the inet, YouTube, and such.

What a mess?

The results are not pretty. No taxonomy. No authenticity. Must drive her lawyers crazy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOPFMrF7v4Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player

“YouTube Presents Taylor Swift”

How useless is that?

They don’t “remember” where you are in a list, drop out and restart, and have User Interface that can be bewildering.

Here’s what I want.

NewImage

 

 

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SERVICE: CARBONITE dumps Rush.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/rush-i-descended-to-level-of-the-left/

WND EXCLUSIVE
Rush Limbaugh unloads on fleeing advertisers
‘You won’t get apologies from people like Bill Maher
by Joe Kovacs

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PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio giant Rush Limbaugh offered a second apology to a Georgetown University graduate student today after calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” last week, saying he descended to the level of the left, and added he would replace the advertisers who have abandoned his show over the controversy.

“I became like the people we oppose. I ended up descending to their level,” Limbaugh said. “It’s important not to be like them, particularly in fighting them.”

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So, since I’ve been watching this train wreck unfold, I found: (1) the gal is NOT a 23 year old with a legitimate gripe; (2) she’s actually a political type; (3) contraception is freely available from Target two blocks from the school for 9$/month; (4) Rush apologized (sort of); (5) President Obama stoked the fire; just like his MO with the “beer summit”; and (6)  she’s enjoying her 15 minutes of fame.

So, just like I wrote in support of Don Imus, I wrote CARBONITE in SUPPORT of Rush. And will write to the others.

I’m not a Rush fan. I have listened him. He’s too “conservative” and supports the “warfare state” while he rails against the “welfare state”. But, he may have been a little dumb too. He should have suspect that this was a trap. But he fell for it. I would have to, but than I’m just a blogger; not a “trained broadcast professional”.

I’m outraged by the media’s selective outrage. The way they treated Sarah Palin. And, the lack of uproar when the “liberal” democratic operatives disguised as media commentators talked about Monica Crowley, Laura Ingram, and Michelle Malkin is biased. Some of those comments were a lot worse!

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EMAIL TO CARBONITE:

In SUPORT of RUSH, I came to sign up another computer. But I found out that you’ve abandoned him. Take a look at the situation again. True, he went over the line, but she was a trap. She’s not what she claims to be, and it’s becoming OBVIOUS that this a Democratic dirty trick. When you go back to him, so to I will come back to you.

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Other emails will be going out to: AOL, ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, software maker Citrix Systems, data-backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom.

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SERVICE: DNS — ISP, GOOGLE, or OPENDNS; OPENDNS for me

http://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseackerman/2012/02/25/a-closer-look-at-google-public-dns/

Tech|2/25/2012 @ 5:34PM
A Closer Look at Google Public DNS
Elise Ackerman, Contributor

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What role has Google played in the DNS ecosystem? Do you see them as a competitor or a partner?

Google has helped raise the importance of DNS above the network engineering community, which has been really good. They’ve also worked with us to advance the state of the art for DNS performance, something we’ve really enjoyed working with them to make happen. It’s not so much competition as it is choice in the market. If they started defaulting Chrome to use Google DNS, I think that’s something we would take issue with, but for now, we like the idea of people using a DNS other than their ISPs, that’s a good idea for a lot of reasons.

What are some of those reasons?

I like the idea of separation of services. ISPs provide a pipe. Other vendors provide security. Other vendors provide email. When one party controls all the services, it’s a “synergy” for the company, but rarely for the consumer. With DNS in particular, there are performance and security benefits that third party DNS providers offer that ISPs aren’t incentivized to do since DNS is a cost-center for them, and a profit-center for us.

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I think anything which promotes heterogeneity on the Internet promotes stability. Diversity in services, service providers, and separating the layers of the networking stack are all important. Your ISP no longer provides you email because everyone either uses their own or has an account with Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo mail. The same way people unbundled their email from their ISP, I think they should do with their DNS. Separation of services has been a long-standing best practice in the security community, and it applies now more than ever. In that vein, I’ll reiterate my view that I think Google controlling search, the browser, and the network or DNS layer is a dangerous trifecta that the consumer will probably be best served avoiding.  I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.

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I’ve been a fan of separation of duties.

ISP EMAIL has always been a trap for their Customers. That “customer@isp.net” is the property of the ISP; not the Customer. Once you give that out to enough people you’re locked in.

Why not use a DNS service that has an incentive to be loyal to you?

