Monday, April 28, 2014

Pictures of Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney's Squeeze

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Cash For Cell Phone

SAN DIEGOApril 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- While Americans are well educated on the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, the same can't be said of electronic devices. The proliferation of new cell phones and tablets has led to a growing glut of "e-waste" piling up in people's homes, as well as a lack of understanding about what to do with broken, unwanted or outdated devices.
According to a new survey released in April by ecoATM, (, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, 57 percent of American device owners have idle cell phones in their homes, yet only 22 percent state they have previously recycled cell phones they no longer use.
"Electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of our waste stream, and it's a problem that's only getting worse as more and more new phones and tablets are coming to market each year," said Mark Bowles, founder and Chief Marketing Officer of ecoATM. "Consumers are looking for easy and convenient ways to recycle or sell their unwanted devices, and we must continue to shift behavior when it comes to the responsible disposal of electronics that are no longer being used."
Highlights of ecoATM's consumer survey include:
  • Nearly four in ten device owners (39 percent) have at least two cell phones, if not more, collecting dust at home, yet less than half have sold, recycled or given their old smartphones to someone else after using it (49 percent).
  • Less than half of device owners would consider recycling old gadgets (46 percent) even though most believe that recycling is good for the environment (86 percent), safe (80 percent) and worth doing (77 percent).
  • When upgrading a device, 12 percent of device owners would consider throwing their old gadget away in the garbageand nearly one in three (30 percent) would just store it somewhere in their homes.
  • Just over half of device owners know that it's possible to recycle unwanted devices in drop-off bins inside cell phone provider stores (56 percent) or online trade-in programs (55 percent), while 20 percent know that automated recycling kiosks exist. That said, more than one in 10 (12 percent) incorrectly believe that placing old devices in any recycling bin (such as a curbside bin) could be a viable option.
Recycle Responsibly with ecoATM
ecoATM's approximately 900 kiosks, which are located in shopping malls and select retailers nationwide, recycle consumer electronics – including mobile phones, tablets and MP3 players – to keep them out of landfills or from languishing in desk drawers, and provide instant cash payments as an incentive to recycle.
ecoATM kiosks accept devices of any era or condition, and uses a worldwide auction system to offer consumers competitive prices depending upon condition, which can include a few hundred dollars for newer smartphones. Some very old phones may not be worth anything, but with ecoATM consumers can rest assured knowing that they will be responsibly recycled. ecoATM is able to find a second life for 75 percent of devices collected. For the remaining 25 percent, ecoATM partners with certified e-waste reclamation facilities to ensure those materials are responsibly reused and recycled.
For additional survey findings or to request high-resolution images or b-roll of ecoATM kiosks, please To learn more about ecoATM or to find a kiosk, visit
*Methodology Note: The ecoATM Device Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between March 10th and March 17th and polled 1,018 nationally representative Americans aged 18 and older who own a smartphone, cell phone, MP3 player or tablet.
About ecoATM
ecoATM, a subsidiary of Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR), is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash. ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM's eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution with features that validate sellers' identities and deter the sale of stolen phones, and the company is known for its collaboration with national, state, and local law-enforcement groups in combating mobile phone theft through innovative use of technology and education
ecoATM holds both Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling, as well as ISO27001 certification for information and personal data security.  See for a video of how an ecoATM kiosk works. For more information, and for more information about Outerwall Inc. please visit

Friday, April 25, 2014

Embezzlers, Sexting and Pine Tar

Hey all you techies, geeks and wannabee-technogeeks out there, sitting in front of your computers. Your freedom to move around the internet soon to be taken from you. Maybe you don't realize it. Maybe you don't care.

OK, let's try this on: Why do people who are aware of and avail themselves of technology, carry on with reckless ignorance? And what about embezzlers, which have been making more and more headlines over the past six months. Don't they know they'll get caught?

Is it all that hard to figure out or are people just tragically stupid?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Twitchy Bitchy

Sometimes it seems like twitter is nothing more than a place where people relay headlines with links to magazine articles and newspaper stories. Yes, I understand people can't hold themselves back from sharing information, but the s*** hits the fan for me when some idiot tweets out last week or last month's news as if it were fresh. I just want to reply "we know that already, dumb ass, it was the buzz on twitter two weeks ago."

But I'm just as guilty as the next twitterer. I will send out RTs and MTs sometimes like there's no tomorrow. But I have found that original material, when tweeted, is far more effective and goes a lot farther than "tweet this" links form blogs and online publications.

