New Blog for The Picket Fence-A Portrait Art Studio!

Dawnn of The Picket Fence-A Portrait Art Studio is such a great client of mine. We recently gave her a brand new blog that is just perfect for her! It’s beautiful, delicate and soft which is what her work conveys! Congrats Dawnn on your new blog! She is also a brand new sponsor at kimtown! Her banner will be up soon. She makes the most ADORABLE hats. You can see them, and purchase, by going HERE.

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I've seen a lot of spam, but this one could be the winner!

I am chucking a lot of spam lately and it’s mostly from kings and queens of some land in Nigeria, paypal spoofs, ebay scams, photography scams etc. But THIS one ALMOST had me fooled for a SECOND. 

I purchase movies, games and the like from WalMart.com. It’s cheaper and fast to ship. It’s good. I wasn’t too surprised to see a “Customer Satisfaction Survey” in my inbox. As I read through the email, I noticed I was going to be PAID for filling out the survey. Okay, come on. Did I really think that WalMart was going to pay ME for taking their survey. Um NO. Right then and there I stopped. After looking at the site, I noticed a few things were funny. 

The sad realization is that scamming is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Yes, it’s an industry. Before you click on ANYTHING that comes in your email, make sure it’s from someone that you trust. If you aren’t sure, DELETE it. Better to be safe than sorry. 

 

Here are some dead giveaways it’s not walmart’s site:

The LOGO: 

Wal-Mart spends billions a year on advertising. They wouldn’t “forget” to change their logo if they were sending out a survey. 

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We can see clearly that the site is different..

How about this one? It SCREAMS scam 😉 Why would I give YOU MY credit card information. I will give you my address and you can mail me the check 😉

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BEWARE OF THIS EMAIL:

(and don’t click on the link please)

 

Congratulations! 

You’ve been selected to take part in our quick and easy 9 questions survey.
In return we will credit $90.00 to your account – Just for your time!

Please spare two minutes of your time and take part in our online survey so we can improve our services.
Don’t miss this chance to change something. 

To access the form please click the link below :

http://www.walmart.com/online.survey/index.html 

© Copyright © 2009 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

Note:
* If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your ISP
* For security reasons, we will record your ip address, the date and time. 
* Deliberate wrong imputs are criminally pursued and indicted. 

Mmmm Monday – My Chicken Parisian by The Culinary Cafe

Another Mmmm recipe from The Culinary Cafe

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Mayonnaise

Plum (or Roma) tomatoes, sliced

1 rotisserie chicken (Italian flavored, if available), pulled off bone

5-6 strips thick cut bacon

sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

4 Kaiser rolls

Slice up your tomatoes and cheese. Do nice thick slices of cheese, you want plenty of that on there! Then fry up the bacon, I like it crispy. Turn the oven on LOW broil and toast the bottom half of the Kaiser rolls. Watch carefully, they toast quickly! Now you want to assemble the sammies. Layer the toasted bottom half of roll with mayo, chicken, bacon, then PLENTY of cheese.

Now put the assembled sandwiches under the broiler. You also need to put the tops of the rolls in the oven so they can get nice n’ toasty too. Remove when the cheese is melted and bubbly, make sure to watch carefully so you don’t burn!

You can add more mayo to the tops if you like, that’s how I like them! Place the tops on the sandwich. Serve with chips, salad, or some French fries to make it a complete meal!

Online Backup Company Carbonite Loses Customers’ Data, Blames And Sues Suppliers

The danger of storing your data in the cloud, part n. VC-backed online backup and storage provider Carbonite has lost data of 7,500+ customers who relied on the company to keep their files safe, The Boston Globeunveiled over the weekend.

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The newspaper gets the information from a lawsuit that was filed by the Boston company last week, alleging that two of its service providers sold it over $3 million worth of defective hardware, linking this to the loss of their customer’s data and as a result, bringing “substantial damage” to its business and reputation.

Carbonite is seeking unspecified damages against Promise Technology, which it is suing for unfair and deceptive business practices, fraud and breach of contract, as well as system integrator and IT consultancy firm Interactive Digital Systems (for breach of warranty). The latter company advised and implemented Promise Technology solutions, which were supposed to monitor multiple computer hard drives in order to assure that they were functioning properly.

I think it would be too easy to point to Carbonite for the loss of data if in fact there were serious errors with the software that were unable to be fixed by Promise engineers – something an executive at Promise Technology categorically denies – but the real victims of course are the customers, who will most likely think twice before trusting a cloud-based storage and backup provider with their files from this point forward. I also think it’s worth pointing out Carbonite has been caught red-handed earlier this year astroturfing Amazon reviews, as reported by David Pogue of The New York Times.

