Saturday, December 22, 2012

PCH Prize Patrol Scam this is what one looks like in real life

So for those of you who have been following me on here and other places for a while you know there are some major things going on in my life and the last thing I need is to be scammed by some cheap crooks.

What kinds of things you ask? Mom has Alzheimer's Disease and doesn't even remember me. My father has congestive heart failure and I spend a lot of my time helping him with things he can no longer do. These things I do out of the love I have for them and will never stop until either they pass or I pass to the next life.

Out of my own choice I am divorcing my wife of 8 years because we got stuck into a routine of all work, no play, and together we were like oil and water, so best to move on from that.

So I get onto facebook this morning, and I know that a lot of you have seen my postings about entering Publisher's Clearing House and how for over 20 years I've entered and never won anything.

To my surprise I receive a friend request from none other than Danielle Lam of the Prize Patrol. I freaked. Not only is this woman a knock out and yes we men do dream about her wearing nothing but that coat and a smile, but that's another posting!! LOL

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and what I noticed on this was a couple of things:

a. "Worked at" Publishers Clearing House

b. Prizepatrol

You see I've been following these folks since they landed on facebook and know for a fact that Danielle Lam STILL WORKS AT Publisher's Clearing House

and that Prize Patrol is the correct way of their spelling of that lovely truck with all the money in it.

So I decided to start a chat and boy oh boy did this get interesting. Read along through the chat transcript and you'll see things that you should be aware of as they try to scam you.

a. Prize Patrol, PCH, Danielle Lam, Todd Sloane, Dave Sayer will NEVER ask you to go purchase a MoneyPak card for $599.99 to claim your prize. EVER!!!!!
But these sick bastards did.

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And we continue on with them scamming me. But wait?? You want me to be calm? You just told me I won $10,000,000.00 in a contest that I have been entering for 20 years and never won so much as a Dime? HELL NO I am not calming down. I am going to go fucking ballistic and tell the world!!! Oh but you want me to not tell anyone. Okay, this is fun. Ssssshhhhh!

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So above is the scam. And the TRUE PRIZE PATROL WILL NEVER ASK FOR THIS. And see more details in the next snippet. They want me to purchase a Money Pak card for $599.99 to claim my $10,000,000.00 prize. HELL NO I am not buying a card. I know better. You should too.

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So I tell them I am leaving to go to Walmart and that my hearing is not good so call my cell and leave a message or give me a number to call them back on. So they do!!!! Probably a burn phone, but someone should be able to track something.

209-568-4920 is the number. Anyone out there Police? SEAL? FBI? Want to get in on this and nail these bastards?

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They're asking where I am and even with the misspellings I am pretty sure that Danielle and the gang would never tell someone who was winning some money from them to "MAKE IT SNAPPY" as seen below.

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And so after waiting a bit I tell them that Walmart denies my payment. They now give me my "CODE" that I need to claim my prize. Unfortunately if I do try to claim this, the real Prize Patrol will laugh at me.

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So even though I have no card for them, they're saying they're going to arrive within an hour and 45 minutes.

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They don't read well because this message came next, and at the end, you'll notice the little Triangles, those indicate that they're no longer talking to me because they've either blocked me, or they deleted their page. We'll see shortly.

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And sure enough the page has been deleted. Either by them or by facebook. Either way, the last image you'll see after this one is from the profile of the REAL DANIELLE LAM (yes she is TOO FINE) and it explains what PCH will and WON'T DO. They won't do ANY of this stuff above EVER to claim a prize. And I sure wish they'd arrive on my doorstep, but the chance of that happening or any large windfall of cash coming my way to help me get over the humps is pretty slim right now. I keep waiting for reindeer on the roof, but all I hear is bird droppings. LOL

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Read this info below. It's from the REAL DANIELLE LAM And it tells what they will NOT do EVER. You never have to pay for prizes and you never get friend requests from them or private messages.

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Please be aware that during this time of year there are some less than scrupulous people out there that will try and take your hard earned money. I am not one of them and neither is Publishers Clearing House. But there are people out there who will try to impersonate them. BEWARE.

And know, if you of anyone who can help me achieve my funding goal at the link below, please guide them to it. I could really use the help at this time and I so appreciate anyone contributing to this cause. But let's make it a WIN-WIN because that's in alignment with who I am.

Thanks and God bless.

Michael

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Is there a Doctor in the House?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of © Blue Shield of California. All opinions are 100% mine.

Nope, but there's one on the web in a great place! Have you dropped over here yet? Dr. Jim and Bob's Fun & Helpful Health Advice

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It's nice to know there's a company out there that provides easy access to things like chiropractors and acupuncture which other companies don't. 

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I find the Dr Jim & Bob videos helpful as they sort of play good cop, bad cop. One is humorous, the other provides great information in an understandable fashion.