Since finding OPENDNS, I have not had an DNS outages. I know that VERIZON, COMCAST, and GOOGLE have had outages.

Easy decision fmpov.

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SERVICE: CARDSCAN bait and switch

DO I get a refund for the overpriced scanner I bought with the promise of an eternal free webservice?

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Subject: CardScan At Your Service Update
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CardScan @ Your Service Discontinuance Update

Dear DYMO Customer,

We emailed you a few weeks ago that we were finalizing a solution to replace CardScan At Your ServiceTM. We selected a powerful comprehensive solution provided by ScanBiz Mobile Solutions and consists of two parts: the ScanBizCards Web Sync web-based card management application and the ScanBizCards mobile app.

How Does It Work?

Step 1: Sign up for a Web Sync account at www.scanbizcards.com/dymo.
Step 2: Access your new account at www.scanbizcards.com/websync from the desktop where you are running the CardScan application.
Step 3: Look under the Account tab for an “Upload CardScan File” link. Use this link to upload your latest CardScan Database (.CDB) file.
Step 4: Your CDB will be processed to create all required cards in your Web Sync account. Note: the process will start soon but may take several hours to complete. During that time you may access cards already uploaded.
Step 5: (optional) Download the ScanBizCards mobile app and sign in with your Web Sync account (more info below).

 

Web-Based Features (Web Sync)

Full migration of all CardScan contact information including card images (both front and back), categories, notes and all data fields.
Ability to continue using the CardScan desktop application to scan cards-just periodically re-upload the .CDB file to synchronize your Web Sync account with the latest changes. Note:  faster and more integrated solutions will be provided in the future.
Edit on the web: no matter where you are, you will have easy access to your entire library of contacts but also efficiently edit, organize, share, export to Outlook®-and much more-right from your web browser!
Export cards to Microsoft® Excel, request human transcription of difficult-to-scan cards and view contacts organized geographically on a map.
A demo Web Sync account is available at www.scanbizcards.com/webdemo.

Mobile Apps
You can choose to install the companion ScanBizCards mobile app for the iPhone®/iPad® or AndroidTM phones or tablets, or Windows® Phone. As soon as you sign into the mobile app with your Web Sync account, all cards will be downloaded into your mobile phone. The mobile app also provides a long list of features not yet available in the web interface such as:

Sending quick intro emails to new contacts
Sending LinkedIn invites
Setting follow-up reminders in the Calendar
Exporting directly to Salesforce.com and Daylite CRM
Export to Data.com (Jigsaw) and Evernote

To learn more about the mobile app’s 27+ features visit www.scanbizcards.com or watch videos at www.scanbizcards.com/videos

Cost
The Web Sync service is offered at $20 for the first year and includes the ability to upload any number of CDB files + access to desktop synchronization solutions as they become available. 2nd year renewal and later are only $10/year.

Please email ScanBiz Mobile Solutions with any questions 24/7 at info@scanbizcards.com.

Sincerely,

The DYMO team

 

 

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SERVICE: Anther horror story of an old computer failing

On Saturday, I visited an old Jasper in the hospital. He was in for an emergency tune up. Hope he’s out by now. But, to the point, he was telling me his troubles with an unbacked up old Windoze box that was giving him fits. And, his family’s designated stuckee for tech support. Last time, he went through this, I pitched Mozy, Carbonite, or Pogoplug. Reprised that song.

On Sunday, I heard from a relative who’s old unbacked up Windoze box was circling the proverbial bowl. (Seems like “unbacked up” goes with “old Windoze box”.) Reprise my backup song.

Now I realize I’m crazed about it. Two belts and two suspenders.

My photos are on three live boxes, sugarsynced, carbonited, and pogopluged.

My data is on two live boxes, dropboxed, carbonited, and pogopluged.

Special projects are on one, two, or three live boxes, dropboxed, carbonited, and pogopluged. AND, boxneted.

I’ve lost work to Microsoft’s crappy solutions before.

Sure it’s messy, but if I lose something because I fat finger something, there’s always several places to recover from.

Argh!

It’s only common sense.

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SERVICE: ESPN3 on Verizon FIOS

Tried to watch my alma mater on ESPN3.

(Great idea!)

But on the computer, it’s unwatchable.

Poking around, I found it was available on the IPAD with its own free app.

Downloaded the APP and, same network, it looks perfect.

Watching both side by side!

The computer side is unwatchable; the IPAD is perfect.

It appears that there is a 10 second delay between what the computer is showing and what the IPAD is.

