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PodShop: Technology

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The Best Newsreader for Mac

Friday March 16, 2007

Yes, I know it has been a very long time since I have attempted to blog. I’m not proud. It’s a shame really. The one or two people that read my blog last year might have missed my charming writing style and wordular prowess. That’s right, I said – well typed, actually – prowess! And yes, I know that wordular is not a word. But alas, those are tales for another day, and I will get into that in more detail in due time in future posts (at the rate I blog means sometime within the next seven months, so pace yourself!) For now, let’s just get on with it. My name is Chris, so nice to meet you again. I will be your host for today’s entry, one that involves a man and machines, and stubborn and silly insistence on the status quo.

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Google Checkout is Live!

Thursday June 29, 2006

Google officially announced their online payment service today. Dubbed Google Checkout, it looks promising. I’m looking into the first level API integration for now.

UPDATE: I’ve signed up for Google Checkout account, which was relatively quick and painless. Similar to setting up a PayPal account, the process was very straight forward. There’s an option to link up your Checkout account with your AdWords account (if you don’t have a pre-existing AdWords account, you can set up both types of accounts during this process), which enables you to save money on the standard Checkout transaction fee of 2% plus $.20. This default rate is already lower than the bottom-tiered (i.e. most expensive) PayPal account, which is 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction.

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One day after I bag on Microsoft for all of the different initiatives (read money-making schemes) it has undertaken recently – and in the process left Windows for dead – I get a piece of snail mail from them.

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Like a wounded animal, there is a certain software company from Redmond Washington that is fighting for its business-identity life. Once the titan of its trade, Microsoft has fallen into a deadly trap – one in which it has been ensnared for years – and there appears to be no quick way out.

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