The iPhone is and Amazing Device

I know everyone talks about how great Apple’s iPhone is.   I did something different yesterday.

We did our year end inventory yesterday.  We use wireless scanners to control inventory, pick, ship, etc…  We have a limited number of scanners to go around, and to do year end inventory we need every body we can get to count.  This is a big warehouse and it takes time. 

I was able to use SSH on my iPhone to connect to our scanner software that I wrote and was able to count inventory through it.  Granted, it wasn’t quite as fast and convenient as the wireless scanners we use, but in a pinch it was awesome.

It’s just an amazing device that everyone should have.


Ebonite’s The One Pearl: New Release

Ebonite just announce a new bowling ball release, [bowlingball value=”6909″/].

If you like the original ([bowlingball value=”3874″/]), then you will want the new version.  The original was a major success a few years ago.  I couldn’t walk into my league without seeing one on almost every rack in the bowling center.  I was jealous at the time because I felt like the only bowler without one.

Here are the specs for the [bowlingball value=”6909″/].

Take [bowlingball value=”3874″/], add on some extra muscle and what do you get? [bowlingball value=”6909″/]–a stronger, more aggressive version of The ONE.

So, what exactly makes The ONE Pearl stronger? By pearlizing the GB 10.7 coverstock, we’ve added even more power to The ONE, giving The ONE Pearl more length and an even sharper approach to the pins, resulting in increased pin carry.


  • Coverstock: GB 10.7
  • Weight Block: Centrex Symmetrical Mass Bias
  • Ball Color: Purple/Black/Red Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Ball Finish: 4000 with Abralon and polished with Powerhouse Factory Finish
  • Hook Potential: 41 (scale of 1-50)
  • Length: 28 (scale of 1-50, early to late)
  • Reaction: Length with Stronger Backend
  • RG Differential: 0.037 (Medium Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
  • RG Average: 2.51 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point

Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium-Heavy Oil

[bowlingball value=”6909,i150″/]

Programmer's Mindset

Cart Level Promotions with Checkout By Amazon

I was recently trying to offer a cart-level promotion with “Checkout by Amazon”  and while looking through their Developer Guide, I became very confused.  Their promotion section lead me to believe that I could offer such a discount, but it wasn’t clear at all.  I tried googling it, and other research to no avail. 🙁

I finally read through the XSD which is not the most fun things to use to try and solve a particular problem.  But the answer was there.  To offer a cart level promotion, you simple need <CartPromotionId>DiscountName</CartPromotionId> in your <Cart></Cart> section.  And then the same <Promotions> section that they have laid out in the documentation for item-level discounts.

I hope that this helps someone find the information faster than I did.

This answers the question: “How do I offer cart-level promotions in checkout by Amazon?

Latest Tech Technology

Mosso Cloud Services

I have been using Mosso Cloud Files for a few weeks now and I am very happy with the results. Using their API has been very straight forward and easy to use. Adding my files to their service and then changing the website to use those only took a few hours to do.

They just added a blog post about their speed compared to Amazon’s CloudFront CDN. From two different 3rd party network monitoring and analytics services, they were able to prove they are faster. Twice as fast in most cases.

Read the enire blog entry here: Mosso is Fast… and We’re So Much Faster, it’s Not Even Close!


Prop 8: The Musical

Ok, I have seen many tweets about this last week and finally watched it over on Jeff McCord’s blog. Very funny, insightful, and interesting.

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die