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Curtis/Proscan Products – RJH Solutions Doesn’t Provide Technical Support For Them

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PLT1044_medOver the last few weeks I have been asked via phone calls and emails with requests for advice on how to support a Curtis/Proscan tablet that doesn’t work for some reason, based on my website being linked to mine. I want to set the record straight: RJH Solutions does not provide technical support on products made or distributed by Curtis/ProScan (sorry).

Since Curtis/Proscan is generally a wholesaler and you likely have gotten it from a 3rd-party chain if you are reading this post, my advice is that you would need to contact either the store where you purchased the item from, or the manufacturer itself.

If that didn’t work, search for your tablet on ProScan’s website to find downloads related to warranty and manuals. If that’s not available, try contacting ProScan support. They really do help.

If it’s something else that’s Android related, if RJH solutions doesn’t have a solution (yet), Google it – seriously. RJH Solutions will provide a few technical specs on how to maneuver around Android on a Proscan tablet device, but if the screen is defective, for example, that’s unfortunately something we cannot support. Our apologies and best of luck to your device getting repaired or replaced.

That having been said, RJH Solutions wishes you a happy, successful new year!

Proscan 10.1 inch Tablet (Model PLT1044) – Installing Google Play/Android Market

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***NOTE*** RJH Solutions does not offer support for ProScan tablets. All inquiries should go to ProScan support.

For manuals and warranty information, please browse through ProScan’s tablets and locate your model number.

As far as budget tablets go, I found the ProScan PLT1044 10.1″ tablet to be a nice option. Like many reviews have stated, you will not get the “latest and greatest” but it’s indeed a quality budget tablet. Does the job.

One of the most glaring items that are missing though is Google Play. While Android is open-source and there are other sites to download apps, Google Play seems to be one of the most essential items for any Android device. So, what do we do?

Manually install it, of course! However, Google Play isn’t available for this device, but the next-best thing, the Android Market, is. Installing Android Market was a straightforward process. I followed the following steps, courtesy of The Digital Reader:

Instructions on how to download the Android Market (not Google Play) to the Proscan Tablet

  1. Download this ZIP file to your computer.
  2. Open the Zip file to your computer and copy the contents to a folder on your Polaroid tablet via a USB cable. Then unplug your tablet.
  3. Once you’ve done that, open the file manager on your tablet and go to the folder where you put the files. Try to install the following apps in this order (double click on the files in order to run them):
  • OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk
  • SetupWizard.apk
  • vending-3.1.3-signed.apk

As a 4th step you might want to press the home button, select the checkmark which says “open always with”, and then select Launcher. This will guarantee that whenever you press the home button you will see the home screen and not be prompted with a menu.

I have Aldiko and the Google Apps installed and they work fine. Note that I don’t have the Google videos working on the tablet and I have no way to test it due to the simple fact that I don’t buy my videos via Google Play.

As for a proper review for the tablet, check out the YouTube clip below:

Google Apps for Business No Longer Free – This Cruel, Mean Outrage “Puts a Wrench” in Small Businesses

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This post comes from the heart.

I recently checked my email which is currently hosted on the now-former Google Apps for Business Free account.  I received an email from a Google address with a message that I initially thought to be a prank. It read:

Hello from Google,
Here’s some important news about Google Apps—but don’t worry, there’s no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we’re making a change to the packages we offer.

Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). Because you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.

Should you ever want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month.

You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog.

Thank you for using Google Apps.

Clay Bavor
Director, Google Apps”

But don’t worry, there’s no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we’re making a change to the packages we offer.” Yeah, right. Nice way to put the wrench in new small businesses with practically no prior notice!

In the past, I have recommended a sizeable amount of clients from utilizing emails that would tie you into domain companies like GoDaddy and even in some cases from private, 10-year old Exchange servers. The logic was simple: Google has some of the most powerful servers in the world and, while they sort of “own” your data, they are merely using it to improve Google search results, which is only a good thing. And, there are so many Google accounts that the chances of them zeroing into your account is like a needle in a haystack.

Also, the logic was that for Google, the very data they gather is money. This data would help them leverage with other revenue-generating services like Adwords. The paid accounts would be a bonus for Google’s large wad of pockets.

Until yesterday one could sign up for up to 10 free accounts, and as of 2007 one could sign up for 50 user accounts. It was an amazing way for Google to provide a service in exchange for data.

Apparently, they no longer seem to need the little guy. They clearly have all the data they need.

