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Small Business Loans Without The Hassle

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Let’s say you’ve got a great idea for an invention. Something that will revolutionize an industry. Maybe even the whole world. So your plan is to take out a loan and start your business. But where to begin? The process is probably going to be really, really complicated. I guess it’s not worth doing, it’s so complicated. Time to give up. No! Never give up! Maybe you’ve already got experiences you can draw from…

Have you ever wanted to get a small business loan, but the clerk was really needy? He kept asking for things like “collateral” and “a business plan.” Yeah right! Forget him. There’s a better way.

Some companies specialize in providing Unsecured Small Business Loans. EZUnsecured.com is one of those companies. No worries, no hassles. The process is so easy. Simple, really, because they aren’t asking as many tough questions. You don’t have to provide collateral. You don’t have to articulate your business plan. You can simply enjoy the fast funding and excellent service.

At EZUnsecured.com, they make it clear that many small business ventures fail because they aren’t well-funded. With an unsecured loan, you can eliminate that problem before it has a chance to hurt your entrepreneurial endeavors. What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call 1-800-201-0001. That’s 1-800-201-0001. Operators are standing by.

Or, you could just visit EZUnsecured.com!

Facebook Is Not Secure – We Are Not Secure

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

(This Summer, hit band "Facebook Is Not Secure" to release its newest album, "We Are Not Secure")

I just read on Yahoo that Facebook's recent security upgrades still don't prevent evil strangers from looking up all your private stuff.

Bottom line, don't post it.

There was a link (on Yahoo) to another article or video. The text was, "Military warns soldiers not to post info on Facebook."

It all makes so much sense! But some people conclude that the pros outweigh the cons. It's weird. Of course Facebook is making gobs of money by facilitating this sharing. But any site can be hacked. I assume that since Facebook isn't a bank, it is not as secure as PayPal. Maybe it should be.

Spacely Sprockets, Cogswell Cogs, or Gladstone Gaskets?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Get with the times! It’s all about the gaskets baby!

For those who don’t know, (Wikipedia says) “A gasket is a mechanical seal that fills the space between two objects, generally to prevent leakage between the two objects while under compression. Gaskets save money by allowing less precise mating surfaces on machine parts which can use a gasket to fill irregularities.”

Cool, man. If I owned a factory, I’d make sure to use gaskets. I’ll bet there’s an interesting story about how they were invented. Maybe most factory owners were paying extra to get their equipment to line up just right, since gaskets didn’t exist yet. Then some young worker says, “Gee, Mr. Cogswell, we could combine this piece of equipment and this one here if we only–” Cogswell interrupts, “If only this, if only that. Kid, I didn’t get where I am today by going around and saying, ‘If only!’ Now get back to work. I don’t pay you to think anyway.” Walking away, Cogswell mumbles to himself and trails off: “Kids these days with their dreams and wants and wishes, everything handed to them, why I oughta…” Well, that thinking worker quits his job, takes out a loan, and opens his own shop. Selling what? You guessed it. Gladstone Gaskets! Makes a fortune.

This story brought to you by imagination. Imagination — It’s everywhere you want to be.

So, now that you’re hooked on gaskets, you’ll probably want to see some kind of directory listing makers and suppliers of industrial products and services, right? Well Zycon has exactly what you need. There may not be any Gladstone Gaskets, but there are definitely other, better ones. Real ones. So for all your industrial needs, turn to Zycon.

Wells Fargo Online Banking Information Verification (Email Spam)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I got another verification email today. Too bad I don't bank with Wells Fargo! Ha ha!


[Begin Email]

From: "Wells Fargo Online" <online@online.com>
Subject: Your Account Suspension Notice…
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 11:03:48 -0800

Wells Fargo Online Banking Information verification

Dear Valued customer,

At Wells Fargo, our utmost concern is the security of our online banking users. In this effect,
we do proper verification on all transactions done on our secured online banking servers.

Several attempts to log on to your account were detected this morning and as a matter of our improved online banking
security measures, We have decided to temporarily suspend your online banking access.

You will not be able to access your online account unless you re-activate your online access but in order to do so,
you will have to confirm your details by Logging on to your account to complete the
verification process set out for you before we can retrieve your online access.

Please, Log on through our secure link below;

MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "www.dialogue-initiative.com" claiming to be https://online.wellsfargo.com/login?=ZXJyb3IudXNlcm5hbWVJbnZhbGlkRm9ybWF0 ….

We are indeed sorry for the inconveniencies we have caused you, but also remember that as a
Wells Fargo customer, your security remains our greatest priority.

Sincerely,

Account Security Dept.
Wells Fargo

Privacy & Security | Help
Secure Area
©2000 – 2007 Wells Fargo, Inc. All rights reserved.

[End Email]


From: "Wells Fargo Online" <online@online.com> Ooh, neat email…

"Several attempts to log on to your account were detected this morning"

Oh crap! That was me! And now they've shut my account down, all because I tried to use it within the scope of reason. Darn my intolerable expectation of normalcy! (I didn't really try to log on…I don't even have an account. I just wanted to make something clear. They didn't say several fraudulent attempts or several suspicious attempts or even several failed attempts. For all we know, those attempts were successful, and done by the account holder.)

