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Update 8/26: DialCentral now seems to be fixed.  Mine is, at least.  If yours is still broken, check out the link below for more information.  You might have to manually change a file in order to fix it.

More information here:

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If you are running DialCentral on your Nokia N810, you need to be aware of this:

The latest version of DialCentral has some bugs that cause the program to not work properly.  The developer is working on a fix.

For now, if your N810 asks you to install updates for DialCentral, don’t allow it or it will break the program.

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What is BookCrossing and how does it work?

You leave a book you no longer want on at a park bench or coffee shop for another reader to find.  You can then visit to find out where your book has been.  To do this, you register your book with BookCrossing, and receive a unique serial number to identify it.  You then label the book with the serial number and “release it into the wild” at a location of your choice.

The person who finds a BookCrossing book can visit the site to find out where it has been, and add their own journal entry if they choose.  You don’t have to be a member to leave a journal entry.  The site is anonymous, and no one will try to sell you anything.  Memberships are free.  You may, if you choose, purchase books and labels through the BookCrossing store- this is now the site is supported.

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. This site was down for a little while – I backed up the content and was all set to reload WordPress and re-upload everything, but it’s back online without me having to do that.

Also, this past weekend, I got an email from my hosting company telling me that a process they didn’t like was running on one of my FTP accounts, and that if I didn’t do something about it they would. I looked up the one site I had in that account, and found that it had been hacked and defaced by “Turkish hacker Iskorpitx.” A Google search revealed that Iskorpitx is thought to be responsible for hacking and defacing over 117,000 sites in the past four or five years. He doesn’t do much with them- just puts up his own front page to show that you’ve been owned. Fortunately, the hacked site is one I’m not actively using anymore. I just deleted the site folder from my FTP account, which made my hosting service happy. Then I changed all my passwords and opted for “extra web security” in my hosting account.

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I received an email from a reader who had some questions after reading my post about  For the benefit of other readers who may have the same questions, I’m posting the email and my reply:

I just recently applied to be a secret shopper on the same
website you did and I am debating whether it’s worth the while.  You
said that you only received $23 from the company, if they made you buy
something from the store did they pay for it? Also I am concerned
about the fact that i gave them my SSN, probably not a good idea.  If
you could email me back at your convenience I would really appreciate
it.  Thank you!


Here’s my reply:


I only received $23 from the, because I only completed one job for them.  When you sign up as a mystery shopper, you decide what jobs you will take – there is no minimum workload.

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