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You’re Missing the New Stuff

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Just a second... ah, there! The new site is ready for you!

Just a second… ah, there! The new site is ready for you!

First, you’re still looking at the old site.

All this content has been moved to a new site that is getting the new updates!

There’s a new update today!  Design vs. Fashion vs. User

I’d hate for you to miss it.

Go there: http://blog.ricbret.com

Subscribe there so you see all the new stuff.

Just wanted to let you know.

Cheers,

-Ric

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October 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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Had I mentioned…

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Just a second... ah, there! The new site is ready for you!

Just a second… ah, there! The new site is ready for you!

That this site has moved to blog.ricbret.com?

Yes, and even better, the new site has a lot of cool new features for you, better commenting, and subscriptions that actually work!

And many new articles since the last real one here.

Go there now, subscribe and enjoy!

I do so miss you!

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October 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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Take the Blue Pill…

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Just a reminder that this blog (at https://ricbret.wordpress.com) is no longer active and new content is appearing at http://blog.ricbret.com.

Please adjust your links and subscriptions as necessary to keep in touch.

You can subscribe to the active blog by going to http://blog.ricbret.com and using the subscribe control at the top of the page on the right.

And there’s a new entry there today! Kind of fun, maybe leading into something scary. I’m excited and hope you’ll check it out.

Oh, here’s a direct link! http://blog.ricbret.com/books/take-the-red-pill/

redblue

 

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July 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Well, You’re Kinda in the Right Place…

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Just a second... ah, there!  The new site is ready for you!

Just a second… ah, there! The new site is ready for you!

I finally set up a private WordPress site for my blog. The upshot there is that the URL changed from https://ricbret.wordpress.com to http://blog.ricbret.com, a subdomain of my main site http://ricbret.com.

OK, that may sound like gibberish, so if that doesn’t make sense here’s all you have to know.

While this content will stay live, there won’t be any new content here. All the new content, will appear on http://blog.ricbret.com.

And all the old posts are there. So you really don’t need this site any more, and if you want to subscribe to my posts you really should use the subscription button on http://blog.ricbret.com.

This old site will stick around so that if people had linked to it from their own sites those links will still work. I’ll probably take some time one day to update all the old posts with a notice similar to this.

Anyway, keep in touch! Go to http://blog.ricbret.com and see what happens next!

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July 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

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She’s Giving It Away…

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resonate

No secret to anyone about my love of this book.

So why is it news today?

This morning Nancy Duarte announced that “the multimedia version of Resonate is now available on HTML5 and iTunes for FREE! You can read, learn, and share on any platform or device.”

So stop reading this and go get it. Even if you already own the book, this is the multimedia enhanced version so you’ve got brand new levels of coolness to explore.

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November 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Savino Wine Preservation System Unboxing

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Sometimes we have to put the tech, and the presenting and the other stuff geeky aside and just enjoy a glass of wine.

But maybe we can combine a few of these. The latest tech in wine storage. The geeky flavor of an impromptu unboxing and demo. All on a Friday afternoon.

Enjoy.

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March 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Love of Books – An Unboxing of “The Fifty Year Sword”

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I’m a big fan of books. Not just the stories, but the book construction as well. From bindings, paper choice, typeset, typography, layout, it’s all interesting to me.

Mark Z. Danielewski is most famous for House of Leaves, an inventive experimental work of layered stories and typographic morphing of most everything we think of as the printed page.

In this video I do a short review of House of Leaves for those who are not familiar with the work (and to allow those familiar with it to berate and chastise me for “getting it wrong” I suspect) and then do an unboxing of his latest work The Fifty Year Sword, which comes in a unique box and exhibits some of the same traits found in House of Leaves.

I hope you enjoy, and I hope those trying to make a purchase decision on this book are aided in their decision making.

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December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Colorado

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Batman Doesn't Use Guns

Certainly, a better role model than any pundit.

Stunned, I have few relatively important thoughts this morning.  This is the primary one.