How's this for a run-on sentence?:

"You will not be able to access your online account
unless you re-activate your online access
but in order to do so, you will have to confirm your details
by Logging on to your account
to complete the verification process set out for you
before we can retrieve your online access."

Sick!

"You will not be able to access your online account unless you re-activate your online access"

"If you do not learn to master your rage, your rage will become your master."

Charge It!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I once heard that there’s a credit card company that operates a little differently than one might expect. Under normal circumstances, you get a credit card, go out, buy a $100 pack of Cadbury Eggs, and charge it to your credit card. Then later, the bill comes. You pay the $100, and you’re set. Mission Accomplished!

But this other company is different. You buy the $100 pack. Wait around. The bill comes. Says $100. You pay $100. And they charge you interest. They say you didn’t pay enough. They say, “You need to pay enough to cover any possible interest. We’ll credit your account with anything leftover.” So what you should have done was pay $110, and get $10 back later. Instead you got charged interest …on what? On nothing!

Now, I’m not really sure if that’s what happened. I only heard this story once, and it hasn’t happened to me personally. But I think it’s pretty lame. It’s the kind of thing you have a problem wrapping your head around, and yet some company has that rule for some reason. I’ll bet there are a lot of similarly messed up rules, and that’s why so many people are having debt problems. At least there are plenty of debt consolidation articles to read.

Nanotech Replication Makes Everything Free

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I recently read at wired.com that things are getting cheaper and cheaper. Like at Yahoo — unlimited data storage in your mailbox. That's insane. That's awesome! Technology is advancing so far that most of the average user's needs can be met for next to nothing. And someday soon, it really will cost us all nothing! Well, that's the vibe I got from the article, anyway.

I wish Health Care and Education were free.

In Star Trek, I believe there is no need for money. I've never really investigated this issue, but from what I can tell, the reason for this is the presence of replicator technology. It's like every room has a microwave-sized box that receives voice commands. So you say, "Computer, please make me a ham sandwich." And I guess nanomachines go to work to quickly engineer your food item. Or maybe they use a combination of hologram/transporter technology to immediately convert energy into matter in whatever configuration is required. So instead of decompiling half-eaten ham dinners and stale bread, and then reassembling the components into a ham sandwich (or instead of breaking down sewage and using that to make the ham sandwich), the machine would simply convert pure energy into a fresh meal. Cool!

I think, though, that the closest we are to achieving replicator technology lands on the side of nanotech. This means that all garbage would become fuel. Kind of like at the end of "Back to the Future" when Doc says, "I need fuel!" and tosses an old beer can into the Mr. Fusion. But instead of using the atoms and molecules of the can and beer inside for fusion, the replicator would strip the paint/label from the can, file that away, break down the metal, store that, and probably filter or process the beer somehow. Then later, you'd say "Computer, make me a can of Coke," and it would use the old metal and maybe some of the liquid. Or, you could say, "Computer, make me some aluminum foil."

With replicator technology, we'd rely on factories far less. Some would put out replicators of various sizes, and then the upgraded model would arrive that was self-repairing, and could even make copies of itself. Certain groups or institutions might have room-sized replicators, or bigger. "Computer, make me a house!"

So everyone would have access to any item, any material they wanted. All you need is the raw materials, and if they can't be found in your garbage, you'd have to get them somehow.

That would cost, right? I don't think so. I figure if nanotech is that advanced, we could have mining crews of nanotech machines digging, finding, and saving raw materials. Maybe even in your own back yard. "Computer, dig up my yard, find me some stuff, then put it back like it was. Oh, and make my lawn look better than my neighbor's." And even if you said, "Computer, make me a diamond," but were out of coal, you could probably find some carbon elsewhere. Like maybe it could break down the carbon of that leftover fruit salad in your fridge. And then if you ever got sick of that diamond, or your wife left you for the robot she conned you into replicating, then you could say, "Computer, take this diamond and make me a fruit salad."

Fruit salad! Yummy, yummy!

So, with all that technology at everyone's disposal, most things would probably be free. Maybe not land, though, in the traditional sense. But I bet there are probably ways to "make" more.

Give everyone in the world their own microwave-sized replicator. That's an end to hunger. Maybe the box can pull water from the air. An end to thirst? And it can take sand and make a palace. So some guy out in the middle of the desert could probably survive with one of those boxes, even with no plants around. He could use his own waste to make more food, (clean of course), use the sand to make connectible tiles with which he could build a house, pull water from the air (or filter sea water)…

Why not just make a jetpack?

Or how about this? If nanotech in the box can make anything, why not have nanotech in the guy's body? The machines would smoothly convert his waste into further nutrients, rearranging all the bad stuff into stuff that serves a purpose.

Seriously, I heard that they're working on some kind of artificial blood. It's so efficient that if you had it inside you, you could sprint for 10 minutes straight…

…without taking a breath.

Sure, this stuff could be used to create super soldiers, or a replicating goo that could decimate a country (or the world, and that's a widely-acknowledged fear). But I think it's so powerful that it should probably eliminate the need for war. All we need to do is to think, and figure out how to fix the problems of the chronically upset.