Sunday, February 09, 2014

EZ Pass commercials portsmouth tunnel toll

People are either going to love or hate the recent EZ-Pass commercials featuring a woman blowing up a raft and traversing the waters of the Elizabeth River instead of paying the new toll. Well... I hate it.

I have been in the creative business of advertising for broadcast, radio, print and Web for over 2 decades, and I have learned the one true 'universal constant' in advertising is 'Subjectivity'. But I would bet the farm that commuters who are 'subject' to the new tunnel tolls find the commercial tasteless and offensive.

This ad campaign feels rushed and not well thought-out. There are also other versions of this horrible campaign that suggest other idiot travel comparisons for getting across the river.

I do not have to commute to Portsmouth very often, so paying a toll is no big deal. But I detest a bad creative concept on a visceral level. Especially one that pokes fun at people forced to spend money.

This campaign is trying to use creative humor to encourage people to sign-up for EZ-Pass. But there is nothing funny about having to spend any amount of money in a tough economic climate. Shame on EZ-Pass and shame on the advertising agency that conceived this thoughtless campaign. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

ASP Mail Form Script for Sending Form-mail on Network Solutions

ASP Mail Form Script for Sending Form-mail on Network Solutions

Since acquired Network Solutions this company has left web developers to fend for themselves. Below is a script that is very easy to implement and also allows you to set a confirmation page after the users click submit.

(You can name the file anything you want. For these purposes we are calling it aspmailform.asp)


Below is a screen shot. If you want to cut and paste the script visit my website then open NOTE PAD and paste the script to strip out all the HTML junk.

If the script works for you please drop me a thank you note on my Blog here.

ASP Mail Form Script for Sending Form-mail on Network Solutions

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mail form script in classic ASP to send form mail through Go Daddy Windows hosting

Mail form script in classic ASP to send form mail through Go Daddy Windows hosting 

Nothing can be more frustrating than waiting for a form email using the Go Daddy internal form processing system. Sometimes it's fast and sometimes it's slow. Below is a ASP mail-form script that works like a charm.

NOTE: If you plan on cutting and pasting the script please go here:

If this form-mail script works for you please drop me a thank you note here in my Blog. It is much appreciated.


Sunday, September 01, 2013

Audio Connection Delay, Droid DNA, Jawbone ERA, Bluetooth

This is a problem for the 3 to 5 second delay when connecting to an incoming call using Bluetooth ear pieces or headsets.

I resolved this problem on my HTC DNA phone using Jawbone ERA ear piece.

1) Go to Settings

2) Click Bluetooth (this should show your paired devices)

3) On the right side choose settings for this device (on my phone, this is on the right side and shows 3 slider icons)

4) This should bring up 'Profiles'
a. Phone Audio
b. Media Audio < unselect media audio

Then that's it. Now my incoming calls connect right away.

I do not use my Bluetooth for entertainment... so having the Media Audio selection disabled is no big deal.

Still trying to figure out how to get my ear piece to have audio for the ringer.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Google Navigator App Disappeared from my Phone

What Happened to the Google Navigator Icon?

Here are instructions for getting it back for Andriod users. Not sure about Blackberry or Tree hugging, save the whales iPhone users; but feel free to post your findings here!
To get your navigation and local icons/apps back:
1) On your phone go to 'manage apps' under the menu icon on the lower left of your phone (or system settings, then apps.
2) Then on the top horizontal bar, scroll to the far right to all apps.
3) Then find the 'maps' app, touch it once to open the apps info screen.
4) Then find a button that reads uninstall updates, then click that button.
5) It will uninstall the updates that removed 'Navigator' and 'G-Local' app icons/functions.
6) Then return to your home screen, click apps button and find the restored Navigator and G-Local icons


p.s.: I own an iPad so yes to do recycle.

Shout out and thank you to TanteWaileka Jul 13, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to Renegade1) original posting in the Verizon forum.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

IE10, Internet Explorer 10 is a Piece of Garbage

Internet Explorer is so full of bugs and glitches that web developers are charging extra fees for insuring that a website or database will work correctly.

Just the other day we had 5 clients contact us with a variety of IE 10 problems; links that stopped working, thumbnails that disappeared, forms that would not open, data that would not display and the list goes on and on.

Microsoft is Just Plain Lazy
Microsoft has a bad habit of releasing their problems and then let the public sort out the problems. I did a search over Google "Problems with IE 10" and found over 2,500,000 million references.

Do yourself a favor and uninstall IE 10. Or better yet, just don't use it and download Chrome and Fire Fox as a back-up browser.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Problems with IE10, Internet Explorer 10 causing problems

Internet Explorer 10 and every version of Internet Explorer since IE 7.0 is a piece of bloatware garbage.

I started writing about all the problems surrounding IE when Microsoft released IE 7.0 (See: ). And the hits just keep on coming from Microsoft  headquarters at Redmond Washington.

Below are some excerpts from Windows users after installing Internet Explorer 10 on their Windows 7 machines.

1) We have many SQL .Net database driven websites for online event registrations. ( .Net is a Windows based framework) However these websites work great in Chrome and FireFox but fail to work in IE 10. Go figure.
2) “Installed IE 10 yesterday, if I leave the computer on now and not use it for 2-3 hours Windows 7 does not respond anymore, it won't even shut down.”
3) “After the installation, I can't change the proxy settings anymore. More precisely, I *can* change them and conform the changes. Except the changes I made don't apply.”
4) “IE 10 is a hot mess on Windows 7. On some websites... can't get buttons to work and the cursor disappears.”
5) “In my opinion, IE 10 is Microsoft trash that they washed their hands of, and set out for us to rummage through.”

Uninstall IE 10

Click on the “Start” button (because you do have one unlike Windows 8 users!) and type “Programs and Features” in the search box. Click on the “View installed updates” in the left pane of the menu.

Go over to the “Uninstall an update” screen and scroll down to the “Microsoft Windows” section. Simply select Internet Explorer 10 and click “Uninstall.”

It usually takes a while until the process comes to an end, so you’re strongly recommended to avoid stopping or cancelling it. A reboot is necessary to complete the removal and restore IE9.

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