According to Techcrunch,

Mountain View says it’s making the change to simplify its offering to ensure a better fit for both groups of users, individuals and business, noting in its blog;

When we launched the premium business version we kept our free, basic version as well. Both businesses and individuals signed up for this version, but time has shown that in practice, the experience isn’t quite right for either group. Businesses quickly outgrow the basic version and want things like 24/7 customer support and larger inboxes. Similarly, consumers often have to wait to get new features while we make them business-ready.

Google is still offering a free product for schools and universities: Google Apps for Education. It will also be continuing to offer Google Apps for Government for $50 per user, per year.

Let’s see here: “…but time has shown that in practice, the experience isn’t quite right for either group. Businesses quickly outgrow the basic version.” Bull! Most businesses stay small business for at least 3-5 years, assuming they even survive that long. And many that last longer stay small businesses. I guess the term “quickly” is all relative in terms of time.

Think of it this way. Let’s say one wanted to create a 10-user account now and use up all 10 users. Before, it was great – you could get it for free. Now, for 10 accounts, at $5/user/month, that translates into $50/10 users/month or $500/10 users/year! A start-up now paying Google $500 a year for something that was free 24 hours ago is outrageous! What a mean, cruel joke on the little guy!

But this is not a joke. This is reality, sweetie.

Other Email Options

It will now take new start-ups new, creative ways for cheap email. Some existing solutions are:

1. Fusemail

URL: https://www.fusemail.com/solutions/small-business/

Pros:

  • The low cost is better than Google’s.
  • Mailboxes are 10 GB in size
  • Phone support exists.
  • You can actually consolidate your mailboxes.
  • Excelent spam/virus protection.
  • IMAP and SMTP services
  • A competitive Calendar service exists.

Cons: N/A

Cost: $2/user/month

2. Yahoo Business Email

URL: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/email/compare-plans

Pros: It comes out to $2/user/month akin to Fusemail.

Marissa Meyer’s appointment to Yahoo a few months ago still may hint at new life for Yahoo.

Cons: POP email only, no IMAP

Cost: $10/10 users/month + $25 setup fee

3. Hotmail/Windows Live Business Emails

URL: http://domains.live.com/

Pros: I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I see it’s free.

Microsoft is still Microsoft, love or hate it. From a business perspective they’re still amazing.

Cons: N/A

Instructions can be found on ceveni.com, which also says it best that “google is becoming too weird now days it has proceeding from “User Centric” to  “Business Centric” forcing small business and organizations to buy their email service which was once free.” I love it when someone speaks his mind!

Cost: Free*

The above having been said, I see this as an amazing opportunity for a young start-up to come out with free IMAP-based email that will make Google’s current business email data archaic. Perhaps then will they show some remorse and retrieve even part of the “free” plan back. Not that they care “at this time,” though.

Final Thoughts

I know that many are very angry about Google’s drastic move, complaining about the lack of notice (Google’s own blog only mentioned this 2 days ago). Some doom-and-gloom people said that this was only a matter of time before this happened. I for one am not happy and am open to other free or low-cost email suggestions moving forward.

Comments and suggestions below are more than welcome.

CodeIgniter Framework – Based Daily Deal/Groupon Clone Aggregator Script

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Note: Due to the age of this post as well as the evolution of the Groupon clone/aggregator system, RJH Solutions will no longer offer support for these systems. The “writing on the wall” was seen when Groupon’s CEO was fired early 2013. In the meantime, please continue browsing the rest of the site. -Rafi

In the past I wrote about Groupon Clones and reviews. Well, the hype on that seems to have cooled off, and now people are wondering what to do next. Well, there are are always Daily Deal Aggregator scripts.

Of the many Groupon Clone websites that launched, while not many lasted beyond 3-6 months, the number remaining still is a nice number. Also, daily deal sites still are looking for exposure on various other sites. Until the market is dominated by 1-2 Daily Deal sites, people will wonder how to get the best deal on which site covering a niche they like. Enter Daily Deal Aggregator websites.

From a business perspective, it makes a lot of sense. Host all niche Daily Deal websites and earn a small percentage from each sale. A nice amount of money can be made from this business without the headache of running a single deal.

Sounds tempting? Want in? Okay, I can tell you’re hungry. That’s good, right? Well, RJH Solutions has partnered with Extanet to provide you one of the most modular, user-friendly daily deal scripts around. Built in CodeIgniter, this script can be extended to include whatever your heart desires – all within reason of course.

