AOL Blocking Form Email

Today I received word from my server admin that AOL is now blocking all form driven emails unless server owners / administrators bring servers and software into compliance with AOL standards. For UNIX / Linux server owners, this requires in some cases major server reconfiguration which is not practical to your web server and software you may be running. AOL is providing a white list service in which a server owner / administrator must meet certain requirements to be allowed to send newsletters and other mail through AOL’s network. Again, this is not practical in most cases. This brings me to another point for small business owners that might use AOL for business purposes. DON’T USE AOL. If you own a domain name, use email addresses associated with your domain. It looks more professional and you’ll avoid in many cases bounced or dropped email issues you might have with an AOL account. If you don’t own a domain name, purchase one and use a commercial email address or a…
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Practice Microeconomics This Christmas Season

I talked with a good friend of mine this evening who owns a business located in an average size shopping center in the Colleyville area. As we spoke he lamented about how bad business has been and it hasn’t even picked during the ensuing Christmas rush. He’s not alone. He shared with me that other businesses in his shopping center are struggling as well and hoping to hold on through this Christmas season. As we talked he said I’m afraid we’ve been Wal-Marted this year. While we’re talking on our cell phones I just happened to be driving by my local Wal-Mart….parking lot packed as usual on a Saturday night. To my friends point, most people today are only concerned about price, not quality, not workmanship, not service, and the list goes on. What’s all this got to do with microeconomics? Plenty, our communities are made of many small businesses that put money back into your local economy, buy homes, live and participate in local community activities; all the thin…
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Dallas Press Releases

Do you have a Dallas press releas or looking for a free location to post your Dallas Fort Worth press release. Metroplex Directory is pleased to offer this service to the community, our visitors, and customers. The Internet has become an incredible medium for online press releases and many news sources prefer electronic press releases over traditional hard copy press releases. Electronic press releases can be stored for future use, and can be filtered and searched saving news and media professionals hours of searching through printed press releases. If you haven't considered or tried online press releases, you should. Do you have anything newsworthy to say about your company? Charity or community work, management changes, product changes or improvements are all great things to share. Regular online press releases can also bring attention and traffic to your corporate website. So the next time you've got something newsworthy to say about your company remember MetroplexDirectory.
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Automatic ReOrder For Coffee and Office Consumables

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Justin Schaffner Internet Sales Manager Address Carrollton, TX, 75007 Phone: 1.800.480.8071 http://www.easygiantexpress.com customercare@easygiantexpress.com Automatic Reorder of Coffee and Office Consumables CoffeeGIANT.com launches automatic reorder site Carrollton, TX — November 9th, 2005 — CoffeeGIANT a leader in online coffee, tea and office consumables is pleased to announce the launch of a new automatic reorder website. Consumers and business customers that want brand name coffees, teas and office consumables delivered at specified time periods can now set up an account on their new site easygiantexpress.com. The customer has complete control over reorder groups, quantities and delivery schedules. Additionally, orders can be paused or deleted through an online control panel. CoffeeGIANT considers this a signifigant breakthrough as their automatic order system has eliminated the need for customer intervention such as responding to…
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Wetzone Water Park Receives Top Honors

ROWLETT, TX, OCTOBER 14, 2005 – The Wet Zone, Rowlett’s Family Waterpark, was recognized for excellence by the World Waterpark Association during the international trade association’s annual convention held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The City-owned waterpark rose above water-themed amusement centers around the world to receive top honors for its employee training program, supervisor training program and advertising materials. “The Wet Zone is owned by every member of our community, so we should all be proud to receive these honors,â€? said Mayor Shane Johnson. “I want to thank our Parks and Recreation Director Jim Browne for his outstanding leadership over our parks programs, Heath Olinger for continuing to do a terrific job managing our waterpark, and the entire team of lifeguards and staff for their hard work and commitment to making the Wet Zone a first class family waterpark.â€? The World Waterpark Association’s Superior Waterpark Inspiration & Motivati…
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Corporate and Business Email Use

