About a month ago – I was looking for unique domains and I noticed that another company with a similar name as mine was ranking in Google but the website was no longer active. They had a “NOTICE: This domain name expired on 07/21/2012 and is pending renewal or deletion.” written on a GoDaddy page. So I figured – well I’m in luck! The domain is about to expire so I can simply buy it and point it to my company. A few days go buy and I go to the GoDaddy homepage and just for the hell of it decided to look to see who owns that domain. So I put in the domain and all of a sudden GoDaddy states that the domain is available at auction. So I didn’t want to loose it and figured this was the only way to ensure I get the domain – right? Auction??… So I paid the $4.99 to participate in the auction. Now keep in mind – you can normally purchase a domain on their site for about $7.99. So I paid the auction and then there was a minimum bid I had to put of $12.00. I was the only bidder. So I put it in and waited for the auction to end. On the day of the “auction” ending I got an email: “Congratulations! You have placed the winning bid for Item Number….” I was excited! So before reading the whole email I immediately got on the site – logged in – paid the $12.00 and on top of that had to pay for the domain for one year. Now keep in mind that the $12.00 goes to GoDaddy, just like the $4.99… So I go to my domains… and it’s not there. I decide to look at the email that was sent to me saying I won the auction and found the following fine print:
“Remember that in accordance with the legal agreement you acknowledged at the time of your bid (Universal Terms of Service, UTOS), the current registrant may still renew this domain. If the domain is renewed, we will notify you and any funds received will be refunded. If the registrant does not renew the domain, we will then process a change of registrant and move the domain into your account at GoDaddy.com within one week.”
SO… What is the point of the auction? I called up GoDaddy and the representative basically told me the same thing… I have to wait 2 weeks after I WON THE AUCTION to get the domain and during that 2 week term the previous owner has the right to take the domain back!!! So let’s get this straight… GoDaddy auctions of domains that they don’t even own yet and they force you to pay a premium just because someone else had the domain and then they have the balls to say – well we don’t actually own it and have to wait for the owner to say so. If I went to an auction – ANY auction and say I bid on a car and won the bid – at any auction I walk away with that car THAT DAY! I don’t have to wait for the previous owner to decide… on top of which – in any auction – the money goes to the previous owner not a third party company that simply decided to auction a domain that they don’t even own and then take the money for it.
I will give GoDaddy one thing.. they do cover their butts for anyone reading fine print – but how many of us spend time reading all the fine print on something under $50? On the GoDaddy Auctions page they write “Expired Domain Auctions – Place your bid on an expired domain name. If the auction ends and you’re the highest bidder, the domain’s yours.**” Why do they need all those fancy stars? Why not just write exactly what is going on…??? Well if you scroll further down you see the following: “** Original owner may still re-claim ownership for approximately 2 weeks.” So how is that an auction then? Why would you even auction off a domain you don’t yet have? I am interested to find out what happens to the domain after say 2 months of being expired… When I was looking at the domain I wanted to get – it had been over a month on the day the auction ended – so why 2 weeks? Even if there is 2 weeks – why hold an auction before the owner has reclaimed their domain? Now I also wonder as to what the point of Domain Backordering with GoDaddy? It’s just about the same price and again they hold the domain… Why then should people do either one? Why not just wait for it to expire – only question is – how long is that… because some domains expired but do you have to wait 2 months after the fact or more? Very frustrating and I urge anyone looking at buying expired domains to simply wait it out and not pump money into the GoDaddy machine.
I travel maybe several times a year and seem like every year the service goes down more and more. I recently flew with Spirit Airlines and I could not believe it… First – the seats did not recline, every single piece of luggage and carry on I had to pay for extra and not even water was offered for free – to top it off – I heard on international flights you have to use a credit card to go to the bathroom… Now you can’t tell me that’s quality service! I understand gas prices have gone up – so why can’t they simply charge a little more instead of providing the leanest flight possible? We also had an incident where we were flying over seas and my friend decided to buy a one way ticket – well the airline made him buy a returning flight ticket for a random day because they would not let him through security. I asked why or who made this a law and they claimed it was the law of the country we were flying too and that we should have printed all policies. Now I got a little feisty with the lady because – in honesty – who ready all the policies for buying a ticket – and if its in the policy – why are you letting me buy a one way – at the least tell me in big red letters – you need to have a returning flight. So nonetheless he bought the ticket and that was it. All I know is that that is the last time I fly Spirit airlines – in fact the train is starting to look more comfortable the more I think about it. You can easily walk around and don’t have to worry and I just wonder if it’s cheaper. If I ran an airline – I would increase my rates – buy gas 10 years ahead – and concentrate on quality customer service rather than filling up the planes like sardine canes. I saw some documentary that states the airline only makes $100 per flight – if that is really the case – how is that even worth it?? I am even contemplating my trips elsewhere because of the horrible flying experience I had with this company and in general. I honestly think there is a market of people who don’t mind paying a little more for a lot better service and comfort – don’t shove 1000 seats into a tiny plane – give some room! Prior to picking an airline I was reviewing who are the best airlines around the world – and not a single American airline came up – there was Air Canada came up as one of the better ones in North America but how is it possible that so many Asian airlines are doing so much better than ours?? Why can’t American or United do some research and maybe change their model of how they approach business. All I am saying is – we have to look at other business models for this industry – there has to be something more cost effective than shoving too many people into a plane and charging them for every little element. I mean come on… bathroom service? That is simply ridiculous!!
