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Posts by solicitor77

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  • Cell Phone '411' Worries

    09/24/2004 11:02:44 AM PDT · 1 of 12
    Looks like Sen. McCain is doing some interesting work on 411...for mobile phones.
  • Allawi Effectiveness Hinges On Credibility

    09/24/2004 10:54:20 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    solicitor77 to dirtboy

    You know what -- I agree with you. This is worse than the Viet Nam era. These people are seditious!

  • Allawi Effectiveness Hinges On Credibility

    09/24/2004 10:35:06 AM PDT · 1 of 14
    LA Times quotes Clinton/Kerry idiot staffer Joe Lockhart calling the Iraqi president a U.S. "puppet." These people are truly unfit for command.
  • New views on the 'digital divide'

    09/22/2004 12:10:38 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    The White House seems to be getting out in front of the new 'digital divide' debate.
  • Daily Rasmussen Poll (9-20): BUSH 48 KERRY 45

    09/20/2004 9:30:36 AM PDT · 17 of 37
    solicitor77 to The_Republican

    Is the Colorado thing even constitutional? Can they legally split their electors in that way?

  • Removes Bush Medal Story from Server

    09/20/2004 9:26:06 AM PDT · 1 of 24
    Check this out, Freepers: has spiked the phony story about Bush wearing medals he did not earn from their servers. A tactical defeat in the war on error -- Democratic error!

    If you click on the links, you receive a message indicating that the site administrator has removed the links and taken the articles out of the archives.

    The link to the UPI article exposing the scam is still live, though.

  • 'Fiction' of telecom rules

    09/17/2004 9:35:12 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    At least some in the Democrat Party aren't complete wackos. This report shows that the Democratic Leadership Council advocates condidering further deregulation of telecom.
  • Internet claim on Bush award disputed

    09/13/2004 4:22:56 PM PDT · 87 of 94
    solicitor77 to Budge

    Looks like this story is getting some legs. Washington Times has picked it up online.

  • Internet claim on Bush award disputed

    09/13/2004 12:55:56 PM PDT · 1 of 94
    UPI exposes the fraudsters at who have been marketing a false story about Bush's military record.
  • 'Streamies' remaking music industry

    09/08/2004 8:38:39 AM PDT · 1 of 7
    This is a fantastic article about how the Internet is remaking radio -- and the music business.
  • Wireless World: 'Roll-over' minute madness

    08/27/2004 12:53:48 PM PDT · 1 of 8
    This article exposes how cell phone companies have gouged people for years.
  • Home grown spam scams

    08/26/2004 4:15:07 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    Great article...
  • Home grown spam proliferates

    08/25/2004 1:31:30 PM PDT · 1 of 10
    Fascinating story about the truth behind spam. Reading it via the link is worth while.
  • Grassroots action thrives online

    08/18/2004 9:25:03 AM PDT · 1 of 4
    This article outs the gay groups...and their online organization prior to Lawrence v. Texas.
  • Wireless World: RFID to thwart terrorism

    08/15/2004 6:19:52 PM PDT · 1 of 5
    Looks like we're coming up with new ways to catch the terrorists!
  • Back-to-school shopping online

    08/11/2004 4:17:25 PM PDT · 1 of 5
    CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- It's August, and the new school year is about to start, but Linda Crandall, a mom in Baldwin, Mo., is vowing she will not shop for her kids at one of those frenzied, back-to-school sales at the local mall.

    "This year, I will purchase school supplies online," Crandall told United Press International. "It's 10 times more flexible and it keeps the kids from seeing all the neat stuff in the aisle. They can't talk us into buying things that they already have due to a new, neat color or shape."

    Crandall is far from alone. Research by, the online auctioneer, indicates more than 50 percent of students and their families shop online. That appears to be dramatically up from last year.

    According to Jupiter Research in New York City, an Internet trends tracker, about 10 percent of online shoppers searched the Internet last year for back-to-school savings.

    "The Internet makes back-to-school shopping fast, easy and convenient for busy moms and dads," Sally Lee, editor-in-chief of Parents Magazine, told UPI. "It allows parents to skip the crazed mall scene, avoid long lines and prevent kiddie tantrums."

    Not only are mass-market, online retailers such as eBay and Amazon partaking in the trend, but big brand, traditional retailers, like Target, Wal-Mart and The Gap also are active online, seeking to drive consumers to their e-commerce sites.

    "Target, Wal-Mart and The Gap are willing to pay other Web sites to deliver shoppers to their sites," said Dan Sondhelm, a partner in SunStar in Alexandria, Va., a marketing consulting firm that works the with financial services industry.

