*UPDATE* to Top URL Link Shortening Services

I posted a blog recently about URL alternatives to Bit.ly that you can refer to here.

I had been using Zi.ma for a few months in place of bit.ly on CL as craigslist has blacklisted bit.ly links but zi.ma was being accepted.  However, today it has been down, which is bad for business if you know what I mean.

I searched around and found an interesting bit of info on Zi.ma:

http://kl.am/ZiMaAndKlAm

So I went ahead and registered for a free KL.AM account and switched / adjusted my links and now I’m back in business.  Klam offers some nice tracking features too – like stats  – visits and clicks even geo tracking.

Shorten URL with URL Shortener for Internet MarketersYou gotta love the creativity with these site names and extensions.

Zima – bad beer alternative beverage of the 90s.

Klam. . .  sounds like one of the cartoon words from the 60s Batman show during fight scenes.

Ka-blam! Ker-Pow!

Anyway, if you are looking for another alternative URL link shortening site, check out http://kl.am

*UPDATE* January 23, 2011

Kl.am no longer works (hasn’t in a while) I noticed that people are still reading this post and i figured i’d update it with WHAT’S WORKING NOW.
The URL Shortening site I’ve been using to this day successfully on Craigslist and Backpage is is.gd

Here’s the link http://is.gd

You’re Welcome 😉

Google Nexus One or Apple iPhone 3GS Which One Is Better?

Should Apple Be Worried About Google’s New Nexus One Smart Phone?

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Google just released a potential iPhone killer named the Nexus One this January 2010 at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show.  I decided to check out it’s specs to see how it compares to the iPhone 3GS which I’ve had my eye on for a while now.  Being a diehard apple/mac user since the apple II+, I fall into that elitist, smug, fanatical apple fan description.  So it’ll take a lot for me to choose something else.

Many think the Nexus One could be a strong challenger to Apple’s iPhone 3GS. Let’s take a look at each phone’s strong and weak points as it compares to the other.

Apple iPhone Pros:

  1. Industry support with 100,000’s of apps available through iTunes
  2. can buy it and play with one in an Apple store
  3. longer battery life overall
  4. seamless integration with mac and iTunes (strong point for mac users)
  5. video capture up to 30 FPS
  6. multi-touch ability

Google Nexus One Pros:

  1. 5MP camera with LED flash
  2. micro SD card slot (this is one of my pet peeves with the iPhone)
  3. removable battery
  4. noise cancellation mic to cut out car / background noises
  5. 3.7 inch display compared to apple’s 3.5 inch
  6. 480×800 pixel screen to 640×480 for iPhone

Google’s Nexus one claims a 1Ghz processor to apple’s 600Mhz for the 3GS.  But that could be apples and oranges as we know processor speed isn’t the be all end all of true speed.

The iPhone has 256MB of main memory whereas Nexus one has 512MB – double the memory.

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Apple iPhone Cons:

  1. currently only available on ATT network unless you jailbreak it (which voids warranty and ability to do software upgrades)
  2. only 3MP camera without a flash
  3. no micro SD slot
  4. non-removable battery

Google Nexus One Cons:

  1. Can’t buy it in a store – only available online
  2. Tmobile network – questionable coverage in many markets
  3. video capture rate up to 20 FPS
  4. lack of apps available

Now a few of those cons are easily remedied.  Eventually, if the Nexus One is successful, it will get more support for apps.  Google could also allow its phones to be sold in stores.

Apple and Google both  have plans to make their phones available on Verizon’s cellular network sometime in 2010 which many people think is a far superior cellular company when it comes to reliability and coverage.

I would guess Apple may have some new improvements in the next version when it comes out this year (I’m assuming).  May only be the verizon version that gets some advancements, but we’ll see.

I know where I live it is certainly the case.  I’ve been with Helio (riding on sprint network) and found it to be HORRIBLE. Before that I was with Nextel, which I thought was bad, until I got Sprint. Now unless I want to wait a few more months, I have to deal with ATT which isn’t too much better.

As a mac user, I am still leaning towards an iPhone, even with its shortcomings. Besides, with planned obsolescence and the blindingly fast speed of technological improvements, no one will have the best or fastest for long at any given time.

