Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Billion Here A Trillian There!

With the National Debt ballooning above 10 trillion dollars, what's another $1.8 trillion with the Fed?

Well, it certainly can't be real money, can it? After all, we haven't had a budget that has had a surplus in ages. We have had government deficit spending like money grows on trees. I guess it does, from the standpoint of all the paper that is used to print up the bills.

What do you suppose the passing of the Bailout Bill is going to do to the dollar's strength? Who knows, maybe in some convoluted way if might strengthen the dollar.

My conspiracy theorists say this whole situation that we find ourselves in was caused by the big banks, the Federal Reserve (which is not federal at all, but a privately held corporation run by bankers, and politicians that either don't know any better or on the take for millions of dollars themselves. See this chart of who owns the Federal Reserve Bank.

Take a look at the true cost of the 2008 Bailout Bill.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

The End Game

With Microsoft having withdrawn its bid for Yahoo, Carl Ichan was quick to step in and try to place his own controlling board in charge of Yahoo at the next annual shareholders meeting.

Well, I am one to think that no matter what happens, most of the folks have not thought of the end game scenario. Microsoft certainly didn't think of the end game when Yahoo rebuffed Steve Ballmer's attempt to acquire Yahoo. After saying essentially that nothing was going to stop Microsoft from acquiring Yahoo, that is in effect what happened (at least for the time being).

With the dog's on it's tail, Yahoo, with the help of Google, a long time acquaintance and friend are ready to work out a new advertising arrangement.

To understand the history of Google and Yahoo's association we need to go back in time, to the early years of Google.

Google Corporate History

1998 Among those they called on was friend and Yahoo! founder David Filo. Filo agreed that their technology was solid, but encouraged Larry and Sergey to grow the service themselves by starting a search engine company. "When it's fully developed and scalable," he told them, "let's talk again." Others were less interested in Google, as it was now known. One portal CEO told them, "As long as we're 80 percent as good as our competitors, that's good enough. Our users don't really care about search."

2000 On June 26, Google and Yahoo! announced a partnership that solidified the company's reputation — not just as a provider of great technology, but as a substantial business answering 18 million user queries every day.

As a side note, I wonder who the quote is from above, "As long as we're 80 percent as good as our competitors, that's good enough. Our users don't really care about search." I guess we will just have to guess who the identity is for now. Read marketing strategies for your business.

So, as we can see, Google and Yahoo were close partners to begin with. Now, it is quite possible that Yahoo is coming back to the fold.

If you think about it, Steve Ballmer may have done both Google and Yahoo a favor by forcing the talks to happen between the two. From Microsoft's point of view, this could have been a big mistake ever coming to the Yahoo table in the first place and then walking away. If you are going to play out a multi-billion dollar gambit, and placing the majority of your spare billions of dollars into a deal, you better have the end game figured out. Is it possible that as the saying goes, pride comes before the fall? ??

Time will tell.

By-the-way, no sooner did I get this posted, I read online that now Microsoft is trying for a piece of the partial action for Yahoo in the form of an advertising revenue sharing arrangement, agreement, purchase, or who knows what. Wow, what a wild wild web we weave!

By Jim

Monday, May 12, 2008

Blogger in Draft Search Widget

Try out the new Blogger in draft mode.

When publishing using Blogger online or custom domain names without FTP publishing there are some new features that can be added very easily to your blog. One of those features is search your blog widget.

For an overview of this Search Widget log in to and try it out for yourself on your blog.

Now, since this My Jot Spot blog is currently being published with FTP, I don't have the luxury of being able to use that specific search widget. However, go to my emessage blog and try out the search. Try searching for the keyword "Steelers" and click through the tabs.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Clippings Notes And Research Information

Internet MarketingMarketing Notes

Gathering information online requires note taking. This is especially true when doing research for writing technical articles about specific topics and you need to get your facts straight.

I use Firefox quite extensively as my main research browser when it comes to anything related to the Internet. Mozilla Firefox has thousands of add-ons which users can add to the browser to include other specific useful tools. One of those tools is Clippings 3.0 Firefox and Thunderbird email client add-ons.

Clippings 3.0 by AE Creations saves and manages frequently-entered text for later pasting into Web page forms in Firefox, or email and newsgroup messages in Thunderbird. Pasting a clipping is accomplished with just two mouse clicks, eliminating the hassle of retyping or repetitive copying and pasting.

Not only does Clippings 3.0 provide a means to simply copy and paste information, but the addon program provides a means to organize your clippings into folders that are simply a mouse click away.

In the past, when I wanted to do some short takes note taking, I've opened Notepad or WordPad from the Microsoft Windows accessory area for programs. I would have to copy and paste between the browser and Notepad or WordPad. However, with Clippings, everything can be done right from the browser. When you need to get the information that you clipped from one source, you simply right click on the browser window where it will be posted and pasted in Blogger, Wordpress, Gmail, or any other online email or forms application, and click the organize clippings button from the Clippings drop down menu and a popup window has all your organized folders and notes ready to be clicked and automatically pasted. Shortcut keys can also be assigned to any clipping for repetitive tasks.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Microsoft + Yahoo 1 + 1 = What?

By: Jim Warholic

MergeOK folks, with the proposed buyout of Yahoo! by Microsoft, everyone is trying to dissect what would be the consequences of such a buyout.

Well, I'm no expert, but many experts have many different opinions about how this would affect the search and online advertising landscape, so I'm going to add my two cents worth of opinion.

In my opinion I don't think it will change the landscape that much for Google. In the short and long run, this might actually be good for Google and its users because they will have stayed the course.