Contact us today for a free quote on not only the script, but to setup.

A demo is currently pending and we will update you on when it is available.

How to Publish a Kindle eBook

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So, you’ve written a book?  Congratulations.  Whether it’s the work of years or simply your latest entry, it was almost certainly a difficult and demanding project that it would be great to get some recognition for.  Sure, you can go through the traditional routes and send out your manuscript to the publishing houses in hopes that you get a bite, but should you be looking for another route, whether due to rejection, disinterest, or simple distaste for involving yourself with those companies, Amazon’s DTP(Digital Publishing Platform) for the Kindle might be right for you.  Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Create an Account

One of the advantages to going with the Kindle for your digital platform is that any Amazon.com account should basically be good for this already.  Simply head to the DTP Log-in screen and enter your usual information.  If this is your first time playing with the DTP service, you’ll be asked for some basic publishing-specific settings such as tax information and preferred payment method.  It’s pretty straightforward and you should have little trouble.

Step 2: Format your eBook

Presumably you’ve already taken the time to do any sort of content editing you’d like to do.  Dwelling on the details of that would turn this post into a book of its own, as I’m sure you’re aware.  What is important, however, is making sure you’re setting things up properly to be accessible on the Kindle platform.  The supported file formats at the moment are:

Unencrypted Mobipocket(.mobi and .prc)

This is pretty much the ideal, if you can do it, since it is the format that the Kindle-specific file format is derived from.

Unzipped EPUB

These should actually make the conversion very cleanly in most cases.  It is basically the current generation of the old Mobipocket format(yes, I know I’m oversimplifying) and can be brought back to that earlier iteration in eBook formatting pretty easily.  If you’re hoping to get your book set up for more than just the Kindle, you’ll likely be using this format anyway, at some point.

Plain Text

Obviously not much you can do wrong in this one, though it is a bit limiting.

Microsoft Word .doc File

Definitely usable, but with some complications.  Avoid anything like headers or footers.  No page numbers(remember that the Kindle reflows the text to respond to size adjustments and such).  For the same reason, don’t bother playing with Margins or anything.  Also, for whatever reason, Amazon recommends you add in images using the “Insert” command rather than copy/paste for best results.  Something to keep in mind.

*IMPORTANT* Don’t mistake this for the new .docx file format.  That is a different and wholly incompatible thing.

Adobe PDF

This is the poorest option, by all accounts, but it will still work after a fashion.  There is simply too little formatting information in your average PDF to hope to get much of anything besides the bare text and most minimal formatting out of Amazon’s conversion process.  You might actually be better off finding a third party utility to break down your PDF into something that can be played with in MS Word or a similar program that can be converted into a more useful format.

Zipped HTML

There are a number of specific things to be aware of in using an HTML document for your Kindle book.  While this is the most finely controllable method for formatting your book, by most accounts, it is also complicated and requires great attention to detail.  In most cases, until and unless you have extensive experience using this sort of an eBook format, you might be better off using something else.

To be honest, speaking from personal experience, the best thing you can do to get something ready for publication is to take what you have finished, convert it to either .mobi or HTML, and send it to your Kindle to see how it works.  Flipping through on the device itself will save you a world of trouble in case something goes wrong.

Step 3: Upload Your Book

They’ve made this part really simple.  Assuming you are still logged into the DTP system, you will see a button that says “Add a New Title”.  Click on it and enter all the information it asks for.  You’ll need to provide not only your book file and a description of the work to sell it with, but also any important publication data, an assurance that you have a right to publish the book, a decision about whether or not to enable DRM, and a cover/product image.  The product image is important, since it is what will appear on the product page in the Kindle store.

You will then be prompted for information on countries where you hold the rights to your work, and to select a pricing/royalty option.  You can choose from either 35% royalties, in which case you get to set your price in stone, or 70% royalties, which means that Amazon has a lot more say over how much your book is going to be costing if they decide they need to price match or anything like that and that they deduct a small delivery fee based on file size for each sale.  Either way, you set your price(s) in the little box below that area and you’re done.

Step 4: Promote it

Let’s face it, getting the book on the Kindle marketplace is the easiest part of things.  The hard part, aside from the writing itself, comes next!  Now you’ve got to spread the word.  Many recent authors have had luck with creating a public presence for themselves through creative use of blogging, web promotion, and plain old word of mouth.  Whichever method you choose, you’ve got a good start going already.  Good luck!

