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Exporting Raymond Philip Rosenthal Documentary Review

Check out my review of the Film Exporting Raymond.  It is about the challeges Phillip Rosenthal, creator of Everyone Loves Raymond, faces when he tries to set up the same sit com, using Russian actors in Russian

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Rated PG

86 Minutes


Sending Back a Rented USPS Mail Postage Machine & Meter

This is a post regarding the nuances of returning a rented mail postage machine and the meter that accompanies it.

This will not apply to every situation. You might have a different plan or plans for your mailing equipment.  I recently attempted to return a piece of postage equipment for USPS mail that we rented and it took forever to process the return.  It took a long time to return the equipment for a number of reasons. One of the reasons was poor communication between our leasing "dealership" (dealership = who 'sold' us the rental) and the leasing "agent" (agent = whose name is on the lease and/or takes possession of the USPS meter. )  The other reason was simply my ignorance in realizing all of the nuances involved with sending back this equipment.

Again, this will not apply to every situation, so please do not accept my advice for any legal questions or contractual issues you might be having with your lease or rental agreement. That said, regardless of your situation, this post might help guide you through some of the nuances and give you an idea of what to expect.

To Send back rental postage mail units:

OK, you have rented a machine that applies postage automatically to your mail. There is a piece of equipment attached to your mailing machine called a 'meter.'  The meter technically does not belong to the rental company or, in the case of the lease, the company that holds the lease.  The meter is actually owned by the United States Postal Service ( USPS ).  Typically, (and I re-emphasize that your case might be different,) you will need to return the meter to a different company than where you will return the meter.   You will typically have to return the meter first before moving the postage machine itself.

To return the 'meter' you might not be able to go through the dealership you obtained the equipment from.  You, as I did in my case, might have to go directly through the leasing company that the dealership represents.  Why the dealership can't help you with this is lost on me but this is what happened. Be sure to contact your dealership to be sure of this.  In my case, I needed to sent a letter to the leasing company that the dealership represents indicating that I wish to return the existing postage meter.  The leasing company then will send you a lengthy and detailed list of instructions.  The instructions will include a return label and how to return your meter via parcel service.  

In my case the leasing company also sends "Meter Movement Report"   You fill this out completely.

Essentially, your instructions walk you through the steps of withdrawal of your postage meter; moving unused postage meter money to your funding accounts; The procedure for getting your money if you are unable to move meter money to your  account; return label(s) and instructions for returning the meter.

OK, you have followed all of the instructions and you have successfully returned the meter to the leasing company.  Once the meter is returned things might get a little confusing.  In my case I was told by my dealer to tell the leasing company that the leasing company needs to contact  my dealer (the people telling me this) that they have the meter and it is OK to pick up the mail / postage machine.  Easy right?  Wrong!  I contacted the leasing agent and they said that my dealer should be able to pick up the unit without their consent. 

As a matter of fact, the leasing agent could not give consent. Why?   The mail machine is a RENTAL not a lease. The leasing agent does not have title to the machine anyway. The dealer owns the rental.  This is important to remember.  If you were in fact leasing the unit and returning it, this  would be a different story but since you are renting it, the machine really belongs to dealership.  Regardless of who I spoke to, leasing agent or dealership, no one could grasp that the machine was a RENTAL and not a LEASE.  The fact it was a rental made the process a bit unusual and difficult to process in the bureaucracy of mail equipment rental and leasing agents.

In essence, if your dealership is giving you a hard time about the return, remind them it is a rental.  If you are in fact leasing, again, this would be a different story but since we are just talking rental here, your dealership can pick up the machine with your consent as long as the leasing agent has successfully received the United States Postage Meter.


What Kind of Sunglasses Does U2 Singer Bono Wear

 The singer from U2, Bono, Certainly loves to wear his sunglasses but I never realized what kind of sunglasses he wears or why in fact he wears sunglasses at all.

Lots of rock stars wear sunglasses for a number of reasons. Some rockers like the rock star image that sunglasses project. Other band members like sunglasses because of the glare on the stage.

Bono wears his sunglasses for a surprising reason. It is more medical than comfort or image driven.  U2's Bono also enjoys wearing a certain type of sunglass.

I linked an article below that delves into the topic of why Bono wears sunglasses. The article also talks about the specific brand of sunglasses the U2 front man likes to wearn.

What Kind of Sunglass Does Bono From U2 Wear
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Pedestrian Street Crosswalk Red Light Button - Do They Work

Pedestrian Street Crosswalk Red Light Button - Do They Work

Do those buttons you push on street lights really turn the signal from red to green?  Is that button a fake? I can not remember ever pushing the crosswalk button and the light changes immediately or even within a few seconds.  Not that I expect the signal to instantly stop all the on coming traffic solely to allow me to cross the street. Not at all.  I'm really not all that important.

That said, there is something to be said about the things we take for granted as real or just something to make us feel like we are in control.  Is that pedestrian button just there for my amusement or do they really work?

I found an article that delves into that very subject.  I thought is was pretty interesting as it addresses other things as well that may or may not work.  The author of the attached article below refers to "placebo" quite often when taking about things we take for granted as real, but really just serve to make us feel in control, when we really are not.

In short, he answer on whether pedestrian street crosswalk red light buttons really work comes down to location.  Some are set up to make the signal change green and others are disconnected so that you will not get the green light.  Check out the article posted below for more details. Pretty interesting stuff.

Street Light Buttons Real Or Not?

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Get New Tab to Right of Current like Mozilla on IE 8

One Internet question I get often but can not seem to answer for everyone, including myself, is why won't Internet Explorer allow me to open a new tab just to the right of the current tab when I click on a link. Put another way, the question is "Why can't I open a link in a new tab instead of a new window popping up on my screen.

The answer that works for some people, but not me and many others is:

Open Internet Explorer

Click Tools at top of your computer screen

Select Internet Options at bottom of drop down window that appears beneath tools

"General" Tab

"Settings" button ... there are three (3) settings buttons. Choose the one at the bottom in the "Tabs" section.

From here, it gets a little controversial.  There are a couple routes you can choose that work for some and not others. Here are two ways to go

-Under the "Open Links from Other Program" you can choose the radio button "A new tab in current window" This is the most logical choice and, paradoxically, seems to be the one that works the least for most people. It seems to work for some but not others.

-Another option, that works for many more people, just not everyone, including me :-) is less logical, but seemingly way more effective..... under "When Pop Up Is Encountered" click the radio button "Always Open Pop Up In New Window"

Guaranteed Fix:

Lot's of folks have had great success with the above info but unfortunately many have not.   It is kind of weird. The GUARANTEED WAY to open a new tab and not have a new window pop up is to 1) simply right click on the link you want to open and 2) Select Open a New Tab in the options that appear
Pain in the butt.  If you have a fix to this issue, let me know in comments below and I'll be glad to update this post. Until then, I'll use the right click method or simply just use Mozilla where the tabbed browsing automatically allows a new tab to appear to the right of the current tab.

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