Month: March 2014


Amazon Marketplace Fraud Made Easy

Update Nov 2015:┬áRayah 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...

/ March 25, 2014

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...

/ March 25, 2014

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...

/ March 14, 2014

Comet Seen from Chennai February 2014

For a few minutes each morning at sunrise over Chennai, India, this object would appear, I think it’s a comet. Is it possibly comet ISON seen over Chennai in late 2013?

/ March 9, 2014

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...

/ March 8, 2014

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...

/ March 8, 2014