Monday, March 31, 2008

Gmail - Google Alert - linux

This is a great argument starter on Linux is better than Windows:

Windows Vista Falls To Hackers. Linux Remains Unbroken
Wired Blogs - USA
The Linux box remained uncracked, but hacker Shane Macaulay successfully compromised a fully patched Vista system using a Flash exploit. ...
See all stories on this topic

Someone has to toot the horn.

Eric Standlee

Sunday, March 30, 2008

eM+C Digital Edition - Wells Fargo hires Social Media President

If you aren't getting this free, you should:
eM+C Digital Edition

In this edition, the feature is an article about Wells Fargo which mentions a president of Social Media.

Eric Standlee

Friday, March 28, 2008

[Recommendation] | Christine Spray

Christin Spray has a solid reputation in the Business Development Arena in Houston Texas and solid business management and business development experience at a variety of companies.

She has made solid referrals and continues to do so for me. I recommend that you connect with her and pay it forward. It will blow you away.

Eric Standlee

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Twitter @EricStandlee

I don't get this twitter thing. IMing on sites? But, since everyone seems to be doing it, I thought I'd go all out and put Twitter Fox on my flock and then put the Twitter Widgetbox on my blog.

Check it out and tell me what you think.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Another friend is doing the ride to raise funds to fight MS

Please support one or both.

Eric Standlee

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Warmest greetings everyone,
On April 12 – 13, 2008 I will join thousands of other cyclists riding 180 miles in the annual BP MS 150 Bike Tour.  Although this two-day Tour from Houston to Austin is not a race, it does raise money for the race to find the cure for Multiple Sclerosis.  Last year, 13,000 cyclists raised $12.3 million to help 17,000 Texans living with MS, a degenerative disease of the central nervous system.  Researchers are making progress, but the cause and cure are still over the horizon. This year the goal is $14 million and I am proud to be a part of the effort to reach it.
I am reaching out to all of my friends, family, and colleagues to contribute on my behalf to the National MS Society.  By making a pledge you are supporting MS research, programs and education. 
You can use the convenient web link below to donate online in my name.  At this website you will be able to choose an amount to donate and make the donation immediately.  I will be notified via email as soon as you make your donation.  If you prefer to write a check (Payable To: "MS Society") please respond to this email with the amount you wish to pledge and I will collect from you at your convenience.  
Personal Donation Link:
If you would like to know more about the tour and about MS, the website link above also provides access to a wealth of information. 
About Multiple Sclerosis:
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.  The symptoms include blurred or double vision, numbness or tingling in the limbs and can become as severe as paralysis and total loss of vision.  Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be life-long.  The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
I appreciate your support of the National MS Society and the BP MS 150 Bike Tour.  The funds raised on the BP MS 150 Bike tour provide equipment, financial assistance, self-help groups, counseling, information and resources, as well as education for people with MS and their families.  Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Thank you!

Marc Bolding
Ph. 713-344-0586

Friday, March 21, 2008

Don't be a sucker | Steve Tobak's views on dysfunctional corporate behavior - CNET Blogs

I don't normally blog on this sort of thing, but this just is too good a lesson to pass up:

Don't be a sucker | Steve Tobak's views on dysfunctional corporate behavior - CNET Blogs: "There are thousands of companies with cool technology, but only a small percentage of them will end up providing good returns to shareholders. If you don't know how to pick them, odds are you'll end up losing. After all, an IPO only takes an underwriter and enough suckers to buy the stock. Don't be one of them."

I only disagree on a few minor points:
  1. Instead of going IPO in place of a Venture round they should have generated more revenue and considered short-term fixes for their short-term financial woes like factoring
  2. They should have avoided the temptation to gamble on the market altogether.
  3. $558K isn't bad annual income when you forget the $20M losses due to the availability of the cash from equity sale, so they should have grown that revenue first and not been greedy.
I think that "big business fast" is the mantra of the get rich quick mindset prevalent in the market and hides the true disease which is desperation. I think only desperate people can cross the line to deception in such a raw fashion.

So, what's the solution? I think we need Starting Business the Right Way training for entrepreneurs which isn't taught by "Angel" (demon) investors or venture capital companies, or even factorers, but especially not by college professors with no real experience. So where does that leave us? I think we could do with real conversations with really successful business founders/owners/entrepreneurs.

