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Shopping Carts for Blogs – Specific Recomendations

Our friends over at blogging for business have a nice piece on shopping carts for those interested: Shoppinig Carts for Blogs

Let me know if you have any recommendations yourself. I’m in the process of setting up a shopping cart to sell automotive racing gear for a colleagues website.

[tags] shopping carts, blogs,, eoecho [/tags]

Is Google Buying Sun Microsystems?

The Global Perspective Daniel Harrison at Global Perspective seems to think he has clues the deal is in the works.

George Carlin – New Rules For 2006

George Carlin’s New Rules For 2006

Found this link to George Carlin’s New Rules For 2006 on, a fellow Blog Explosion site (check it out if you need more traffic on your blog). Enjoy!

U.S. Government Launches One-Stop Federal Website

On you can search millions of pages from federal and state governments, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Most of these pages are not available on commercial websites.

FirstGov has the most comprehensive search of government anywhere on the Internet. It also provides a Spanish-language portal РFirstGov en Espa̱ol. In addition, entrepreneurs can find out how to do business with the federal government through the FirstGov Business Gateway.

A little R & R

A week in Vail and Beaver Creek cures the winter blues. Vail is a great place to ski, but it’s expensive. Lift tickets are $90, but you can buy them in advance for $78 from this site. Beaver Creek – adjacent to Vail – was developed by the same company that developed Vail. They have record amounts of snow and the skiing is excellent.

I was lucky this year. A group of high school friends invited me to join them in a “ski in-out condo” located right on the slopes of Beaver Creek. Really, really, nice place with hot tubs, state-of-the-art kitchen, bathrooms/showers in every room, etc.

If you want to check on the weather and snow conditions in Vail and Beaver Creek visit

The vision of Vail Valley began when the founder of Vail, Pete Siebert, dreamed of creating a European-style ski village in the pristine area he discovered while serving with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. His dream became a reality in 1965 when he opened the nearby Vail ski resort, and after the success of Vail, Pete’s team decided to extend
his vision to Beaver Creek in 1980. Today, millions of visitors from all over the world flock to the area.

I hope to join them again next year.

Here’s a few pics:

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So You Want To Open A Window, Huh?

So You Want To Open A Window, Huh? is an excellent resource for bloggers wanting to add bells and whistles to websites. This link takes you to a step-by-step instruction page for adding self loading windows using Java script – explained so well even I understand how to do it!

1Club.FM Internet Radio Station – Miami, Tampa, Chicago

1Club.FM Internet Radio Station

Offers 40 channels of streaming music. It is one of the websites I listen to while working in my home office.

On weekends, I’ll plug my laptop into my stereo and listen to 1Club.FM throughout the house. I had a conversation with a few friends at a dinner party this past weekend concerning the longevity of satellite radio. We were wondering, who needs to pay for XM or Sirius radio?

Isn’t it just a matter of time before everyone will have endless choices of free music over the Internet? Simple connection to the home stereo and you have Miami dance floor music or Chicago Blues in your living room. And that’s available now.

Don’t like the song, scan your computer screen, click on “what’s playing now” and select a song you like. With Wifi nets soon to be everywhere, you’ll be able to receive the same music in your car within the year, if not within a few months. It’s hard for me to believe satellite radio has a future given the Internet stations offer significantly more user choice.

Most Popular Internet Search Terms of 2005 from Dogpile

Top Results from all the leading search engines, InfoSpace®, Press Room

What is Dogpile? It’s all the best search engines piled into one making it easier for users to search more of the Web. 

Top 10

1. Music Lyrics
2. Paris Hilton
3. Google
4. eBay
5. Yahoo
6. Mapquest
7. Games Cheat
8. Games
9. Dogs
10. Top 100 Baby Names

Top Celebrities
1. Paris Hilton
2. Carmen Electra
3. Pamela Anderson
4. Jessica Simpson
5. Britney Spears
6. 50 Cent
7. Lindsey Lohan
8. Jennifer Lopez
9. Green Day
10. Eminem

Client Request

This post is for one of my clients looking to edit PDF files (ignore this post if you’re just browsing my blog).

Adobe Acrobat 6.0
As you requested, here’s the Adobe software you’re looking for. You’ll do fine getting the older 6.0 version – I can’t see you using any of the features in the 7.0 version. In addition, the older version is significantly less expensive. Once you have your marketing materials ready, I’ll show you how to create the PDF files for sending as email attachments and uploading to your website.

Also, set up a PayPal account. Click the PayPal image below and read their section on sending “email invoices.” The program integrates with Quickbooks, a nice feature since you’ll be doing your own accounting. The time saved is going to be significant. Sending your invoices in advance also allows you to separate the “buyers” from the “shoppers” – more sessions and less cancellations.

I selected this service for my consulting business because there are no start-up or monthly fees, no cancellation fees, and no minimum payments. Also, I did a lot of research and found the transaction fees to be as competitive or lower than most other merchant account providers. Signing up took me less than 10 minutes.

If you have any questions, just give me a call anytime.
– Greg

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About life and living it right

Posted at this site (and many others I’m sure):

“A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. The Lecturer just smiled and went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups – some porcelain, some in plastic, some in glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.

He offered his former students the cups to get drinks for themselves. When all the students had a cup in hand with water, he spoke: “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.

While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not the cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups.”

“Just like in life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and maintain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change.” “If we only concentrate on the cup, we won’t have time to enjoy the water in it.”

Mother Teresa

2006 Route 66 Tour

Route 66 Tour

MBCA's 50th Anniversary Chair Richard Simonds has announced the itinerary for the Route 66 Tour next September. Sections along the way are encouraged to plan evening events to welcome tour participants. Entrants may drive any Mercedes-Benz model, though preference will go to older cars; entry details will follow in the future.

50th Anniv. Mercedes-Benz Club Trip – NJ to Chicago

Doug Ochwat (Northern New Jersey MBCA Section) is organizing a trip for any members in the Northeast US along with Ohio, Michigan and Indiana who want to take advantage of this special experience. As many of you already know Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s National President, Richard Simons, is putting together a “Historic Route 66” trip from Chicago to Southern California as a part of the 50th Anniversary ending up at the new MB Classic Center. That trip will leave Chicago on Sunday, September 17th and arrive in California September 30th. Continue reading

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