USPS service delivery truck in a residential area of San Francisco, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
with one of the larger bureaucratic entities. With a move for us in the very near future, it will require a change of address form from the USPS.
With the 55th annual Apple Fest going on this weekend here in Bayfield, stopping by the Post Office was out of the question, and of course, then there is the federal holiday on Monday. So I went on-line to see about filling out a change of address form. All was well until they want to charge my credit card to process this procedure.
I’ve written previously about the financial troubles of the USPS, and this is yet another symptom of the ongoing challenges with the bureaucracy. So I decided that completing the form would wait until later in the week.
Then within the hour of being on the USPS.com website, I received the following robot email – Well thanks for noticing and no I still don’t wish to complete the form, thanks.
Why have we returned to the interweb’s of the 80’s and 90’s? I’m of course referring to the propensity of web sites to have auto play video start playing when you go to their site.
What is even worse is that the video more often than not, has nothing to do with the site content. The videos are simply ads. If I wanted to watch TV type ads I’d have cable or satellite thank you very much. This is directly why we don’t have cable or satellite, as there are entirely to many ads.
One of the worst offenders I’ve found is Dailywire.com. Not only do they have the auto play video ads, and they have the same ad playing in two different places on the article page.
Dailywire.com has great content, and yet the video ads are a complete distraction from their content. I know that there are other sites that I’ve gone to who have something similar and yes, it’s just as annoying.
I’m wondering if this is simply a push for ad dollars during the presidential campaign and nothing more. We shall see after November 8th, 2016
First, they need to rethink the metrics they’re tracking. There’s this assumption that the more data you have, the better your marketing will be. But you have to ask: Is your data measuring the things that drive growth? – Merkle’s Chief Growth Officer, Adam Lavelle,
Not looking specifically at marketing, but rather business data gathering in general, Lavelle’s observation is spot on. How many businesses collect data simply for data’s sake and because the boss or business owner said to do it that way. How many monthly business reports are created simply as busy work for employees? How many of those reports are read and acted upon? How many of those reports are simply filed away with the appropriate check box marked, that the report was completed and filed.
While on active duty in the U.S. Navy there were always a plethora of monthly reports due. Some critical and others, not so much. We would complete all the reports and send off the ones, historically known for being critical, while keeping the other reports filed in the office. More often than not many of the reports were never followed up upon by the requestor. If the report was followed up on, we’d acknowledge the request and send off the report. It was a clear and determined way to designate just how important or not requests were from those higher up the food chain.
Business owners who can’t, don’t or won’t, enroll their employees in the basics and background of data gathering, alienate those employees from the business and the data gathering becomes only busy work.
What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.
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Earlier this week I purchased a new laptop from Amazon. Most likely something that many of you do each and every day. I did this in anticipation of replacing the three-year-old Samsung Chromebook.
Friday arrived and so did the laptop. With much anticipation, I opened up the box and began to explore the new device. It was a fast machine. However, there soon began to be issues with the device.
The device wouldn’t download Google Chrome. In doing some investigation I found that this is an issue that is known and been going on for a few years. I then find out that the device can’t or won’t download or update the apps that are on the machine. This includes a paid and up to date subscription to Microsoft Office.
So, back it goes for a refund. Now to once again begin a search for a new laptop.
This was one of the main reasons for getting our own service, was not to have to rely on the business available wi-fi. Now I need to find out how to get hold of Charter Customer Service and have them address the issue.
Charter Terms and Conditions.
We signed up for the service three weeks ago, and waited the 18 days for our install date. All was well, Charter took our money and we signed and agreed to all of the terms and conditions. However we continue to get internet pop up screens which interfere with the browsing experience. Again, a Charter #FAIL.
This will be a continuing story, so check back as I’ll update as any progress is made.
Yes, it’s St. Patrick‘s Day. No, I’m not wearing green, and our ground and trees are covered in snow.
An interesting email today from LinkedIn. Apparently LinkedIn had a security breach. Who knew. So after doing some investigating, I changed my password with them. I must confess that LinkedIn isn’t a site that I check regularly. I go there when I get some notification emails that someone is looking at my profile.
How about you? How often to you check in on LinkedIn?