Archive for 2013

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

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

Don’t Throw MY Package! (


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:

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