Read more: http://blogkindle.com/2010/11/how-to-publish-a-kindle-ebook/

November 23rd, 2010 by matthew

Pinterest Clone Scripts Reviews

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Pinterest is one of the hottest social neworking sites today. Some people are looking to create their own niche Pinterest sites as there’s marketing value to keeping everything under one theme.

It makes perfect marketing sense: If you attract a large user base you can market “likeable” material.

Here are some Pinterest clone script reviews that might lead you into the right direction in terms of what to purchase.

Joomla! Social Pinboard by Apptha (Contus)

Contus, now Apptha, has come out with another clone built on an existing platform – Joomla! Being a big fan of scripts built on an existing platform, this has caught my eye.

Overall, the script looks solid with a ton of new features.

Pros

  • Solid, robust back-end.
  • Fluid interface.
  • iPhone and Android Apps at an additional price.

Cons

  • Session times are too short
  • No Admin demo in back-end
  • Contus is known to use spaghetti-code methodology that nonetheless “works.”

Price: $249

Rating: 3/5

Drupal PinBoard Theme by ThemeSnap

Drupal’s PinBoard theme is similar to the Joomla script in several ways, focusing on social network and location filters.

Pros

  • I am personally a big fan of scripts built on already-established platforms, and Drupal is certainly one of the best platforms to build on.
  • It is also easily available in it’s own mobile app!
  • The Drupal script makes Pinterest a little more personal.
  • “Look” is solid and secure.
  • In the demo, an email verification gets sent to activate a user account.

Cons

  • The theme is only in Beta mode
  • Theme is only compatible with certain browsers (IE 7+, Chrome, Opera and Firefox)
  • Theme only works with certain versions of Drupal (right now, it’s compatible with Drupal 7 only).
  • No admin username/password access in Demo.

Price: $229

Demo: http://www.themesnap.com/theme-demos/pinboard/

Rating: 3.5/5

Pinterestclones Pinboarding Pro

Pinboarding Pro is one of the highly recommended Pinterest clone scripts available. On their website there are a few ‘Showcase‘ clones.

The graphical interface though looks oddly similar to that of Alstrasoft.com. I don’t know for sure if they’re different scripts or if one white-labels the other.

The demo contains most features, allowing you to perform o a complete test before purchasing. Completely customize your own Pinterest clone script in the simplest way possible.

Pros

  • I like the cleanliness of the back-end.
  • Manage Pages has meta fields for SEO.

Cons

The following, though, are show-stoppers:

  • The “Create Username” page on the demo is non-existent.
  • Too few fields for each section.
  • Also, the graphical interface looks oddly similar to that of alstrasoft.com, or vice versa.
  • You cannot manage/edit Pin boards.
  • No Facebook/Twitter integration with Admin back-end, though it exists for end user.
  • No indication of whether or not an iPhone or Android app is in store in the future. ***UPDATE*** It may be in development, but an Alstrasoft representative just mentioned that it’s not a priority. I believe it is as more people today are using their smart-phones for internet access than the traditional desktops and laptops.

Price: $199

Demo: http://www.Pinterestclones.com/demos

Rating: 2/5

Alstrasoft Pinterest Clone Script

Alstrasoft comes with it’s unfortunately long history of nice-looking scripts with horrific back-ends.

It has recently been brought to my attention that Alstrasoft has been stealing older versions of scripts and offering substandard support. While I don’t know how true this is, I did notice that Alstrasoft and PinterestClones have a similar script, though they have allegedly been caught stealing other pieces of software such as “AdQuick” which is owned by someone else. Therefore it stands to reason that they’re stealing other pieces of software. Not cool! I don’t trust either the company or their product.

Pros/Cons: Similar to Pinboarding Pro, though PinBoarding Pro has more features.

Price: $179

Demo: http://www.alstrasoft.com/Pinterest-clone.htm

Rating: 1/5

Cogzidel’s Pinderful

Still a product with room for improvement, the Pinderful clone script is still able to meet all of your basic startup needs. This script is specifically useful for those who are new to Pinterest and haven’t got a clue on what’s so important. With a long list of ‘Upcoming features’ it might be useful to understand the basics before moving up a level anyway.

In terms of the demo, from a back-end perspective, here are the pros and cons:

Pros

  • I personally like the design and fluid sidebar.
  • Facebook/Twitter/Email integration

Cons

  • The site functionality leaves a lot to be desired.
  • From an SEO perspective, there is a site “meta keywords” and “meta description” but not for specific pages.
  • “Manage Website” doesn’t allow you to manage a website.
  • “View Pin” doesn’t give the Pinned user any credit.
  • “Board Management” has too few fields.

