Category Archives: Business Ideas

Credit Card Hack – How to Make a Credit Card Reader!

For those of you working on credit card systems, this could be helpful, learn how to make a credit card reader.  I think this could be nicely packaged to actually work well with online payment systems.

In order to get raw parsed data out of a magstripe reader, we first experiemented with a MAGTEK Centurion Keyboard Encoder (PN-21073062). We found that although we could get all 3 tracks of data, it was not possible to have it parsed out. We then purchased a raw magstripe decoder head with track 1 reading, the Omron V3A-6 (Datasheet here). By writing some parity checking code,

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QR Code Billboards!

One day, our world will be filled with QR code advertisements and billboards everywhere and we won’t even need to carry our smartphones to decipher them, perhaps they will have wearable contacts that have smartphones embedded in them.

Until that day comes (probably after your life), we can still enjoy the joys of deciphering QR code billboards such as this one featured by Calvin Klein.

I hear Japan is already full of these, I will be on the watch out for the very first QR code billboard here in San Francisco.  In the meanwhile, please take a photo of your city&#

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Business Card DIY – How to Make “Electric” Business Cards!

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video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRyPOfBE6BU

For those of you in tech industry and you want a really cool business card, take a look at this “electric” business card that can be used as a mini-size LED flashlight.

The author Aaron Alai is a graduate student but I think with this kind of creative skills, getting a job should be a piece of cake.  Better yet, I would recommend him to setup his own shop to sell these electric business cards and make a million bucks, what do you think?

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Startup jigsaw puzzle company looking for funding on kickstarter.com

MagMerPuz is a new puzzle producer and a community design house located in Richmond Virgina. Our mission is to reinvigorate the classic jigsaw puzzle. We will accomplish this by building a community of creative minds. We are raising the bar on the standard jigsaw puzzle and creating the puzzle of the future. Our first puzzle is acrylic and double-sided with a tessellated piece pattern. Each piece presents a multitude of possible solutions, and challenges a person to rethink the traditional methods of solving a jigsaw puzzle.

We started off with a concept of how we would improve upon

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Business DIY – How to Think Out of the Box!

Well, I’ve done a bunch of blog posts over on my Zedomax.Biz blog over the last couple months, here’s some of the best ones showing you “how to think out of the box”: (This might go contrary to many traditional beliefs out there because they are all mine, hence “think out of the box“)

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PR DIY – How to Make Succeed Online by Making Everything “Relevant”!

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Here’s a short video explaining why “relevancy” is everything and that you cannot buy “relevancy”, you simply have to implement it in your online marketing strategies.

PR people, listen up, are your campaigns highly relevant?  If it’s not, you might be losing millions of dollars for your clients/company.

For years, I’ve been guilty of not promoting “relevant” stuff within my blog network.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this, just some clear thinking.

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Business DIY – How to Build a Brand that Consumers will Trust!

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It’s 2:28AM again and I am still blogging.  Yes, it’s a Saturday night and I am blogging!  (I know I am crazy about blogging but then, what else does a blogger do other than blog at 2:28AM on a Saturday?)

Anyways, I did a short video of how to build a brand that consumers will trust over at my .biz video.

The solution is pretty simple, that you use your common sense and “be honest”.

People like honest products, it’s as simple as that.  When customers trust your company, they will buy you

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Cloud Hack – How to Build a cheap Perabyte Cloud Server for under $120K!

Okay, I admit it, I am not an Apple fan boy, I am a linux fan boy, let’s forget about bad PR just for a minute here as I don’t really like getting mad anyways.

The BIG NEWS this week is that there’s a way to build a Perabyte (or 1,000,000 gigabytes) Cloud Server for under $120,000.

BackBlaze, a company that provides unlimited online backups for just $5/month, has just released their company’s secret.  They can build this “

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Arduino Hack – How to Make a pH Meter!

Here’s an awesome Arduino hack that shows you how to make a pH meter.  I was thinking that this could be great for automating the pool maintenance where you have to check the water’s pH level among other things.  That could be a LOT of money, automated water stabilizer!

Now, I gave you a great idea for a niche business, someone go please make it! (well, I guess there’s such thing as automatic pool cleaner already, oops!)

For example

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Startup DIY – How to Hire the Right People!

For those of you starting your online or offline business, you might want to read up on this quick post on how to hire an A-team.  As a person who’s running a start-up myself, I do highly believe that your success has everything to do with people you hire.  Of course, my favorite tip is “hiring athletes.”  I just happened to be playing competitive pro golf before I dived into the corporate world so…

Here is a bit of timeless wisdom from Warren Buffet. He advises that, when hiring, look for brains, energy, and integrity. But if the people you find don’

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