Update to Posting Ads

I’ve occasionally been asked about the available size of the description in PW Classifieds. It is currently set to 3,000 characters.

Today I installed a package that will check the size of the message as you type it, and let you know when you are running short on space.

Please let me know if you run into any problems with it, if you hate it, if you love it.

Who Started PennsWoods?

I get asked this question infrequently, but here’s the answer just in case you were curious.

PennsWoods was founded as a dialup ISP in 1998 by Mark Stern. He was fed up with existing providers and believed he could do better. I believe we all agreed with him rather quickly.

Stace Dunkle installed the first classifieds sometime in 2002, perhaps earlier, the records regarding that are a bit spotty.

Mark sold the company to Atlantic Broadband in Dec 2009. At that time the dialup industry had contracted considerably. Our attempts at monetizing our classifieds, offering DSL, and even operating a small cable plant had come up short. Atlantic Broadband made Mark an offer that permitted a smooth continuation of service to our customers, as well as continued employment for those employees who opted to stay on.

password phishing

I’m told that some people have received emails stating that their PennsWoods accounts were reported for fraud, and asking them to click a link.

I do NOT send emails telling people they’ve been reported for fraud.

If you’ve received such an email and logged into such a page, please kindly go to the FAQ located in the upper left of the classifieds. Changing your password is FAQ #3.

Thanks,
Chris

Scam by Text

Folks, I’m getting more and more reports of scammers contacting people by text message every day. Please be aware that it happens regularly. I don’t have any rules against publishing phone numbers in ads. But if you publish a cell phone number, be aware that anyone in the world can contact you for practically free, and they may or may not be who they say they are.

Texting is a fast and convenient way to exchange information, but use caution.

Thanks,
Chris

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has stuffed themselves with some turkey and spent the day with some loved ones. I also hope you’ve found a moment or two to reflect on what you are thankful for.

One of the things I find myself thankful for is the opportunity to work in IT and provide a service that others find useful.

Thank you!

Chris

Election Day

Today is election day through most parts of the country. A large portion of the PennsWoods viewing audience is going to be eligible to vote in the race for PA governor.

Pay attention to your local races, these are the candidates that can do the most in your local area, and they are the ones you have the most control over.

But make sure you vote for governor as well. This year we have the Battle of the Toms.

Tom Wolf is the Democrat. Pro-abortion, pro-gun control, has expressed favor for raising taxes, though his current preferred plan is to target Marcellus shale companies if possible.

Tom Corbett is the seated Republican. He’s already demonstrated that his is not only pro-second amendment (which Obama also claims he is) but is actually takes a pro-gun ownership stance. Read the content of House Bill 80 which Corbett signed into law on Oct 28. He is also the pro-life candidate.

So get out there and vote!

iPhone and iPad 70007 issues

During the last few weeks I’ve encountered a number of people reporting an error along the lines of: “(70007) The timeout specified has expired”.

The only thing I could figure out for certain was that it seemed to happen only to users of apple devices, mostly iPhone6’s, and newer or recently updated iPhone5’s and iPads.

Today I discovered something of an explanation:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6543180

In the discussion linked above, several different solutions and workarounds have been described. I can’t vouch for any of the ideas, as I don’t have an apple based device that I can test with.

I can tell you that I have not been able to find a way to force it to work from my end. It seems to be something with the current version of safari (default web browser for apple devices).

Thanks,
Chris

Another Database Reboot

Another database was rebooted this morning, triggering what looks like an approximately 3 hour outage. If you placed an ad during this time and received a confirmation, your ad may not be on the site yet, but it will show up within the next 20 minutes.

If you paid for a premium feature during this time and it isn’t reflecting, please bring it to my attention so that I can make certain it is fixed.

Thanks,
Chris