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The Dr. Jim & Bob page will give you a ton of great information as they're always scanning the internet for people that are asking about medical issues, then they create a video to share with everyone that talks about that problem and provides useful information which is based in fact, not fiction.

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Thanks for taking time out to read this and I hope it helps.

Michael

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SocialSafe - Sync & Preserve your Social presence

SocialSafe...ran across this purely by accident. If you've been reading the internet news recently there's been a big hoopla over facebook/instagram now claiming ownership of everything that post in the form of images (am waiting for them to do that with regards to writings and see how fast the 800 million or a Billion users leave and demand all of their materials be deleted and Apple swoops in to pick up the pieces.

Anyway when you upload images to a place online, it's great to have a way to preserve them or back them up somewhere just in case something like this comes along. I am sure this is not what the creators of socialsafe had in mind when they made the software, but when they read on twitter that I was having an issue using a service called "instaport.me" which was supposed to easily allow me to get my pictures from instagram, SocialSafe approached me and said we can do that and we don't keep your content.

Interesting, let me take a look. So I did and what I found was a really cool application that is super easy to install (I did the Mac version, PC users am guessing it's the same, but don't quote me).

After a quick download, I installed the application, launched it and found a simple interface

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That lists your accounts, or let's you add them in easily. You put in your information, it asks for permission to access your account and then once in it scans for the information/images and offers to download from that site into your computer. Not hold things on a server, compress them, ultimately keep a copy of them there, and then download them. Social Safe goes from the site to your computer. They don't keep your images.

When you're ready to sync from an account, you press the sync button and you get a screen like this one which informs you that if you're syncing for the first time this might take a bit, and depending on how many images you're doing it could

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Then once done it presents you a way to download them to your computer and save them. Once downloaded you can then delete the account from instagram or wherever you have it.

While you're downloading you can easily read through their tour by clicking a link in the app, it opens a small window like this one

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and you can then read more about the features of the app and how to easily accomplish that which you need to do. Here's a couple of more images from the application tour

And once you're all done with everything, the application presents you with an easy to read "Journal" view like below

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From this point you can add additional accounts, search through images, tags, events, and such. You can sync again, you can backup images from the app to your computer for storage elsewhere...Very, VERY COOL!!! Yes, this APP DOES ROCK!!!

Where do you get it? http://socialsafe.net/

What does it cost? There is a trial version. I would encourage you to sign up for a licensed version of this so you can back up all of your networks if you desire to do so.

What networks does it support? I thought you'd never ask!!

Facebook, Facebook PAGES, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Viadeo and more on the way!!

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All I can say to these guys is I LOVE THIS SOFTWARE!!! Thanks for showing up when you did. I hope you sell a million copies of this today!

And yes this does get the DocMurdock™ APPROVED BIGTIME STAMP on it. Definitely use this as it does everything it says it does. Nice job to the developers. Steve Jobs would have been proud of this.

Thanks for taking time to read.

Michael Murdock, CEO

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rethink your Pretzel!!! DocMurdock APPROVED!!

Pcrisps


Yes, we even put the stamp of approval on food products when appropriate. When I was first contacted by these folks I thought...hmmm....interesting, let's see what they send over.
I did not expect what I received which was an amazing package of superior product. Packed and shipped amazingly well, and fresh...WOW. They did include some additional marketing materials
as well as a shopping bag, the type you'd purchase at a Trader Joes or other kind of market. This so you can shop and tell the world that you love this snack. It's not just a pretzel, it's crispy and makes a great dipping crisp as well. The thing about dipping is you have to have strength in your product in order to stand up to the pressure of pushing something into a dip.

I love these!!! They're firm, they handle the pressure of the dip, they melt in your mouth, and the flavors they have...AWESOME!! Can you tell I love these? Well I do, and yes I have these bags here at the house, but I don't normally eat things like this so for me to even break one of these open is a chore. However, knowing them as I now do...Every football game is now a reason to try one of these out.

So, when you can, get over to www.pretzelcrisps.com and see what they offer, where to buy them and make sure to stock up because this stuff is AWESOME!!

And...it's also DocMurdock™ APPROVED BIGTIME!!

Best regards and happy dipping!

Michael
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Master Your Mac by Matt Cone - DocMurdock™ APPROVED

Sometimes when you least expect it, a good book comes along with information so well organized it just flows when you read it. Other times it stops you constantly, has you shifting back and forth and generally makes the reading more punishment than pleasure.

Matt Cone's "Master Your Mac" from No Starch Press is one of those informative, fun reads for those looking to gain control over their Macintosh computer and begin to better understand the power under the hood, without being slammed with all the technical mumbo-jumbo that others feel a need to add into their "missing manuals".

Back when the Mac was originally designed and created it was done so with the average person in mind. It was not designed to be complex or complicated but rather more of a tool that anyone could use to accomplish things that would take others longer periods of time.