There are so many things between Yahoo! and Microsoft that are redundant that I can't imagine there not being major layoffs, hence the term "cost savings." Microsoft can pick and choose which items they want to keep and which ones they would put on the back burner so-to-speak. The absorption of technology by Microsoft from the Yahoo! acquisition would take time to decide which technology is ultimately going to be used for online advertising delivery and other technology services. Even if they were to integrate two different advertising platforms, it still comes down to a major degree of difficulty combining the two.

Then there is the whole cultural challenges facing Microsoft. Yahoo! employees have looked at Microsoft as the other team. Microsoft arrived on the search scene and the online advertising scene late. They have invested billions of dollars on trying to catch up to Google, and have not made much of a dent. But, the online world is quite different than the typical challenges with increasing market share. The buyout does not represent anything new for Microsoft. So where is there really going to be an increase in market share. As long as Google delivers great values for their users, it is highly unlikely that Google users would jump ship and move over to a combined Microsoft Yahoo! company.

Then, think about the brand. Will it be Microhoo or Yahoosoft? Seriously folks, how will the brands be integrated? Will it be MSN Search, Live Search, Yahoo! Search, or what? Will Microsoft keep all the brands, and will that ultimately help their market share? Interesting and fascinating all rolled into one. Sounds like a great topic of discussion for a college course.

If Microsoft wants to do it, let them do it.

Just like in sports, where there is free agency, and teams think there is value in one player over another, and are willing to pay whatever top dollar they think is appropriate, another team can come in and say they are willing to pay more for that player. Well, this Microsoft Yahoo! deal is much the same. Google has offered some things that could ultimately be better for Yahoo!, such as providing the search engine for Yahoo!. Interesting times we live in. I guess the shareholders will ultimately decide.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Honda Accord Cabin Filter Replacement Procedure How To Instructions Guide

2000 Honda cabin filter replacement location? Cabin filters are located under and behind glove box.

Should you change cabin air filter on 2000 accord by yourself? Maybe, if you have the patience and can follow directions.

Does a 2000 Honda Accord have a cabin air filter? Yes, the 2000 Honda Accord has two cabin filters, inserted into two plastic housings, stacked on end with one another, with directional air flow important to note when replacing.

How do you change the air filter on a 2000 Honda Accord? One step at a time. According to Jim

Installation Bulletin #1B07


Honda Accord 1998-2002 Acura TL

Location of cabin filters:
Under the dash behind the glove compartment on passenger side of vehicle

Standard and Phillips screwdriver

To remove existing filters:
1. Open the glove compartment and remove the two locking tabs from either side of the glove compartment.
2. Remove four screws from the left, center and right of the glove compartment and close the glove compartment (Fig. 1,2)
3. Remove the access panel from the right side of the glove compartment.
4. Remove the two bottom screws under the access panel (Fig. 3).
5. Important Read Carefully Here: Remove the access panel in center of the dashboard console, under the radio (not really shown in pictures), by slightly prying a small screwdriver at the top right and top left of this center panel, and carefully pull back, so the bottom clips of this plastic panel come back towards the opening, and then remove the screw that is behind and on the right side of this panel (Fig. 4 actually shows removing the access panel under the glove compartment).
6. Remove the access panel under the glove compartment.
7. Remove two screws on the underside of the glove compartment and one screw on the metal bar (Fig. 5).
8. Remove the glove compartment, carefully disconnecting the light wire on the left side (Fig. 6,7).
9. Remove the remaining two screws on either side of the metal bar and remove bar (Fig. 8,9). (Do not remove the ground screw.)
10. The cabin filter access door is now visible, pull up on the door to release and remove (Fig. 10).
11. Pull out the first filter in housing and slide the second into the opening and remove (Fig. 11,12).
12. Remove the dirty filters from the filter housings and replace with clean filters, paying careful attention to the air flow direction arrows (Fig. 13).
13. Reverse steps to complete filter change out.

Honda Accord Cabin Filter Change Pictures
Download full Honda Accord Cabin Filter Instructions PDF file and print it out.
I also suggest downloading the very informative article with additional insights and tips of the Honda Accord Cabin Filter Replacement Procedure written by a reader of My Jot Spot. Thank you "G"

Notes: Make sure you install the filters in the housing properly noting both the air flow directions on the two pleated paper filters and the two plastic housings. (Do not throw away the plastic filter housings by mistake!) You might have to fit the end pleats carefully over the internal plastic housing clips which hold the pleated paper filters solidly in place in the plastic housings.

Also, make sure to clean out the internal housing area of the blower box with some form of small vacuum. Lots of debris can build up inside the blower box. Suggest turning on the blower fan at full speed, with the passenger door open, and allow all the debris to blow out of the fan box.

Estimated time to do the job right, from beginning to the end; one to 1.5 hours.

I am talking from experience. Just be sure to start the project when you have daylight, otherwise you are going to need a light.

When you purchase a replacement filter(s); I purchased ours at Kragen Auto Parts Supply store, the instructions were included with the filters. Two pleated filters come as a set inside one box. $18.99

Vehicle: 2000 HONDA ACCORD DX
Engine: L4 2.3 Liter FI
Cabin Air Filter: Particulate Filter; 2 Filters In Box.;
Standard Equipment.; Located Under Dash

Good luck.

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Remember The Details in the Project

Remembering the details when transferring from one hosting provider to another is extremely important. Simply forgetting the "/" or not changing the main website directory from /httpdocs to /public_html for online Web 2.0 applications can be the difference from the website fully functional to pulling your hair out and thinking what the heck did I forget.

Remember, it's easy to forget, so double check. And, if you think you have everything right, check it again...

Have fun today at Fridays, and if Fridays is not for you, check out Mondays too.

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