The 10-Day Cash Secret Doesn’t Work For Me…

Experiment FailedHi all…

I’m officially calling it quits with the 10-Day Cash Secret program. I’ve let it run now for nearly a month. It’s earned $0.00 for me. And it cost me $99.00. This means my net is -$99.00.

So I’ll be sending Neil a nice e-mail requesting a refund. I am in the 30 day window. I’ve given it a solid shot with three separate sites. And have received nada.

Has anybody (except Neil) made any money off this thing?

–Fitz

Are you in on Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret yet?

Hey all…

Neil & Linda Shearing's 10 Day Cash Secret

I’ve been writing about Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret for the last few posts… If you’re looking to pick it up and get going with it, you can click here

Neil Shearing is working out the kinks (it’s a piece of software — there are ALWAYS kinks — take it from me as a software engineer), but it works pretty well right out of the box which is saying something.

Yes, I’m still waiting for my riches to roll in. But I’m happy with the results so far. Except for the income stream (and I’m not quite to the 10 day mark yet), I have been quite pleased with it!

So be sure to check it out and read the FAQ which was added just a few days after the 10 Day Cash Secret program went live. Neil’s been extremely active on the FAQ, adding new tidbits of information nearly daily. And when I had problems, he was right there in the support forum helping me out.

Definitely worth checking out this program on your own. And I’d love to hear about your own experiments with it.

Good luck!
–Fitz

Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group Admits being “Asleep at the Wheel”

Hey all…

I saw in TechCrunch yesterday that the Chairman and CEO of the Warner Music Group, Edgar Bronfman, admitted during a presentation that the music industry had been “asleep at the wheel”.

He told a group of mobile industry operators not to make the same mistakes as the music industry:

We used to fool ourselves…We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won.

So they were in a war with consumers over how they thought their property should be used. Can we tell that to the RIAA now so it stops suing the small fish who are merely collecting MP3s?

Will this bring about change in the music industry? Eh. Probably not. It may be “too little too late” to correct the issues. But I hope they give it a try.

Just thought this was interesting as a follow up to my DRM article earlier in the year.

–Fitz

Pep Boys and Making People Wait…

Hi all…

You may think from the title that this is a little off-topic, but it really isn’t. I recently had to go to Pep Boys to have them replace the battery in my wife’s car. The cold finally killed the old one and we were about to head out on a trip, so we needed it fixed immediately.

According to Google, the closest place to have that done (after AAA came and gave me a jump start) was Pep Boys. So, I trundled over to Pep Boys to have them take care of it. I was even happy enough to see that there was just one other gentleman in line in front of me, so I assumed it would only be a couple of minutes before we could get the process started…

Not so easy, it turns out. The Pep Boys I went to was one trying out some new software (written by an IBM development group in China) up front to run their store. Everything from entering customers, checking old records, getting parts ordered, and so on. Well, it turns out that the software was just bad enough to make them learn ways to get around quirks it had instead of actually doing their job and helping customers.

What was even more amusing to me was that while I was sitting there waiting to be helped, the guy at the counter got a call from one of the developers asking how they liked the software. The man at the counter was very polite and told him that he’d have to call back when he didn’t have a line of customers forming because his software wasn’t allowing him to help people quickly enough.

I’m a software engineer, so I found all this very entertaining. Nice to not be the guy being yelled at (occasionally) by folks because your software doesn’t work.

But I digress… This illustrates an important problem that everyone providing a service — bloggers, website developers, software engineers, writers, advertising widget makers, and so on — needs to be aware of. Never make your customer wait, or you’ll lose the customer. I had no way of getting anywhere, or I would have left Pep Boys and taken my car elsewhere — but I couldn’t because my car wouldn’t start.

It came up that my site was slow to load in IE7 this past week. I’m not an IE user any more. I have been pretty faithful to Firefox for a while now. But I will have to go through and see which widgets work fine on Firefox but not on IE7 and see what’s going on.

Performance is a huge factor in software development also. People don’t want to have to deal with your stuff — they want to use your stuff to get their stuff done. If they can’t use your stuff — they’ll find someone else’s stuff to use, and so on…

So it’s just one more way of making sure that you don’t lose your customers!

Until next time…

–Fitz