In one of my many talks with him over the years since our friendship began in 1987, Steve Jobs would tell me "Mike, the Mac is simply an extension of you. We wanted it to just be a tool that allowed you to do whatever it was you were doing, faster, easier, and more elegant than other computers, and we've finally achieved that."

Steve would like this book. It's simple, elegant and achieves the goal of quickly informing the reader what things they can do with their Mac easily and without much if any additional help.

"simple ways to tweak, customize, and secure osx" is the subheadline on the cover. It fits. Simple is what the Mac was designed/created to be. Elegant and usable by the masses. And everyone wants to tweak something from time to time to make it better, and security is always a concern so good to get that taken care of as well.

I found this book a quick pick up and one that didn't stump me in ways that others have as I tried to figure out what they were really trying to say. Aptly illustrated but not overly so, the message is one that here's a tool, here's how to use it, and here's the picture for pure reference. BRAVO!

Part 1 Back to Basics takes you to some simple yet elegant information which will help you tune your experience on the Mac.

Part 2 Boosting Productivity is optimizing functionality of applications, understanding the display and multiple desktops, and also talking to your Mac.

Part 3 Automating tasks using AppleScript (yes, anyone can do this stuff and there's plenty of ready made scripts out there to help you as well.

Part 4 Managing your Life talks about email, spam and other things which slow us down

Part 5 Internet and Networks did you know that you can access your Mac remotely? It's true and it works quite well.

Part 6 Serious Security get down to the nitty-gritty on security and how to implement something to keep your Mac secure easily.

Part 7 Monitoring and Troubleshooting of course watching over things and if a problem happens being able to solve that...this covers it.

I'd stretch this out into many more pages of review, but for me this review is like the book: Simple, Elegant and informative.

Now all that you need to know is where to get the book and that's pretty much anywhere that books are sold, however you can also go and purchase it at http://nostarch.com/masteryourmac and get a free downloadable PDF version as well.

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Thanks for reading and we'll see you again soon.

Michael Murdock, CEO

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why'd you do it?

So I got the first email and sluffed it off and paid no attention, then another one came and then another and so I thought I would clarify something.

Some of you have seen me post the following link: http://www.gofundme.com/1jqq4c
and have been asking why I would do this, isn't everything going just fine?

To be honest, it's going. It's not fine, but it's going. Change is a beautiful thing but it's not easy and this past year has been a helluva a move to the coast from Arizona back in 2011 so being here now is great and much has happened since the move out here that has been good and bad and now there's the shift and that's all good.

Financially it's been stressful. Having parents in assisted living has taken a toll on time to spend recruiting new clients into my processing business, and getting them to actually work their businesses and be successful at it is an education process. Some of them are coming along and that means i get to move on to promoting them even more so that they can make more money which also allows me to be paid.

I have transitioned out of some other businesses that I was involved in because they were costing me more to be in than they were paying back.

My father's health declined for a while after Mom took a header outside of their assisted living facility. I thought he was going to die based on her falling. She recovered easily but he was not so easy. So getting him to Doctors appointments 2 times each week cut 2 days out of the week which could be used for new business potentials.

Have I given up? Is that why I set up the page? Not hardly. Am not asking for a HAND OUT. I'm asking for a HAND UP. Same reason why I am selling some domains off instead of hanging onto them.

I am trying to climb a financial mountain in a big hurry and the fact that the wife and I are separated and divorcing is a bit of a financial strain that was not supposed to hit until February but it arrived earlier than that and has done a couple of things:

a. stressed things out a bit
b. created a great amount of resolve to be completely successful in everything that i do faster than possible.

Now here's the rub. Whenever anyone asks me for help, 9 out of 10 times I will drop what I am doing to help them in any way possible. Most of the time for free. That means I put aside my time, my finances and everything I am concerned about to help people out of love of them and who they are.

Unfortunately when doing that at the end of the month or in the middle somewhere when the bills come calling that means I may not be able to meet those obligations, but I did help others meet theirs. Is that bad? nope. I'll never stop helping others. It's in my DNA. I will give you the shirt off my back and put myself into financial duress to make sure that you rock on and are able to serve others.

So I went and put together a page to gracefully ask for a HAND UP so that I could buffer things a bit and get on top of this hill: http://www.gofundme.com/1jqq4c I put it out to see who would show up out of all the people that I've helped out there over the past few years of knowing them. Out of hundreds of them, only 1 so far has stepped up and he has the most respect out of all of the people I know and we've even butted heads in the past, yet he showed up and made a statement. I thanked him in a couple of places. He's very much appreciated. He set an example I hope is followed because I so appreciate the help.

