|Volume 4 Issue 7||July 2010|
|In This Issue|
|"Automatic" doesn't mean what you think|
|Staples reduces its "ink rewards" from $3 to $2 per cartridge starting July 1, 2010|
|Microsoft discontinues its Bing cashback program on July 30, 2010|
|Watch out for the word "automatic," especially when it relates to anything involving your computer. Here's my advice on how to handle this tricky concept.|
|"Automatic" doesn't mean what you think |
It's perfectly understandable, not at all surprising, even endearing and full of hope. Unfortunately, it can be wishful thinking and sometimes it's quite misleading. I can't tell you how often a client will ask me if something on the computer is "automatic," and I have to explain that it's usually not that simple.
What it usually means
When it comes to computers, "automatic" typically means that some action or process should occur without the need for you to do anything, assuming the proper conditions are in place.
"Automatic" sounds great, but because computers aren't perfect, there are a number of potential catches:
I often find that "scheduled" is a better word than "automatic." For example, "your backup is scheduled for 5 p.m. every day, assuming that the computer isn't off, your external backup drive is plugged in, there's enough room on the backup drive, and some other unforeseen glitch doesn't prevent it from running altogether."
Where to go from here
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|Staples reduces its "ink rewards" from $3 to $2 per cartridge starting July 1, 2010 |
Starting July 1, when you bring your ink or toner cartridges to any Staples store for recycling, the amount they will credit towards your Staples Rewards account will be reduced from $3 to $2 per cartridge.
The other elements of the "ink rewards" program haven't changed:
|Microsoft discontinues its Bing cashback program on July 30, 2010 |
Microsoft has announced that the last day to earn cash back on Bing purchases will be July 30, 2010. To encourage redemptions, starting July 31, Microsoft will waive the minimum $5 payout. The Bing cashback system will remain active through July 30, 2011.
My most consistent experience with this program has been to get 8% back on all purchases I've made on eBay for fixed-price items ("Buy It Now") purchased using my Paypal account.
See http://www.bing.com/cashback and http://www.bing.com/shopping/pages/faq.aspx?scope=cashback for details.
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