Surprising Pixlr #FAIL

As many of my clients know, I’ve recommended Pixlr as a great online image editor.  It’s free – and a fair replacement for Photoshop (which I really love).

I’ve noticed that Pixlr’s online editor has been acting strangely as of late – slow to load, failing to load, and now sporting the “AutoDesk” label.  “Uh-Oh, I said… here we go…”

And of course – I fire up Pixlr this morning only to find a good deal of my editing space is consumed by a ginormous advertisement for Google Drive.  Ugh.  No way to get rid of it.  And I already own Google Drive.  🙁

pixlr-autodeskRefreshed the page – and now I’m suddenly a candidate to meet Asian Girls.  (Nothing against Asian Girls, they’re quite lovely – but I’m spoken for).  So, thank you AutoDesk.  You’ve ruined what was a perfectly good tool, just like Microsoft did to Skype.

pixlr-doneI took the only appropriate action, and recommend my followers do the same.  I’ve had good luck with Canva, so maybe that’s the new tool in my future…  I only wish it supported layers.


Dan Wilson, it’s all your fault.

gmail offline

So, I’ve been working through an email issue with a friend – the long and short of it is he’s having problems connecting his email accounts to his email software (it’s likely operator error, but hey – we’ve all been there, right?)

So now – My email  (google email) is down.  After I just finished bragging that I’ve NEVER EVER had an issue with Google mail.  Now I look like a dufus.  Thanks Google.  🙁

But I’m still blaming Dan.  He must have given me his email germs.  Oh, if you’re in the market for a really nice PVC fence – Dan’s the man.  Just don’t email – he won’t get it right away.  Better call 256-422-3830 or visit

UPDATE:  Looks like it’s not Dan’s fault after all.  I mean he’s good – but he’s not that good.  🙂

Hey! It’s on like Bing-Bong, Jack.

on like bing-bong jack!

So, I got another message from Bing today – you know, the same people who are running the skewed ads poking fun at Google (for doing the same thing Bing’s been doing forever.)

It’s a really cheery “Update” – sounds good so far…  then they drop the Bing Bomb… They’re taking away our ability to post deals or coupons for free.  Presumably, that means either: Continue reading Hey! It’s on like Bing-Bong, Jack.

So many fantastical ideas, so little time.

I’ve recently joined a few “Mastermind” groups as part of my continuing education – so many great ideas out there, but so little time to implement them.  I really need to find a virtual assistant.  My real life assistant (who is still waiting for spring semester at MTSU) is not quite as “motivated” as I’d like….  🙂

Tried virtual assistants before, but spent more time explaining things than getting work done.  Any suggestions?

Virtual Assistant
by cletch under CC  
Virtual Assistant

HELP! I need a REAL Murfreesboro auto mechanic!

UPDATE: 10-15-2010

Many thanks to Joey from LaVergne, who was able to use a little good ‘ole American Ingenuity to repair my car!  Rather than pulling the engine to remove the bolt, he skillfully welded another bolt end to the broken one, and was able to remove the offending part.  He put it all back together, and I’ve been driving it for a week now with no problems!  Joey – THANK YOU !!!

I’ll also add that he did the job (which was a real pain) for a LOT less than the local shop that forgot about me!  I’ll recommend Joey for any automotive work, and will certainly call him again!  🙂  If you’d like Joey’s contact info, just let me know in the comments.

Here’s the deal.  I have a 95 Cadillac Eldorado that I bought on Craigslist – with a Northstar (aluminum block).  Drove it a while, and one day on the interstate the bolt that secures the idler pulley (serpentine belt) snapped off, and the pulley rolled down the road!

Having some mechanical experience from days past, I attempted to drill out the bolt and use an easy-out to get the bolt out.  Well, I snapped it off.  (The screw extractor was too small).

Problem: there’s not a lot of room to work with a drill here (see photos), I actually tried a 90 degree drill attachment to get as far as I did – but it may be that the engine has to be lifted to give you enough room to work.  So, no way I can do this.  I need some professional help.

So I took these photos (and others) to a local shop to see what they thought.  After a few weeks of waiting for an estimate, I called back and it sounded like the guy was making it up as he went – and he gave me some outrageous numbers.  Clearly, he hadn’t even looked at the photos and must have padded the estimate based on it being a Caddy (did I mention I bought it on Craigslist?) and that I was dressed nicely.

That said, having done mechanic work many, many years ago – I do know the value of good work and the cost of professional tools. I’m looking for old-school wrenches who can look at an issue and actually diagnose it – not just experiment with parts and my money!  🙂

I’m willing to pay a shop or mechanic a fair amount, based on the job.  So, if you can drill out a broken bolt, heli-coil it if necessary, (maybe pull the engine to do so), and get me back on the road – I want to talk to you.  Call me at work – 615-278-9324

Thanks – Ken

Facebook Privacy – You’re Kidding, Right?

The release of Facebook Places this week is sparking new privacy concerns about the popular mega-social network. Places is a location-based service that allows you to “check in” to a specific place like a local watering hole or event (maybe a concert?) and share your location with friends. This technology has been available for some time with other location-based services – Foursquare comes to mind – but never before on such a large scale – Facebook now boasts more than 500 Million users.

Simply providing location services isn’t really what has everyone up in arms though. Places also allows others (people you’ve “friended”) to “tag” or check you in at a location. Now that could be a bit scary. I sometimes post on Twitter or Facebook if I’m attending a particular event (or if I’m stuck in an elevator at the Chamber of Commerce moments before giving a seminar). Don’t laugh. It happens. But what if I’m being stalked by Angelina Jolie or Sela Ward? I may not want them to know where I’m at. Okay, go ahead and laugh. But it could happen. Continue reading Facebook Privacy – You’re Kidding, Right?