Now you know the story. That's why the page is up. If you've ever been in a position that was uncomfortable and wanted to get away from it, then you'll know where I am. I have two parents in an assisted living facility that I am watching over and I am working to get a client portfolio built up for a new business and I'm in need of some assistance. To those who help, you will receive greater access to me than you've ever had before and I will help you with things you're trying to accomplish at rates that you could never get me at normally, and in the end you shall have earned my greatest love and respect for your kindness.

http://www.gofundme.com/1jqq4c

I truly appreciate anything and everything that you can do to help me realize this goal.

Thanks so much.

Michael Murdock

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

There's a time when we all (those who celebrate it) pause to reflect on those things that we are thankful for in our lives and lifetime. Today is one of those times. Happy Thanksgiving. Allow me if I may share some things I am thankful for on this of all days...

As we move into this day of giving thanks and honoring that spirit within us and within others, I am pausing to reflect on the past 9 years of my lifetime. How in 2003 after being divorced for 25 years and dating for 20 of those that I decided to become committed to one individual. I met this person and life moved forward at lightning speed. As this year begins to come to a close, and as that relationship/marriage/friendship comes to an end it literally seems like a year ago that it all happened. Surely not 9 years ago the meeting, and 8 years ago the wedding. But yes it's been that long.

I'm thankful for every moment of these past years. The good, the great, the bad, the ugly, and the transition into being single once again. All of the lessons shared by the universe as time shifted and people grew gradually onto divergent paths. I wish both of us well as we transition into this new space we've both created for our individual selves. May we be amazingly abundant and educate many along their paths. (And yes if you're wondering, I did wish her a Happy Thanksgiving).

I'm thankful for my entire life. Every waking and sleeping and dreaming moment of it. It's so much more than I imagined it could be when I was in Heaven looking down and watching this world to see who I wanted to be my parents, where I wanted to land, how I wanted to evolve and what I wanted my destiny and legacy to be. A lot to be thankful for in 51 years.

There are many diamonds along the way that I've seen and shared time with. Some for brief moments, others for longer periods of time, and still others that I've been friends with and only recently able to kindle that friendship at a level of heat not exhibited EVER in the history of the universe. (You know who you are and well...YEOW! and thanks for arriving back into my life, you're amazing).

There's been much learned, much shared and even more coming as time in this space moves forward into a New Year shortly. There's much anticipation as we cross the terminator into that new year of 2013, a year ending in a 13...I see this as a lucky blessing for all of us to appreciate for our generations living a year with a number we normally place in the realm of mysterious and missing. Time to stare it down, own it, love it, and allow it to generate an amazing abundance in our lives.

I'm thankful for friendships of ALL. Those who've past from my lifetime. My good friend Steve Jobs. Thank you for saying hi that day in 1987 and for all the days afterwards that we shared time, tea, coffee, water, walks, lunches, and the amazing amount of muse you imparted to me as you were here and even when you've visited following your passing. Your spirit is one that lives on and is always welcome to come and visit. Thank you for all you taught, all you gave and the respect that you showed me during our times of communicating and interacting. I am truly grateful.

I'm thankful for all the others in the working and non-working realms that I've met and interacted with. Thank you for being part of my life and helping me to grow to who I am in this now. Thank you for allowing me to share with you and guide you and I hope that's been beneficial along the way and helped to enrich your time here.

I'm thankful for all the learning that I've amassed and continue to store from every experience I've had and every one shared with me. Every second of every day of every lifetime I am thankful for.

So as I close this out I just want to echo once again that I am eternally grateful for all that is. The good, the bad, the GREAT, the UGLY, because no matter what it's all part of the greater lesson that God is sharing with each of us in our own understandings of this universe.

I appreciate each and every one of you and I look forward to being able to spend more time with you as time moves forward, to helping more of you become amazingly successful in all that you do, and to helping each of you create the freedom in your lives to enjoy your time in the sphere and to share that time with so many more out there than you already have.

God bless you and your families on this day of Thanks, and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all that you are, all that you do, and all that you bring to this world of ours.

I love you. Happy Thanksgiving, live from Huntington Beach, CA.

Michael & Sophie The Wonder Dog

Meandsophie

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

And so the election happened...

And for the republican party it was like watching the sinking of the Titanic from a lifeboat. Sad and never ending until the final bell rang...or did it ring?

That's the question and what brings that question to light is so much that's been written as of late about votes not being counted, about dead people being registered and even winning a seat in the house or the senate, I'll get to that in a bit, but damn this is 2012!!! It's not the dark ages. We're using the best technology available or so we're told and it's giving away 100% of the vote to a DEMOCRATIC candidate in many places that are overwhelmingly REPUBLICAN??

I don't know about you, but when I smell a pile of bullshit, I ask myself where are the bulls? If they're not anywhere to be seen, then someone is lying and there needs to be an investigation.

WIth the polls that were done and people saying "I'm not voting for Obama" and then to have him given 100% of a vote somewhere where someone said I am not voting for him...the system is BROKEN.

