Glitchville is here . . . again!

Young woman with her left hand on her forehead with an oh-no look on her face.What is glitchville? It’s when everything in your surrounding area has nothing but glitches in it and there’s nothing you can do. You can call your friend and ask them if you can use their super duper computer and printer. But what you’ll hear is, “They’re under the weather. I’ve got a tech guy coming in about 20 minutes to check them out.” You hang the phone up with a heavy sigh.

That perfect cell phone with the clearest line all of a sudden, it has more static than usual. Your computer boots up slower than normal. You can’t get your e-mail open or Google crashes. Anything to do with technology is acting up more than normal. And when you call your friend to use their computer or printer, you discover theirs is acting up as well.

When is Glitchville Coming?

First, backup all your work, your files, all your computers at home and at work before Sunday, March 20, 2011. Glitchville will last from Sunday, March 20, 2011 until Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Do not buy anything to do with technology, like a computer, TV, software, hardware, etc. You will only have to take it back. If you’re stubborn and bought something during this time anyway, make sure you know the store’s return policy. Expect delays and total frustration during this time.

I had a client who was stubborn and refused to listen. He went ahead and bought a brand new printer. I opened the box, took the printer out, installed the software and connected the USB cables. I opened Notepad, typed in some letters and told the printer to print. Nothing. I tried all sorts of things but nothing worked. I reconnected the old printer which happily printed everything still. I knew what the problem was because we were in Glitch City. This printer wasn’t going to work until after the glitchville was over.

Once the glitches had run their course, which was about a month, we took the printer back to Staples and exchanged it for another printer, the exact same one. We went back to his office, I installed the software, connected the USB cables again and voilà, the printer worked! You really need to backup your files at this point anyway, but when things start to go awry on March 20th don’t say you weren’t warned.

Oh, what was the printer you ask? A Brother HL 5040 . . .

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Blacks Helping ICE Deport Latinos

Blacks Turning in Latinos

Blacks asked to help deport Latinos in Chicago, IL!

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Payless Shoes Closes Stores in Illinois

Shoes with Heels

In Chicago, I still see people in Payless stores because I do go in on occasion to see what they have. They’ve upped their stock but in a pinch, you can still find some decent shoes.

However, in the burbs, they have Shoe Carnival, DSW and other chains to shop at not the mention Northbrook and Oakbrook malls.

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Good Design . . .

Good Design doesn't date, but Bad Design does!

This is a poster for Good Design

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Resume Makeovers???

Tired of not getting called back from that boring interview? Did it take all morning or afternoon and then nothing?

Get a Resume Makeover for only $9.99 today!!

(we do a good job!)

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Don’t Work Without Protection . . . On Your Laptop!

Man with headset on & concerned look on his face.Are you working on your laptop without protection? Protection? Do you let your com

puter get warm or ignore the severe heat while you work either semi nude or nude? You should put an extremely thick towel or grab one of those 1200-2000 paged books to put underneath your laptop but between you and your family jewels while you work. Even consider buying a laptop cooling pad for $30-$40 to make sure you are not disrupting your physiology for future generations.

The testes on a man should be 4-6 degrees cooler while working on a laptop. You should protect your swimmers men because the laptop puts out anywhere from 1400-1600 degrees or more of heat. That amount of heat could cause serious damage and future problems for reproduction.

You can buy a laptop cooler from Belkin, Zalman or any of the other companies out there, definitely shop around. I’m not recommending you buy a cooler from one of these companies. I’m suggesting if and when you have the money, buy a good one. I don’t get paid from these guys, but when you realize how embarrassing it could be in the emergency room explaining why you are there, you will wish you had put a nice, thick towel under your laptop. Those ointments are messy on clothing and your clothes usually end up in the dry cleaners.

I use a medium sized book wrapped like a burrito in a thick towel to keep from getting second degree burns. I’m too cheap to buy a cooling pad, but I do highly recommend this for males of all ages, shapes, sizes and color.

And if you use a towel, make sure it’s a clean one straight from the laundry and smells fresh. The heat from the fabric softer is really wonderful . . .

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Why You Need A Website

There were more small businesses created in 2009-2010 than in any other time in the history of small businesses because this economy is still so bad. More importantly, people realized for the first time in some cases, they weren’t going to get rich working for someone else. This is why no matter what you’re selling, what type of product you want the world to know about, you should have a website.

Recently, I tried to convince Dave he needed a website for his bedbug extermination business. At first, he was all for it. He could reach more people, they would have a website to go to for information, there would be a PDF file to download so they could print and read on the go.

But somewhere down the line, he changed his mind and I asked him why. He decided he was going to take out newspaper ads for lots of money because he wanted people to call him so he could talk to them individually. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing in this day & age that he wanted to “talk to people” on a one-on-one basis. Who has that kind of time today?

I couldn’t get over Dave wanted to “talk” to people. He didn’t count on the people who used to work from 9 AM to 5 PM are now working, if they can find work, from 9 PM to 5 AM. Their break time is around 11 PM to midnight and their lunch break is around 1 AM – 3 AM. Some nights (or days) they might only work from 9 PM to 3 AM, a full 6 hours and go home. Who’s going to take a call at 2 AM and talk about exterminating their home?

That’s what the website is for. It’s to help you work smarter not harder especially in these times. It’s to cover those times when you can’t. It’s going to act as your “unpaid” assistant, your personal workhorse. Who doesn’t like having a free assistant? Your website will do all the work for you while you sleep.

It will:

  • Give handouts/downloads/brochures/flyers free of charge
  • Allow you to collect money via or
  • Explain what your business can do for the customer
  • Tell what time you’re open/closed/if you work holidays
  • Tell how much you charge for services/what’s extra?
  • Tell where you will be for your next public appearance/what time/next project/what you had for breakfast (smile)
  •  Tell what that people can do to prepare before your visit if you have to make one in person

What puts a smile on your face in the morning is when you wake up, you go to your e-mail and see 15-25 or more, paid orders waiting for your time and attention, (thanks PayPal/Payloadz) waiting for you because they’ve read your website while you were sleeping. They were up past 11:35 PM reading your site and looking for a solution to their problem. This also includes people who are on the graveyard shift and manage to get their hands on a computer at work or use their Smart Phones/cell phones to place an order.

The websites created by are Microsoft’s OfficeLive are $350. These are host free websites when finished. Host free means you do not pay a fee each month before, during or after the site has been created. Some sites require a monthly fee some as low as $4.99 or some even higher, it depends on your host. Your website will remain on the internet indefinitely. Yes, you can download our 9 page brochure for more information or check our website, The only thing you pay for is your domain name every year or every two years.

Domain Names

However, if you want a specific Domain Name, for example: or for your site, that will cost you $14.95 through Microsoft’s OfficeLive. You can also buy your domain name from outside companies as well, such as,, just to name a few of the companies out there. You can always Google “domain name” and see what pops up. If price is a problem, Google “domain name” “sale” and this will take you to companies that are offering a sale on domain names for one, two or three years.

Once you buy your name from an outside source, you can then use that domain name to start your website. It is up to the webmaster/web mistress to redirect the domain name from that company to so you can have your e-mail redirected to the site.

Remember, no matter what you’re selling or what your product is going to be, you will reach more people faster with a website than with newspapers. I did tell Dave it’s a generational thing. Young people like to e-mail, surf the net and text. The Older Generation likes snail mail, phone calls, reading newspapers and the classifieds. You need to consider both generations when creating a site. Somewhere in the middle, we’re all going to meet on a host free website and see what’s going on in the 21st century.

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