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Archive for March 2011

Amazing Amazon Facts

Amazon’s best selling product is Kindle. In 2010, 7 million units were sold. While that’s considerably less than the 15 million iPads that Apple sold… Since 2010, Amazon has sold three times as many e-books as hardcovers. By creating the hardware in the first place, Amazon almost created the entire e-book industry.

It took Wal-Mart 27 years to reach $30 billion in sales. It took Amazon 16 years to hit the same number. As of year end 2010, ecommerce is now 7% of total U.S. retail sales.

Doesn’t Amazon just sell books? No, in 2010, 54% of their total revenue was electronics, gadgets, home goods, apparel, etc. Amazon is on target to surpass Sears, Best Buy and Target in the next four years.

How To Remove “Edit This Entry” From Your Pages and Posts

WordPress has a cool feature. When you’re logged in as a user who is either an Editor or an Administrator, your pages will show a link “Edit this entry” right on the page. clicking the link will enable you to make a modification to the page.

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What could be easier? If you don’t want the link to show, don’t be logged in as user with the role of Editor or Administrator. It’s really that simple.

OK. What’s plan B? If you are really serious about eliminating the link entirely, you’ll need to modify you WordPress theme template.

For instance in the WordPress Default theme’s wp-content/themes/default/index.php this code presents that type of link:

<?php edit_post_link('Edit', '', ' | '); ?>

You’ll need to carefully remove that piece of code.

Anybody feeling stressed? Which Kind?

Here are some interesting facts about stress. Note, these are just fun facts. If you’re looking for a cure, please keep looking.

  • The word Stress has been used for hundreds of years – -it has roots in the Old French/ Middle English word Destresse, meaning “distress”, but it wan’t used in the psychological sense until the 20th century.
  • There are two types of stress: Distress, the regular stress that plagues us, and eustress, a positive form that improves productivity and performance.
  • Globally, more than three out of five doctors visits are stress related.
  • In the U.S. alone, more than $22.8 billion is spent on anxiety-related health care each year.
  • Each year, more than 275,000,000 working days are lost in the U.S. because of absenteeism resulting from stress.
  • Stress balls, relaxation tapes, and other stress-fighting products accountfor $14 billion of spending in the U.S. each year.

For me the most interesting fact is “eustress”. ┬áDoing a Google search for eustress yielded 111,000 results – pretty small by today’s standards. Searching for distress yields 39,200,000 (no further refinement was performed).

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