I voted REPUBLICAN. I KNOW for a fact that I did so. I saw the screen, I saw the hardcoded print out of it so I saw that my vote as counted as REPUBLICAN and who I marked off in my vote was NOT OBAMA/BIDEN. It WAS ROMNEY/RYAN. So if the county where my vote was counted as 100% Obama, then the system is BROKEN and the votes need to be recounted.

I wish I could care if my opinion was unpopular. I have friends and an ex-wife who voted DEMOCRAT. I know because I was greeted by someone who saw me recently dancing in their car saying "OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA". The funny part is that they're dancing about the re-election. The sad part is they're financially damaged goods, barely making ends meet, and up to their neck in debt and being hounded by creditors because things are so much better now than they were 4 years ago.

Oh well, OBAMA all you want, but the system is broken and your guy got elected because MANY votes were not counted. MANY more were NOT counted than were not counted when BUSH/GORE tied things up with hanging chads.

And now the crux of this email is to call any and ALL REPUBLICANS/INDEPENDENTS who believe in the Constitution, the RIGHT TO VOTE, the RIGHT TO HAVE THOSE VOTES COUNTED and ANY LAWYER out there who would care to compare the size of the wheelbarrow's we both carry our GOODS in to stand and generate a motion with someone to DEMAND A COMPLETE RECOUNT of ALL VOTES for this election. That includes the MILITARY VOTES that were delivered the DAY after the election that have yet to be counted and we're being told will not be included because they were late????

WTF??? Not included because they were late??? COME ON!!! This is AMERICA. A VOTE IS A VOTE and a MILITARY VOTE which has been on its way back to the US to be counted...DO NOT DENY OUR MILITARY A VOICE. They're fighting to keep us FREE to keep that right to VOTE and not send us flying into the dark ages.

So RECOUNT. MY Bet is ROMNEY will WIN by a SUBSTANTIAL margin and Obama will LOSE. And things like this link below: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/petitions-to-secede-residents-of-arizona-others-sign-petitions-to-withdraw-from-us

Will fall by the wayside because people will see that this country will be headed in the right direction with the right leader, not with one that is hiding everything he does behind lawyers and seals and crap that's designed to mislead and misrepresent the Office of The President of The United States of AMERICA.

To have our states want to leave the union...SAD day in the USA. We're UNITED. At least we used to be. We can change that. My suggestion is don't wait. Do it NOW.

Thanks for taking time to read and believe me, the flame retardant suit is on and the flame thrower is ready. I am a US NAVY VETERAN and I believe in the 1st Amendment completely. So...GAME ON!!!!

Hey PIERS MORGAN!! How about reading this email on your show!! Anderson Cooper? You? Anyone?

Let's ROCK!!!

Michael Murdock, USN Disabled Veteran
and DAMNED PROUD

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Parents...

The time we have with them is truly precious. They teach us much and we teach them as well. Appreciate the time you're given for there are times when it's short.

And so the world continues to spin...

It's Thursday

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Steve Jobs…1 year ago

Steve

So today began like every other day except in the back of my head there was a thought hitting me all day long that said "It's been a year, can you f**king believe it!" and all day long the answer was "NO, I can't".

A year since the passing of a friend due to a disease that could have been wiped out years ago if only the focus of the world was more into helping the greater good than arguing over land or issues related to race, or things that really in the greater scheme of things matter less and less each and every day.

To only see the world through the eyes of the one Steve Jobs if just for a day. Well every day more and more I see things as he did and I smile as I do because his focus was truly on things that mattered and made a difference in lives of people everywhere. He had a vision and that was of a better, more connected world, one which was not based solely on money or the desire to be rich in the way that money makes you rich. His desire was that you be rich in other ways and it was up to you to reach inside of you and see those ways and bring them to the surface so that others could more readily appreciate you.

I met Steve many years ago on a sidewalk in Palo Alto, CA. He had turned the corner and was heading my direction and we casually greeted each other. Not always the recluse as some claim he was. The next day it was "Hey", and the following day it was "Mike, right?" and so on until it was a head peeking in the door of the store I worked at and a voice saying "Mike, got time for coffee?" and so on. I got to know the Man who others sought to hang out with but never could reach.

After those times of coffee and a muffin, I drank coffee, he didn't, but we did chat about much then, there was a parting as I left that particular store and went onto other things before heading to MacWorld one day and meeting the gang from PIXAR. Completely forgetting that Steve had purchased the company from George Lucas, I sought to know the folks at PIXAR because i really liked what they were doing in graphics and knew they had a future. I saw things for that company which have come to fruition along the way. It was fun when I did finally get to work there, because walking in the door, I was seen by someone I'd met a few years before and he said "Welcome to Pixar, your dream came true!" That was Steve.

