Jan
Aug
0

Kaner – Pit Bull Extraordinaire

Family Member Bullies…

Kaner is a name my niece and nephew chose. I have no idea where the name came from and it’s too late to change it :). Kaners mother is my cousins dog. My sister picked up Kaner at Christmas (2010). He lived with her until she moved into a “no pets” building. Now he lives with me. He is a blue nose American Pitbull Terrior. He started out really gray and now hes sort of a gray brown. he has a small white patch on his chest. I haven’t had a pet since i was 12 because i am allergic to cats, dogs, horses you name it. I probably shouldn’t have taken him but its impossible not to fall in love. This first pic was just after new years. We walked out in the driveway and he sat down and stayed in place looking at me long enough for me to get my phone out and take a pic.

Blue Nose Pit Bull

Posing for the camera

Hes quite a bit bigger now.

Just finished eating some dirt.

He is a huge baby and craves attention 24/7. He recently learned that he likes to dig. Great fun for him and a muddy nightmare for me. Check out this video here : Kaner Digging & Eating The Mud.

Another thing he likes to do is Army crawl all around the yard on his belly. I don’t know if hes too lazy to get up and walk or if he just likes how it feels. He pulls himself with his front paws allover the place. I caught a few seconds of it here : Kaner Army Crawl

Kaner is my new best friend. I wish i could travel with him.

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Jun
0

Chicago Marathon 2011 – Support Childrens Memorial Marathon Team

My friend Jessica is participating in the Marathon this year and she has set a very modest goal of $950. Please help support her and Childrens Memorial Hostpital with a donation @ http://www.heroesforlife.org/site/TR/MarathonTeam/MarathonTeam?px=1498788&pg=personal&fr_id=1260

Contact me about 50% off on http://www.guijaboard.com products. All proceeds will be donated to help achieve Jessica’s goal.

May
0

Skype is infected with a virus! – easybitsgo.exe

Today i see a popup in my task bar asking about some app and skype and i accidentally click the program next to skype and easybitsgo.exe starts to launch. WTF! I have a VIRUS!

Or so i thought anyway. I immediately hit google and find this Skype Forum Thread where everyone else is wondering what the hell is going on. Someone in the thread gave me instructions to disable this from happening again.

What I did was on skype, go under tools-options-advanced and uncheck “automatically stop extras” also click on the “manage other connections to skype” link on the bottom and remove Easybitsgames. I removed the program and it hasn’t shown up since.

So whos bright idea was this? Lets take a product that people like and do some sneaky bullshit that will make them think they have a virus and once they figure out whats going on they will become angry and post about it on forums and their blog. Nice move morons. So now what? We have to play this disable game every few weeks like Facebook?

Time to look for alternatives for making calls over the internet i guess. I really don’t understand why they would do this unless MS is intentionally trying to spend all their money on worthless products.

I just tried to respond to the skype forum and it posted under someone elses screen name. WTF is going on over there?

Mar
0

Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

The devastation from the Tsunami is horrendous. Wish you could do something more to help? You can. Pull out the change from your sofa cushions and donate to Red Cross right now!

All proceeds from guijaboard.com & 39websites.com are going to be donated to Red Cross. Clean up those ugly touchpanels and websites for charity!

Red Cross

Red Cross

Mar
0

39websites is online!

I have been unofficially providing website & logo services to fellow CI’s over the last year or so. Last week i decided to make it official. Tuesday night i started at 8PM and finished at 1AM. I still have some things to add but its ready for public viewing :).

Need to get a site up? Want to clean up what you have? Working with a budget and out of children to trade for services? Contact me today about your project! Check out the portfolio for examples of our offerings via screenshots and live URL’s to completed projects.



http://www.39websites.com

Proceeds from 39websites.com & guijaboard.com help fund the future installers club program and various other philanthropic activities such as Kiva and Susan G. Komen. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Jan
0

Your time for greatness is now!

The title of this post says it all………….

This is also posted at http://www.guijaboard.com (my GUI design site)

This is the story : http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wztv_vid_6096.shtml?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d40c1ca5fa70139%2C0

This is copied from WhiteVanLifeStyles (forum member) @ RemoteCentral.com.

