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Errors and Inconsistencies on LinkedIn

I have great respect for the pool of experts and talent who are members of LinkedIn.

However, I find the LinkedIn interface clumsy, cumbersome, and often, wrong.

Here is a collection of errors and inconsistencies from LinkedIn. View my profile on LinkedIn. You are welcome connect with me on all my social accounts, here is my Appearoo profile (formerly XeeMe) with links to them.

First Comment Is Not The First Comment

2014-12-08 10:15

I was the first person to add a comment on an article on LinkedIn. However, after my comment was posted, the comment box still said: "Be the first to comment and start the conversation!"

first comment is not the first comment

What Is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals.

Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Giving Tuesday Decenber 2, 2014

My New Baby: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

I've been shopping for a new application development laptop for my consulting business - my 3 year old HP is slowly coming apart, and the vertical lines appearing on the screen were the last straw.

I'm biting the bullet and drinking the MacBook Pro Kool-Aid - but I will set up a triple boot: Mac OS, Ubuntu (my work env), Windows 8. I never liked the Mac UI.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
3.0GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7
1TB Flash Storage

I bought direct from Apple, I didn't want to mess around with other dealers. And I applied for the Barclays Apple Rewards card - at first they said I was only approved for $2000 credit. I told them that didn't cover the purchase, I would just put it on one of my other cards. So they reviewed my credit and reduced my limit to $1000 - I told them that was bullshit cancel my application, and paid with another card.

I looked at a couple of PCs, but with fast processors, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD drives, they were about the same price as a MacBook Pro.

Most of my colleagues in the Drupal community use MacBooks - and most of them sneer when someone asks them to check something in Windows - but I need it for my Enterprise clients, I can't tell them, "Wait until I get home on my other machine..." so that's why I got a large drive. I got a good deal on Windows 8.1 Pro dvd on Amazon - about $25 less than buying from Microsoft, and it's not the OEM crap, just a clean install.

How to Start a YouTube Video On Google+ At a Specific Time

You may know by now how to share a link to a video on YouTube and start it a specific time:

Also how to embed a YouTube video and start it a specific time:

<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>

(Thanks to Google Engineer Matt Cutts for these examples)

On Google Plus, the trick is to not use the Video embed tool, just use the Link tool with the first format:

An example from my Google Plus stream, Cap'n Paul sez Dylan invfluenced Rubber Soul:

The link I added was

I also discovered that putting the time in the post on Google Plus like 3:41 links to the video on YouTube to start at that time, even when you start the YouTube video from the beginning. So you can put multiple comments about specific parts of the video in you post, and link to them :D

Consumer Product Test: Kinivo Speaker Falls Off Laptop Playing The Damned Neat Neat Neat

I really like these little speakers. I bought one for my wife, Arlene, then I bought one for myself and my other wife, Mario.

They get really LOUD

LeafIt - the next Rippln? (what is Rippln?)

I was invited to an unoffical Leafit community on Google+

Webster McN says:

#LeafIt is a game-changing #socialmedia platform and #App coming out of Beta Testing in about two weeks, if you are interested in getting in on the ground floor, please consider joining my team ...

Despite my rant on Google+ with dire warnings of ho-hum irrelevance and little promise of recouping the Associate fees, I joined at the FREE Affiliate Level. The Associate level costs $40/month and promises $100/month in advertising (whatever that means).

So follow my lead, join my (and Webster McN's) MLM empire, and we will all go laughing to the bank, the same way we already do without the imaginary riches we will earn together on Leafit!

Yeah, this guy looks like he needs a few extra dollars a month for razors yes

The introduction video by CEO Lawrence Sowell (please tell me he's not the same James Lawrence Sowell who was locked up in Texas for 8 years for AGG SEX ASLT CHILD U/14 - I think the CEO is a little too young to be the felon, he's probably just a colorful relative -- or advisor?) sounds like it was recorded in a cave, or one of those institutional settings rife with echoing sterile oubliettes - is this guy for real, or only a little bit crazy?

Maybe crazy like a fox, or at least a Latvian. The LeafIt About page lists its account nunber at Rietumu Banka, a Latvian bank suspected of money laundering and looting of billions of dollars from BTA Bank of Kazakhstan and Anglo Irish Bank of Ireland. Just the kind of information that helps make me confident that the whole operation is strictly on the up-and-up.

Sounds better all the time, doesn't it? My favorite kind of shady Internet operation cheeky 

Leafit makes Rippln seem like such a clean scam... Well, if I don't get rich or taken to the cleaners - or shot - by Latvians, I guess I can always "leafit"

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