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Sean Singleton Web Designer

BUYER BEWARE – Sean Singleton and Guaranteed Freshness Web Design Ripped Me Off

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I really can’t believe that it came down to this. I am making a post on my personal blog about a new designer that I started to work with back in June of 2011 because, after I paid him, he stopped communicating with me. He didn’t return phone calls, text messages or emails. Ultimately, after four weeks of no response communication from him, I filed a complaint with PayPal (I paid him in advance for his web design work) and am making this post so that anyone doing searches for Sean Singleton will see how he treats his clients after he gets paid.

September 28, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean Singleton

Will you please give me an update on where you are with client design and/or delivery dates.

Thanks

October 3, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean Singleton

I at least some sort of response from you.

You said you would have something for me at the beginning of last week
so I emailed you when I didn’t see it. I’m not putting pressure on
you, but I need some sort of communication from you regarding where
you are with the design on this project so we can get a build out
started and I can keep the clients expectations set properly.

Thanks and please hit me up with some info.

Thanks

October 3, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean Singleton

I am relying on you to do this design and work and I pre-paid you for
it! If you’re not able to work on this project, please just let me
know and send me money via paypal so I can afford to pay someone else
to finish what you started. I now have a client that is pushing me to
get this done and you went MIA on me.

I would like to keep working with you on this but need to hear from you.

Thanks

October 10, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean

Are these emails getting to you? I’m now trying the email on your
website since I haven’t gotten a response from you in two weeks at
your gmail address.

The above correspondence with Guaranteed Freshness and Sean Singleton only represent my emails to him, not my repeated phone calls or text messages.

Look, I work with 1099 and independent contractors all the time in my business. Most of my design work is done through outsourcing in the United States and I keep 99% of my important SEO and business building tactics in office at Reardon Corporation. I understand people get too busy and drop the ball, but you should never be too busy to communicate that you are too busy. Worst case scenario, you tell someone that you bit off more than you can chew with this project and you need to divy up the hours you worked and refund the rest. But come on, the silent treatment AND keeping all the money you were paid in advance to complete the job?. That is just a weak move.

Sean Singleton, if you read this post about you and your web design business, I welcome you to communicate with me about how we can fix this situation. I have already hired another designer to take over your web design project and need to pay them with the money that I paid you to complete the project in our contract.

Guaranteed Freshness Web Design

Guaranteed Freshness Web Design

New Pandora and Social Sites Are Eerily Similar to Facebook

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As a Pandora One member, I get to check out the new Pandora website ahead of the pack. I gladly took a test drive today, and guess what; It looks just like the FaceBook user interface. Now, I’m not bashing on Pandora because I love what they have done for me, and everyone else that got sick of having to change their music library every time a new technology came out (CD, DVDs, iPods). Most of the music I listen to is music that I have purchased at one time or another, but have no idea where it is after lost hard drives, stolen computers and scratched CD’s.

With that little disclaimer, back to the reason for this blog post. I think all of the new social media sites out there are looking very similar to facebook. Social media is taking the logical evolution to a segmented industry. Much like nearly every business out there like advertising, plumbing and building, if you find a specialty within the big picture you can build yourself a great niche business.

The way I see it, all the business’s out there that saw the success of social media with FaceBook are now trying to create a niche in their industry. Pandora is just like them…creating their own social network on the new Pandora One website.

Have a look for yourself and tell me if it looks anything like facebook to you.

New Pandora Looks Like Facebook

New Pandora Looks Like Facebook

Cancel AT&T Data Plan – Stolen iPad

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While traveling abroad in Costa Rica, I got all my stuff stolen. That in itself is a story that I will tell you in a minute, but if you found this post in a panic trying to figure out how to cancel your AT&T data plan, here is the number I found; 1-800-331-0500. This is the number to call to cancel your iPad data support with AT&T. Because I am out of the United States and I couldn’t sign in to ATT.com, I used my Skype account to call the toll free number and cancel my plan.

Story of Being Robbed in Costa Rica

This story is going to be short and sweet but I would like to say that we are very aware of the smash and grab type crimes all around Central America. We were very careful with our things, but obviously not careful enough.

