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3 World Leaders - A Political Satire


Putin, Netanyahu and Obama are flying on a jet back from a UN meeting and their plane crashes. They all die on impact, and since their politicians, of course they all go straight to Hell. When they arrive the Devil greets them and allows them to make one phone call since their world leaders, but they're going to have to pay for their calls.

Netanyahu goes first and talks for about 3 minutes, and the Devil says "That'll be 3 million dollars". Netanyahu says "What can you do" and pays him.  Putin makes a call that lasts a little longer, about 7 minutes and the Devil says "That'll be 9 million dollars".  Putin says "What can you do" and pays him.  Obama talks for over an hour, he's carrying on with Michelle laughing with no concern for the time.  When he gets off the phone the Devil says, "You've been on the phone for an hour and thirty five minutes, that'll be 1 dollar and 27 cents".  Netanyahu and Putin are both outraged.  They ask the Devil, "What gives, why does he get a break?"  The Devil answers, "When Obama was elected as the President of the United States the country went to Hell, so it's only a local call".


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Sao Paulo - South America's Tech Hub

I keep an eye on web traffic coming into all of my sites and my clients' sites. Since the World Cup in Rio last summer, I have notice a sharp increase in the volume of traffic from South America. I didn't think much of it at first thinking it might have been stemming from the few posts I made rooting for the Netherlands team, but the numbers from Brazil remained high. Last week I had to take closer notice the volume coming in from Sao Paulo exceeded the what I was receiving from the United States.

In the domain industry there's a lot of discussion about Chinese domain names and the size and potential of China's market. I don't qualify as a player in the industry. There are fish, big fish and whales. On the scale of things, I'd be less than one plankton, just a single celled amoeba eeking out a living. As large as China is, I don't see a lot of traffic emanating from them. Very well could be I don't have the domain names that would attract their attention, but even on client domains that might, I don't see anything that significant from them at all.

Traffic from Sao Paulo was closer to 5 percent above the US traffic volume. Drilling through the analytics, best I could determine is strong interest in technology. Did you know Sao Paulo is the world's 4th largest city? I have heard of Sao Paulo, but had no idea they'd have so much going on and new tech growth. Take a fresh look at Sao Paulo, they're already the next big thing.


Surface Pro 3 - Well Done

The Surface Pro 3 is truly a must have tech tool and you can believe the hype about being able to replace your notebook with this tablet.

My client's company picked up the tab as a need for constant site updates and the ability to run complex applications from anywhere. (Big thank you.) I went with the 256gb with the i5 processor and it's a screamer. Running two versions of SQL Server Management Studio and ten other apps, not a glitch. This is the first machine I have been wahoo about in a very long time. It's thin, light, super quick and runs everything.


Microsoft really got this right and if they can hang on to the momentum here, this is a real game changer. Bravo!


A Holiday Tech Guide For Her


Here's a great gift guide for the ladies in your life from Tech Crunch.   These gifts are a glimpse into the stylish technology for women that I believe will be a continuing trend as technology further integrates with our everyday lives.

I think the Ringly designer rings are a combination of a elegant form meeting a useful functionality. The Dive Bar style looks like it would mix and match well for everyday use by women in the 20 to 40 something demographic.

Read the full article on Tech Crunch.   Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Customer Service Wars - May The Best Team Win

Customer service is the key to the longevity of any business and I've recently been on the front lines with my home cable/ internet provider.  I didn't expect to have any problems, but when I got my last bill from Comcast it was full of charges that didn't apply.  It was the final straw in a struggle to keep them in-line with the program I signed up for.

I changed over to another provider and I couldn't be happier.  It wasn't as much of a pain as I thought it would be and their customer service, even with a few glitches was incredibly refreshing to deal with.  I was on the phone with an Rep for over a half hour that made sure everything was fully taken care of.  I got a better product, at a better price and I feel better doing business with them.

Customer service is key to growing your company, and in the end will make or brake any business no matter how good the product is.  For me it maybe an old school principal, but do what you say you're going to do, at the price that was quoted and I'll look no further.  If I have to watch my bill to see where I'm getting stuck every month, I'm gone.   And, I'm not alone judging from the conversation I had with the installation tech that came out. According to the guy that would know, Comcast is losing customers in droves.

Update: A year later and there's a big opportunity here for any company with better customer skills than Comcast or ATT!


No Privacy with Technology

Several articles came out about US Marshall's using small aircraft to gather data on all US citizens and that's it.  There's no follow up, no more that will come of it and the data mining will continue unabated.  Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple said years ago that privacy is dead.  And, to my surprise it went with out a fight or even the smallest hint of a protest.  

The right to privacy is one of the fundamental rights in the Bill of Rights, actually it's number 6 on the list of 10 rights that were so important they were added to the Constitution.  Except for a few articles, from the Wall Street Journal to Fox News, it doesn't even make the nightly news.  Is it that people just don't care, is it a trade off for keeping law and order among the masses? Or is this incident just one of the many ways that our freedoms are rapidly eroding?  What happens when you act outside of your profile?  How many alarm bells ring then?

Read the full article on TechNewsWorld.com.


Veteran's Day - More than History

For All Those Who Served
Veteran's Day falls on November 11 for a good reason many do not know.  November 11th is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.  And, on the following November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.  President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.

Thank a Veteran and help those that are returning from combat.  You can get involved at any level, from volunteering at your local VA hospital to helping the family of a Veteran.  Do something positive, be a part of the solution for the real heroes.


65 Cobra

65 Cobra
Took a drive in a friend's 65 Cobra.  Ever wonder why cars like this have such a high value, just go for a ride in one.

It was extremely motivational to say the least.  (watch the pipes on the way out, they do get hot)


XMod Pro - The Power Tool for DNN Development

There are a lot of developers out there that are looking for a language and trusted technology that they can build a career with, and whether you're new to web development or out to create your own Amazon site, you can't go wrong with DNNSoftware's CMS, formerly know as DotNetNuke, and DNN Dev's life saving power tool XMod Pro.

With just these two elements, one can build a digital empire.


Don't take my word for it, go search their sites out and take a look at the client list that builds with both of these components. It's more than impressive, and a lot of these sites are built by a single developer or just a small team. And, even more impressive are the people who started it all, built these platforms and the community they've fostered.

I've been developing with DNN for 8 years and I'm still grateful to Shawn Walker of DNN Software and Kelly and Malinda Ford at DNN Dev. I honestly can't say enough good things about either of them or the products that they've built.


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