Amazon’s Deceptive “Prime Day” Deals

By , August 25, 2015

&$*%*&@ Amazon.com ‪#‎Amazon‬ ‪#‎PrimeDay‬

(Aug 26 update below)

Back on Prime Day, the only worthwhile deal I found was a promised $40 promotional credit if I paid $9.99 per month for a one-year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).

Today, I learned that they’ve decided to change the terms of the deal, so I won’t be able to use the credit. Read more »

CRM Terminology: Words That Don’t Mean What You Think

By , August 20, 2015

I’ve spent the past week exploring options for a Sales “Customer Relationship Management” (CRM) system for our company.

Welcome to a world where words don’t mean what you expect.  A “Lead” isn’t really a lead, an “Account” isn’t really an account, and so on.

And different CRM systems use slightly different definitions for certain words, and each introduces slightly different terms to refer to something that’s mostly-but-not-quite the same. Read more »

Cable Management for Adjustable Desks

By , August 16, 2015

A fewunder-shelf-basket-small-amazon days ago, my adjustable-height “Autonomous Desk (basic)” arrived (earlier blog post), and I like it.

But even before it arrived, I knew I would need to address some “cable management” issues.

The issue is that the desk’s movement (up and down) creates a range of motion that any cables must also allow for.  I was especially worried that at some point, I’d lower the desk and somehow a cable would get caught, so that when the desk was raised again, the cable would be pulled tight (taut) and might end up either unplugging or pulling something down from the desk (or up from the floor).

My first goal was to reduce the number of cables from the desk to the floor; ideally, there would be just one, a single 120V power cord, with ample slack.

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My Autonomous Desk (basic) Has Arrived! (Standing Desk, motorized)

By , August 12, 2015

Yes, folks, they really did deliver the adjustable-height “Autonomous Desk (basic)” that I backed via Kickstarter (photos + video, below).

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WordPress 4.2.4 fixes security vulnerabilities

By , August 4, 2015

“WordPress 4.2.4 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.  This release addresses six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection….”

https://wordpress.org/news/2015/08/wordpress-4-2-4-security-and-maintenance-release/

WordPress Security Update Band-Aid

WordPress Security Update Band-Aid

IPv6: Roomier, Cheaper, & Faster

By , July 27, 2015

This month, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) announced that there are no more “large” IPv4 address blocks available to assign to North American organizations that need them.  Today, ARIN has available fewer than 275 of the smallest block size (a /24, or 256 IPv4 addresses).https://www.arin.net/resources/request/ipv4_countdown.html

It’s time for stragglers to adopt IPv6, which provides a virtually infinite number of IP addresses. Read more »

Mark Welch: Channel Sales Development, Hurricane Electric Internet Services

By , July 12, 2015

Mark Welch handles Channel Sales Development for Hurricane Electric Internet Services.

I recruit and help sales agents who sell our global IP Transit (internet network bandwidth) and colocation services.

I’m adding this post because I realize that during the past three years working for HE.NET, I hadn’t explicitly posted in the “About” category to indicate where I now work, and what I now do.

My LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=51400956 (feel free to request a connection, using my email address posted in the profile).

 

Lead Registration, Agents vs. Direct, and “Ink Wins” (Channel Partner Program)

By , July 8, 2015

“I work with all of the carriers, and [none of them] will not let us sell an account just because the direct team has ‘registered’ it. They run on an ‘ink wins’ policy Read more »

Bandwidth Prices Drop 90% Every 5 Years?

By , June 24, 2015

Wow!  Here’s an interesting chart from drpeering.net, showing the decline in internet transit (bandwidth) prices over the past two decades. Read more »

EOQ: End of Quarter Specials

By , June 24, 2015

I’m always intrigued to hear about remarkable special pricing offered by some vendors’ sales teams in order to report new business for the current quarter or the current fiscal year.

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