Small Business Saturday November 27, 2010

We are all familiar with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when millions of shoppers hit the mega retail stores to buy sale items. Next came Cyber Monday which also followed the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. Some of the same giant retailers sell their wares on Cyber Monday at huge discounts and also attract millions of shoppers.

But the retailer who gets forgotten is the small business owners who operate the mom and pop shops around this country and around the world.

On the support Small Business Saturday site it states:

November 27, 2010 is the first-ever Small Business SaturdaySM.

A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love.

The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home.

The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.

So if you wish to support your local community small businesses, join in Small Business Saturday on November 27, 2010.

Join here and support your local community


Rubik’s Hissy Fit (The Redneck Version)

I admit it: I love Christmas music. I like the old, traditional stuff. I like some of the funny stuff. I even like some of the new-fangled stuff! Earlier this evening, I was listening to some Christmas tunes while working in my office, and the Twelve Days of Christmas song came on. As I hummed along with this cute little song, I remembered that there’s a “redneck” version, as well. That got me thinking… where’s the geek version? Surely there are more than enough gadgets lying around to help inspire us, right? We demand equal representation! If Jeff Foxworthy can sing about redneck gifts, why can’t we sing about geeky ones?

Here’s my challenge to you: Come up with a whole new version of the standard Twelve Days of Christmas. The catch is, of course, that it has to be geek style! Only geeky gifts, gadgets, and gizmos are allowed for each of the days. Make sure the song makes sense, and rhymes at least somewhat. If you want me to sing it on stream some day, you need to make sure it sounds at least kind of coherent. If I receive one that is truly awesome, you never know where you might see or hear your creation!

Get to writing, and email me your lyrics!

Don’t forget all of the coupons we have for you to use on Black Friday and Cyber Monday — and enter to win prizes from myGearStore!

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The Twelve Scams of Christmas

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The new Rubik’s TouchCube is more fun to play with than the old standby.

Google is taking ad revenue to TiVo.

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Have you ever been misplaced on the social scale?

KeepVault is an excellent choice for your online backup needs.

Are bed bugs back and ‘better’ than ever?

A former Geek Squad agent is blowing his whistle.

Check out the hottest new apps — both freeware and shareware.

Take back parental control with freeware that allows you to decide what Web sites can be accessed from your family’s computers.

If you’re in the market for new software, make sure you check out the coupons we’ve come up with before you buy!

Why is the New York Times telling us to boycott Microsoft Bing?

If you had plenty of start-up capital in the bank, what type of business would you start?

Two more media outlets are joining News Corp in throwing a hissy fit.

Is Ubuntu giving users paper cuts?

Rediscover your computer’s true potential and performance by running a regular scan with Optimize 3.0! This little piece of software will now do more than ever before to boost your speed, increase your stability and enhance your security.

Online Shoppers Await 'Cyber Monday

It should be interesting to see if this coming Monday fulfills, what is fondly referred to as Cyber Monday, the ambitions of online retailers. I know that where I live, Black Friday was a huge shot in the arm for retailers.

Just as retail shoppers are recovering from Black Friday, online shoppers are about to face Cyber Monday. Monday is the unofficial start of the online holiday shopping season when office workers fresh from their Thanksgiving break hit the online stores from the comfort of their workplaces. Contrary to what some believe, it’s not the biggest online shopping day of the year according to Kamran Pourzanjani President of Pricegrabber.com: “It’s a big day for shopping obviously but it’s not the busiest day. That doesn’t come for another couple of weeks.” Mr. Pourzanjani said that activity on Pricegrabber on the day after thanksgiving was 30 percent higher than that day last year.

Traffic on Thursday was heavy enough to disrupt traffic on Walmart.com, Amazon.com and Disney online shopping sites. Internet servers, like brick and mortar stores, are designed to handle a certain capacity and if they’re overwhelmed, they can slow down or even shut down. If there is a surge of traffic on Monday and sites don’t prepare, we could see more outages if they become overwhelmed.”

Read the full story here.

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