What is the proper use of business or corporate email today? The other day I spoke with an employee of one of my corporate customers. The person I spoke with was a little indignant that a personal email message from a family member did not come through and it was really important. It has become common place for employees to use their business email account(s) to accept personal email from family, friends, and even personal mailing lists that they subscribe too. In my opinion this is a practice that small businesses and even corporations need to address. While I haven’t personally seen any statistics on what percentage of email that runs through a corporate network is personal vs. business, I’m guessing that stats would be fairly high. As part of the service I provide to my business customers, I work diligently to ensure that all business email gets to its intended recipient(s) and will troubleshoot specific accounts when an issue might arrive from time to time. As the …
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Verizon FIOS Looks Promising

Over the past year Verizon has installed fiber optics in my neighborhood. I'll be ordering my installation in the next week or so. If you have the need for speed, here are some of Verizon's basic packages. Up to 5 Mbps/2 Mbps $34.95 - $39.95 (special in some areas for $29.95 with one year contract) Up to 15 Mbps/2 Mbps $44.95 - $49.95 Up to 30 Mbps/5 Mbps $179.95 - $199.95
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Linksys WRT54GX

Linksys MIMO Router WRT54GX – Next Gen May Not Be Better Before you run out to purchase a next generation wireless router here are some things you might want to consider based on my personal experience with the Linksys WRT54GX wireless router with MIMO technology. (Multiple In – Multiple Out) Basically all the jargon means is that your wireless router has greater range and faster through-put. When I purchased my Linksys WRT54GX I ran into immediate problems as I was replacing a Netgear wireless router I had been using for some time. The set up wants to connect to the Internet which caused some issues which is fairly well documented in other locations on the Internet so I had to configure the router manually. Not a huge task, but maybe something that is not for the faint hearted. The next thing I found after a call to customer support was that the router only supports one security method, authentication key or MAC addresses. My old Netgear router support both at the sam…
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Internet Censorship

AOL Time-Warner Censors Alex Jones Websites Nationwide blackout a clear attempt to shut down free speech Prison Planet | October 5 2005 Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, has blocked access to all of Alex Jones' flagship websites across the entire United States. We were first alerted to this problem early this morning when several locals in Austin reported that they were unable to access Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com or Prison Planet.tv. Austin Time Warner had previously shut down access to our websites on a whim, claiming they were 'hate material' but in all cases had quickly restored them after receiving complaints. However, this latest attack on free speech is occurring nationwide, with Time Warner subscribers from New York to California reporting that their access to the websites is being blocked. The last attempt to shut us down came shortly after the London Bombings, which saw our traffic go through the roof after we released a plethora of articles exposing government…
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Will Skype and eBay Change eCommerce?

Skype is a VoIP (Voice over IP or Voice over Internet Protocol) technology that uses the power of the Internet to allow callers to talk to one another through their PC's. VoIP calls over the Internet are not new at all even though VoIP is becoming more and more mainstream. Several years ago, I worked with a start-up Internet telephony company developing VoIP communications. We courted auto dealers, real estate agents, and other high end industries that might benefit from the technology. We had VC money and investors lined up, and analysts that said VoIP was going to explode. Everyone forgot several things....Users needed speakers and a microphone. We thought we had it covered, we would give microphones away. The next issue that everyone missed was that even though most PC's had a sound card, and many with speakers and a microphone, not many users had plugged them in to actually use them. Through much beta testing and trying to work with businesses, PC to PC calling for busin…
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Dallas Shopping Online – Dallas Gifts

It's Here! Metroplex Directory is launching its online store for Dallas shopping, gift baskets, and more. If you are a Dallas Fort Worth business and you have a product you would like to sell online contact MetroplexDirectory today for details on how you can add your products. In addition to providing a secure online shopping experience, MetroplexDirectory also provides feeds to various shopping engines as well as provides some search engine optimization and marketing savvy to its online store. MetroplexDirectory shopping online is a great option for businesses that are not ready for an ecommerce web site or don't want to be bothered with the management and maintenance of an online store. Start your Dallas shopping experience today by browsing Dallas Gifts, gift baskets, and other products from local busineses.
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Dallas Assists Hurricane Katrina Survivors

The city of Dallas will open it arms to 25,000 plus residents of New Orleans that have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Look for additional details to follow for volunteer opportunities to assist these families. Let’s also set the record straight. The news media keeps calling the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and families that have lost their homes “refugees�. It is extremely insensitive to identify fellow Americans that have lost everything as “refugees�.
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