    Many of these Web sites work with other, affiliated sites to offer discounts to visitors for using their services. Some moms and dads, wise to the ways of the Web, are turning their own family Web sites into affiliates of the big brand names, and earning discounts on already-marked-down goods.

    "Savvy consumers, with their own Web sites, can earn rebates for themselves for added savings," Sondhelm told UPI. "Just click on the affiliate link on all of your favorite merchants and follow the simple registration process to join the program. When you want to shop, click from your site to the merchant, and you will be credited with the commission."

    For some customers with small families, it may take time to see the first commission check, however. "Many sites won't send you a check until you reach high-dollar values, some as high as $100," Sondhelm explained.

    There is a solution, though, for users willing to give up some of the money they have earned via this route.

    "Go to the cash-back site, register for free and you will get the convenience of one consolidated check for your purchases at more than 500 stores," Sondhelm explained.

    Though the general-interest sites are popular at this time of year, so are special interest sites.

    Gotham City Online -- -- an e-commerce site that offers designer shoes at a discount, has noticed that purchases on its site "go through the roof" during the late summer and early fall, a spokeswoman told UPI.

    "Feedback from moms has revealed that they feel comfortable allowing their kids to wear super-trendy styles when they aren't overpaying for them," she added.

    Computer companies also are using the latest Internet technologies as a competitive edge online, so they can show parents of school-age children the features and price-to-performance ratio of their PCs.

    One site,, offers parents and other visitors an automatic price adjustment and shipping date tool. The tool helps simplify the process of building a custom PC. As the customer mixes and matches features of the made-to-order PC, the price and new ship dates for that particular configuration are displayed continuously in a box on the left side of the screen.

    Students and faculty receive an additional 10 percent discount from the already discounted online price, a spokeswoman for HP told UPI.

    According to the College Board, most students are paying more this year than last year, on average, for textbooks, as the cost of obtaining a higher education continues to soar. Research by indicates the average cost of books, per semester, for a college student is $600, with biology textbooks being the most expensive of all required reading materials.

    Another specialty site,, provides online, comparison-shopping services for college students. Kids from 1,500 colleges have used the service since it started in 1997.

    Seeking savings, students browse through books from dozens of online book sellers -- and can comparison shop simultaneously at Powell's, Barnes and Noble, and Overstock, among others -- often finding discounts of 31 percent from list price for the 5 million titles that the e-commerce site carries, a spokeswoman told UPI.

    "Three popular college books -- 'Introduction to Algorithms and Java CD-ROM,' 'Microbiology: An Introduction' and 'Fundamentals of Adaptive Filtering' -- have a combined list price of $362.10," the HP spokeswoman told UPI.

    A search at, however, shows a student could buy those very same titles for $225.97, used -- a savings of $136.13, the spokeswoman added.

    That is not the only thing college students or their parents can find online.

    "For college students returning to class, you can furnish your entire dorm room from online retailers," Dianne M. Daniels, a consultant, parent of a teenager and author of "Polish and Presence: 31 Days to a New Image," told UPI. "There are often space planning hints and tips on the Web sites for a completely organized room."

    Research by Euro RSCG NY, an advertising agency in New York City, shows one Internet technology has emerged quickly as something of a required purchase -- at least in terms of status -- for college students outfitting their dorms. That would be the iPod by Apple Computer, the tool used to download MP3 songs from the Internet.

    "iPod will be ubiquitous on college campuses and in high school hallways this fall as legions of fans sing its praises," according to a report released last week by Euro RSCG. "Trend scouts are predicting the use of iPod for everything from flirting -- 'Wanna swap playlists?' -- to dee-jaying, to homework helping."

    The report said Duke University in Durham, N.C., -- one of the nation's leading private colleges -- is providing each incoming freshman with his or her very own iPod, negating the need for parents to buy at least this item.

    "The iPods can be loaded with class schedules, lesson plans and lectures," the Euro RSCG report said.

  • RFID prevents store mix-ups

    08/06/2004 11:20:26 AM PDT · 1 of 34
    THis is really cool!
  • 'I had an abortion' T-shirts stir up controversy

    08/06/2004 8:56:35 AM PDT · 1 of 11
    Call the Tribune ombudsman to complain about this coverage. . .this is an outrage. The person taking calls as ombudsman is Sue Jones, 312-222-4358; or 312-222-3178
  • Patients heal themselves online

    08/04/2004 1:06:13 PM PDT · 1 of 16
    Seems like online medical sites have come a long way!
  • Wireless without worries?

    07/30/2004 7:36:16 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    solicitor77 to glorgau

    You're probably right!

    Here's the link to the full piece.