Your time for greatness is now.

Here is the story (watch the video) [Link: fox17.com]

We need the following items.

Mens Clothing: Pants size 30×32, Shirts XL, Shoes size 11
Womens clothing: Pants 5, shirts small, shoes size 7.5
Boys clothing:Pants 4t, 3t & 12 mos., Shirts 4-5-6 and 12 mos., Shoes children sizes 4, 9 and 10.

Anything you can send will be helpful.
That old blender or coffee pot you have laying around. Maybe some toys your kids don’t play with anymore. They lost everything.

Donations to help the family can be made to:

Cash donations are being made to:
The Gareth Baker Family Relief Fund, F&M Bank, 50 Franklin St., Clarksville TN. 37040 (or call 931-645-2400.)

Donations of clothing and household items are being collected at:

Dunn Electric, 1448 Madison St. Clarksville TN. 37040
and
Dunn Insurance, 409 Madison St. Clarksville TN. 37040

I would like for anyone on the fence to please consider these offers.

Free 5 page website with $100 + donation.

50% off any GUI products (including labor) at the guijaboard.com store. Contact me and i will create a reduced price download link for you.

All (100%) of the proceeds will go to the family.

Thank you!

Jan
0

Your low voltage stuff isn’t working

I got a call last week from an electrician telling me….

“I installed the outlets where you marked them on the wall but now your low voltage stuff isn’t working. It keeps tripping the breaker. I unplugged it. Just wanted to let you know”.

I explain to the electrician that there isn’t any low voltage stuff installed yet except the cable companies house amp. Electrician confirms “yep that’s the thing that keeps tripping the breaker”. I then explain that the house amp has to work or they lose internet and TV in the den. The electrician tells me that he will check it again and call me back. This was Friday. Fast forward to Monday morning. I have to meet with the electrician at 8AM to go over the work they did and find out whats up with the house amp. Oh.. an added bonus was that the electrician didn’t leave a note or tell the client so i also got an email at 7AM from the client about the issue.

Your Low Voltage Stuff Isn't Working

Your Low Voltage Stuff Isn't Working

I got there early so i checked TV in the Den.. not working. I go over to find the house amp in the closet disconnected. I look at the newly installed outlet and i seen burn marks and the house amp power supply is smoked. I tested the outlet and it was testing ok. As a temporary fix i bypassed the house amp by barreling the input and output. I immediately hear TV in the Den and internet is working fine. I don’t really know what happened. My uneducated (because i wasn’t there) is that the electrician got confused by the RG6 cable being used with the house amp and wall wart and some how wired it up wrong. I really hate that they use an RG6 for power for a lot of CCTV and Satellite devices. I know its convenient for technicians but its confusing to anyone else. The electrician was adding an outlet in the closet near the low voltage panel because some genius didn’t think about having power where all of the 2+2 low voltage cable from the apartment ran back to. All he had to do was unplug the walwart from the hall outlet where it was plugged in temporarily and plug it into the new outlet in the closet. I’m guessing he disconnected some of the RG6 cables and wired it back up wrong. Everything is working now.

The “low voltage stuff” was working when the electrician got there. It was not after he was working in that area. His new outlet or his re installation of a power cord killed the house amp. But for some reason he thought it was okay to call me up and let me know that i (now) have a problem. It didn’t register as his problem for some reason. The reason it was not my problem (and why i quickly let him know that over the phone and this morning) is because i was there when the cable guy came out (4 times) and made sure that his installation was done and working properly. I had the den TV installed and working properly and i had the clients wi-fi network setup and working properly before i left. And more importantly.. these things were done, tested before the electrician began his work. I was able to “point the finger” because a schedule exists and someone is making sure its being followed. If the cable guy, the electrician and I all showed up at the same time trying to work around each other it would have been much more difficult to pinpoint what the problem was and when it occurred. Having someone to blame is not the primary issue. My fear with the house amp was that somehow the electrician energized the low voltage box causing the circuit to break over and over. I was worried that i would be blowing things up all around the house if they left there assuming the issue was solely with my “low voltage stuff”. I wondered if the electrician brought 220 over to my 110 outlet. This happened before with an automated gate and they had power and ground reversed. I smoked 2 Crestron C2N-IIF’s screwing around with that gate when i finally urged the client to get a new gate guy to come and look at it.