Price: $299

Demo: http://www.cogzidel.com/Pinterest-clone, on the right side

Rating: 2/5

Uniprogy Pinnect

Uniprogy, the makers of Couponic, is a Russian-based script provider. It’s built on the same Yii framework that was used for Couponic.

Pros

  • Easy installation with guide
  • Front-end looks easy to use
  • Being built on a framework means that there is no “spaghetti code.”

Cons

  • Maybe this is because it’s on the demo server, but verification email for front-end takes a long while to send.
  • Beyond-ugly back-end interface
  • Complicated modular structure
  • Page module is under “Setup/CMS” and has no SEO meta fields.
  • Doesn’t seem to “get it.”
  • Since it’s Framework-based, to make modifications and design changes a high degree of Object-Oriented programming expertise is required.

Price: $200 for the base script, $35-$100 per add-on. However, there is a package of four scripts for a $295 instead of $320.

Demo: http://uniprogy.com/pinnect/demos

Rating: 2/5

SEOToolster Script

This is a script that is not built yet but is in development. Being that there is no live demo, here is my review based on what’s written:

Pros

  • Script is purportedly built on CodeIgniter framework, ensuring that there is no spaghetti code and that everything is clean.
  • SEO-friendly
  • There are ideas for an HTML 5 version of the script

Cons

  • Price point for an undeveloped script is way too high.
  • Everything right now is just that – an idea.

Price: $749 just to book the script!

Script Site: http://seotoolster.com/clone-scripts/Pinterest-clone-script-social-pinboard-script/

Rating: 0/5

PinPress WordPress Theme

PinPress is a theme built on WordPress, an established framework. Launched in April 18, the script shows promise.

Pros

  • Widget-ready.
  • Complete Pinterest-like layout.
  • Search Engine Optimized.
  • Valid, Cross browser Compatible.
  • Easy Customization.
  • Impressive video presentation.
  • Facebook login feature.
  • Impressive price-point.

Cons

  • There is no admin username/password to work with in the demo.
  • No indication of mobile app versions

Price: $69 to start.

Demo: http://demo.pinpress.net/

Rating: 2.5/5

Okay, Which One Do I  Choose?

When there are several different Pinterest clone scripts to choose from, it’s difficult to choose the right one. We recommend trying out a few demos to see how the different Pinterest scripts work and which one you feel most comfortable with.

The majority of the features in these clone scripts are mostly the same, with a few unique features in several. So depending if you want to focus on social media or mobile apps, you may already know where to start looking!

Caveat Emptor With Off-Shore

When purchasing off-the-shelf scripts, just remember the Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) mantra. For most of these scripts, once you purchase them there are no refunds, for the simple reason that you can in theory use the providers’ script elsewhere. Each script is an  intangible good that is digitally delivered, and therefore cannot be physically sent back to the provider.

Also, remember scripts from India. Technical support is traditionally weak as their English is very different from ours.

Beat the Off-Shore Experience By Hiring iRISEmedia.com

iRISEmedia is available for hire in building Pinterest clone scripts for whatever your niche market is. Let us know and we can provide a quote.

This post originally was seen on the iRISEmedia.com website.

Daily Deal Groupon Clone Scripts – Reminiscing

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Well, the Groupon Daily Deal Industry has been dying down as of late. A lot of online businesses opened and closed their doors when they realized that with various pitfalls, as a business in and of itself it’s hard to make a nice profit when targeting a niche of a niche in only 1-2 cities.

I also noticed that, with my blog post reviews, different people tried different things. A number of you wrote comments congratulating me for my unbiased reviews. A number noticed my SEO rankings and tried to out-SEO me with creating one-page sites with SEO-friendly URLs. I also found out that a number tried to build Contus Groupclone sites themselves after reading my reviews and not bothering to thank me afterwards! Some were successful and some not. In my defense, I never said that their software was perfect, but that because it was build on Magento it always stuck to the “bottom line” which was in processing sales successfully.

Many tried to contact me to independently build their clones, in some cases even offering me salaried work. With my full-time job this admittedly was difficult as my personal time was severely diminished between work, school, and family time, which sadly included tending to my son that was to be born with a rare heart defect that unfortunately led to his demise at 7.5 weeks on February 29th, and mourning for a full month afterwards. Much of the time that I didn’t spend at work was spent in the hospital during the time he was alive.

