Proper Phone Etiquette for 2018 & Beyond

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As you may have realized in the past 7-or-so years, the FCC has pretty much given up on the Do-not-call (DNC) list idea as an consumer protection method.  What I mean by that is, when the DNC list was first invented, if you put your phone number on that list, telemarketing and scam calls pretty much ceased.  It was a beautiful thing.  But  somewhere around 7 years ago, telemarketing and scam calls began to ring on my home phone several times throughout the day, despite the fact that my phone # was listed on the DNC list. 

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How to Change the “Buy product” Button Text in Woocommerce Sitewide

By default, the Buy Button text for external/affiliate products shows “Buy product” on Woocommerce product pages and on search/archive pages, which is kind of dull and drab.  And if your Woocommerce store is strictly all external products (meaning the buy button goes to an affiliate vendor), then you might want to change that programmatically.  This article will show you how. It’s very easy top do.

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How To Remove the Scrub Brush from the Libman Nitty Gritty Sponge Mop


I bought the Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Sponge Mop for my mom a few weeks ago.  I needed to get a mop that was easy for an older, aging person to use (yet still get the floors clean) and this seems to fit the bill the best out of all mops I looked at.  However, as many of you know, the Libman Nitty Gritty mop isn’t a perfect mop.

I’m not going into the details of all the pros and cons of this mop since this was not intended to be a review, you already know what’s good and bad about this mop.  That’s why you’re here.  YOU WANT TO REMOVE THAT WORTHLESS, WAY-TOO-ABRASIVE SCRUB BRUSH!  And I’m gonna show ya! 

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Using Shipping/Buying Agents for Chinese Imports

By now, many people have heard of AliExpress.  It’s basically the Ebay of China.  It’s like a hybrid of Ebay & Amazon because it’s a platform for sellers to sell their wares, except it’s “Buy It Now” only – no auctions – so it’s more like Amazon.  But Aliexpress doesn’t stock any items themselves so, relying completely on 3rd-party sellers.  So in that respect, it’s like Ebay.

You can get stuff  some cheap on AliExpress and many resellers around the world, including Ebay and Amazon resellers, use it to buy some of their inventory.  But I have noticed in recent months that AliExpress prices seem to be more expensive than they used to be.

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Are’s Policies Enabling Giveaway Scams?


I recently entered a giveaway where the company used as their platform for the giveaway. I don’t normally enter giveaways but I wanted the item being given away but I just can’t afford to buy it myself.  Being that this is my first time participating in a Gleam giveaway, I was a bit curious so I did a little research into the platform.  What I found was a bit unsettling.

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Is Getting a Patent Worth the Time and Expense?

Are patents worth the time and cost?

I know many people think that what they hear/see on TV is all true.  Most probably don’t actually think it’s all true, but they tend to think that as they’re watching certain things.  If someone looks like an expert, then they must be…right?  This is the case with the famous show we have all probably seen at least once – Shark Tank.  One of the questions you hear the “Sharks” ask often is, “Did you get a patent for it?”  If the answer is yes, they applaud the entrepreneur.  But if the answer is no, then you’d think it was the end of the world.  But from my experience, if you are dealing with an everyday consumer product with a wide market, a patent is often just a waste of time and money.  Here’s why…

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Best Way to Cut Square or Rectangular Holes in Plastic Project Boxes or Enclosures


I’m going to “cut” right to the chase and tell you what the best 2 ways are to cut square or rectangular holes in a plastic project box or enclosure.  But regardless if you agree or not or whatever method(s) you do use, I’m also going share a little secret to make any square or rectangular hole look professional with very little work, even if you aren’t good at cutting nice, tidy angular holes (most people aren’t).  So let’s get to it…

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Cheap Chinese ESD Straps on Ebay are NOT All Fake!

If you’ve been looking to buy an electrostatic discharge (ESD) strap, I’m sure you have come across a TON of blog posts, forum posts and Youtube videos telling how those 99 cent ESD straps from Chinese sellers on Ebay are all fake and not to waste your money on them. Most of the information is based on the cost of the straps with no scientific evidence of their claims that they’re “junk”.  There’s no doubt there’s a lot of junk being sold, but are all the 99 cent ESD straps junk, too?

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