Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Review of Roku HD Player

Originally submitted at Roku

The best-selling HD Player (as known as Netflix Player by Roku) plays High Definition video and connects to surround sound audio.

We love our 2 rokus

By ericstandlee from Houston, Texas on 11/25/2009


5out of 5

Pros: Reliability, Video selection, Compact, Great value, Easy to use, Easy to set up, High quality picture, Built in Wi-Fi, Continued improvement

Cons: Want more video choices, Need fast internet service

Best Uses: Living room, Primary TV, Secondary TV, News in Office

Describe Yourself: Netflix fan, Technophile, Power User, Geek, Early adopter

This update and potentially unlimited addition to Roku past and present shows a HUGE dedication to all Roku clients. The added video channels is a great improvement and I love TWIT and Pandora already.
It would be great to get YouTube and/or Hulu very soon.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

facebook observations

When I speak recently, I get asked what are the values of and twitter.

I continue to struggle with those questions.  I find that alot of good business has come from linkedin connections.

Most know that I believe the more professional linkedin network to be responsible for our driving real revenue to our business.  When I speak about social networking that is the number one questions most have for me.

But lately, when I help people realize that real revenue is possible, their next question is, "What about facebook and twitter?"

I can say that I find myself on facebook more than anything else.  I blog on the notes.  I run several fan pages and blog on those notes.  I find the events useful even though I cannot block unwanted "friends" from putting events on my events feed.  I can remove those events though.

Facebook does have lots of distractions.  There ought to be a "professional" setting that keeps those distractions away for good.  However, more and more people are on facebook (300 MM plus).  So, if you don't have a way for them to find you and call you, then you could be missing contact.  Try this: use your own cell phone facebook app and search for your own name.  When that comes up, can you click "call" to call a number or is "message" all you see?

I used this to find someone recently who hadn't put their number on any of their emails.  I realized then, if I want people to be able to find me, then I have to make it easy.

So, why twitter?  Twitter like facebook is "cell friendly" so finding a way to interact makes more and more sense.  So, what can you do? makes make sense.  Twitter conversations are hard to follow.  On Friendfeed, they make sense.

The other thing to consider is that all of these networks overlap.  Find a way to use all of these sites without much trouble and you will benefit from the larger number of people you can talk to.

Eric Standlee

Thursday, November 19, 2009

IBAT Fwd: Breaking News: Score Two For The Good Guys!

I had to share this bit of good news for community bankers, our heroes in this banking crisis.  Congratulate a community bank near you:


Well, it is nice to win one (or two) for a change!  The House Financial Services Committee has just completed its work on the systemic risk portion of the regulatory reform bill.


Two very important amendments were passed to help community banks.  First and foremost, language was adopted to change the assessment base on FDIC deposit insurance premiums to assets minus capital in lieu of domestic deposits which will lower premiums for 8,122 community banks.  If similar language is adopted in the Senate restructuring bill (and it is currently in the discussion draft), community banks can expect to save some 4 billion dollars over the next three year prepaid assessment period.  That's 4 billion dollars of deposit insurance premium assessments that now will be transferred to systemically risky banks!


In addition, an amendment was adopted to raise the threshold of banks that would need to pre-fund a potential failure of a systemically risky bank from 10 billion to 50 billion which will exclude our regional banks from paying this onerous fee to help bail out the too big to fail banks.


All week, the ICBA and IBAT and other community banking organizations from across the country have lobbied in favor of these amendments.  A  Washington DC fly-in was held earlier in the week specifically to lobby these amendments.


While this is but one step in a very long process, it is an important one that demonstrates the grassroots power of the community bank specific lobby.  The bill is now expected to go to the floor after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess.

Christopher L. Williston, CAE
President and CEO
Independent Bankers Association of Texas

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fwd: Tip 190 – Announcing Free Coaching from Keith November 20

Share this everywhere!

Tip 190 – Announcing Free Coaching from Keith November 20

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Free one-hour community Q&A with me, this Friday, Nov. 20, 12 p.m. Eastern, live at Mark it on your calendars now! I'll be live on camera fielding your chatted questions. Come get some coaching on your business or career, or just ask whatever's on your mind! This is my way of saving THANKS for including me in your journey toward success.

