Stamps.com or Endicia Dazzle with Webgility eCC and Ubercart?

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I’ve been testing Webgility eCC with Ubercart and Dazzle and Stamps.com. Okay, I expect anyone who makes it to this page will know what all of those are, but in brief: Ubercart is a shopping cart system built on Drupal. I love the power of Drupal CCK (custom structured data fields of any imaginable sort) […]

Where Sixteenth-Century Genevans Kept Their Reading Material

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Half of what I know, I learned while reading on the john. That’s probably an understatement, but I’m not sure of how to accurately assess the true number. I don’t want to bore anyone with my hygiene habits, but it does raise a burning question for early-modern historians: did denizens of Jean Calvin’s Geneva read […]

The Courting Stick

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I was looking for some information on “bundling” because I was writing about the common custom of having sex between engagement and marriage and wanted to distinguish this custom from the courting custom of bundling (essentially sleeping together fully clothed, perhaps under supervision, during the courting process). Anyway, I came across mention of a courting […]

Should You Be Taking BCAAs?

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Recent research suggests that supplementing with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) before, during and after a workout can help maintain and build muscle. So what’s that mean on a practical level for someone looking to get leaner and stronger? It might mean that it supplementation is a good idea, and BCAAs are relatively cheap and probably […]

Cutting Through Merchant Account and Payment Gateway Forest

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Lately, I’ve been looking into figuring out the ins and outs of credit card payment processing for two projects. One is our Yosemite vacation rental and the other is an ecommerce website for a friend who sells ultralight hiking gear. It can be dizzying with all the options and many pitfalls along the way. A […]

GMail “Synchronization Has Stopped Unexpectedly” Error

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For a few days, my offline Gmail was refusing to synch up with the server. Every time I would try, I would instantly get an ! in the synch status and it would say “Synchronization has stopped unexpectedly”. Well, yeah. I had figured that part out. I’m sure there are lots of reasons for this, […]

Twitter for Writers

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How do you promote your book with Twitter? It’s not necessarily obvious, especially for those of us who are writers and scholars first and foremost. But publishers aren’t doing much for new authors anymore, so you have to do it yourself.