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Christopher Allen
Live, love, and love living
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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.  


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.

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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I feel like this PSA ad may have in fact been sponsored by Barney Stinson. Proceed with caution tomorrow!

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These Zeitgeist's are always worth the watch!

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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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
#chefhangout   #cookingclasses   #dessert  

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.
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