Whether its 1 guy installing a TV for an hour or a team working on a large project for a month… everything has to be based on a schedule. Without it… chaos. When you have your act totally together you will find that all of those problems you dealt with in the past really belong to someone else. The cabinet guy for not following your drawings or the sheetrock guy for covering up your speakers or the landscapers for cutting your speaker wire. Those problems were yours because you were not following a schedule that allowed you to properly coordinate with others.

Apr
3

I am done with ebay

Update!

My plan worked. Item sold within an hour last night, money is on its way to my account and the buyers item was shipped this morning. I had to waste a few hours of my life and i may have broken an ebay rule or two but i was able to put things back the way they were before ebay and paypal “fixed” them.

Initially i was out $10 but i relisted the item at $550 instead of $500 so in the end i have an extra $40. Good thing too because ebay’s auction fee is apx $40 to sell a $550 item. Ouch!

Update!

I have my fingers crossed right now because i think i have figured out a way to circumvent the silly policy. Since i already have a Paypal Pro merchant account i am able to create email links or custom buttons for making purchases. So i created a custom buy it now button here

http://www.guijaboard.com/store/custom/buy_it_now.html

Now i can list the item, sell it, send the buyer an email and website link to pay for the item and then ship the item. Hopefully my plan/scheme? pans out. :)

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I listed an item on ebay last night. Over the last decade i have learned the rules of moving an item quick. You provide a brief but clear description and photos of the item, you accept paypal for instant payment and you offer to pay for shipping. Then you make the hard decision about whats the least amount of money you are willing to accept for the item and list it for that price. On a $950 item i decided to take a 50% hit and sell it for $500. After you subtract the listing fees for ebay/ paypals fee for the transaction and shipping i was looking to clear $400.

So the buyer gets a great deal, i move my item quick, everyone is covered because were both verified paypal members. Because of this i am willing to take the 50% hit on the item.

Today i find that… as i expected… the item would sell quick. Buyer went ahead and made an instant paypal payment. I contacted buyer to confirm their shipping address. Sometimes people forget to update their paypal and or ebay account and they have an old address listed or maybe they want the item at work instead of at home. The next step is to go over and withdraw funds to my bank account. This “tactic” makes sure that the money is in my possession before i ship the item. That keeps me safe from scam artists who use stolen credit cards or paypal accounts to purchase items. I have the money and the burden is left on paypal or visa and rightfully so because they are the ones who authorized the fraudulent transactions. Why should i be left without my item and without payment when they drop the ball?

When i went to implement my tactic i found that payments are now held for 21 days by paypal before i have access to them. This is an ebay policy that is now being enforced. Great policy for a buyer, for ebay and visa. The money is on hold waiting to be refunded if there is an issue with the transaction. Terrible policy for me as a seller. For whatever reason they come up with, whether its a buyer who wants to rip me off or paypal deciding my transaction looks suspicious… i could end up without my item and without being paid for it.

I understand the policy but i choose not to participate. After a decade of doing business thru ebay and 100% positive feedback i have learned 2 very important lessons. #1. As a buyer always use visa/paypal so that i am covered if the seller is a scam artist. #2. As a seller ALWAYS make sure payment is in my bank account before shipping the item. This new ebay policy forces me to break rule #2. Whats the point of feedback, being verified, paying auction fees & and more fees to accept payment via paypal if i now have to also assume the risk of maybe being paid.. or not? I am done with ebay.

Mar
0

Shameless Plug : Need to sell 2 MRK-4426 Middle Atlantic Racks In New Orleans

I have 2 MA racks i need to sell. They are located in New Orleans. $500 for 2 racks. Thats apx 25% of retail. My company is located in Chicago so i am willing to take the loss to avoid the shipping charges.

RemoteCentral Market Place Thread http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/mboard/rc-market/thread.cgi?3897