And as time went forward I got to spend moments with Steve and listen to him as well as share ideas and observations with him. At the time I was a very reactive individual and he was fascinated by that as his zen-like state all the time at least around me was pervasive in clearing out the reactions and holding a space for brilliance to shine through. We talked much about the state of tech, about Apple at the time which was floundering, and about what the future of computing, and technology would bring to the world and the greater good of mankind.

Our conversations were and are private and not to be shared. Sorry, but when someone gives you a gift of their time at level of which Steve gave it, there's a degree of confidentiality which shall not be broken. Let's just say I feel honored and humbled to have shared time with him and to answer for him even the simplest of questions when he said to me at times "I don't get it." Yes, he was if anything human. As cancer proved that by taking him from us he was fallible. He also had an amazing heart and always wanted to know "How are you doing?" "Everything good?" Alright, let's talk about... and off we'd go, him in that unmistaken bouncing step of his, thoughts streaming quickly as if they were being played from a recording as he went on and on about things in tech, in life, observations about nature and its simplicity, the focus...well lets just say that at the time there was a focus on the future and what it would bring, but not any product specific observations although there was talk of VR and how it could be used in such a way to help people get unplugged from their desktops and be completely mobile at a degree unrealized in tech as of yet. I shared with him thoughts around sight and gesture based entry of text, but from the point of using the eyes and thoughts as the way to enter things. Thinking them vs. keying them in. He found that to be fascinating and for a while tried to think of how to create such a connection. We never sketched things out but I could see the wheels turning when we shared time on these things.

So today as the anniversary of his passing happens, I am filled with thoughts of those times we spoke. Of the jokes he played, of the song he hummed as he walked along in between thoughts, of his muse and his questions.

I laugh as I read what the "writers" of some of the "tech" blogs write about Apple being in the shadow and Apple not doing this or not doing that or falling on its side because Jobs is not there. But see, Jobs is there. He's ingrained in their thoughts. So what if the product intros are not the same flavor or flare as when Steve was around. Steve's watching from above. He's in a better place and he's fine with the way things are going.

Apple will continue on for a long time and as time moves forward, Apple will look to the past and understand that's been written and helped it get to where it is now, but it must look deep within and outside of the box as well to find those things which it can innovate or outrightly create which will help the greater good more than what it's got on the shelves at this time.

For those complaining about the hiccups in the maps program, the message is simply "things happen". Apple will resolve this issue as it finds out what resources it needs to draw on and how to evolve what the app should or shouldn't do. It was never meant to replace Google Maps at any level, it was meant as a demo for others to look at and program around as so many other apps are as well. Apple leads by example and then provides the tools needed for developers to create solutions from. That's why there's an SDK for developing software for a specific iOS version and there continues to be these as software and hardware evolves.

Now what Apple may wish to do is to encourage developers, even hold a contest for the best revision of the Maps app so as to draw out new potential programming resources for that project going forward. Apple has been known to groom talent from outside the company and then bring them in to help move things forward. iMovie is a great example of that. So management should not be sitting around twiddling its fingers over Maps. They should find some external talent, import it and never let this happen again. But that's the job of the current CEO, not the old one speaking from beyond.

In closing it was an honor to know Steve. It was fun to share time with him and to be a sounding board for even the simplest of things when he wanted to share a thought or a joke, or just to chat about whatever came to mind in the instant. Once he knew I was at PIXAR, he stopped by often and shared openly a lot with me. I am humbled by that time and am forever grateful to that first day we met and for all that came afterwards.

Thanks for the memories Steve. You will never be forgotten.

RIP

Michael

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Glasses...

by now some of you have seen the glasses and now it's time to share the story behind them which began many years ago while still working at PIXAR.

I worked for PIXAR from 1991-1997. For the most part I was like anyone else there. At least until the day I met Steve Jobs in the hall and we had the first of many talks.

I'd met Steve a couple of years before on University Avenue in Palo Alto. We'd chatted a bunch of times and in one of those conversations I'd shared with him that I looked forward to working with him one day. At the time he said "Mike, anything is possible".

When I saw him at PIXAR, he remembered me by name and said to me "Your dream finally came true". 

Well after a while I was lucky enough to have the ear of Steve often, and on occasion I was lucky enough to go on "the walks" with him that Isaacson speaks of in his book. 

In fact, Steve and I would meet and walk and talk about much outside of PIXAR. It was during this time that Apple was in turmoil and much was on his mind about the company. So we walked and we talked and we both shared with each other observations about what Apple could be and eventually would with the right leadership.

I felt then and still feel this day honored to have had that time with him. He was a great spirit.

One day at work as we sat and chatted, I noticed his glasses more than other times. So I commented "Steve, I really like these glasses of yours, they're quite unlike any I've ever seen except on John Lennon". He smiled and said "Here, try them on".

