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Tell the FCC – Unwanted Calls Distracting Your Efficiency Getting Work Done?

Have you noticed, maybe my perception, that the number of telemarketer calls to home and cell phones has been increasing – and from an increasing number of telemarketers that don’t identify themselves on caller ID?  Have you already listed your phone numbers on the FCC Do Not Call list?

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If you need your phone to only ring with legitimate calls, there is apparently a curative approach to getting people to stop calling you.  The FCC publishes some guidance on Unwanted Calls and on the options and what the callers must provide you – or they are supposed to get fined.

Here is an excerpt:

What You Can Do

The FCC can issue warning citations and impose fines against companies violating or suspected of violating the do-not-call rules, but does not award individual damages. If you receive a telephone solicitation that you think violates any of these rules, you can file a complaint with the FCC. There is no charge for filing a complaint. You can file your complaint using an online complaint form. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries & Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

Now, I haven’t gone through the whole process yet, but I assure you I will be submitting every call that comes in where I can provide the information necessary to get it resolved.  Hope this helps.  I suspect that if people get active in providing information to the FCC, and the FCC follows up, we might all have quieter work environments so that we can generate productive results and improve the economy.  Just sayin’

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Fresh SEO Trends – from SEOMoz

I ran across some great slides assembled by Rand of SEOMoz.  He has put together some nice data, lists, and useful insights about SEO and the likely growth of organic (substantive) growth through social networks, word of mouth, etc.  Everything old is new again!
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Also, ran across his blog – – which is a really nice read of their ups and downs and the marathon that is their venture.
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A sea of WP plug-in’s!

First, don’t think for a minute that I am complaining.  I am quite overwhelmed with appreciation for all the contributions people make to the open source initiatives.  I read a comment on a blog from a gentleman who puts his plug-in’s (and they are high quality) out for free because he doesn’t believe people should have to continue to re-invent the wheel every time.  Renews your faith in human kindness and the potential for communities to come together and accomplish something bigger than any one individual just looking out for themselves can accomplish.  Don’t worry, I’m not tearing up. ;)


Mount Everest.

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I’m not sure what others have found when firing up WordPress for the first time on a hosting site so they can utilize the treasure trove of Plug-In’s, but the learning curve feels at times like Mt. Everest!!!  Like learning the streets in North Carolina where you can’t see through the trees and there is no coast or mountains to orient to, you have to do a fair amount of memorizing if you are not planning to dive immediately into PHP – although with shortcodes I know that I am not too far from directly editing some code and even some CSS.  Next thing you know I’ll have delusions of creating my own theme!

There are those four types of knowing:

1. Not knowing what you don’t know

2. Knowing what you know

3. Knowing what you don’t know

4. Not knowing what you know


I feel like I am moving gradually from 1 closer to 2, at least at this first phase of getting some stuff thrown together to see what works and what doesn’t.  But I have this nagging suspicion that there are a number of initial things I should be putting in place to get greater efficiencies later.  Each thing added seems like a growing exponential set of things (with attributes) I will need to go back and edit later once I better appreciate the implications.

And now back to work the claim!

into the gold mine

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