My weekend got off to a rocky start - Thursday night we went out for seafood dinner - something didn't agree with me and I spent Friday flat on my back. Saturday was a little better ... I was out walking and shopping, and ran across a gentleman who, for the last 10 years, has been picking up used books at garage sales and reselling them on Amazon.com. Recently he told me that business has fallen off the cliff: it seems that nearly every title in his 1,000+ book inventory is selling for a penny! This guy, and every seller like him, has become a vistim of what is called "robo-pricing," which Financial Times explains "Amazon sellers – using third-party software – can set rules to ensure their prices are always, for example, $1 lower than their rivals’. More complex algorithms can analyse data to set prices most likely to secure a prominent position on the site." FT notes that in 2011, some of the algorithms went rogue, they cite a book that skyrocketed to USD $23 Million PER COPY! Hmmm. Why doesn't Amazon BAN that kind of activity? Use cap'cha like blogs do?
By Sunday I was back to my normal self (whatever that is!)
The day began with a "red alert" ::: my main desktop was in some kind of trouble. A lot of startup items were MIA and after some ado I was able to take a look at what was left of the startup file in Windows explorer, which indicated it had been changed late last night. Hmmm... not by me! I immediately suspected some sort of trojan had hopped on board, because none of my anti-virus or anti-malware programs would open. The best thing Windows ever did, IMHO, is create those "Restore Points" (you access them thru safe mode0 - I rolled the computer back several days, and voila!
The cyber-adventure over, I spent a lot of time gardening. My lack of weeding in recent weeks was evident by the sheer number of invasive species in the vegetable patch! I broke out the grill for lunch and dinner and was outdoors until around 8pm. When inside, I watched a little ION television - they have a new series "Leverage" which was interesting. I also caught up on all the email that piled up over the weekend.
So what's ahead for this week? At 0725 Monday morning, all is calm for the moment. As I go through the workweek I have a couple of small personal items to attend to and a few bills to make sure get paid on time. Otherwise, "stay tuned!"