March 2014

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

Amazon Marketplace Fraud Made Easy

Update Nov 2015:¬†Rayah Aladdin reached out to me saying her sister Abby deceptively used her Amazon account. Rayah says she had nothing to do with this and seems credible. Outsourced Customer Service Lets Unscrupulous Buyers Prey on Amazon’s Marketplace Sellers Updated June 16, 2014:¬†Amazon is threatening me again about having posted the buyer’s contact information Read More

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

Simple Monitor: Low Cost Web Server Monitoring

Today, I’m releasing a productized version of Simple Monitor which offers a low cost, easy to use web server monitoring solution with email and smartphone notifications. It’s available at Downloading the code to host on your own server is $10. You can also get a pre-installed image at Digital Ocean for $25. If you Read More

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

Beware of Dealing with Rayah Abby Aladdin of Chicago

Beware of dealing with Rayah Abby Aladdin in Chicago. I had a bad experience and feel defrauded by her actions. In my case, Aladdin is guilty of product laundering – ordering one product and returning a different product, but claiming a refund. Do not do business with this person. Aladdin purchased an Apple TV Second Read More

Posted on March 8, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

The Plethora of Lightswitches in India

One of the unexpected things about Indian hotels was that many of them were loaded with lightswitches. In many rooms, only a few had any function – most were just a confusing, useless presence. The funniest example of this was in my small hut (shown above) at the Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort in Kovalam, Kerala. Read More

Posted on March 8, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

Traveling India 2014

I was fortunate to travel to India in early 2014 with Portland-based yoga teacher Sarah Joy Marsh of the Daya Foundation and her travel group. The trip was organized by Redback Travels. My favorite photos from India are posted at Flickr here: Here was our itinerary (pdf): I’ve noted the hotels we stayed at Read More