I am also a little apprehensive of Google’s dominance in our online lives.  Google is an industry giant and the majority of people use their search engine – which tracks and stores every search ever made.

More people use Gmail which has unlimited storage.  I wonder, when I delete trash forever, is it really gone?  They now have a new Browser called Chrome to compete with IE, Firefox and Safari.   . . .And now a phone.

I’m not very comfortable putting so many details of my life in the hands of  one very powerful far reaching entity.  Google’s  slogan from the start has been “do no evil”, but I find it harder to believe that is anything more than an outdated and ignored slogan now that they have so much control and power and influence and are no longer this cute little fledgling start up.  I don’t care who you are, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Another thing, Do No Evil backwards Spells Live On OD…. Hmm… does the OD stand for OverDrive or OVER DOSE?

Other good posts on this subject:

TechNightOwl

Cool cost comparison sheet of iPhone, Nexus, Palm and Droid – but don’t let those bullet points fool you on what’s not shown. Click for full size image you can read.

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Volunteer and Get A Free Ticket To Disneyland

The other day I saw an ad on TV for Disney. They are offering anyone a free ticket to one of Disney’s theme parks in exchange for volunteering for a day at one of the approved foundations.  Sounds like a win-win situation for everyone.

Here’s the lowdown:

Dedicate a Day of Service and Get a Free Pass to Disneyland®

Beginning January 1, 2010, when you sign up to volunteer a day of service with a participating organization (and your service is completed and verified) you will get a one-day admission to a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland® theme park, FREE!

Here’s how it works:

  • SEARCH & SIGN UP: Beginning January 1, 2010, search and sign up for a volunteer opportunity from a participating organization.
  • VOLUNTEER: Complete your service for the volunteer opportunity you selected.
  • CELEBRATE: Once your service is verified, receive a voucher to redeem your Disney theme park ticket.

You must sign up through the Disney Promotional Site to volunteer and complete your service at an eligible volunteer opportunity in the fifty US states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada to receive a ticket. Ticket quantities for this program are limited.

You must be at least 18 years of age to sign up, and you may sign-up up to a maximum of eight additional members of your same household. Children must be at least 6 years of age to volunteer under this program and receive a theme park ticket. Children ages 6 -17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when volunteering. Other age restrictions may apply to certain eligible volunteer opportunities.
Program begins January 1, 2010 and continues until all tickets are distributed or until December 15, 2010, whichever occurs first. You may only sign up a maximum of 8 members of your household. Please visit the Give a Day – Get a Day site for complete program terms and conditions.

Do a search by zipcode and you will see there are TONS of places needing your help so it should be easy to find something you can do.  Who knows, if you’ve never been much into volunteering before, this could open a whole new world of giving for ya.

I live in Florida near the Magic Kingdom so I’ll probably go to Epcot, MGM Studios, the Magic Kingdom or the Animal Kingdom.


Future of Healthcare MUST Change To This!

With the United States Congress pushing to pass questionable ‘health care’ bill thru the House and Senate, it is crystal clear that the government is clueless and unwilling to go after real POSITIVE CHANGE…

Sure, the president built his whole campaign on the concept of CHANGE… but I never heard it phrased as Change for the BETTER.

For far too long we have had a system of disease management.  Waiting for people to get sick and THEN try to make them well again… Health Care as it is today is mislabeled… IT should be called, Disease Management. Most of the money spent on health care is spent AFTER people are sick.

What we need is to switch to PREVENTION and Proactive healthy lifestyle living. If we don’t, the aging Baby Boomer population will bankrupt our nation.   We need to shift from “wait till you get sick and then try to make you healthy” to “keeping you healthy so you don’t get sick.” This is where Billions of new dollars are going to be spent.

Shaklee’s clinically proven, patented natural products are how you and I can live this new paradigm.

It’s also a phenomenal way to earn a great living and help the world be a better place at the same time.

YOU don’t have to feel excluded from the American Dream… watch this video from Shaklee’s CEO, Roger Barnett and then click on the link to see how You can Take part.

Roger Barnett Shaklee 2010 Highlight

Roger Barnett Shaklee 2010 Highlight

Learn more about how you can be a part of the Shaklee Family.