New look!

I decided to change the theme to something a little more interesting and one that incorporates new widgets and design features. In my search for free WordPress themes, I came across this one from WooThemes and am happy with the results so far. With that said, if you seen any problems or things not showing up correctly, don’t worry, I’m just ironing out the kinks.

Puppies for sale!

A friend of mine is in the process of selling some new Teacup Yorkies, so she asked me to set up a page online so people can look at a few pictures. I’ve created that page separate from my regular blog postings over at Please check it out and if you have any questions, PLEASE DON’T CONTACT ME as I know nothing about dogs nor am I representing any information you see on that page.

There are phone numbers there that you need to call for more information. Also, even though you may not be interested, please send that link to anyone you think might be! Thanks.

P.S. — If I forget to delete this post after the puppies are sold and you click on the link above, but it’s gone, well then, the puppies are sold! 😉

New Domain news!

Well maybe it’s not that new, but it’s new to me! I don’t know how I missed it, but it looks like ICANN just announced that they plan to release the previously registered single-character domains back to the public. The only thing standing in the way is how they’re going to do it.

You can download the PDF here: and read the official article here:

Goodbye Analog!

Today brings the end of a industry standard. Ever since television was first broadcast, this technology has existed. For me and a lot of people out there, the change to all digital broadcasts doesn’t have any effect on us. This is because we’ve all been using some type of cable or sattelite tv source for many years.

But for those unlucky few, they are either forced to upgrade their source or simply buy a convertor box. The good thing about having no more analog tv is that it frees up that spectrum for other uses such as emergency communications and wi-fi technologies. Maybe now AT&T can get their act together with a new, faster 3G network to support the faster speeds of my soon-to-be iPhone 3Gs!!

Anyway, I just wanted to share YouTube’s current logo bidding a fond farewell to analog tv. I decided to post it here in case it disappears one day.

Goodbye analog tv YouTube logo

Conan's on a roll!

So far, Conan O’Brien’s into is first week of the new Tonight Show and already he’s scored two guitars from musical guests! First, Green Day performs and after they’re done, Billy brings him a guitar case. After the final commercial break, you can see the new guitar on Conan’s desk. Then tonight’s show (June 5th) has Chickenfoot playing and when they finish their song, Joe Satriani gives Conan the guitar he was playing! This guitar, like the one Green Day gave him, is white, but contains a Chickenfoot logo on it.

I’ll post pictures online when I get them.

So busy

Wow, it seems like forever that I’ve posted a new entry here! I’ve just been so busy with work and school and everything else, I just haven’t had time to really get on here.

I also wanted to point out that do to the popularity of my Verizon FiOS receiver article, I plan to revise everything there and actually start a new section that will hopefully provide some answers on how to really get your standard receiver box to become a DVR. So stay tuned for that.

I’ll be back on here probably next Monday, so for now, laters…

The future of transportation

Here is it folks…the latest in transportation. Does anyone else agree that our world is starting to look like one big video game?

Kudos to Wired Magazine for this image.

You don’t like walking? Even if it doesn’t require any actual muscle? Well maybe this is your cup of tea then!

Kudos to for the image and Toyota for the concept.

I hate PayPal (part 3)

Here’s the latest in the PayPal saga. I recieved an email the other day stating that because the buyer didn’t respond within the “time frame” that the refund was not to be issued! I don’t know if this was a coincidence or not, but shortly before I got that email, I sent PayPal an email of my own telling them that the April 24th deadline had passed (see part 2 of this story) and that I was requesting that they follow their own rules and that they should reinstate my account balance to $0 because the buyer never shipped my product back.

Anyway, so now my account balance has been restored to zero and the buyer who originally claimed that the item sold to him was not properly described is apparently keeping his item and more than likely enjoying it as intended. What irks me now is the fact that I still have a negative point against my eBay profile because of this crap. I attempted to contact eBay to have them remove the point especially now that the case decision has been reversed in my favor, but this is all they had to say:

Thank you for writing eBay in regard to your Feedback concerns. I read your email and took a close look at the feedback you reported. Unfortunately, this comment doesn’t meet our requirements for removal. We’ll be able to reconsider this case if we receive new information or a court order for the removal of the feedback. Thanks for your patience while we reviewed this matter.

Now I’m starting to dislike eBay! Oh well, at least I didn’t lose any money in this fiasco.

I hate PayPal (part 2)

For those who read part 1 of this little saga I’m involved in, here’s the latest:

My case’s status is still in “Product Return” mode. Basically what this means is that the buyer who filed the dispute is supposed to ship back the item that he was refunded for. The best part of this is that PayPal’s own site states the following:

What happens next

The buyer is required to provide tracking information confirming that they shipped the merchandise to you by Apr. 24, 2009. If we don’t receive this information, the claim will be closed and a refund will not be issued.

Now I don’t know when you might be reading this, but if you compare the date mentioned above to the date this was posted, you’d see that two weeks have gone by. TWO WEEKS!!! Also, there’s another status marker that labels this case as “Awaiting other party’s response” which tells me only one thing: that PayPal is still waiting for the buyer to submit proof that the item was shipped back.

So, now here’s how it looks. PayPal debits my account in the amount of the refund and presumably gives it back to the buyer and then leaves the case open to allow for the return of the product. Although I disagree with this practice, that’s the way it is and there’s nothing that can be done about it. But now PayPal is breaking it’s own rules by claiming that the refund will not be issued and the case will be closed if the buyer doesn’t respond by April 24th, 2009!! Does anybody else see the bullshit going on here!!

At this point, I’m out my money and my product! What kind of business practice is this??

Danny Gans–Dead!!

What the hell?! I was just in Las Vegas staying at the Wynn Resort thinking to myself that I should go watch the Danny Gans show and here we are on May 1st, and he is now dead.

Here’s a quote from Wikipedia mentioning this news:

On Friday, May 1, 2009, Gans died unexpectedly at his home in Henderson, Nevada. He complained of shortness of breath around 3:30 a.m., but by the time the paramedics arrived, Gans had already died. The cause of death is unknown. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and three children, Amy, Andrew and Emily.

I never got to see the show, even when he was at the Mirage, but everyone always told me I should. There’s nothing more to say. Rest in peace, sir.


His website as of 12:52pm today is still in its original form, however, clicking on the purchase tickets link sends you over to Encore’s website where a simple message is displayed informing you no events are scheduled.

As of today, May 2, 2009, Wynn Las Vegas has changed their marquee to represent this tragic event:

Danny Gans obit on Wynn Marquee