It’s Saturday, September 30, 2023 and 73°F in Austin, Texas
Amazon and Texas Close to a Deal
No sales tax in exchange for Texas jobs
The Austin American Statesman is reporting a possible deal between the State of Texas and Amazon over online sales tax. Barry Harrell reports that Texas is negotiating - and may be close to a deal - to create 5,000 jobs and invest $300 million in the state. In exchange Amazon would get a 4 1/2 year exemption from levying sales tax against online sales for customers in Texas. Let's hope most of those jobs are created in Austin.
I have great sympathy for local retailers who have lost revenue to online sellers - like Amazon. On the other hand, nothing can slow the retailing revolution.
I buy from Amazon for the incredible convenience of ordering 24/7 and having everything delivered to my front door - at great prices. However, nothing online has replaced the fun of browsing and looking at thousands of books at a store like Half Price Books on Lamar here in Austin. I split my book purchases 50% between them and Amazon.
I buy virtually all of my newly published books from Amazon. I read the New York Times Review of Books every Sunday and then head to my computer to order new and interesting things I find there. Another thing about Amazon I like is I can pre-order lots of books on history and archaeology from Amazon, even a year in advance.
big breakthrough in color research
Scientists have discovered the favorite Viking colors and now you can use them in your website!
be prepared - choose wisely
Here are some helpful hints and direction on the skills and knowledge your web designer should have.
save as many as you can!
With Austin making headlines and ending up on virtually every "Top 10 Best City for..." lists -- we now have about 150 people moving here daily!! We figured we should warn potential new residents of the hidden dangers of moving to Austin.
How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.
As you have probably read it has been extensively reported that Golden Gate Killer was found using data from GEDmatch. It's an amazing story.
Hummingbird Farms, the famous maker of body lotions seen on QVC , upgrades website with huge new product images, which increases sales
Here are some images showing my favorite semi-precious stone animals with jeweled eyes from my collection and stories of the stones and where they come from.
When users install or upgrade to Windows 10, "display scaling" may be turned on "by default" to either 125% or 150% resulting in blurriness when viewing websites or applications on certain monitors.
Bob Atchison's guide to find rare, antique and cabbagey roses to order online. Here you'll find the best sources with roses I especially love and recommend for your garden.
If you are a realtor or real estate broker, you need a website to advertise your business and attract new clients. Get clients to stay on your website by providing access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate listings.
The unspoken fear all web designers dread - you've been asked to use cursive fonts! There is no escape... yes, it has happened to me, Bob Atchison, many times and I have the battle scars to prove it. Here are some cursive fonts I actually like.
Is Scotty Bowers, the famous Hollywood pimp telling the truth about Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn being gay? Here's a confirming story...