Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2014’

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Amazon Marketplace Fraud Made Easy

Update Nov 2015: Currently researching this. Rayah Aladdin has reached out to me saying to me that her sister Abby Aladdin deceptively used her Amazon account for this transaction. I’m trying to sort out the details with her. Rayah says she had nothing to do with this and her emails thus far seem credible. Outsourced Customer Service Lets Unscrupulous Buyers Prey …

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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 run a web site or …

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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 Generation Unit Model # MC572LL/A …

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Social “Media” Bankruptcy: Like!


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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?

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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. It had seventeen switches – see …

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Taj Mahal

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 with notes in case you …

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