Lost Money

"This Could be Costing You Money"

I received the following email from a reader last week. This reader lives in Canada:


Why do so damn many U.S. forms have places to select different countries, provinces, etc., and then don't accept the form because they say the postal code isn't valid? They set it up for U.S. codes (idiots) or, maybe, on purpose but I sure get sick of it.



I understand Vic's frustration! But, I don't think this is done purposely. I think it's probably that the form software being used on these sites is at fault.

So, if you have an online business, I would strongly suggest you check your online forms for taking mailing addresses. Be sure they are NOT so proprietary they'll only take U.S. zip codes.

You probably don't want to lose all business outside the USA!

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You may have heard of this web site the last time gas prices started to skyrocket. It's the place to go to find the least expensive gas prices in your area. (Unless, of course, you live in a po-dunk place like Pineville, LA., in which case they have no information.)

Now, GasBuddy has added mobile apps so you can get your prices much easier and even while on the road.

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"Did You Know ...? "

This came from long-time reader, Sandra Price. Another good thing to know.

There is something that I wanted to relate that some people may not know and I didn't either until it happened to me. Lightning can come in thru your cable, like Comcast (or any other cable company).

This past summer, I was online when a sudden storm popped up, my modem popped and you guessed it, I was hit. I had surge protectors on, but I had no idea that lightning could come in thru the cable. I lost two TVs, my desktop pc, modem, router and a couple of DVD recorders.

Let me just warn you that it happens! After pulling my hair out and kicking my own butt for several days, I researched and found that a mere surge protector doesn't offer much protection.

I paid $47 each for special protectors. I placed them on everything that had a cable connection. You have to screw cable into this and then to the PC, TV, etc. It provides insurance if it fails to protect your property at no extra cost. Got them at Wal-Mart.

I looked at Wal-Mart online but there were so many gadgets, I wasn't sure which did what. I would recommend visiting your local Wal-Mart (or other electronics store) to look in person and get some help.

Remember - the surge came through the CABLE - not the electrical system.

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"Opt Out of Behavioral Advertising "

This came from The Nitpicker, Kent Butler. Good thing to have:

Using the NAI Opt-out Tool, you can examine your computer to identify those member companies that have placed an advertising cookie file on your computer.

To opt out of an NAI member's behavioral advertising program, simply check the box that corresponds to the company from which you wish to opt out. Alternatively, you can check the box labeled "Select All" and each member's opt-out box will be checked for you. Next click the "Submit" button. The Tool will automatically replace the specified advertising cookie(s) and verify your opt-out status.

Opting out of a network does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising. It does mean that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your Web preferences and usage patterns.


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