The desktop wallpaper market has grown immensely since this free wallpaper website was established in 2003. Seems like content theft is on the rise and running ramped. We are trying to control the theft of our content but seems like a lot of sites are either stealing content from other sites or simply parsing content together in order to generate fresh content that doesn’t exactly make sense. We are hoping to constantly keep our content fresh and up to date. From airplanes, to vacation resorts, we will try to be sure to have everything covered. We are also noticing the rise in stock photography use across a variety of platforms – even large advertising agencies seem to be approaching the idea as budgets are sliced and diced and competitive agencies are trying to find an edge for their current or future clients. A lot of the work that we offer as free wallpaper – we have been slowly contributing to a variety of stock photography sites around the world. We have even developed a tutorial on how other photographers can make money with stock photography. The tutorial outlines exactly the procedure. We are also at a stand still with producing desktop wallpaper at high resolution yet ensuring the content is not stolen for reproduction or any commercial use, which may sometimes include outranking us in google. We have a very strong following and hope that as our site grows and that users all around the world report to us any kind of theft that has occurred. Thank you for visiting our free wallpaper portal and if you have any questions or comments – feel free to leave them with each intended image. All images are copyrighted by Eugene Feygin, a Chicago photographer.
I will also plan on traveling more around the world and hope to bring back a variety of wallpaper to share with you, whether you are simply interested in looking at it or use it as desktop wallpaper. I hope to be able to cover most of Europe and then move on to South America potentially. From the animals to the nature landscapes, my goal is to cover all of it! Thank you for checking out the site and keep coming back!
With computer resolution changing left and right, one has to consider what resolution the masses would like. I examine my analytics and surprisingly people still use 800 x 600 wallpaper resolution. Guess the few people that get new computers are insignificant to the amount of people that get less expensive computers and laptops. I am also considering of purchasing new camera equipment but yet determining whether it’s a logical move from a financial standpoint. At this point in time the jump to the new gear will not happen. I am hoping to be adding new nature wallpaper to the site and placing more focus on the changes the site needs to go through. Sadly the site has been ignored for some time and I feel it’s time to revitalize it and get it going again. You can join me on twitter and keep up with any updates I may post. You may also subscribe to the news feed to be updated with the latest and greets new wallpapers this site has to offer. Whether you are looking for pictures of cute animal wallpaper or maybe to be more specific a nice picture of a beautiful jellyfish, we have it all! We also carry a wide array of beach wallpaper to put a smile on your face everyday as you sit in front of your screens. Don’t stare at the standard windows or Mac desktop wallpapers; go with something unique and beautiful! Please also don’t forget to check out the wide array of beautiful architecture such as our European bridges! I thank you for taking the time to visit our nature wallpaper site and feel free to comment on any piece. Have a pleasant holiday this year and wish you and all your loved ones the same!
Now it’s one thing to offer a company, who has failed miserably, money to keep the parties happy, but the way that money has been managed is simply ridiculous! If we, the US, own 80% of the AIG company, and AIG has the balls to give over 160 million in bonuses, should we not be concerned? Their rebuttal is that, we need the best people in the industry, well obviously those are not the best people and considering the recession we are currently having, why is it that they need to give these individuals bonuses when the rest of the US economy is at a downfall! This temporary rise in the stock market, all temporary. I myself am waiting for the magic number, will sell off, like many others, and hello the great depression! At the rate we are going, the trust of the US people is lost, primarily our senior citizens who have lost their 401K. I don’t know the solution to this issue, but I know this problem is only growing rapidly!
In regards to banks in general, the fact that we let people buy things on credit, is fine with me, BUT why do we let people pay a credit card off with another?? Typically these individuals will never pay everything off! They are stuck! So what should the US do? We should not permit such actions, AND if someone does want to do this, we should simply say NO! Now credit cards are enticing and yet they are not mentioned on the news in those whole bank issue, they are part of the problem! As for homes, the whole situation is messed up beyond belief. The only solution is to let the people be kicked out of their homes. Sad as a decision that is, it is the only smart decision we can make. Then once people have been kicked out, let the banks fail, no money should be injected into these banks! With so much distress, innovation will bring us out! New banks will start up and will not loan money to people who cannot afford it.
