Archives for April 2011

Business Card Giveaway Sponsored by UPrinting.com

UPDATE: Winners have been selected and have received their codes for free business cards!  Congrats!

 

It’s time for another giveaway folks!  This time around, we’ve got an awesome giveaway from the folks at UPrinting.com.  If you’ve never heard of UPrinting, maybe it’s time you checked them out.  BusinessCards.org recently performed a faceoff of sorts and UPrinting scored pretty well.  3rd for Overall and 1st for cheapest cards.  In their notes, they said that UPrinting delivered sturdy cards with good packaging and quick shipping.  And, now, you have a chance to win some to test them out for yourself!  Let’s get down to the details.

There will be two winners, and each will be able to pick from one of the two following packages:

250 Die-Cut Business Cards

  • 250 Die-Cut Business cards
  • 1.75” x 3.5”, 2” x 3.5”, or 2” x 2”; 2.5” Diameter (Circle)
  • Die Cut Business Cards (Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded Single-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle)
  • 14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
  • Front Only or Front and Back printing
  • 6 Business Days Turnaround

25 Business Card Magnets

  • 25 Card Magnets
  • 2” x 3.5”
  • 13pt Magnet Gloss
  • Front Only Printing
  • 6 Business Days Turnaround

How you can win one of these awesome packages:

First.

Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.

Entry into the giveaway is super duper easy.  You get one entry for subscribing to this blog.  If you already are a subscriber, that makes it that much more easy for you.  If you aren’t a subscriber, there’s a box at the top right of the sidebar with several options for you.  You can grab the RSS by clicking on the smallish orange box there and adding the RSS to your favorite RSS aggregator, or you can enter your email into the box there and click the subscribe button.  (Your email is safe with me, feedburner administrates that stuff and has pretty good security).  You can earn a second entry for following me on twitter (@thatedeguy) and retweeting the tweet below:

RT @thatedeguy Win 250 Business Cards or 25 Business Card Magnets from @uprinting http://ow.ly/4Kbi2 #contest #giveaway

Get another bonus entry by going to UPrinting’s Facebook page and clicking on the Like button there. Then, when you’ve done one or all three of those things, come back here and leave a comment telling me which you did so I can count your entries.

To recap, here’s how you enter.

  1. Subscribe to this blog (via RSS or email)
  2. Follow @thatedeguy on twitter and RT the message above
  3. “Like” the Uprinting Facebook page
  4. Come back here and leave a comment telling me which of those you’ve done

Entries will close on May 6th at 11:59pm CST.  I’ll tabulate the entries that weekend and then announce the winner the week of the 9th. (On the off chance that there aren’t two entrants to choose from, there will only be as many winners as there are entrants up to two winners.) What are you waiting for?  Go get your entries!

Disclaimer:
This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given. Check out more information about die cut business cards and business card magnets on UPrinting Facebook.

Fixing Flash Video Split Screen in Firefox

Recently, after an upgrade to Adobe Flash (10.2, I believe), all of the videos that I would want to watch in Firefox would exhibit the following problem:

As you can see, the screen was split vertically with a nice green bar across the middle.  In both, the picture is distorted.  Even at full screen, it was very much unbearable.

In resolving the issue, I tried the old standby of reinstalling the software.  Full uninstall, full reinstall.  No change.  Several searches proved fruitless as well.  But, I think I may have been searching with the wrong search terms.  My first searches, I was searching for “flash broken firefox”, “video broken firefox”, and the like.

Finally, today, I did  a search for “flash split video firefox” and happened upon a result in the [H]ardOCP forums that mentioned something that sounded similar to what I was experiencing.  The fix?  A simple setting in Flash.

  • To fix the problem, right click on the video while it is playing.
  • Click on settings
  • Uncheck the “Hardware Acceleration” check box (like you see in the picture at right)
  • Reload the page.

That’s it.  Video works perfectly for me now.

Is Flickr Holding Photos Hostage?

Mike Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, published a post today saying that he won’t use Flickr anymore until they release his photos that they are holding hostage.

My Pro account expired at some point, probably because I missed an email or my credit card number changed. I wasn’t using Flickr as much, having moved more to Facebook because of the structured people tagging feature. But then one day I was searching for an old treasured photo that existed only on Flickr and on the hard drive of some long forgotten and discarded mobile phone.

Flickr won’t show me that photo. If your pro account expires only your last 200 photos are shown. The only way I can get access to that photo is by paying the Pro fee.

His complaint is that if you upgrade to a pro account, upload a bunch of photos, then let your pro subscription lapse, you don’t get the same benefits of having a pro account.  What?  I wasn’t sure I had read it correctly either, at first.  But, I’ve looked it over several times now, and that really is what he’s whining about. I can say that he’s whining, because he says he is, too.  (I probably would have anyways.)

One of the comments on his post (comments run by facebook btw.  What do you think will happen when facebook decides to stop supporting that or charge for it, Mike?) has a pretty good comparison that makes Mike sound even more whiny.  The commenter compares his complaint to that of a person who rents a self-storage unit, stops paying for it, but still thinks he should be able to get his stuff out of it.  Wrong.  What they’ll do is lock you out of it, then auction your stuff off.

The truth, from where I stand, is that Mike came up in the dot-com boom era of giving everything away for free and supporting it with ads.  So, a lot of those services would have existed back then.  The problem is that, at the moment, ad revenue isn’t quite cutting it.  Some of these places are actually trying to show some positive revenue.

On top of all of that, he expects to be able to upgrade to pro, use the benefits of pro, then selectively keep the benefits of that elevated status even though he is no longer paying for the pro benefits.  I got news for you, Mike.  The benefits go away when you stop paying for them.  And, if you go and sign up for a new free account at flickr, it very clearly tells you that only the last 200 images will be accessible.

If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t have gone pro in the first place.  You should have found someplace that offered the full service you wanted for free.  I’m not entirely sure such a place exists, but feel free to look.  In the mean time, I should hope that Flickr doesn’t take you too seriously and decide to test your lawyer mettle with a little bit of a libel suit.  They don’t have much of a case, I don’t think, but Yahoo has spend more serious money on less serious things.

Also, quit whining.