Update: Carbonite CEO David Friend weighs in:

“The failures of the Promise equipment occurred primarily during 2007. We stopped buying the Promise servers and switched suppliers. We allege that the Promise servers had defective firmware and were not reliable enough for Carbonite’s use. We are demanding that Promise compensate us for the cost of replacing their defective products. As for the 7,500 affected customers, their backups were restarted automatically and immediately on our new servers.”

Update 2: Friend checked in again to state that no data was lost in the event, but a commentor says otherwise (anyone else affected who would like to weigh in?):

“I actually am one of those customers and I truly lost data (I had a hard drive lock up right when this happened). It was backing up my personal home PC and I lost over a year’s worth of pictures. The CEO called me personally, and they gave me free service for awhile, but I definitely have multiple layers of backup now.”

This isn’t the first data loss horror story we’ve covered here, and it won’t be the last either.

On a sidenote, I’d change my homepage a bit for a while until things cool down if I were Carbonite.

Article written by by Robin Wauters on March 23, 2009
Original post at http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/23/online-backup-company-carbonite-loses-customers-data-blames-and-sues-suppliers/

About Business Cards

In this economy, your business card is so much more than just a card. It’s the connection between you and your potential clients. It’s food on your dinner table. It’s your livelihood. 

A couple of things: Try to avoid glossy cards (they are difficult to write on). Makes sure you use a font that is EASY to read. It’s a good idea to list your website address or at least the services you offer, if you don’t have a web address (and if you don’t have a web address what are you waiting for??)

I did a little research on unique cards that will surely get the attention of your potential clients! As always, kimtown can be commissioned to design your one of a kind card! 

-Does it HAVE to be the generic 2.5×3.5? NO! Break away from the pack and get yourself something UNIQUE! The NARROW cards are becoming a big hit, especially when they are GREEN! Rounded corners are a nice touch too!

Make a great first impression with eco-friendly business cards from GreenerPrinter and show everyone you’re as passionate about your image as you are about the environment. Now available with rounded corners!

-Go SQUARE or even CIRCLE! Some AWESOME cards at GREAT prices were spotted at PREMIUMCARDS.NET Here is what I found:

The Square-

The Square Business Card is one of best sellers and very popular in the photographic community for its square shape lending itself to fit both vertical and landscape portraits without wasted space. Comes in 16pt card stock and is printed on both sides. Your choice of Full Coverage Gloss Coating, Full Coverage Gloss on the front only, No Coating on the back or a Smooth Matte Finish.

The Cocktail Card – 

One of the hottest business cards on the market today. This high quality business card was designed with the cocktail meeting in mind. The card is 3×3 inches and is printed on a premium 16pt card stock. Comes with 1/2 inch radius rounded corners. Your choice of Full Coverage Gloss Coating, Full Coverage Gloss on the front only, No Coating on the back or a Smooth Matte Finish.

The Cosmo Card – 

The Cosmo Card is a simple but clever Circular Business Card with the same pincipals in mind of the Cocktail Card. It is a 3 inch round business card, printed on 16pt card stock and finished in your choice of Full Coverage Gloss Coating, Full Coverage Gloss on the front only, No Coating on the back or a Smooth Matte Finish. Your price includes printing on both sides.

There are several other styles, but these were my favorite 😀 Check them out!

 

-If you really want to stand out and get noticed (as if the few before weren’t enough) you can check out the PLASTIC and METAL business cards I found at Plasma Design based out of the UK. They have FREE shipping to US and Canada with a plastic biz card order!

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“PlasmaDesign is a world leader when it comes to the design and printing of plastic business cards. Our cards are unique. The plastic is the same thickness and size as a credit card and we use high quality inks throughout the printing process.”

METAL BUSINESS CARDS

“Our metal business cards are manufactured using stainless steel. We chemically etch the surface of the steel and cut through the card with incredible precision, allowing us to produce beautifully detailed designs.”

SATIN BLACK PLASTIC CARDS

MINI METAL BUSINESS CARDS

 

 

-Next I found one of the coolest sits with uber cool BOOKLETS of cards. They come in mini, large and mighty. The company is SHINEBOX PRINT

Mini Booklets
Perfect for business cards. And just about everything else that needs to be stylish and compact. Because you can make the front and back of every card different, they’re great for mini-catalogs and coupon books.

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Large Booklets
It does everything our Mini Booklet does, only bigger! So it’s perfect for brochures, postcards and portfolios. Like all of our booklets, cards may either be perforated or scored.

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Mighty Booklets
Our biggest booklet of all. If you have a lot to say or show, this booklet’s just the thing. It’s fifty percent bigger than our Large Booklet, so you have plenty of room to work with.

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Are you off to order your business cards now? I am 😀