People in this country need to understand that you do not buy something without being able to pay it off, or already having that money in the bank. I always go by this philosophy. If I want to go on vacation, well I have to have the money for it! Most people simply do not share my philosophy and it’s a shame!
I got an iPhone 3G a while back and noticed a few problems (besides the horrible service coverage and the fact that when you turn 3G on it subtracts from your reception). One of which was the fact that all the old songs I had, I was not able to convert them to a ringtone. Now considering one has to hand over $199 or even $299 and not even have this option was quiet surprising (keep in mind it’s not the phone price that will hurt your bank account, but the heavy monthly increased plans). So I did some digging on the Internet and wanted to find the best tutorial for my readers and here is what I came up with.
Step 1. Make sure your iTunes is up to date and look to your gallery of songs.
Step 2. Choose the song you would like to convert.
Step 3. Listen to the song and write down where you want the ring tone to start and end (cannot exceed 40 seconds and you cannot skip areas)
Step 4. Right click on the song and select “Show in Finder.” Once you have clicked, a window will come up which will show you the song (do not close this folder, simply put it to the side or minimize)
Step 5. Right click on the same song again and select “Get Info.”
Step 6. Click on the “Options” tab
Step 7. Input the start and end time (if you want the song to start from the beginning, simply adjust the ending) (format: Minutes: Seconds: Milliseconds)
Step 8. Press Ok.
Step 9. Right click on the song and select, “Convert Selection to AAC” (If you have another format selected proceed to the iTunes preferences and click on the “Advanced” tab. Where it says “Import using:” select “AAC Encoder” and then press Ok.)
Step 10. Right click on the new file that has been created (will be the smaller file) and right click on the file and select “Delete.” (when prompted, please select “Keep File”)
Step 11. Go to the folder you minimized earlier and you should see 2 copies of the same song. Select the file with the extension m4a and rename the extension to m4r. (If you do not see the extension of the file, click here)
Step 12. Double click on the file, and you will notice that the file will placed in your ring tones folder (just sync your iPhone and you are set!)
MAC Instructions (Leopard)
Step 1: Open any folder on your computer
Step 2: Click on “Finder” at the top and select “Preferences…”
Step 3: Click on the “Advanced” tab and select “Show all file extensions”
We have a very wide collection of animal wallpaper! Have you been to the zoo lately and checked out some of the animals? Extinction levels are on the rise, sadly! Traveling the country side and exploring and looking at different animals is something everyone should do! Whether you simply have domesticated animals like a dog or maybe a cat, to being able to watch wild animals in the zoo, like a lion, I strongly encourage people to get out there and look at these beautiful creatures. I was recently watching a documentary on sharks and how their fins are being hunted for and it’s a sad moment. These underwater animals are being hunted strictly for their fins, which are being used in soups in Asia. Meanwhile, research boats are never truly a research boat, but hunters in disguise. I wonder at what point will the population of our animals diminish to a substantial minimum. Will there be a day when you simply have a few hundred species of animals and that’s it? The day may come! We have no consideration for what we are eating or how, what we do in this world affects everyone in it. I see all the time, people drinking water or some kind of juice and without even hesitation tossing a cup into the street. This cup is plastic and they don’t understand that, they are littering and that someone else has to pick that up after them, if anyone will even will. In the end we need to treat our world with a little more compassion. More consideration and more thought honestly need to go into how we act out our lives. When you have the time go check out some of the animal wallpaper we have in our wide and vast nature wallpaper collection. Don’t forget to check out one of the largest collection of free wallpaper on the net!
I had a great opportunity to travel all over Europe and Israel and take some beautiful shots, which I wanted to share with all the people checking out my free wallpaper. I wanted to concentrate mostly on architecture, such as buildings, bridges, fountains, and statues. Every country has such unique styles that you can’t even compare. From the historic German architecture, which was used as landmarks in the war, to the French buildings that everyone around the world recognizes, European buildings have their own unique style! Check out the vast collection of Belgium buildings, German buildings, French buildings, Italian buildings, British buildings, and even the Swiss buildings! Traveling the world is definitely something everyone should do in their lives. It really opens up your perception of how you live in relation to the rest of the world. In some countries, what you may consider your bedroom may be considered their living room or maybe even their entire apartment. It really helps to shed some light on how our lives compare and contrast between those around the world. Also the fact that our cultures differ so greatly is definitely something I find very interesting. Even going from one state to another in the US can change not only how people speak, but also even the way laws are interpreted. But imagine crossing the sea, how much the world really changes. I have always wondered how European countries are different from us and had the great pleasure of seeing the reality up close. I also traveled in Israel, which was one of the most amazing trips I have ever taken. I will be posting some of my adventurous around the world here. I hope to be able to travel soon to South America. I feel that their world would also differ greatly from what I call home. Can’t wait to go one day!
