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It starts like this... I have a pet Labrador Retriever that really belongs to someone else!

I love my dog Sam. I found him in an Animal Shelter about to be put down. He was a Hurricane Katrina Survivor Dog. He had heart worms and it was very epensesive to treat him. I was going by the cages reading the profiles and when I read his to my wife over  the phone, she said, " He is the One". So I brought him home.

Upon arrival I found that my new dog was totally trained! He knew, Sit, Come, Kennel Up, Shake, Lie down, NO, and my favorite ...he did #2 upon command.

I realize that out there somewhere, somebody mourns the loss of the pet they could not take with them during the Hurricane evacuation. His first master must wonder whatever happended to his dog that he spent so much time training and loving. I know there is  man out there that is heartbroken over his lost dog.

I can never tell him that his dog lives at the beach and runs and plays everyday on the sand. Sam is getting grey now with age and he often has bad nightmares from all he went through. But he is loved and very well taken care of. I can never find this person and give him his dog back. But somewhere, a man sits at Christmas, hoping his dog is in a "better place".

Well, he is. My house. I thank that man for all the love and care he gave training him.... and for all the love Sam gives me everyday....... Merry Christmas.

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...oooops Big Red did it again. I am now starting to look back at ATT and/or the iPhone. Yes I have an ATT iPhone 4 sitting in my dresser drawer. I jumped into Android phones last year and was hooked. Only to be sitting and waiting as Verizon tries to get it's act together. Remember the ads for the Thunder Bolt? I got the first one at Best Buy... that first release morning. Over the next 36 hours, while working WITH the BB Verizon sales rep, I went through three more phones before returning the last one for a store credit! The speaker phone was horrible. My callers told me to hang-up. Even the Verizon rep told me it was awful. The Bolt weighs a ton and the battery life is... short. Now let's Charge forward to that ill-fated Verizon 4G launch #2 by Samsung. The Samsung Charge. Release date April 28. As I write on May 9 it is still in warehouses all over the country. A no go. Seems the 4G phone does not play nice with a 3G network. Testing has found people having dropped, frozen, and rebooting going from the limited 4G areas to 3G. The phone has a kick butt sceen, but only a single core procssor. It is loaded with Verizon bloatware you can not remove. Oh if you surf the web, get ready for a jerky ride as the screen lags a few seconds behind your finger. Simple fix though....just disable Java. Not what I call enhancing the web presentation. My feelings after reading forums for the last few weeks is Verizon's phone is not ready for Prime Time yet. As with the ThunderBolt, the consumer , would end up being the final testing phase. Verizon won't come out and say WHY the phone is on hold at the gate. But the forums have given some insight into what the plethera of problems might be. Now go read about the Samsung Galaxy II !! I think I will save my voucher for that baby. Even if the stork brings it in 2012!

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Ok, I am a Best Buy Junkie. Cannot pass up the store if I go by it. I have bought all my TV's from them. Example...a  $2000 50" Samsung Plasma I bought 4 years ago...with the Extended Coverage. The man said, "Buy the warranty, if we can't fix it we'll give you a new one". Not so fast my friends. In May 2010 I got 1/2 a screen on the TV, so I called for service. Being outside the 36 mile coverage area they assigned me to a repair center out of Miami (only 500 miles away). Waiting a week, I called back and found out they did not cover my area...no joke. So they assigned me to a company out of Atlanta (250 miles away). They did have a great guy in Tally who came out and said I needed a main board. I waited a week and he calls and comes out and installs the main board. That worked for two days...same 1/2 screen showed up. So I call the Geek Squad, and they gave me back to Atlanta, where my repairman orderd a whole new screen. But now, the screen is on Back order! 10 days later, the screen comes in and the service man installs it. The TV still does not work!!! I put in for my third request for service and was told they were ordering still another screen!!! I'm getting short of breathe at this time, so I say *&#@!! and go back to Best Buy and buy an new 50" Samsung which is now $899.00 on special. In the meantime, it is now August, the second screen comes in. The repairman comes out and behold it is the wrong screen in the right box! The repairman and I sit on the sofa and cry together. I call in my fourth service call. ("We'll fix it or give you a new one..." should be changed to "we will fix it until you die"). Finally, after another week, I get the call that they are junking out my TV and I should go pick out a new one. I go to BB in Tally and wait 30 minutes for Customer service, get directed to video department with new paperwork, get directed back to Customer service for another 30 minutes and finally with a second set of paperwork am told to call Geek squad for delivery time. I call when I get back to the house and GS lady says I am outside the 36 mile delivery radius. I told her we have been all through that at the BB store and I would pay the 129.00 extra to haul off the junker  and get my new TV. She would call me the next day with a delivery date. Three days go by and no call. So I call the Geek squad back first thing Moday morning and the agent hangs up on me! So I take a deep breath, call my local store, ask for a manager and she will get back to me! MORAL: if you live out side the 36 mile store limit don't buy the warranty. If you add up all my time and getting stressed out, just throw the broken thing away and buy a new one. It will not only be cheaper by then, but far less hassle. Update: I got my local store. RaShandra the mgr got me fixed up with only two phone calls. Thanks RaShandra. But think twice about those Extended Warraties!

