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A Cautionary Tale About +eBay:

I just banned me for trying to sell my gadgets, despite having a spotless record! 

After being a member of +eBay, I finally decided to sell my first item; prompted largely in part by their latest "My Gadgets" addition.  I setup my seller agreement, make sure that the bank account that it's linked to is setup properly so, I go ahead and list my first item (my Used Verizon Galaxy GNex).  Now, the fun part - waiting! Surprisingly though I didn't have to wait long and by the time I woke up the next day someone had said they wanted to purchase the item.  

Fantastic!

Off goes the invoice and I sit patiently waiting for them to pay me.  A day goes by, then another, then +eBay decides send me an email saying that they're suspending my account unless I respond to a link - I click the link and it goes no where.  

Eventually they say that my account is now "suspended".  I call in to find out why and (after waiting an inordinate amount of time on hold) get told by the CSR that after reviewing the account - it's Banned! 

Why? I ask.  They respond with simply, "because I cannot tell you."  I ask to speak with a supervisor and I'm told that he'll have to call me back within the day.  I never get that call.

The. End. What atrocious customer service.  

+eBay seriously has a way of shitting on some of its most loyal users.
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I would ban you to. When asked why I would respond "just cuz."
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A fun little feature I just discovered about the new Google Hangouts is that when it's enabled on both G+ and GMail, the IM window only pops up in the app that you last viewed.
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These Zeitgeist's are always worth the watch!
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Hmm, not sure if I can get used to SwiftKey keyboard after using Swype for so long. So far though I don't think that there is anything to complain about. I think one of the biggest issues is that it still relies heavily on looking at your phone. 
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Hot, hot live-blogging coverage of the Apple v. Samsung patent wars over at  The Verge
The jury has returned a final verdict — but what is it? Event Highlights. Event Updates. Load Next Page. Liveblog Tips. Don't refresh the page - new posts update in real time; New posts will show up o...
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Sad, sad day in Colorado.  My heart goes out to those who died in the shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora.  Hopefully those 50+ currently wounded will keep fighting the good fight and pull through their injuries.
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This has actually helped out tremendously.  At home I like to be on my WiFi so that I don't have to worry about using too much data, but at work, the WiFi network doesn't quite work as well as I would like it to, so I don't connect to the WiFi there. 

This little utility does a great job of turning off my WiFi when I leave my house and turning it back on when I get back to the house.
 
Battery issues? Automate your Wi-Fi use!
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Pretty slick! Looks like you'll be able to download the upgrade to Windows 8 Professional addition to upgrade from Windows 7 (or any windows distro from the last 12 years) for a mere $39.99.  That's a heck of a bargain.
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I feel like this PSA ad may have in fact been sponsored by Barney Stinson. Proceed with caution tomorrow!
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It's okay, you're exempted from being cautious on your birthday. Happy birthday, man!
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Google turns 14 tomorrow - and it already has its learner's permit!
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This is a really neat idea for monetizing the "Hangouts" feature of Google+.  Providing classes that essentially give you 1-on-1 time with some expert (chef's in this case) and being able interact with them.
 
Mark Your Calendars!

Back by popular demand, one of our sweetest classes is Monday afternoon!

Join +Chef Dennis Littley as he teaches the secrets to making the best Tiramisu that you'll ever have, and best of all you'll be making it in the comfort your own kitchen! This classical Italian dessert will soon become your signature dessert as you amaze your family and friends with this culinary masterpiece.

Check time zones:  4:00 pm EST, 1:00 pm PST

http://www.chefhangout.com/hangout/detail.php?id=204&date=1343678400
#chefhangout   #cookingclasses   #dessert  
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Thank you +Christopher Allen for the share! We're pretty excited about it too! 
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While CNN and Fox News jumped the gun on their report that the SCOTUS had invalidated the individual mandate, this article goes into fascinating depth as to why that happened and what was going on with the new organizations that actually got it right.
 
Inside the Supreme Court: How CNN & Fox News Got It Wrong

This truly is a must-read if you are a journalist or interested in this sort of thing. SCOTUSblog spoke to or observed all the participants or information directly so none of this is second-hand: http://goo.gl/g9Oy6

Some tidbits:

SCOTUSblog was denied a press credential so they only got in because one of their team has one from WBUR

The press asked for the decision to be emailed (like the Whote House and everyone else does) but the court denied the request confident that their website would not fail. Of course it immediately failed. For a half hour. Even the White House couldn't get it.

SCOTUSblog invited major media outlets to listen in on their conference call dissecting the opinion. They all did. Even the White House was listening. But SCOTUSblog forgot to invite CNN and Fox News, the two who got the decision wrong.

Funniest blog entry from CNN: “In a landmark decision that will impact that nation for decades, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of president Barak Obama’s health care law, ruling that requiring people to have health insurance violates the Constitution.” WTF?

People like me who have largely cut the cord were getting (and posting) correct information from SCOTUSblog. Everyone including White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was reading it. People watching the traditional cable networks (including the President himself) were being told that Obamacare had been struck down. And were believing it.

Including the blog's readers: On the blog, readers are starting to taunt us via our comments feature:  Guest, “CNN was first, guys…”; Bill, “Fox is already announcing decision”; yolanda, “TV just announced the decision beat you to it”; Guest, “Fox News beats soctusblog….”

But they are all wrong. Within seconds, SCOTUSblog writes that the act was upheld.

Then the Fox News viewers react: Opponents of the Act, having seen the television reports, are incredulous and vocal in their responses:  Guest, “WHAT???”; Guest, “no reports says its gone!”; Republican, “OMFG”; Tim, “No it isn’t”; Ryan, “Bullshit”; Guest, “apparently you have it wrong”; Sarika, “IT IS NOT SURVIVING AS A TAX!!”; Fred, “It sounds like you guys are spinning this thing.  Knock it off and read the law!”

But the one thing that could settle this is a link to the decision itself. But the Supreme Court, in its arrogance, refused to email it out to the press. Even the White House couldn't get a copy. The President of the United States couldn't get it. Everyone was refreshing their browsers on the court's page and it was crashed.

Now that the media realizes that there are seriously conflicting (read innaccurate) reports flying around, they start reading from and attributing SCOTUSblog on the air. At one point Fox News Anchor says "We may need to update our lower third."

Now petrified, the New York Times runs a pretty safe headline: "The
Supreme Court Rules on Health Care Law."

Thanks for that NYTimes...

This is a very important SCOTUSblog post you should read: http://goo.gl/g9Oy6
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  • Oracle Corporation
    Principal Software Developer, 2011 - present
  • Pillar Data Systems
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2011
  • 3D Group for Interactive Visualization
    Research Assistant, 2005 - 2010
  • REU at University of Rhode Island
    Intern, 2005 - 2005
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  • Bonza Word Puzzle
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  • AlphaBear
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  • University of Rhode Island
    B.S. in Computer Science, 2003 - 2009
  • Middletown High School
    1999 - 2003
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It's worked its way into being a regular thing for me. This isn't the best food in the world, but there's something positively delicious about their potato burrito - addictingly so! Give them a try, you won't be disappointed!
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After many years of avoiding the dentist, I finally broke down and went to Dr. Burrows office. I must say, I had an absolutely fantastic experience; and this is after finding out that I had a few cavities that needed to be filled in. The whole office was warm and inviting and the staff did an excellent job of keeping me calm. The tech used seemed to be current and the staff seemed both professional and knowledgeable. If you're thinking about finding a new dentist, stop thinking and come here!
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