Civilized people know they do not need “a militia.” The time for that has come and gone.

The retention of this false assurance is maintained by deluded fools, and arrogant liars. Neither of these should be allowed to hold any power in our society.

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July 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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GoPayment Vs. Square – One More Thing, One Less Thing…

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I signed up for Intuit’s new GoPayment card system yesterday. Thought I’d share a few thoughts.

GoPayment is a way for regular folks to take credit card payments from other regular folks using your cell phone or tablet.  It’s advertised pretty much like the Square system, the first credit card device and service for regular folks. The major benefit is that it’s cheap, no monthly payment, and it has a cute device that plugs into the phono jack on you device that you use to swipe the card. Both GoPayment and Square charge a very low percentage per transaction (Are you listening PayPal?) lower than commercial rates, and no monthly fee.  GoPayment is so much like Square… well I haven’t seen any written description of it that hasn’t included a reference to Square. I’ve liked the Square system, but was curious about Intuit’s entry.  Given it was free, I figured what the heck, give it a try.

Intuit GoPayment System

Intuit GoPayment System

Haven’t got the reader yet, but already it’s coming across as a whole lot more in my face than Square.

I got a big follow-up annotated bill in e-mail this morning with a lot of line items and $0 due notations. Like that’s supposed to make me feel good? My first reaction was “WTF? A bill?” OK, maybe that’s just the three cups of morning coffee talking.

What really bugged me was GoPayment had this “hidden” credit card they issue you as a way to get your money. That wasn’t at all obvious until I got the confirmation that I’d ge getting the card in the mail.  I don’t know about you, but I really don’t need or want another credit card.  Not for SkyMiles, not for Dinner Credits, not for an additional 5% off on my purchases. It’s already hard enough to track my intentional spending, and if I was the victim of identity theft I want to make as few calls as possible if it becomes necessary to shut things down. So I try not to have a lot of credit cards, especially specialty cards.

Square and Devices

Both systems work across all major smartphone devices, but Square hires a better photographer for their ads.

Of course,  after a call to their customer service, it turns out I don’t have to use or keep the card. I kept saying things like “So when I get the card in the mail, I can destroy it immediately and not have that affect my GoPayment account?”  The guy was a bit unnerved about that, suggesting I activate the card first, then call in to terminate it.  Um.  Yeah.  That makes sense.

You can still get the money transferred to one of your accounts, just like Square does, but they default to using the rechargeable credit card.  But how many people are really going to rebel like me? So many just accept that “well this is the package, guess I’ve got a new card to monitor.”  And we all know that terms on cards can change when the bank thinks it’s not getting enough profit on your business. Right? It’s just another thing to monitor, reading all the bland, poisonous notes in the monthly statements. And I hate that.

If I was going to devil’s advocate their design decision here I’d guess they found that most people were unable to complete their process if it required the banking codes necessary to do the direct deposit dance. Issuing a credit card was much easier, just requiring an address, social security number, and a couple of additional personal data chunks. Probably, but that’s a big part of what’s wrong with the credit industry in general. I’m not going to dig in on that speculation, it’s not the real devil that I think is in play here.

I’ll probably give it a whirl when it arrives, but I expect I’ll be dumping this. Square stays silent until I use it. So far it hasn’t tried to sign me up or send my info along to other companies. I’m not feeling the same warm fuzzy about Intuit.

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March 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Update: Toaster

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Update! We replaced with the same model, this time in purple. They were out of red.

Frankly, the toaster market is insane with technological innovations. There are models that slowly lower your toast into the chamber, any number of digital displays, warming buttons, angled slots (which if they don’t actually launch onto the plate… well that’s just a missed opportunity!) and any number of additional innovations to the act of browning bread that trying to satirize the product is ultimately futile.

Most expensive model we “considered?”  $140.  And when I say considered I mean Deb continued to talk to the salesperson while I faked an aneurism.

Final cost of the same model.  $29.

There, story is complete.  You can sleep at night again without worrying.

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January 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

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