Upcoming Elections

BernieSo, its that time again, elections are soon upon us. The normal people saying ‘I don’t like politics I don’t even vote’ are out in their usual numbers. The problem is, not voting is giving up your say, you make those people who do vote voice louder. This election cycle we have a chance to take our country back from the fountain of billionaires and hate that is the republican party. We have a chance to end the party politics as usual. We have a chance to make a difference in the country we live in. If you are sick of business as usual politics you want to know about Bernie Sanders.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

So, if you follow Axis & I, you know we work with computers, both in our day jobs, and for many clients on the side, in our down time. Being techies, we’re good at solving a broad range of technical issues, but some times the business side is just a bother.  We have found tools to help us with invoicing, The final area that lots of quality technical people run into trouble with is Lead Generation.  I am experimenting with a new website www.thumbtack.com which appears to do a very good job of lead generation.  In the first 2 days, its provided me with 5 leads. I’m still building my profile there, but they have excellent tools, and helpful support people that make it all very simple to put together a solid representation of your skills, and even lets you include reviews by your existing clients.

Once my profile is complete, its looking like I’ll have a solid lead generation system, with the ability to provide quotes to leads as they come in. So, it sounds pretty sweet, huh? It is. Submitting a quote to a lead is inexpensive, and if your quote isn’t looked at by the potential client, that small fee is refunded.  Leads are sent out to all available users, but only the first 5 quotes are sent to the potential client, meaning a high probability of collecting a new client, for a very reasonable cost.

So, if you need help generating leads, drop by thumbtack.com.


AT&T’s Telcom F*ckery

I have been an AT&T wireless customer starting in 2005. In mid 2009 I added DSL service. AT&T called in early November of 2009, and told me I was being moved to combined billing (for my DSL and wireless service on my account).

AT&T aka Death Star Communications

From November of 2009 to February of 2010 I did not receive a bill. I tried on multiple occasions to call and make a payment and was told as I had a $0 balance on my account that they would not take a payment.

In March of 2010 AT&T called and told me that I owed $1654 immediately or my services would be cancelled (at which point I would owe over $1800). As I did not have that kind of money lying around I was unable to pay before the phone call ended. I went to the store on Airport road in Huntsville AL where I lived to try to see if they could do anything. Taking with me screenshots showing my account had a zero balance for each of the last 4 months. The store refused to do anything and told me to contact support over the phone.
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