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Ok so I have spent the last three years griping about Vista and Microsoft in general. And yes I own several Apples and think they are great. I will say I like my Crow fried as I write that I do like Windows 7 very much. If you ever have the chance to upgrade or buy a new PC be sure it has Windows 7. It runs smoother, has a better user interface and it finds and helps you install hardware and software much more easily than Vista. I still think you need  4 gigs of RAM, but the OS is what Vista should have been. Is it too late for Windows? Sadly, yes as a lot of people got stung with Vista and XP still does a good job. BUT.... Win7 is worth the jump and if you do look for the "Family Pack".... a 3 seat upgrade... for only $149.00. It has both 32 bit and 64 bit DVD's in the Pack. The single upgrade is $129.00 so if you have multiple computers and need the Home version go for the 3 seat package. Windows also released its IE ver 8 and it is a very good browser. As for Microsoft, I still won't buy the stock, but at least they are going in the right direction!

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Building a Web site is easy. A 14 year old kid can do it, right? Not so fast... Although the construction of your site may be easy due to the tools available today, there are things behind the scenes that will drastically determine whether your website is an effective and visible advertising entity.  A website is the best bang-for-the-buck for your advertising dollar. Just look at print ad rates and radio and television, whew! Plus the site will be up there 24/7/365. The secret is will it be seen by anybody. Sure there are tricks webmasters use like keywords, etc. But is the site hosted properly? Webmasters can be like snake-oil salesmen of the 1800's... "why I can host your site for 8.95 a year!"  Sure they can, and along with many more clients on the same shared IP!

What is a dedicated IP and is it important? Find out before you switch to that bargin offer. Also moving an old established web site to a new host can make you start all over with the search engine game. Your site can lose it's position, if your webmaster does not perform certain programming steps.

Now that you have your new site, how do clients see it? Search Engines of course, but more importantly it helps if it has lots of links to and from, and even better if it featured on a high-trafficed portal site. (Yeah, that cost money. But one sale usually pays for that!) Keeping your website on a portal site is like having a billboard. You can take your fancy new billboard and place it in the middle of a Nebraska cornfield (no portal) or place your billboard on the corner of Broadway and 42cd street (with portal). Now which position will get  your site more viewings?

People that own commercial websites for their business or service usually are not well educated in the fine art of Internet advertising. Honestly, their time is best spent runnig their own business. They sometimes just look at the bottom line, and save a few dollars, take the cheap Internet road,  and will over time lose thousands. What is worse they can lose to the point that their site is inefffective.

So if you are either building your first commercial website or just considering moving to a"better deal" there are consequences to your actions. You need to be aware of them so you can make the best decision for your company's advertising dollar and future.

Word List FYI: Dedicated IP vs. Shared IP, Keywords, Portal Site, Domain Name and Hosting costs, Search Engine Placement, Website Ad Rates, Links. These are a few of the things you NEED to know about before you act!

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for the second time in two weeks scammers target Facebook users...

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Microsoft debuts BING last week-end.

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Face Book Users are targeted.

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Just remember TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) applies to those great email offers as much as anything else in life.

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Windows 7 -- Not as painful as I expected.

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