To those that I flat-out rejected work, now you know why. To those eagerly anticipating my e-Book but not getting it until a year later, now you know why. Sorry.

However, regarding the reviews, keep in mind that I wrote my reviews when there was nothing else out there. I wanted to help service the internet community at large by writing a non-nonsense, say-it-as-I-sees-it post and make a few bucks on the side. Hence the Paypal button on the right as well as the e-Book I wrote (I know, I couldn’t have dreamt up a more original title, right?).

What can I say, for me it was an interesting journey to assist many to succeed in the Groupon Clone/Daily Deal industry as well as to fail. I merely provided my script recommendations to give people that “push” towards whatever their destination led them. I know, the last sentence sounds very Zen-like, doesn’t it?

You all have been amazing and I hope to hear feedback on other things I’ve done, as well as recommendations on what I should write about!

Groupon Clones for Morons e-Book Launch

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Well, it’s live. After a year of waiting the e-Book “Groupon Clones for Morons” has been launched.

Firstly, I feel I should finally open up and explain why I delayed in the launching of this e-Book. I initially was working on this a year ago and was sidetracked from writing this due to personal family-related circumstances, which among other things involved in the treatment, birth and passing of my son, all within the same year. Aside from the emotional stress, in terms of time, there was a point where any moment that I was not at work practically spent at the hospital. Anyways, I am certain that my son is in a much better place now, though his moving on has left a void in the hearts and minds of those that knew him for before and during his 7.5 week lifespan.

Personal matters aside, though, I intended to write this e-Book in the format of a technical paper as I felt that this was the best “no nonsense” approach. This is one of the reasons why it’s only 20 pages long – it’s 20 pages, but chock full of content, much of which is not found on my blog posts.

I published it only as an e-Book as it’s the most accessible format around. Also, I wanted to cut costs low and pass these savings to everyone else. Someone I know personally who has had his books published by a top-notch publisher explained to me that when he has a book published, and the asking price is, say, $30, he would be LUCKY if he received $3-something per purchase as the other 90% which everyone has to pay for goes straight to the following costs: advertising, illustration, editing, and the best part, PRINTING! Paper and book covers cost money! This is what the regular person gets.

I will be upfront and say it as it is. I am only charging $4.99 for the e-Book as none of those costs are being incurred, therefore, why should you the buyer suffer? Out of that price I get $3.62 of that depending if it’s sold on Lulu. From there the money gets transferred to my Paypal account where an additional 3% is taken off. Bottom line, all I am asking is to make what the regular author makes, and in return you the consumer get tons of valuable information at a fraction of the cost. Sounds good? Thought so.

As for the title, I chose “Groupon Clones for Morons.” “Morons, as “Dummies” and “Idiots” are trademarked titles and I didn’t feel like dealing with a lawsuit. I used the title “Groupon Clones” as that is what I have been using to express Daily Deal clones, and for me, Groupon is to Daily Deal sites as Coke is to soft drinks. Other than that, I thought it sounded better than “Groupon clones for the utterly helpless” and so on and so forth.

Anyways, enjoy the e-Book and use the information contained within wisely!

25 Worst Passwords of 2011

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You’ve got locks on your doors and maybe even an alarm system guarding your home. But all that stands between criminals and your bank account information is the word “password.” Sound familiar? “Password,” “123456” and, weirdly, “monkey” are among the 25 worst passwords of the year, according to SplashData, a private company that sells security services and password software.

SplashData compiled its list — released Monday — from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

And despite all the fancy technology available to hackers, when it comes to breaking and entering, they’ll still go for the low-hanging fruit, starting with easy passwords like these.

Here’s a tip for creating a more secure password: Make it eight characters or more, and use multiple types of characters — upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols.

Anyways, without much ado, here’s the compiled list of the 25 worst passwords of 2011:

1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football
Twilight
twilight

Contus Magento – Database Tables to Migrate

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Moving over to a new Contus website and need to transfer all data to one of their new installations? Here are a few table groups:

Admins: admin_role, admin_rule, admin_user

Catalog Products, entities and more: catalog_ – all tables

Sales: sales_ – all tables

Order Coupon Codes: ordercustomer

Newsletter subscribers: newsletter_ – all tables

Referral/Affiliate System: advert_ – all tables

Customer Information: customer_ – all tables

Caching options: core_cache_option

CMS Pages: cms_page and cms_page_store

CMS Page Blocks: cms_block and cms_block_store

 

I think that’s all, as far as I know.