I noticed yesterday that Google has implemented a new feature into their search. Not only do ideas for search come up when you are typing, in the results or the main search element but now they are suggesting websites. I am still trying to figure out how they determine when to put a website in the search results vs. when not to. Seems like, so far, they show the brand that is the most relevant as you begin typing your query. Looks like they see certain brands, or sites that they feel are relevant to users and automatically show that before anything. I am not exactly sure how they deem something a category or type over the brand of anything. But what determines a brand? I started typing eugenef.com and I did not get the same link that I would get by typing Aldo or Amazon, why? Is this based on traffic? Yet If I am trying to type in the URL of my competitors they do not show the list in the order that they would when you receive the results. Going to do some digging and figure out this interesting new implementation. I wonder how this will affect my traffic and if this will push me down or up because of the fact that Google does not see me as a brand. I also wonder if it deems a brand as someone who is advertising with them constantly through AdWords? This is something to really consider since that is where they get the most amount of revenue. Yes they have a separation of church and state, but may they be thinking about their advertisers over their users? Not sure. Please don’t forget to check out some of the new categories I have implimented such as beach wallpaper, flowers wallpaper, buildings, and even some color British buildings.
My family and I bought the iPhone 3G around the summer of 2008. On my old Motorola SLVR I was able to text for $10 a month and free unlimited within network. Once I got the iPhone the plan became around 15 and there was no such thing as free within the network. So I put up with the 200 texts and soon began exceeding the amount. As a family we decided that the amount I was going over, I could simply upgrade the whole family to an unlimited plan for an additional 30 dollars instead of the 15 and for one person it would be 20 unlimited. Prior to this, I was able to receive SMS multimedia messages on my iPhone 3G which would tell me the following via a text:
“I sent you a multimedia message. You can view my message w/in the next 7 days via the web at www.viewmymessage.com/1 using MSG ID XXXXX Password XXXXX”
Which was a horrible design (user and pass is always different), but at least AT&T had a workaround the fact that the iPhone was not able to receive pictures or send them. So when we switched to the unlimited family plan, I was ecstatic! I had unlimited texting and so fourth. But my friend then began sending me pictures, but no matter what network they were on or phone they were using, I would not receive that message stating that I received a multimedia message. So after three months, I figured out that it stopped accepting. I called AT&T who I was on the phone with for 30 min and said it could be my SIM card. I went to the AT&T store the next day, near my home in the Chicago land suburbs and I showed the guy the fact that I had received messages before and no longer could. He was perplexed. So he put a brand new SIM card in for me. Still no results! Then he tried sending a picture to his phone with some phones on display, no luck. Meanwhile I never bothered to ask him if he had an unlimited plan or the 200. Most likely he had the unlimited plan, since most people cant handle 200 with a keyboard that lets you do 200 in a day!
So I left the store at 7:30 at night with a phone number in hand and an explanation that he tried changing my services and deactivating some stuff and nothing worked and that I needed to speak with level 2 support. I called the number and the apple guy was very nice and explained that the service issue I was referring to had nothing to do with their end and was AT&T’s problem. So he said, please wait and we will speak with an AT&T representative. I was asked for my typical questions for verification. The representative from AT&T began trying to figure out the problem and at one point said that she didn’t think I had a data plan on my phone. Which the Apple guy and me wanted to laugh at because you can’t buy an iPhone 3G without one! She explained that when you are on the 200 texting plan for one phone the system you are using is SMS1 network and once you switch to the unlimited you are using SMS4 network. So I asked her, “Why am I paying you more money for such an expensive phone, and instead I get less service than before?” She is perplexed and has no idea how to answer this. She says “You have the Mercedes of all phones…”, which I got a kick out of! She became very flustered and I asked to speak with her manager. It sounded like she was being trained not to give him, but she couldn’t handle it anymore and I finally got a hold of the manager.
The manager was a really nice guy and we spoke for a while and even he was confused as to why when someone pays more, a feature would be removed. He admitted that apple does have a lot of restrictions on what they can and cannot do. He tried looking for a way to get me the iphone 3.0 release, but sadly was not able to. He was nice enough to credit the balance on my bill, which did make me a happy camper and hinted at the fact that the 3.0 software should be coming out very very soon.
All in all, I got my bill paid, which is great, but still does not resolve the issue. So if you have a 200 texting plan, be weary of switching now to unlimited. How can a phone like iPhone 3G come with a camera, but not have the option to send pictures over the network? Just unbelievable! You are forced to pay 40 dollars extra for a data plan plus special texting plan, and this is all on top of your regular phone plan! So Apple, the next move is yours! I am waiting patiently for your 3.0 software and I am not going to pay 100 dollars for your beta version!