Also, the IPAD goes quiet during the commercials. (How kool is that!)

Argh!

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SERVICE: Easily Convert Documents To ePub Format

http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/2epub-convert-document-files-popular-epub-format/

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2epub is an free to use website that will be useful for anybody who owns an eBook reading device. The site lets you convert popular document file formats to the ePub format. You can provide the site with the URL of your documents or upload them straight from your hard drive – up to 5 files can be provided to the site in a single conversion.

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Here you can make anything into an ebook for your reader.

You’d think that businesses would be adopting this BIG TIME.

They can’t even handle email.

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SERVICE: AMAZON_CLOUD with the IPAD partially broken by design

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200689200

Getting Started: MP3 Store and Cloud Player for Web on iPad

Frequently Asked Questions

The Amazon MP3 Store on iPad lets you shop one of the world’s largest DRM-free (digital rights management free) digital music stores and save your purchases for free to Amazon’s online storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive. Purchases stored in Amazon Cloud Drive are available for playback from any iPad, Mac, PC, or Android device and available for download from any Mac, PC, or Android device using the free web browser-based application Amazon Cloud Player.

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OK, first time I’ve “found” a significant flaw in the AMAZON_CLOUD with the IPAD.

You can play your music, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), you can’t copy it TO the IPAD.

That means you have to be connected to the INET and play YOUR music, that you’ve bought, with their application.

Argh!

The quest is now on for a work around.

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No easy workaround.

(yet)

Why if I buy the song from APPLE_ITUNES does it get downloaded to the IPAD’s version, but if I buy it from AMAZON it can’t be?

Restraint of trade by technology?

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Well it’s there. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), you have to go thru ITUNES to get it to the IPAD. The downside is that it makes extra copies on the desktop in ITUNES.

Argh!

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SERVICE: Annoyance from a dead product

 

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CardScan @ Your Service Discontinuance Update

Dear DYMO Customer,

As you know, CardScan At Your Service was discontinued at the end of the December. At the request of current AYS users,  we have begun working with a 3rd party software provider that may be able to offer you a similar service to store your contacts. With the new provider, you may able to synchronize your contacts from your local CardScan application with their cloud application.

Additional details about the new provider will be distributed in the coming weeks, however we wanted to make you aware of this offering as soon as administratively possible.

We would like to thank you again for being a valued CardScan user.

Sincerely,

The DYMO team

 

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And, why would I care what you want to do for me? Like I’d trust anyone that you’d recommend. I bought your product (a desktop card scanner) which included your “eternal” update service. First you downgraded the service to eliminate the update. Then you left me high dry. Now you want to “save” me. Argh! Guess what I’d never buy your product or anything with the “Rubbermaid” brand again. Fool me once. I suspect the only reason your doing this is to make a few bucks off the data. Argh!

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SERVICE: a LIFETICK reminder

RECEIVED AN EMAIL THAT MADE ME LAFF!

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From: Lifetick <service@lifetick.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Subject: The completion of your goal is overdue.
To: fjohn reinke 

Hi fjohn,

We’re sorry to inform you but your goal of Reduce weight from 325 to 175 is one week overdue.

Nevertheless, all is not lost. You may just need to revise your goal or push the date out a little bit. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Many people are in the same situation as you and it’s nice to know it can be overcome. If your priorities have changed then that’s ok. There are many other goals you can be working towards. So take a deep breath, re-focus and give yourself the best chance in life.

Remember, this is the reason why you wanted to achieve this goal:”Health, energy, image”

Click Here to Update your Goal

Best of luck,
The Lifetick team

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I was just joshing around trying it out.

p.s., I’m down to 310 and doing it.

ROFL!

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SERVICE: When the “Cloud” disappears!

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This is an important Google Health service announcement. You are receiving this email because you have an active Google Health account.

As we announced earlier this year, the Google Health service will be discontinued as of January 1, 2012. After that date, you will no longer be able to access Google Health, and 3rd-party services that you have linked to your Google Health profile(s) will no longer be able to send data to or receive data from those profile(s).

If you want to keep using the data you have stored in Google Health, we strongly recommend that you take action before the end of the year to download it or transfer it to another online health service. We’ve made this easy for you. All you have to do is:

– go to the Google Health site at https://health.google.com

– log in with your Google account

– click on the link in the yellow bar at the top of your screen to start the process of downloading your information and closing your Google Health account.