I was completely taken off guard by this and did try them. That moment stuck with me for a long time. I shared with him that one day I wanted to get some like them as they felt good to wear and easy on the eyes. He smiled and shared with me where he'd had them made.

So that day passed, the moment passed  and Steve passed in October of 2011. Since that time much has been written and along the time many pictures of the glasses have surfaced and I thought long and hard about it and finally made a decision a couple of weeks ago to get my own set of those famous glasses made.

However, being still a price conscious person, I didn't see the need to purchase a plane ticket to fly to New York and have a pair made by Robert Marc.

Wired put out a cover with Steve's Face on it recently and that magazine contained an article which was key to my moving now to get them.

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And in the magazine was an article and a group of people wearing glasses similar to Steve's I had to see who'd made them.

Here's the picture of the group of models wearing the glasses:
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It's funny for others to wear these glasses because they're all trying to be Steve.

For me it's about the comfort of them, the look of them, and remembering a day when Steve said "Here try them on". That's a memory that makes me smile.

I looked at the credits on the page to see who made the glasses. Gary's Custom Optik of Northridge, CA was listed as the provider of the glasses.

So I found the company information and an email address and sent them a note that explained my situation that I needed glasses, had purchased some from china which I had been pleased with but wanted to get a new set and wondered if they'd help me.
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What is so fun about going to get these was to meet Gary. A great guy, very sharp and very customer centric. Steve would have seen him for his glasses had he been here. That I know.

So Gary called me and I went to the store for a fitting to order the glasses. He went over all the options with me, then we discussed lens sizing for optimal look and vision as well. One thing about ordering online, it's easy, but it's not always precise.

Working with Gary was easy and he's been doing this a long time. 40 years in the business. I enjoyed sharing with him some things that I'd experienced with Steve years ago and then found out that they'd been contracted to provide glasses for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie.

I ordered my glasses and he called when they were ready and I went to get a final fitting and then left with the chinese glasses in the case and my new Steve Jobs style glasses on my face. They've only left me for sleeping and are comfortable to wear.

I recommend that many go and visit Gary for their glasses. He's a consumate professional and will ensure that you have eyewear that fits your face, looks amazing and is of the highest quality. This is definitely a DocMurdock APPROVED business.

Thanks Gary for creating a memorable set of eyewear for me. I look forward to wearing these each and every day and they are truly some amazing glasses.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Warren Buffett & The Deficit...

Am going to share this simply because it sounds good. Vote with your heart when you do. That's all I have to say. I'd vote for Buffett, but only if he promised not to pass while in office.

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
Pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
Than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
Took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail,
Cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
Or less to become the law of the land - all
Because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
A minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
Each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
Have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed Around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2012
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives noPay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future
Funds flow into
The Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and
Participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.
7.
All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
Effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this
Contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
Envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
Term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
Only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive
The message. Don't you think it's time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree, pass it on. If not, delete.
You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The year was 1955--- Show this to the young ones.

Interesting indeed. Shared with me by a friend who remembers those days.

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Did you hear the post office is 
thinking about charging 7 cents
 just to mail a letter? 
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  If they raise the minimum wage 
to $1.00, nobody will be able to
 hire outside help at the store. 

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  When I first started driving, who 
would have thought gas would
 someday cost 25 cents a gallon? Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage. 

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  I'm afraid to send my kids to the 
movies any more.  Ever since they
 let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it. 

I read the other day where some
 
scientist thinks it's possible to put
 a man on the moon by the end of the century.  They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas . 

  Did you see where some baseball 
player just signed a contract for
 $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President. 

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I never thought I'd see the day 
all our kitchen appliances would
 be electric. 
They're even making electric typewriters now. 
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  It's too bad things are so tough 
nowadays.  I see where a few
 married women are having to work to make ends meet. 

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  It won't be long before young 
couples are going to have to hire
 someone to watch their kids so they can both work. 

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  I'm afraid the Volkswagen car 
is going to open the door to a
 whole lot of foreign business. 

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  Thank goodness I won't live to 
see the day when the Government
 takes half our income in taxes. 

I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government. 

  The fast food restaurant is 
convenient for a quick meal,
 but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on. 

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  There is no sense going on short 
trips anymore for a weekend.  It
 costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel. 

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No one can afford to be sick
 
anymore.  At $15.00 a day in
 the hospital, it's too rich for my blood. 

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If they think I'll pay 30 cents
 for a haircut, forget it. 
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Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on! 

Be sure and send it to your kids and grand kids, too

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Website/SqueezePage Sale ENDING TOMORROW

Good Evening to All,

So we've been having a sale on some of our packages and it's time to end these and move back into production mode. We're bringing a lot of value along with these packages so we're going be ending the discounts tomorrow for the remainder of the summer.

