Google Bullying vs. Bing Friends
For a long time we have used google search on our web sites. It is my pleasure to announce that google searches will no longer be available in our code. All google references will be deleted and we no longer support their corporate bullshit. Some time ago they sent me a message saying we violated some obscure policies with the way we were using [the search?]. Of course they have that right to make whatever policies they want on things that they offer payment for. Yes we were making about a tenth of a penny anytime someone used the search, however we also had other affiliate accounts that are completely unrelated to the search. We are not even sure if our affiliate accounts were somehow violating their policy.
My first thought was to contact them and see exactly what was the problem. No joy there, they wouldn't reply directly to my inquiries with anything except that we could file an appeal without an explanation as to what the violations were. So we filed an appeal on a general basis with what we thought might be the source of the problem, explaining who we were and what we do. A short while later they replied with a rejection and proceeded to cancel all our google adsense or affiliate programs without so much as a reason why. We lost all monies we had earned from our affiliate programs.
What a way to do business, doing whatever you want whenever you want and without so much as a hint to why. Pure corporate bullying, thinking your beyond ethical business practices and picking on a small urban business over a few hundred dollars earned over a years time. Greedy beyond reproach as far as we are concerned. They still send me their ad coupons for the adsense program because if they are stupid enough not to deal with people as people should be dealt with, then they certainly don't have the brain power to stop sending useless coupons to forcibly closed accounts.
Its too late for google and the GameGrid to reconcile, my frustration at trying to convince them that we are just a mom and pop operation with nothing but the purest intentions for our community is beyond them to comprehend. So we have been busy making new connections with Bing, Yahoo, Bravenet and others that go out of their way to help small business grow on the Internet. If you think about it, google sucks so much they had to pay webmasters to use their search engine, LoL. It comes down to a boycott now and we will encourage the use of Bing and Yahoo, including resetting the defaults on computers we build to make use of anything except google searches.
It is unlikely that a small web site like ours is going to make a difference to these corporate bullies. Each time they call our business because we apparently have 'not updated our google listing recently' our response will be to make sure they know we think they should go have intercourse with themselves. Of course we have tried to stop the calls but their policy is 'not to allow the agents to remove a number from their list' during the call, we have been told to 'go online and fill out the form' which we have done on a couple of occasions which has had zero effect on the solicitations. Another prime example of how ineffectively this corporation is run. Since switching to Bing for my searches I have found my life to be happier.
Tomb Raider from the Beginning
Title: Tomb Raider
Release Date: 5 March 2013
Published by: Square Enix
Developed by: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Studios (Montreal)
Blood and Gore, INtense Violence, Strong Language
Lara Croft has been a favorite of our family since it first came out and the movies are pretty awesome too. My son was innocently calling Ms. Croft the 'booby girl' by the time he was old enough to talk and he came up with that all on his own. He mastered the game on the xBox by the time he was 5 years old, not much of a surprise there.
Most of the games we played were based on 3rd person shooter Xbox style and all were great plays right to the end. One that came out last year was more like a Mario world style that didn't seem to quite make the grade with fans of the game. There were some great adventures in Chronicles, Legend, Anniversary and Underworld, the later which was my personal favorite of the Eidos versions.
So now after many years of rumors, Square Enix has taken over with an amazing result. The IGN average community rating is 9.2
WiFi & Bluetooth
No it's not an RF signal that would make the citizens for safe technology run for their lives. Just a couple of birds that have added a bit of life to our store.
First there was a Canary named WiFi who's short life was nothing more than an inexperience in the care and feeding of small birds. Not sure he took very well to the amount of daily traffic that came through each day. Without too much detail, we learned proper care and adopted a Budgie we named Bluetooth "the Climber". He came with a broken wing that was from his birth aviary. He's probably never flown much and makes it cool when he vibrates pretending to be a hummingbird. He's a little shy coming out of the cage but he is slowly getting used to people handling him. He also has a friend Beta fish which was named Carl in a contest that ran down at the store last year.