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Easy WordPress Install Now Available

You can now purchase a pre-installed image of WordPress optimized with Varnish and W3 Total Cache (W3TC) as described in my popular tutorial. There’s no need to work through the tutorial step by step. Get started with a low cost, optimized WordPress blog in just a few minutes. This is the simplest and fastest way to get started with a …

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Amazon Makes Fraud Easy in Its Marketplace

Outsourced Customer Service Lets Unscrupulous Buyers Prey on Amazon’s Marketplace Sellers Thanks to outsourced and semi-automated customer service, inconsistent application of clear rules and ignorance of a variety of ambiguous, conflicting rules, Amazon’s made it easy for buyers to defraud sellers in its highly successful marketplace. As I learned this past week, buyers just need to 1) request a return and then 2) …

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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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Rayah Abby Aladdin of Chicago is an Internet Scammer

Rayah Abby Aladdin is an Internet scammer living in Chicago. Aladdin purchases items on Amazon Marketplace and has them shipped to 4667 West 82nd Street, Chicago, Illinois 60652. 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 …

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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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