Micro PC Help Scam and Microsoft Windows Support Scam

A couple days ago, I received a phone call from an individual from Micro PC Help (MicroPChelp.com which no longer exists as a website) who claimed that they had received a Microsoft Windows error log from my computer stating that I had an imminent virus threat. They claimed that they were a third-party vendor that works with Microsoft and instructed me to view their website at http://micropchelp.com to validate that they were a legitimate company. They instructed me to enter a specific web url address so that they could be granted access to...

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Do 8/10 Deals by Groupon & Living Social have inflated values?

Posted originally on Oct. 27th on http://TheDealPages.com’s blog On October 12, 2011, Business Insider published an article called: “Busted: Groupon and Living Social Caught Inflating Regular Prices to Make Deals Look Better”. The article referenced a “case study” by Thumbtack.com called, “Are daily deal discounts inflated” which claimed that in “8 out of 10 deals we reviewed, the ‘regular’ prices quoted by Groupon and LivingSocial were higher than the prices quoted by the same...

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The Future of The Daily Deal Market

There’s been a lot of buzz around the recent turnover and consolidation of several daily deal websites. Some sources have predicted a collapse of the industry while others remain optimistic about it’s future growth. The rapid growth of the number of competitors into the market is not sustainable but there still seems to be lots of room for growth in the industry (see Don Young Jr’s Daily Deal Media Article: Daily Deals Market not even Close to Breaking Point). Despite this, some sources estimate that roughly 20% of these...

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The Science of The Effectiveness of Social Media vs. Time

If you are using social media to convey a message to your followers, the time of the day and the day of the week impacts how effective your message will be. I found this interesting summary below originally at http://blog.kissmetrics.com/beginners-guide-to-google-webmaster-tools/ which is an awesome resource that contains tons of useful information including the image below.  

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Google + vs. Facebook

So after 12 weeks of testing and invitation-only invites, Google + is now open to anyone who wants to join. It will be interesting to see how well it is received. I wrote a blog post earlier about how Google’s invite-only testing phase was creating a lot of buzz around the service. Despite this initial buzz and my excitement to try it, I feel like Google took too long to release their product to the general public and a lot of the buzz and hype has died down. The activity of my friends virtually stopped entirely one or two weeks after...

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Tips for How to Find a Good Web Developer

Finding a good web developer for your website or web application can be difficult. This is especially true if you have a limited budget and/or a time constraint. It is important that you find a capable developer who is easy to work with and reliable. It’s a good idea to start your search by reaching out to friends or family who may know or have worked with a website developer in the past. A developer or development team can look good on paper (or on a website) but they may not be the best candidate for the job. The best performance...

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