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Today I begin my first day as a regular blogger at The Minority Report.

I will generally be blogging on Business and Tech issues but you may see the occasional interview online as well.

Today’s post Killing the small business in the cradle is on small businessmen and the effect of a new law in Illinois on their well-being:

As regular readers of my blog know, I spend a lot of time going door to door talking to business people in order to sell ads for my radio show (DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday Mornings 10 a.m. on WCRN AM 830 BTW).

With the economy in trouble nationwide and jobs scarce to come by, many people (including me) have decided to go into business for themselves. Just yesterday I met a lady at a cleaners shop in Acton who is painting silk scarfs as a new business while she looks for other work.

Small Entrepreneurs usually have it tough. One or two person operations put in an inordinate amount of labor to make a small amount of money (if any). In addition they have to follow all the governmental rules that are put before them as they attempt to get started….

click below to continue or click here to read it at The Minority Report.

Talk about a potential marketing nightmare

Posted: December 1, 2010 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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This story was the epitome of bad timing for

WikiLeaks, the website that published a quarter-million sensitive diplomatic cables on Sunday, is using Inc. servers in the U.S. to help deliver its information. It sounds like an odd choice, but it could make sense.

The site, which WikiLeaks is using for the diplomatic documents, is linked to servers run by Amazon Web Services in Seattle, as well as to French company Octopuce., the site’s front page, links back to Amazon servers in the U.S. and in Ireland. Several Internet watchers, including technologist Alex Norcliffe, reported earlier on WikiLeaks’ use of Amazon services.

Amazon and WikiLeaks did not return requests for comment.

Well isn’t that the news you wanted to hear at Christmastime if you are THE online retailer? Apparently not: Inc. forced WikiLeaks to stop using the U.S. company’s computers to distribute embarrassing State Department communications and other documents, WikiLeaks said Wednesday.

The ouster came after congressional staff had questioned Amazon about its relationship with WikiLeaks, said Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut.

Hot air had a question:

I find that hard to believe given the amount of traffic that must have been flooding in, but then I also find it hard to believe that Amazon wouldn’t have dumped them instantly had they known lest a U.S. boycotts cripple their Christmas sales season.

With the kind of volume that Amazon has Wiki leaks is a blip on the screen, I’ll wager if it hadn’t been dug up by someone they never would have noticed.

My reviews of Pam Geller’s book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America are available at here and here.

Why I love Amazon…

Posted: November 30, 2009 by datechguy in personal
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I did all my Christmas Shopping on Thanksgiving morning. Because of the sources of all the stuff they are coming in 6 different shipments.

In the last 48 hours even though I choose super saver shipping EVERY ONE OF MY ORDERS HAS SHIPPED!

That will make my Christmas very Merry, I’ll have to wrap em all this week while the family is at school. I also have to decide where to put em since we usually get the tree around the 3rd week of Advent.

But Great Job amazon, thanks muchly!