[FIX] Yahoo E-mail: A Connection Failure Has Occurred

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 | Rants, SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Yahoo E-mail Error

A Connection Failure Has Occurred!! Yahoo WTF?

Yahoo are we trying to compensate too fast too soon? I realize you recently had the worst technological failure ever, and rightfully admitted this, but why aren’t things getting better?

I logged into my Yahoo e-mail account today to be faced with an unwanted, and untimely decision — one that I’m all-too-familiar with as a Gmail owner. The decision? Which Yahoo Theme would I like to use in my Yahoo account?

Yahoo E-mail Themes

Candy canes? Turkeys? Colorful ball pit balls? Lakes? Whatever.

I quickly chose a theme just to get this unwanted nonsense out of my face. The theme changed to a winter wonderland and I thought I was ready to move on to my e-mail. Wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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FedEx, UPS, USPS: Don’t Throw My Package (videos)

Friday, December 27th, 2013 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Don’t Throw MY Package! (DontThrowMyPackage.com)


What is one to do when faced with damaged, mangled broken deliveries time and time again? Do you accept the destroyed merchandise and attribute the trashed nature of your package to its long arduous journey? Is it simply inevitable given the shape of the boxes vs the size of the courier’s hands?

package trash

A behind-the-scenes look would dictate otherwise. But what about evidence? How can you prove that the package you insured and paid good money to get from point A to point B arrives safely and out of harm’s way? The answer may lie in modern technology and the use of high quality personal recording devices that are a sign of the times. Read the rest of this entry »

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eBay: Your message wasn’t sent because it included an email address

Monday, October 28th, 2013 | SMASH HowTo!, Uncategorized with 6 Comments

eBay sucks

Does the following eBay message look familiar?

Scenario: You’re trying to send correspondence, via eBay’s messaging system, to another eBay member regarding your purchase and you would like to exchange e-mail addresses:

Your message wasn’t sent because it included an email address.

If you want to receive photos from another eBay member, you do not need to share your email address. Buyers and sellers can now attach images to messages sent from eBay by using the “Attach Photos” button.

For your safety, eBay does not allow the exchange of email addresses in member to member communications . This protects both buyers and sellers by keeping a track record of communications. It also helps ensure that transactions happen on eBay so buyers and sellers are covered by eBay protection programs.

Please remove the email address and resend your message.

It should be clear why eBay is barring people from something as benign as exchanging personal contact information — the possibility of dealing OUTSIDE of eBay. Fee avoidance, entering the “gray” market, final value fee evasion…

In fact they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that even e-mails written in code won’t slip past their Roman gates:

john at hotmail dot com  <—– detected and banned

john [at] hot mail . com   <—– detected and banned


Write your e-mail backward:  moc.ilamtoh@nhoj

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Sound of Science releases synthpop masterpiece: “Hydrodome”

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Sound of Science Hydrodome

Sound of Science has released their epic new synthpop track, “Hydrodome”.

This soon-to-be-classic track appears on the Hydrodome EP (currently on iTunes HERE) and includes 4 remixes by other great acts including:

  • Daniel Myer (Architect, Covenant)
  • John von Ahlen (Parralox, Sound of the Crowd)
  • Northern Kind
  • Julian Beeston (Nitzer Ebb, Die Krupps)

Sound of Science is relatively new to the synthpop scene combining the efforts of Tom and Jason from synthmakers Analogue Solutions. They create real music with real synthesizers. If this track is any indication of things to come, synthpop fans are going to have much to look forward to from this duo.

check them out here: http://www.soundofscience.org

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Personal Space: Hey! I Just Want to Hold Your Hand!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Why do humans act the way they do? Is it something they think of rationally and consciously? Is it something that’s wired into their brains –meaning, well, that they’re not aware of it? We face these interactions every day and most of us really don’t think about them much. That is to say, we all try to understand something because we want to be conscious of them. But what about those reactions, those tics, those quick actions or thoughts that arise all of a sudden?

There is a channel on YouTube called Losing All Hope Was Freedom and they have been posting clips every Monday that show our human condition tested in various situations so that people have to react quickly. Maybe not think long about something, but surely something about a reaction is absolutely fascinating. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Coldplay Salute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

It’s not just that we’re surprised that Chris Martin of Coldplay and his bandmates were fans of the Beastie Boys, but to devote part of their Hollywood Bowl show last Friday night to the memory of Adam Yauch, aka MCA, who sadly passed away last week of cancer at the age of 47, then it means something. I know what you’re thinking –“Ugh –Coldplay!”. Self-important, navel-gazing, soulless stadium rockers, all their songs sound the same, the lead dude prances around in high tops –yeah, those guys. The same guys everyone’s pretty tired of nowadays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Tacos at Del Taco! What a Way to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 | SMASH Freebies, SMASH TV with No Comments »

OK, quiz time! What the hell is Cinco de Mayo. Yes, it means “Fifth of May”. But what does it stand for? Give up? You don’t know why you’re about to swim in pitchers of frozen margaritas and flauta and chimichanga platters tomorrow? Wear a stupid sombrero and attend some loud fiesta? Read the rest of this entry »

