Google Earthquake

March 5, 2008

Google should have a little bot monitoring its search queries for the term earthquake. If many queries from a region start coming in at once, the top result should be an earthquake query map where all the queries are overlaid over a google map. I bet they could get very close to instantly predicting the epicenter and magnitude based on the number and range of the queries.


How to import all your old emails into Yahoo Mail Beta or GMail

November 2, 2007

I have successfully imported 10 years of emails from MS Outlook into my Gmail and Yahoo Mail Beta accounts.

Here is the quick and dirty on how to do it. Create a temporary email account that has both IMAP and POP access. Setup this temporary IMAP email address in OUTLOOK. You will have a new folder in OUTLOOK for this temp account. Basically, every email you drag or copy into the temp account folder will be uploaded to the temp account server by the IMAP connection.

Now you just go to GMail or Yahoo Mail, setup a POP connection to that same temp account and let the emails start flowing in. Bang, 10 years of emails, accessible from any internet device.

Detailed info and discussion is available here:

I love Google! Why boycott it?

November 2, 2007

Why in the world would you NOT use free Google products?
Google maps on the phone paired with Bluetooth GPS is basically a free navigation system and TOMTOM etc. killer.

800 Goog 411 frees up your hands to drive and takes search from internet to phone.

Google Earth has expanded our sense of wonder about the world we live in.

Grand Central is awesome. (I expect that as soon as high bandwidth wireless is widely available, you will be able to purchase a cheap WIFI phone, forward your Grand Central number to it, and the Telco’s and Cell Phone companies will be SOL. This technology is here right now BTW, its just hard to piece together.

The ads on Googles services are so easy to ignore that all their services are painlessly free. If you want to boycott them, you don’t have to boycott their services, you just keep using them and don’t click the ads. I’m sure THEY will notice your absense. 🙂
I think Yahoo Mail has caught up with GMAIL though. The new yahoo mail (I have used both for the last two years) is just more organized and I can do what I want with less clicks and typing and THAT is all that matters in email.

Shipworks and Yahoo Store

November 2, 2007

I’ve been using a free trial of Shipworks software with my Yahoo store,

Once installed and connected to your Yahoo Store, it automatically downloads your orders and lets you print labels with just a few clicks, with confirmation number to get a discount. It also prints nicely formatted invoices. It also sends the confirmation/tracking number back to your yahoo store and it then appears in the customers’ order status page on your store. Its a good solution, but pricey for cheapskates like me at

$15/month for under 100 orders and

$30/month for 100 or more orders.

and if you want to connect it with endicia and print postage online it will cost another $16/month.

I think Yahoo should actively be trying to add these features to their backend. I’m actively considering switching my store to OScommerce where solutions are actively shared.

Power of Nightmares Documentary by Adam Curtis – Watch Free Online

November 2, 2007

Bill Maher should have Adam Curtis on the show to talk about his “Power of Nightmares” BBC documentary that almost never plays in America.

Here is the link to watch it online free:

BBC site about the program:

If more people watched it they would at least be better able to deconstruct the politics of fear.


November 2, 2007

I first heard about the VENUS OF WILLENDORF in an Nigel Spivey documentary “How are made the world“. Carved 25000 years BP, and not dissimilar to other early carvings, it has been pondered to be a goddess of fertility, or even a fantasy symbol. Since other similar “venus” statues have been found for over thousands of years they must have been very useful in one way or another.

I don’t see why nobody has thought of the obvious, which is that the pronouced genitals make the statue a perfect education tool. To this day society struggles with sex-ed, and it must have had even more importance in prehistoric times when life expectancy was low. Girls could learn about their anatomy and boys could learn about girls anatomy as well. This sex ed too was so effective that it was copied and spread around for ages.

Besides, if there was basically only one human representation in statue form for 10000 years, its not a stretch to think that multiple uses for it would arise over time. It could have been a story prop, passed around the campfire with multiple tales of lust and exaggerated prowess. It could have been a education tool, fantasy tool, or statue of a freak for all we know. In any case its a fascinating mystery.




November 1, 2007

I’ll make this short, if you want the most powerful router you can buy, go to ebay and search for the buffalo router and read all the info in the listing. This router has open source software, hi power broadcasting, and an external antenna, MIMO and can be used for internet cafe, bandwidth settings for each connection.

Prevent Bank Overdrafts if your Paypal account gets hacked!

October 2, 2007

Mysterious charges appeared on my paypal account last month. Luckily they were small and I caught them early. One of the postal employees was telling me that her Paypal account was being used by someone to buy $3000 dollar jewelery etc. and that her bank account had gone into overdraft from all the Paypal charges. This led me to wonder if you can remove your bank account from the available ‘instant’ funding sources Paypal automatically draws from.

and.. You can!

  1. Login to Paypal
  2. Click through My Account > Profile > Financial Information > Pay List > Set Available Funding Sources
  3. Deselect bank accounts and only leave one credit card.

That’s it,

The benefit is no hassling with the bank about fraudulent charges.

Sure enough, when I asked the lady at the post office about her passwords, she used the same password on ebay and paypal and it was a combination of her dogs name and another word. Always use some random numbers in your password and use different passwords!

Yahoo Store to Google Base / Froogle Free Automatic Feed!

October 1, 2007

For about a year I have used‘s Froogle Feed / Google Base Feed service to upload my products to Google. Recently they have increased the fees for this simple service so I decided to search for competitors and luckily I found that Google Base will now scan my Yahoo Store and update my products in Google Base automatically. Hooray!

Here is the email I received after submitting my .xml file link to Google:



Thank you for providing us with the location of your Yahoo! Store
objinfo.xml file. We’ve added your store into our system. We receive
updates from Yahoo! once a week, so you should see your items in Google
Base within the next 7 days. Once these items are live in our search
results, you can view them with the links below:

Google Base:

Google Product Search:

Please note that receiving your bulk upload in this manner will make your
Google Base account inactive.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


The Google Team


Here is the page that tells you how to have Google Download your products:

  • Have Google Base download your items
    With this option, we’ll automatically download your items directly from Yahoo! on a periodic basis. For this option, you need to be sure the XML export option is selected in your Yahoo! merchant preferences. Once you’ve done so, simply email us the URL where your objinfo.xml file can be found, and we’ll begin receiving your item listings from Yahoo!. Please note, because this method generates listings automatically, we’re only able to provide limited support for bulk uploads received in this manner.

Thanks Google once again for making things easy and free!




The Atensoftware feed service may have some advantages for certain people, here is the reply from them when asked what the benefits to their service are:


There are still benefits to using our service, the primary one being
that we provide you technical support if needed.  Other benefits are:

# Downloadable – download the Google Base Bulk Upload file for any use
# Custom Exclusion – customize products to exclude from submission
# Duplicate Exclusion – exclude duplicates when submitting multiple stores
# URL Conversion – convert URLs to your official domain name
# Options – product options are submitted in the description
# Custom Fields – submit data from custom fields

Especially note the custom fields feature, which can help you get better
search engine placement.  We also hope to be providing feeds to other
engines in the near future.

Aten Software LLC

Top complaints about the Yahoo Store system

October 1, 2007
  1. Why can’t they (Yahoo) integrate with the site?
  2. Why can’t I edit a product directly from the orders page?
  3. Why aren’t the printed invoices at least somewhat configurable?
  4. Why can’t I change the inventory of an item from the product edit page?
  5. Why can’t I define which fields are present on the “edit all” page?
  6. any suggestions?