August 8, 2013

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Very Good Selection at

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It's been a while since I shopped around at The prices on academic products were very good, and my Microsoft Office Student Edition and Outlook software has served us well. But the stuff is outdated now and I see we need more updated stuff for the coming school year. And with the kids entering the higher education levels, I see that my wallet will be even more emptier.

The nice thing is that has some of the best prices on the web, and their selection is tremendous. I also saw that they product selection line has increased tremendously! is no limiting their inventories to academic supplies — they offer a ton of stuff such as computers, computer hardware, tablets, GPS devices, calculators, digital and video cameras, webcams, gaming consoles, printers, networking supplies, luggage, and all the goodies that go with such stuff (games, antivirus software, office software, design software etc). Wow. The selection is staggering. still stays true to their original mission: offering excellent, authentic, name-brand software for academia and academic level-pricing. According to the stats, now offers more than 100,000 tech products for academia.

Best of all, is based in Georgia in the good old USA! I love supporting US companies. I'm pretty impressed!

School is just about to start, so make sure you get the necessary hardware and software. Definitely check out!

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August 3, 2013

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Bluehost, Hostgator, and Hostmonster

Several years ago, I abandoned Bluehost hosting service to join Hostgator. I’d had massive downtime problems with BH, and though their tech support was phenomenal, all my websites kept getting “CPU Exceeded” screens when someone merely stumbled a page or traffic spiked a bit. I’ve loved Hostgator and have never considered another host… until now.

It didn’t make big media headlines, but this past week, Hostgator, Bluehost, and Hostmonster announced that their newly-transferred and installed servers in Provo, Utah, crashed, bringing down most of all websites for 12-24 hours. It was quite the small “scandal” in the tech world, because many of us thought that our Hostgator servers were situated in their Texas location. :| And I’m not too happy that my websites are in the same mainframe location as BH, after having massive problems with them before.

And today Hostgator reports that their servers are under DoD attacks. Wow. What’s going on?

So…. I just may be looking for another web host when my contract expires. Moving a website is such an onerous business. There are too many funky things that can happen. I have loved HG but I didn’t appreciate the move to Utah and the DoD attacks make me nervous. And it’s probably time for a change, anyway.

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February 6, 2013

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New Technology in Fuel Economy May Change Everything

This post brought to you by Echo Automotive. All opinions are 100% mine.

Oh, who of us isn’t groaning about the economy, especially the fuel economy. The prices of gasoline and diesel are atrocious, and who can afford a brand new hybrid car that may (or may not!) work? Additionally, the high price of fuel affects much more than our daily work commute or summer vacation plans. It also spells higher costs for food, consumer goods, shipping, and transportation including airfare, bus fare and business travel. I’ve been waiting in the wings for a company to develop something that will solve this conundrum. And I think I’ve found something!

Have you heard of an EchoDrive? It’s a new, patent-pending technology that looks like it may be THE answer to our fuel economy woes in this country. Unlike the other so-called solutions that require businesses and consumers to purchase entirely new vehicles, EchoDrive provides incredible fuel efficiency to existing vehicles! Can you say, “Is this for real??” I think it is! I just read a report Brought to you by the Chuck Hughes Microcap Report about Echo Automotive, the company behind the technology. The company has developed a system that bolts onto the existing powertrain of vehicles. It transforms the vehicle into a hybrid seemingly overnight! The company says their EchoDrive can double fuel efficiency in many cases.

Think of what this means for the transportation industry: buses, taxis, shipping companies, and more. The system would not only increase fuel efficiency but emissions are cleaner, too. I found this video and a few infographics on the website.

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The company is currentl seeking investors in what could become THE most important technological advancement in decades. It’s so impressive that I am thinking of investing!

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What do you think? Do you think something like this can change the fuel industry? I think if it reduces the cost of living and makes us less reliant on foreign oil, it’s a win-win situation. Check it out!

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February 5, 2013

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Watch Out, Android Users

Do any of you follow tech news? I don’t see much relating to security threats, and I do think these kinds of stories should be publicized a little more. I read recently of a serious threat to Android cell phone users. It’s possible to download a virus that will switch on your mic and record […]

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January 29, 2013

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WordPress Update 3.5.1

It seems like it’s been a while since we had a WordPress update. I’m happy to say that I think this recent one is exceptional. I especially like the new media file management. WordPress markets itself as a “content management system,” and it’s high time the software proved it with some real, good media management […]

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December 1, 2012


When Blogging Becomes a Chore

I recently combed through my archives and was shocked to see I’ve been blogging here since 2007! That is an eternity in Internet years. I’ve been quite constant in my blogging — I do own a dozen blogs — but this past year I’ve slumped quite a bit. My life has changed somewhat (I work) […]

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