Seeking Alpha Premium Program

I wrote a few articleSeeking Alpha Logos for Seeking Alpha a while ago including this very popular one about the impact of the iPhone 4 on AT&T, which got more views than anything on this blog – over 12,000. Recently I noticed that Seeking Alpha started paying contributors for exclusive content and I decided to check it out. This blog earns me almost nothing now. There was a time when this blog earned over a 100$/month but I got lax in keeping the content coming and following up with advertisers. That became kind of painful with iBookDB and my other blog at s1dd.com. Anyway Seeking Alpha pays 10$/1000 pageviews which is pretty decent. With Adsense on this blog when I used to run it, I would get paid a lot less than that. So my iPhone article would have fetched 120$, not bad for maybe an hour of work. A lot more than my day job calculated hourly. Naturally that was a one off, my other articles had between 9 and 2000 views with an average of 2270 views per article. That makes it a lot less appealing. But I’m still going to give the premium program a try. The only catch is that the Premium program requires exclusive content so you wont see that stuff on this blog. I’ll link to my stuff though. If it really pays expect more regular content from me at seeking alpha and links to it here.

Blockbuster by Mail Suckage after DISH Acquisition

If you notice I haven’t had much to complain about Blockbuster for a while. Discs have been coming to me fast, new releases were coming pretty quickly, often delivered to me on the day of release. But for the last few months things have been just bad. Everything that is relatively new is on some kind of wait and I’m getting movies that are nowhere even near the top of my list. Just when I thought that the DISH acquisition would be good for Blockbuster. Here is a screenshot of the waits:

LinkedIn IPO Tomorrow

LinkedIn priced its IPO at $42 to $45 a share, up from its original planned price of $32 to $35 a share. This would make LinkedIn worth an approximate $4 billion!

Granted LinkedIn is money making but is it worth 4 billion? Last year’s revenues were 123 million with a profit of $15.3 million. That would make it have a P/E of 260 or so.

Update May 19: So the LinkedIn IPO opened at $83 and is currently sitting at around $100. Do people really think LinkedIn is worth nearly 10 billion dollars?!

“Secure” Login at HSBC Credit Card Website

If you have an HSBC Credit Card, here is a security warning for you:

The website http://www.hsbccreditcard.com/ is not secure and their “Secure Login” is also not secure. You should always look for https:// in the URL to make sure that a site is secure. Just having the words “Secure” and  a padlock does not make the login secure.

If you are technically inclined here is the form source code from that page:

<form id=”login” method=”post” action=”” enctype=”application/x-www-form-urlencoded” target=”_self” onsubmit=”if (this.submitted) return false; this.submitted = true; return true”>

That means that the form is not even submitted to a secure page and it doesn’t even hash your password onsubmit. So if you do have an HSBC Credit card, use this link:

https://www.hsbccreditcard.com/

It is shameful that a large bank is so willy nilly about your security.