If you visit our sites before tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at http://www.docmurdock.com or http://www.getapagelikethis.com you'll still be able to get our discounted website special or our squeeze page/sales page combination for their currently low prices of just $997.00.

Tomorrow they go back up to full price so we wanted to post a quick note encouraging anyone who wants to save money to go over and look at these as soon as you can so that you won't be left out.

We have a limited number of spaces for these so if you're looking to have a site built, this would be the time to get in.

We cover your hosting for a year with this package. We also get your domain registered for a year. We train you or your people on the operation of the site, we are around for support of your site for 60 days, and we're promoting you for 6 months through SEO as well as on Social Media channels like facebook and twitter and others.

Please check things out, let us know how we can best serve your needs and let's get to working together this evening. Prices will change without notice.

Thanks for taking a look at this and we look forward to serving your Internet Business needs.

Michael Murdock, CEO
DocMurdock.com

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Get A Page Like This!!

So you've created this great product, you've got everything ready to go, you're ready to put it on the web...OH SHOOT!! We forgot to build a page for this!!!
You know you can sell 100 of these right away, but your designer is on vacation and you've no where else to turn! You start shopping around with others and you find out that they want $5000, $10,000 or more just to put up a page for you. Can you do this yourself? You could if you knew how. What can you do?

Have you ever been in that situation?

I personally know of people that have LOST thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue by missing a key piece to their marketing puzzle. The squeeze page, and the sales page.

The Squeeze page is the wind up to the marketing of your product. Basically you have a page set up, you're showing a video, talking about your product or service, or you simply have a picture and a name capture form that gets name/email/phone (optional) from people visiting your site that you're talking about at events, or promoting on facebook or twitter, and you're building your list to market to when your product or service is ready.

The Sales page is the PITCH. You're there in your video, you're talking about the product or service, you're giving people a chance to Add to Cart and get your product or service quickly. Maybe you have testimonials about your work, it's a refined piece of advertising. Your logo is on top, you've got some nice colors happening, people feel good about what they're seeing, you're establishing trust and then comes the opportunity to sell them the product and give them a thank you page where they can download information, get your product, or simply be told to watch out for the email coming to them requesting more information.

With the cost of domains and hosting, it's a wonder that more people don't have these out there, but they don't and they lose thousands each day for their business lacking these key marketing tools.

We're here to change that and we're doing it for a great price. This is an investment in your business. It's an ongoing tool to serve you and your products and services, getting you a quick marketing arm out there to bring people to your site, to create that list and give you a flock of customers to market/sell to who WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS.

So where's the catch? You can read more about things on the website at http://www.getapagelikethis.com see the video, read about our PREMIER package that includes your hosting for your site(s), and the domain name as well. We're ready to help you and your business be seen by many, and then be able to deliver to them quickly your offerings.

If you're shopping around for a Squeeze Page/Sales Page and want to know the quickest way to get one, you'll want to get to our site immediately and sign up. We still have a few spots left open on this and once they're gone, then the $997 price will go away.

We'd hate for you to miss out on something that will change your presence on the web in a good way. Don't waste time, get over to http://www.getapagelikethis.com right now.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this. Happy Sunday!

Michael

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Allen West Letter to President Obama

I hope this is readable, especially by people like Mike Madden, Mrs. Hancock, Eugene Dittler and passed along to others so that we can all receive an answer from our current 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue OCCUPANT. Personally as a VET, I'd like to know "What were you thinking?" Who were you looking out for? What were you protecting by turning someone like this over to someone who was going to wash their hands of this matter while our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., die to protect our freedom?

Why in UNIVERSE should you be re-elected to the highest office in the land? So that as Oprah put it in India you can "make mistakes?" Do that on YOUR TIME, NOT ON OURS!

And...have some balls to step up and explain things like this. You can google "allen west letter to president" to see how broad this one has gone. It's MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. A weekend where we HONOR our passed service people, as well as those who still are out there working and watching and marching and fighting to keep our shores as free as they are.

Mr. President...Can you step up to the mic and give us an answer? (insert the sound of a billion crickets here).

Of course if the image I posted is not readable it will be on posterous when I repost this.

Am voting REPUBLICAN or INDEPENDENT or ANYTHING BUT OBAMA this NOVEMBER.

And for those VETS out there who like me stand in a moment of silence this weekend/tomorrow for our fallen brothers/sisters/fathers/mothers/family I say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH ME FOR OUR COUNTRY. I HONOR YOU. I BLESS YOU. I WISH YOU GOD SPEED.

And for all of the active duty personnel, no matter what branch of service. THANK YOU for doing what you do, wherever you do it, in the name of the Stars & Stripes which fly over this land and which serve as a beacon to those who would desire a better way of being in their time here.

We love you. God bless you, your families, and God bless America.

Here's the letter that was unclear of facebook:

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