At the very least the creative constraint associated with getting your message out in 140 characters or less is a good thing. And twitter totally blows RSS feeds out of the water when it comes to alerting the public to a new blog post or online article.

Kim Komando typed up one of the better articles regarding the effective use of twitter. Read it here. If you notice certain people trying to "make money" on twitter, un-follow them. They waste time. Especially the ones who for some reason tweet the exact same "opportunity" 5 or 6 times in a row. (I'm not sure how that happens, as twitter won't allow users to tweet the same thing a second time, but these marketing guru-idiots have apparently found a way around that.) So un-follow them, ban them, whatever it takes.

Whenever possible, tweet out fun, original stuff - text, pictures, links that can't be found anywhere else. Think of your followers as "good friends" with whom you'll share a slice of your personal life from time to time. I'm not sure how many tweets-per-day I read, but it's a good amount. And I limit those I follow to 300 or so. It's a good number - about 30 of those twitterers are extremely active on the microblogging platform - and roughly 100 tweet once in awhile. Every few months I go though the list of those I follow and un-follow any that haven't tweeted in a long time (months or more). Sometimes I wonder what happened to someone who once was very active but went silent. So if you get tired of tweeting, you should still send out a few a week to let folks know you haven't abandoned the platform.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Which one is the bigger pain in the ass?

(From my "Things I hate" file)

(1) You go to look up something on Google, start typing in the search bar, and there it is - exactly what you are looking for appears - but only for a second or two - then a bunch of shit you don't want appears instead.


(2) You see a teaser on a webpage, something like, "15 celebrities who eat manure." You click the link and land on one of those scrolling pages overladen with annoying ads, and every time you click to go to the next frame the computer loads another bunch of ads, and farts as if it were an old 386 on dial-up on AOL back in the mid 1990's. So slow and frustrating you decide "who cares" and move on.


(3) Whenever Google "fixes" something that ain't broken. (Most recent: Driving directions)  

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Peaches Geldof RIP

If you subscribe to the "death comes in threes" theory, Peaches Geldof completes the latest series (1) John Pinette (2) Mickey Rooney (3) Peaches ...

  • Peaches Geldof
  • There's a link to Peaches' twitter account after the jump.

    Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof was a British journalist, television presenter and model. Wikipedia

    BornMarch 13, 1989, Westminster, United Kingdom
    DiedApril 7, 2014, Wrotham, United Kingdom
    SpouseThomas Cohen (m. 2012), Maxwell Drummey (m. 2008–2011)

    Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.

    Writing "was" destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is.

    Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken.

    Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.

    Monday, April 07, 2014

    People Are Talking About

    #MH370 ::: investigation 'turns a corner' - yes? Whatever, it's all the buzz on twitter!

    RIP Mickey Rooney, Kimberly Kay and Mark Bolger are back on the radio at Poughkeepsie's WCZX Mix 97.7 FM.

    Best of the blogs: Master your college pick

    Burning up Google:  Game of Thrones

    Hilarious: Earl Sweatshirt Spoofs Joe Budden In ‘Loiter Squad’ Season 3 Trailer Well, this explains that picture The Alchemist tweeted a while back. In the trailer for season three of Odd Future’s bizarro sketch comedy show, Loiter Squ...


    Friday, April 04, 2014



    Country: USA

    Location: New Jersey (Bayonne, Jersey City, Union City)

    This number will ring your cellphone once in an attempt to lure you to callback, which immediately verifies that your number is a working phone - your number goes on a list that is then mass-marketed to other call centres.

    Then, when you call back you reach an automated operator which will implore you to press 1 for a rep or 2 to add your phone number to the Do Not call list.

    Hang up! But if you are daring or foolish enough to hang on, you'll be greeted by a live rep who will explain you gave up your number voluntarily (no you didn't - ask them what your name is)when you visited one of their reward sites and you won a $100 gift card but you have to pay a one time $9.95 fee.


    Technical: The # is at switch number JRCYNJZFCM8 and exchange 279 is managed by TRINITY INTERNATIONAL INC. which is located in Ghana. Carrier Info: wireless VERIZON NEW JERSEY, INC.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    Origin of April Fool's Day

    This crazy lil day is said to be rooted to the 1500s - it is observed in many European nations. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons. 

    According to wikipedia, precursors of April Fools' Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria (which celebrated Cybele, an Anatolian goddess), held 25 March, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held 28 December, a day on which pranks are still played in Spanish-speaking countries.

    Sources say one of the first known April Fools’ pranks occurred in 1698, when citizens of London were tricked into attending the lion-washing ceremony at the Tower of London, a ceremony that did not actually exist.

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