For more information, see our help center article at http://www.google.com/support/health/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1347989

If you have not retrieved your Google Health data before January 1, 2012, it will remain available for download from https://health.google.com for an additional year, through January 1, 2013. Please note that during this period, functionality will be limited to downloading your data in ZIP format only and deleting your Google Health account; you will no longer be able to view, enter, edit, or print data. We may also find it necessary to limit or discontinue the ability to automatically transfer a copy of your profile to another health service, based on technical considerations.

For more details on the discontinuation of Google Health, see our blog post at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/update-on-google-health-and-google.html, and see answers to frequently-asked questions at http://www.google.com/intl/en/health/faq.html.

Note: you will continue to receive periodic service announcements as long as you have an active Google Health account. If you do not wish to receive further announcements, simply go to https://health.google.com and follow the process to download your data (if desired) and delete your Health account.

Thank you for your support and use of Google Health.

The Google Health Team

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So what’s your plan? For when the Software As A Service “Cloud-based” that hosts your mission-critical app goes “toes up”?

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SERVICE: BIZNAR search doesn’t pass the MC test

AFTER USING DEEPWATCH’S NEW SEARCH OFFERING BIZNAR

http://biznar.com/biznar/search.html

Dear Ms. Toni:

Just an observation, …

… from a fat old white guy injineer who does IT consulting, and an alumni newsletter http://jasperjottings-daily.com/.

I look for news about Manhattan College and its alumni.

On Google, my search is <<“manhattan college” -marymount -“marymount manhattan college” -“borough of manhattan college” -marymount -manhattan.edu -bmcc.cuny.edu -msmnyc.edu -mancol.edu -gojaspers.com>>.

I always try all free search services for adherence to what I call the Google, or “Manhattan College”, standard. (Those that work get my continued “business”. Lucky them!)

What happens when I search using <<“manhattan college”>>?

Using Google, I get good results. (OK, sometimes false positives come out like <<manhattan. College>> or <<manhattan, college>>. And, I’ve “suggested” to Google that needs fixing. No response. It’s been a flaw for a while. Guess I should suggest again.)

Using your new engine, <<“manhattan college”>> returns results as if it was <<“manhattan”+”college”>>. (It took Legacy dot com a while to fix it and it’s broken it a few times.)

Any chance, this can be fixed?

Till it is, I can’t use it because it returns too many false positives.

Now I realize that I’m just a “free rider”. I have no budget for services. But maybe my “testing” is useful?

Thanks,
fjohn

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SERVICE: Data rot example; wrong!

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=13525688&privcapId=4304480&previousCapId=100440&previousTitle=NDS%20Group%20plc

Manhattan College

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ROFL, calling a Brother “Mister”, I know that at the Prep that would result in some immediate “behavior modification”.

And, they still have Brother S as President.

That’s hugely out of date.

Everything on the inet is trustworthy!

Inspires confidence in everything else you find.

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SERVICE: Emailing gift cards and “wish lists” are a new techie trend

https://www.amazon.com/gp/gc/order-email?ie=UTF8&ref_=gc_lp_4ways_email_top

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Not that I’m panhandling for either. But this strikes me as the difference between “having a gift” and “giving a gift”.

Lot’s of very well-meaning loving relatives give me gifts. But do they really understand that it’s not necessary.

Holidays are a bad time. For a lot of people.

For me it begins in childhood when ANY holiday (didn’t matter; Saint Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Columbus Day) was for another occurrence of parents fighting. Usually with alcohol involved. So for as “happy a time” as it’s supposed to be, it’ll never be for me.

So call me Ebenezer, but I ain’t gonna be your typical “holiday person”.

It’s interesting thought that the techie trend for email gift cards and wish lists can make gifts STRANGELY more personal.

I always thought it was funny when her relatives gave Frau Reinke Barnes & Noble or Borders gift cards. ROFL! Actually I made out cause she give them to me. For safe keeping. (She lost everything.) Eventually, when I’d drag her kicking and screaming into a bookstore, usually for a “books on tape” (She never called them “on disc”?), I get something for me.

So here we have the technology solution to how to know what your recipient really really wants.

And, there’s a good search function for by name and town.

If your at loss, you can always email me a gift card. I’m an ITSJ (Yeah, I know it’s ISTJ, but as an IT guy, I like ITSJ. And no it’s not too profane.) And, I don’t like people much anyway. I’ll email you a TY. (TY = a quick Thank You; I can’t be bothered to type it all out.)

So is this “service” good or bad?

Time will tell.

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