Eric Standlee

Monday, March 17, 2008

What costs more?

Had to share this with you for perspective:

---------- Forwarded message ----------

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again
until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of
reading them. I have included the URL's for verification of the
following facts:

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens
each year.

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs
such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary
school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a
word of English!

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the
American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare
and Social Services by the American taxpayers.

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are
caused by the illegal aliens.

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's
two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular,
their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem
in the US .

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens
that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal
aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs,
cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the
Southern border. Homeland Security Report.

12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of
mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average
cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back
to their countries of origin.

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex
Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ".

Total cost is a whooping... $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!!

If this doesn't bother you then just delete the message, but
on the other hand, if it does raise the hair on the back of your
neck, then forward it.

Social Security Change For 2008

The United States Senate voted to extend Social Security Benefits to
Illegal Aliens beginning in 2008. The following are the senators who
voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. They are
grouped by home state. If a state is not listed, there was no voting

Alaska : Stevens (R)

Arizona : McCain (R)

Arkansas : Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)

California : Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)

Colorado : Salazar (D)

Connecticut : Dodd (D) Lieberman (D)

Delaware : Biden (D) Carper (D)

Florida : Martinez (R)

Hawaii : Akaka (D) Inouye (D)

Illinois : Durbin (D) Obama (D)

Indiana : Bayh (D) Lugar (R)

Iowa : Harkin (D)

Kansas : Brownback (R)

Louisiana : Landrieu (D)

Maryland : Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)

Massachusetts : Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)

Montana : Baucus (D)
Nebraska : Hagel (R)

Nevada : Reid (D)

New Jersey : Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)

New Mexico : Bingaman (D)
New York : Clinton (D) Schumer (D)

North Dakota : Dorgan (D)

Ohio : DeWine (R) Voinovich(R)

Oregon : Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania : Specter (R)

Rhode Island : Chafee (R) Reed (D)

South Carolina : Graham (R)

South Dakota : Johnson (D)

Vermont : Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)

Washington : Cantwell (D) Murray (D)

West Virginia : Rockefeller (D), by Not Voting

Wisconsin : Feingold (D) Kohl (D)




Shame on lawmakers who think they can deceive taxpayers. I don't want
to pay for criminals to steal off of our hard working backs. I don't
care what race they are.

Eric Standlee

Factoring (finance) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Factoring (finance) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is surprizingly a very thourough and good definition.

Eric Standlee

Friday, March 14, 2008

Why Wal-Mart won't have Linux desktops on its store shelves

Why Wal-Mart won't have Linux desktops on its store shelves: "The other day, Wal-Mart let it slip that it would no longer be selling Linux-powered computers in its stores. The retail giant will, however, continue to sell Linux desktop and laptop systems via its online store."

Click the link above to read the full article.

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Wells Fargo & Co. has a rich and storied history, but it's grounded in the here and now as one of the first banks to enter the Web 2.0 world in earnes

Recently, I was talking with a banker who wanted to know how to manage privacy and yet still take advantage of social media. I told her that Wells Fargo has hired a Vice President of Social Media. Here is that article and a quote from it:
Wells Fargo & Co. has a rich and storied history, but it's grounded in the here and now as one of the first banks to enter the Web 2.0 world in earnest. | eMarketing & Commerce (eM C):

"In fact, Wells Fargo has had many “firsts” when it comes to Web 2.0: first U.S. bank with a blog; first bank with a blog dedicated to student loan information; first bank with a business banking blog; first bank with its own virtual world; and one of the first banks to have a vice president of social media."
Eric Standlee

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Gizmo + Grand Central + Gizmo Project = Free Phone

Gizmo + Grand Central + Gizmo Project = Free Phone

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Please support my friend Christine Spray for the BP MS 150 bike ride

Please support this friend of mine. 

Rider Name: Christine Spray

Rider Message:
Dear Family and Friends:
I am grateful for my health and ability to ride in the MS150 again this year to raise money for all those who deal with MS and its challenges.
Please join me in riding the MS150 or by supporting me with a donation. Every dollar counts and we appreciate your support more than you know.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Support Christine

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