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March 5, 2010

EBS Has Left The Building

Even in a sequined jumpsuit, a skeleton is still dead.

Instead of my typically convoluted Funcave windup involving some theoretical physics, Bluetooth and comic book lore a la “The Big Bang Theory,” I’ll just come right out and say what’s up this time:

Essential Business Server = DEAD

That’s officially official as of right now, which should be 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard time on March 5th, 2010. So what does that really mean?

In the immediate term, it means there will be no v2 of Essential Business Server. Not ever. Which is a damned shame, because v2 was looking completely and totally badass.

Keep reading!

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August 27, 2009

MS Exam Discounts Giveaway Held Open One More Day

Now that's what I call a broken ATM.

Lo and behold, the 20% off MS exam discounts were supposed to have ended as of today.

But they haven’t. At least, not yet. Here’s the reason why…

Basically, the “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” giveaway being held at the Funcave drove a whole heaping bunch of interest in the 20% off discounts. So much so that it broke the Vouch-O-Matic that was issuing the discounts AKA the existing stock of 20% discounts that had been loaded were completely exhausted.

MS Learning decided to extend the 20% exam discounts one more day. Once the Vouch-O-Matic gets loaded back up, I’ll be back to issuing vouchers for the areas that still have active, outstanding requests.

If you want to get in on the discounts, this is really, honestly and truly the very last time you’ll have to partake of that sweet 20% discount action. So jump over to the Funcave giveaway page and get the survey filled out ASAP to get your place in line.

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August 26, 2009

LAST CALL: 20 Percent Off MS Exams Giveaway Ends TODAY

Once the meter runs out today, I've got no way to put more money in it. So if you snooze, you lose.

Today is the LAST day that the 20% discount for MS exam discounts will still be available for certain regions/countries. So if you want some, you MUST enter the giveaway TODAY!

Honestly, the response to the MS exam voucher giveaway has been nothing short of AMAZING! So much so that actually delivering the vouchers to people will be delayed just a little bit AKA a couple of days. My primary focus today will be to make sure I have enough vouchers from the different regions to cover outstanding requests.

That being said, if you know you are going to make a larger request, unless you make it before noon Central time today, there really are NO guarantees I will have time to request enough for you.

So that means you should do two things ASAP…

  1. Get Your Butt In Gear
  2. Take The Survey

All active giveaways are listed at the Funcave’s official giveaways page, at

Thanks to everyone who’s participated so far, and for all the awesome feedback, comments, and heartfelt thanks. I’m very very glad so many folks have been motivated by this, because that’s really the whole point of the entire “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” giveaway-a-palooza this month.

Even after the voucher offer has closed, the survey will remain active. Filling it out after the voucher deadline today will STILL give respondents an additional entry for our upcoming giveaways (slated to go live today) for some really cool stuff, including…

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • HTC Touch
  • SMB Nation Fall 2009 Pass

In the immortal words of Hannibal Smith…

Hannibal Smith, The Whitest Mack Daddy of Them All!

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

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August 25, 2009

475 Exam Discounts Given Away, But The Clock Is Ticking!

Once the clock rolls over to August 27, the 20 percent discounts are OVAH!

Time’s running out for you to get in on the exam discount vouchers, folks.

All exam discount vouchers generated through the MCT Rewards program will flip over to 10% off starting on August 27, 2009, now and forever, instead of the current 20% off enjoyed by some countries/regions.

Current year vouchers generated BEFORE August 27, 2009, however, won’t expire until June 30, 2010.

So don’t delay.

And if you have a large-ish request for vouchers, but you wait until the last minute, then there are literally NO GUARANTEES I’ll be able to get them issued in time. Just giving you fair warning on that. Because once it’s closed, it’s closed.

Closed is closed is closed. 

So what’s the best way to assure you get the discount vouchers you want? That’s easy…


That means, jump over to the official listing of all active giveaways, which includes links to the entry surveys, and get cracking!

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June 21, 2009

The Ripple Effect AKA Women In Technology

Here’s what I’ve been doing this Father’s Day weekend…

Mindstorms NXT enters the Funlab AKA the kitchen table. Robotics FTW!

Apple of My Eye and Cute as a Button and I spent most of yesterday working in our brand-new Mindstorms NXT laboratory building, programming and testing robots. So far we’ve built the TriBot, Alpha Rex, and Spike AKA The Scorpion. Both of them dig getting the robots to do their bidding, altho CaaB’s reactions have been roughly akin to that of a diabolical robot horde overlord.

Where did this come from? Really from four things… read more…

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