We were staying on a property in Mal Pais on the Nicoya peninsula. It was a beautiful property right on the beach that had two casitas (1 room houses w/bathrooms) and s separate casita for a kitchen. On our third night on the property, we gave Sydney a shower/bath and put her to bed in a crib that was in our casita. I left the casita to grab a bowl of ice cream and go back to the room to watch a movie. I walked 20 feet away to the kitchen, scooped some ice-cream and went back to the room. In that 15 minutes, someone snuck into our casita where Sydney was sleeping and used my back back to load up all of my valuables and snuck back into the woods undetected. They stole my iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, Family Passports, Wallet, License, Credit Cards, Cash, Sunglasses etc.

When I walked back into the room, the key to the safe was in it and it was wide open. Much like the last time I got robbed, whoever broke in and stole all of our things, they had inside knowledge as to the layout of the room and they meticulously went from hiding spot to hiding spot to find EVERYTHING of value that we had. It wasn’t a good way to start out our trip, but it is what it is.

Next time we travel, I really need to invest in travel insurance. It’s been so long since I’ve traveled international, that I forgot insurance like this is available and could have saved me five grand.

In Flight Internet on Delta

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I am sitting here on a flight from JFK airport over to Las Vegas, getting work done, because I have in-flight Internet access. Wow.

My plan was to check in to the Venetian, work for a few hours and try to meet up with my cousin Billy who happens to be there for work, but now, I don’t have to do any work when I get there! I have killed 3 hours of this flight being productive. That is good fun.

Now, I am going to have a beverage.

Child Carrier Backpack from Kelty Rocks – Our Product Review

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So, as you can see by the post before this one, I was in the market for a child carrier backpack. I almost bought the backpack with the built in aluminum frame but ended up going with the less clunky ‘metro’ style child carrier backpack and got the Kelty TC 3.0 Child Carrier.

Kelty TC 3.0 Light Blue

Kelty TC 3.0 Light Blue

Opening the box alone was awesome. It is a very well built piece of equipment and it demands your attention when you first look at it. All of the pockets are well thought out, especially the two pockets sewn into the waist band. It puts them and everything in them at a hands reach any time.

The strapping harness system is very sturdy and built of high quality material that you don’t mind you child bumping up against at 8 months old. When the child is fully strapped in, a parent can feel 100% in the integrity of the pack and their child’s safety.

The warning labels that come with all kids equipment these days are ridiculous, this one is the same. Make sure you read the 10 page easy to follow instructions, guide and warning before strapping your litte one in.

In my opinion, the best part of this thing is how much our daughter loves it. Really, she loves it. Check out the video of our daughter in the Kelty TC 3.0 Child Carrier.


Yeah, over the past 8 months I have really gone hardcore over this dad thing. It’s awesome and every day gets better and better. I recommend the Kelty Child Carrier to anyone looking for a packpack to carry their kid in!

GREAT Child Carrier Backpack

Jun 25, 2012 by Stefan Rest

We loved this child carrier. Our daughter outgrew it quick, but maybe time just flies when you're having fun. Very sturdy construction and quality materials.

Response: I wish I found more reviews when I bought this a few years ago. Now there are tons of review sites out there. Hopefully this will help someone.


Dialectical Reasoning Rincon PR, 00677 Puerto RIco 5.0 5.0 1 1 We loved this child carrier. Our daughter outgrew it quick, but maybe time just flies when you're having fun. Very sturdy construction and quality materials.

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GREAT Child Carrier Backpack

Jun 25, 2012 by Stefan Rest

We loved this child carrier. Our daughter outgrew it quick, but maybe time just flies when you're having fun. Very sturdy construction and quality materials.

Response: I wish I found more reviews when I bought this a few years ago. Now there are tons of review sites out there. Hopefully this will help someone.


Dialectical Reasoning Rincon PR, 00677 Puerto RIco 5.0 5.0 1 1 We loved this child carrier. Our daughter outgrew it quick, but maybe time just flies when you're having fun. Very sturdy construction and quality materials.

Click here to submit your review.


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