Amazon UCC128 Barcode Standards

Anyone wishing to use Amazon Advantage (for media publishers) or Amazon Fulfillment, needs to include barcodes on individual items, so that they are stored and selected as individual units. Amazon provides the following information in one of their PDFs: If you would like to print barcodes directly on Units, use the UCC128 barcode. The UCC128 barcode standards are available on the Internet. 6.2. Amazon uses the UCC128 barcode (font) to encode the FNSKU or the ASIN in the barcode. We don't use any leading or trailing digits (application identifiers or checksum digits). 6.3. The full specification is UCC128 code set
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Infant prescription incompetence

My wife, anxious because our baby is sick, was convinced she needed to go to the doctor on the third day of his cold. Note that I had a cold earlier, and his symptoms are the same. A bad cough with lots of phlem. Certainly it is disturbing to see the baby suffer, but my brief research is that there is really little to prescribe to a 10 month old boy when it comes to a common cold. It is most frustrating when fools she has never met, but converse with in various groups and forums online, convince her of
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WebP – Web Image Format

See also discussion of Image Optimization for the Web Note this is a brief note, as WebP is less interesting than originally thought. Yes, this format is out there, and yes, it can in many cases reduce the size of images by a certain amount. However, browser support is not complete (therefore you still need jpg/png images). And, most editors do not support this image format, so it can’t be edited or used in any way other than viewing by some browsers. Unless and until full support by editors as well as all browsers is available, this will do little
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Encrypted Data in WordPress

It seems that there are some simple things that are not managed well on the security front, specifically the lack of encryption of the data stored in the database. While backups can be encrypted (by most backup tools) the data itself is not encrypted in the database. The main counter to that is if the host is owned, then anything the host can do, such as decrypt data, is trivial. But is that really the case? It seems there is some confusion about the very concept of access control. For example, while root can change a password, it can’t know
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Google Adwords and Organics

I’ve spent time recently in Google Adwords and things are as or more complex than ever. I’d say more. Here are a few issues that confront the Adwords User: Ad display Ad extensions Keyword match types Ad group to keywords to ads configuration Dynamic ads Tracking templates Landing pages Quality scores First Principles with Google Adwords Simplicity Actionability Human-focused Bidding is key Campaigns, Groups, Keywords, Ads Simplicity begins with the singular The very first principle needs to be simplicity, for management of complexity takes time and introduces more error. However, the simplest campaign would likely be a single keyword, a
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New Battery for 5 y/o MacBook Air

It cost me 3,300 THB for a new battery array for my 5 year old MacBook Air (2011). Bought new, the system is not often used on battery, but almost daily as my primary computer. Why replace a battery in a five year old computer? Just buy new. Sure, it only has 4gb of ram, and that is a problem, but otherwise it is a very effective tool for many tasks. Great Hardware, Adequate Software I spend perhaps 50 hours per week. It simply works. Even with the meagre ram, the solidity is palpable. Even at 5 hours a day,
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Font Natively – WordPress

WordPress is rolling out a Native Font Stack which is meant to stop loading of external fonts (namely from Google). A very worthy endeavor. I’ve got this stack now running on mcneill.io toward the same end. I’m fine with the typography, and basically it has simply been a drop-in replacement for the previous stack. font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, “Segoe UI”, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, “Helvetica Neue”, sans-serif; See more info about Native Fonts in WordPress 4.6.
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Future of the Desktop

I’ve seen the future of the desktop, and it fits in your pocket. Sure, we’ve all seen this, it’s called a mobile phone or mobile device. But really, the desktop, by its nature and definition, sits on a desk top. But that really means that a decent-sized monitor, a keyboard and mouse sit there. As we’ve seen with all-in-ones, the computer can basically live inside the monitor casing. The one advantage is that there are no unsightly cables, or large form factor to get in the way, much less dust and a greater power footprint. With much smaller systems, usually
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Video Workflow – Free Tools

The best part of video is how convenient it has become. However, it is still a lot of work. The tools I like to use also need to be fast… and free. This is an important aspect of liberty. Even for short videos there is usually a combination of images, video clips and audio that needs some kind of manipulation. I’ve got a quick workflow that seems to do the trick. YouTube Video Editor The key to this is the YouTube video editor, which enables very fast splitting and combining of video and also the creation of single image video
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Internet Trends Report – 2016

Mary Meeker – Internet Trends – ReCode Conference 2016 Takeaways – Macro and Micro It was great to get some macroeconomic trends in this year’s report, so we can see not only inside the industry but externally. And folks, it does not look good for many. 3bn global internet users, growth flat at 9%, decelerating if exclude india Global smartphone users slowing, 21% vs. previous 31%, shipping units up 10% down from +28% GDP growth slowing, commodity prices down Emerging Asia + China is 2/3rd of global growth Debt loads on governments are growing faster than GDP, global debt is
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