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PayPal vs FastSpring – Which Is Better For Me?

PayPal vs FastSpring Chart ThumbnailA lot more digital content is on the way from Photics. With the return of Revisions (possibly a sequel too), a Stencyl book and maybe a book on Drupal 8, I started wondering about e-commerce. Am I managing my products in the best way possible? How should my books be sold? Currently, the Unofficial GameSalad Textbook is sold through FastSpring. Is that what’s best for me? What if I managed my own online store? PayPal has been around for years. Why not use that instead? Technology aside, which is cheaper? I decided to run the numbers.

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Back From Poland

Thumbnail image of Poland map, cropped to highlight Gdańsk. Image Source - CIA World FactbookI recently returned from a trip to Poland. It was a tough but enlightening journey. Throughout the years of running this website, I met lots of people throughout the world — but only virtually. For the most part, I stayed in the NYC area. I figured that all of the best stuff in the world is already here. Why bother traveling, especially considering that I hate traveling by airplane? But surprisingly, I found myself on the way to Gdańsk. In doing so, I learned some new things.

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Five Tech Lessons Learned From Hurricane Sandy

Super Storm Sandy IconWhen I first learned of Hurricane Sandy, I thought that the storm would simply drift out to sea. What kind of storm hooks left? But as the days progressed, it was clear that the storm would be quite severe. Even then, I didn’t worry too much. I filled the car with gas, stocked up on some food and I watched the news. It was more like entertainment than an emergency — but then things started getting real.

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Is My XBOX Live GamerTag Lost Forever?

Photics - XBOX Live GamerTag - ThumbnailNow that the winter months have approached, I’m realizing that I’m not exercising as much. I need to play to stay healthy. But in late December, it’s so cold outside… and the dark nights are longer. I think a good video game is the answer to this problem. Yet, my Wii and PlayStation 3 are just collecting dust. What about the XBOX 360? Well, I don’t have one. Here’s the main reason why. I can’t log into my Windows Live / XBOX Live account.

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Branch Designer Review

Branch Designer IconAs a developer, I like nice reviews of my apps. Apparently, I’m not the only one. After my review of Icon Maker, I received a complimentary promo code for Branch Designer — a vector-based tree illustration program. While researching Icon Maker, I learned about the other Mac app from Tricycle Design HB ( I was surprised to see that Branch Designer was actually twice the price of Icon Maker, as I have more of a need to make icons than trees, but that didn’t matter now. I had a free copy of Branch Designer to test out.

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