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Your ‘American Idol Top 5′ for 2012: Who Will Win and Why

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

American Idol Top 5

Lest anyone think that American Idol is a snoozer this year would be quite surprised. The show, which has gone through some significant changes in recent years –notably the exit of Simon Cowell—has been a snoozer in, say, the last couple of years. Last year was arguably the worst, and it wasn’t just because of the rocky transition into the J Lo and Steven Tyler additions. We were saddled with some middling talent, to say the least. The fact that we ended up with two country stars with no real flash or personality and we crowned someone who had a deep voice but looked like Alfred E Neuman didn’t portend too well for the future of this once-lucrative juggernaut. Scotty McCreery, really? Read the rest of this entry »

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And We’re Back…

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

When you consider the airtime on C-SPAN, almost five hours, and the intense online coverage, you really have to wonder about the level of intelligent discourse in this country. The other night, inside the cavernous Hilton Hotel ballroom in Washington DC, hundreds of political and celebrity luminaries, including the President himself, gathered for the annual self-congratulatory, headline-grabbing, publicity-hound mongering event that only serves to puff up the hard work of publicists and staffs, running around carrying clipboards and rushing their clients in front of cameras. Is that a CNN camera? No, it’s actually Extra and Entertainment Tonight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, November 7th, 2011 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Mayer Hawthorne

It’s a small thrill to occasionally “discover” a musical artist or group that you haven’t heard before, something that sounds creative and fresh. Not the latest Top 10 artist either, or the pablum that radio stations spit out ad nauseam 50 times a day on their computers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Susan Boyle Covers Depeche Mode: And the World Doesn’t End

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 | SMASH Pop Culture with 1 Comment

Susan Boyle Depeche Mode

For her upcoming CD, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, to be released November 1, 50-year-old Scottish superstar singer Susan Boyle has once again plumbed a classic song that is another unlikely choice. You remember SuBo from a couple of years back, when you and probably the entire globe stopped everything to watch the formerly dowdy dowager electrify a panel of judges on “Britain’s Got Talent” (among them, Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan) with a show-stopping version of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tesla Finally Rolls Out the Model S Sedan

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Tesla Model S

Last night at the Tesla auto plant in Fremont, CA, onlookers marveled at the new Tesla Model S luxury sedan, which finally made its debut after a long wait. Technically speaking, the unveiling of the new luxurious sedan was for the approximately 2,000 customers who have put down deposits of $5000, but these were prototypes, not their actual cars. Seeking to create even more buzz, if not bowl over these customers who showed up for the gala event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, dressed to the nines in a tuxedo, asked the crowd to spread the word about this beauty, which won’t be ready for delivery until 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, October 1st, 2011 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH TV with 27 Comments

The Chew


The loud trainwreck that is “The Chew”, which premiered this past Monday on ABC not only as yet another food-theme show but also as replacement for “All My Children” the 40+ year legendary soap that ABC killed earlier this year, has not been the smashing success that the network had hoped. Or is it early to tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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Singin’ The Songs of Summer 2011

Sunday, September 4th, 2011 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Songs of Summer 2011

Yikes! It’s Labor Day weekend! School’s already started in some parts of the country. Is the summer over? Didn’t school used to start in September? What’s the rush? Does this mean the lazy days of what has been a steamy summer in many parts –well, do we have to pack it in for the fall already? I want to still remember what I did this summer, which for one, was to come up with this year’s SMASHgods list of the most memorable, the most disposable, the most played —sometimes you wanted to poke your eyes out—songs of Summer ’11.

Let’s review some of the guidelines here. Summer songs are memorable not just because they are played on endless loops by absent djs on radio stations, or downloaded frantically on iTunes. They also have to minimally represent summer in some way –something frothy, something accessible, something that can withstand all those replays. What was the song of this summer? In the past we have awarded this dubious title to the likes of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and BEP’s “I’ve Got a Feeling” –iconic titles for sure and certainly reminders of the last two summers. Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama, President Bad Ass

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 | SMASH Technology with 1 Comment

Obama Speech

You really don’t want to be around Obama nowadays. He will kick your ass. And he’ll be smooth about it. Let’s look at the last 72 hours or so of his schedule and take a look at what finesse and general bad-assness he has displayed.

On Friday, instead of just tucking in and watching the Royal Wedding and hat parade like the rest of us, he flew with his family to Alabama to comfort those who were devastated by horrendous tornadoes. He even went to Miami’s Dade College and gave a commencement address! Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Will Get the Oscar Nominations? Here are our Predictions

Monday, January 24th, 2011 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

2011 Oscars

We are knee-deep in the film awards season, it seems.  Last week’s brouhaha about Ricky Gervais tossing out some jokes that offended some Hollywood types as the host of the Golden Globe Awards almost overshadowed the fact that real awards were hand ed out. (We think Ricky rocked, and it’s high time someone of his courage decided to take the hot air out of the event. Like Angelina cared about her worthless nomination, or aboutcharges of payola with her rotten “Tourist” movie, as she leaned back into Brad Pitt’s arms.) Read the rest of this entry »

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