Now, onto today's tip. Usually I deliver practical business advice here. I hope you're OK with me instead sharing with you a quote on romantic relationships that resonated so deeply with me that I wanted to pass it on:

"When you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity, in freedom." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Relationships are a constant process of both being and becoming. Don't be afraid of change – or of the need to "work" on your relationship. That's how relationships survive. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was married to Charles Lindbergh for 45 years, until his death in 1974.

Does the quote resonate with you, too? How many times have you fallen in love - with the same person? Tell me in the comments!




The Relationship Academy at is coming soon! Sign up for special promotions.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Do you have wave?

Google wave preview is live and has been a couple of weeks.  I finally have an account.

If you have an account, please tell me how we can connect:

Monday, November 02, 2009

Fwd: The Chocolate Calculator

This is the only year this will work.

This is fun and interesting.



Don't tell me your age; you'd probably lie anyway-but the Hershey Man will know!


This is pretty neat.

It takes less than a minute ..
Work this out as you read ..
Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!

This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 ..
If you haven't, add 1758.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)




Recent Large Client Debtors

Here is a list of our recent large client debtors (client's clients).  We can of course help B2B firms working with these clients and clients like them.  We have been funding clients who service these clients for over 20 years.

Recent Large Client-Debtors

Paying directly to American Prudential Capital 

Your browser may not support display of this image.



Baker Division of Sonoco

Benchmark Builders

BP America

Centerpoint Energy – Arkla

Chevron Phillips

Chicago Public Schools


City of Houston


Crown Castle, USA

DR Horton

Dura-Line Corporation

Embarq Logistics

Emerson Tool Company

Fluor Daniel

GE Capital Railcar Services

General Dynamics

Global Santa Fe

Great River Energy

Harris County Flood Control

Harris County Toll Road Authority

Harris county Tax Collector

Hope Lumber

Thank you,

Eric Standlee

What are you expecting in life -- good things?

Bad things?  Big things?  Little things?  Anything at all?

You need to get your hope up!

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for."

What are you execting in life -- good things?

Life is too short to dwell on bad things or little things.

Put all of you into things so big and so good that they feel beyond you.

Dream outside the box that is you.

Expect to overcome every challenge.

If you don't expect things to get better, then nothing will.

"According to your faith be it done to you."

Don't waste time on worrying.  You don't know what will happen until you try.  So, try BIG.  DREAM BIGGER.  Expect even BIGGER.

Unless you dream wild dreams, you cannot expect to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

So, dream wild dreams.  Expect to succeed beyond even those.

You are blessed to be here right where you are right now.  So, start being thankful.

Be thankful for everything good in your life.  This will get you into the right mindset to dream BIG so you can expect even BIGGER.

You can.  It is what you were made for child.

Blessed to be a blessing,
Eric Standlee

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Google News: Despite Windows 7, Linux raps harder at company doors

Google News

I have been using Linux since Slackware 0.91 or something like that. I highly recommend any of the main flavors. Try it on a USB drive first. You don't have to change anything to try it that way. Want one? Send me a USB key or ask me to get you one, and I'll figure out how much it costs and make one for you. Imagine! A world without spam, without slow computers, and where software is free!

USA Today - ‎Oct 22, 2009‎
But that hasn't stopped backers of Linux - the upstart operating system created by a global community of programmers - from plotting a coup.
all 146 news articles »

Browse all of today's headlines on Google News

Google News: Geithner Urges Banks to Resume Lending, Help Recovery

Google News

Geithner obviously has no clue how banking works. CIT proof? Banks cannot lend more now because their regulators wont let them, because there aren't any investment banks to sell overage to, and because honestly they cannot be in the business of taking risk. Geithner needs to tell companies to use the services of private funders like and he needs to figure out how to stimulate more investment banks.

Bloomberg - ‎7 hours ago‎
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the country's economic recovery and job creation hinge on banks taking more risk and restoring the flow of credit to businesses.
all 652 news articles »

Browse all of today's headlines on Google News