Here we go again.Reposting here for maximum Streisand effect. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 1/11/2010 07:47:00 PM 0 comments ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Last March, I reported that the Florida regulators had warned three travel agencies that sold insurance policies offered by bankrupt Prime Travel Protection Services of Arvada, Colo., that its activities may have run afoul of state insurance statues.
I quoted Nina Banister, a spokeswoman for Florida’s Department of Financial Services, as saying the state had ordered the agencies to "stop transacting business" and that "they’re on notice that further activity is pending [by the state]."
Soon after that, Florida issued a press release stating, “As a result of ongoing investigations into complaints about the sale of unauthorized travel insurance in Florida, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has notified three travel agencies that she intends to order them to stop selling insurance.”
The legal notice to one of the agencies, Palm Coast Travel, alleges that the company “directly or indirectly acted as agent for or otherwise represented or aided one or more unauthorized insurers…” The matter is still pending.
Now Palm Coast Travel has sued one of its customers, Peter Lay, and me, alleging among other things that I defamed the company when I reported the story. Here's the full text of the complaint (PDF).
Among Palm Coast's allegations against me are the following:Elliott included among his reporting recent regulatory investigations of customer complaints regarding Prime Travel Protection and Jerry Watson. Elliott's reporting included publication of false information regarding Palm Coast, which has and will continue to damage Palm Coast's business unless it is properly remedied.That’s certainly an interesting perspective on what happened. Perhaps Palm Coast Travel’s next step will be to sue the State of Florida for issuing the press release?
Among the statements Elliott published were falsehoods that stated that Palm Coast had been ordered to cease doing business by the State of Florida. No such order exists, and therefore that report was false.
Further, Elliott, when purporting to "clarify" his deliberately false statement regarding the State of Florida's investigation of travel insurance, did not fully remedy the false impression he fostered regarding Palm Coast's role.
Elliott's falsehoods were directed at, among other aspects of Palm Coast's business, its reputation in the trade or industry of travel. Moreover, Elliott did not properly correct, clarify, or retract his falsehoods, despite proper notice.
External Hard DrivesWait a minute. I've got two 1.5 TB hard drives. Now, they aren't full, but I am currently using a little over a 1 TB in this system. True, a lot of what I have has yet to be unduplicated, and it will be eventually, or at least the larger files will be. But still. To backup all that information with any online backup solution easily blows my broadband cap, currently 250GB from Comcast. That's four months to backup, and that's ALL I get to do for four months.
Consumers who keep their computers for years and upload thousands of songs, videos, movies and photos will need to get more space at some point.
External hard drives are one option, but an up-and-coming alternative might be simpler and save you another transition down the road. Online backup services, like Carbonite.com or Mozy.com, allow users to back up data over the Internet.
These services are more expensive than purchasing an external hard drive, which typically starts at around $70. At Carbonite.com, a one-year subscription starts at $54.95, and at Mozy.com monthly subscription costs total $54.45 for a year.
Your result for The Personality Defect Test ...Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 10/28/2009 05:53:00 PM 0 comments ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
You are 86% Rational, 0% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 14% Arrogant.
Modern, Cool NerdRelevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 10/28/2009 05:28:00 PM 0 comments ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
57 % Nerd, 65% Geek, 22% Dork