Credit Card System Flaws and the Online Merchant

Introduction As an online merchant, it's very important to understand where the burden of financial responsibility lies with regards to accepting credit card payment online.  This article is not a rant nor is it a bitter documentary of lost chargeback disputes.  The purpose of this document is to clearly explain how you, the online merchant, will be left holding the financial "bag" with all chargebacks that are demanded against your merchant account. Anatomy of a Chargeback First, let's review all the parties involved with a...

Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE
Abandoned basket reminders finished

Finally some significant progress on the AbleCommerce Job Scheduler project.  All it took was the fear of 12 inches of snow and the obvious result of 12 inches of snow.  The phones have been quiet all day, so I made some huge progress.  Basket reminders are written.  I'll be testing those this evening and tomorrow locally, then pushing to live for the usual sorry-my-site-sent-you-27-emails-sir testing.  Now if I could just get the Visual Studio debugger to cooperate this evening, I'd be a happy puppy. Here are some screenshots ...

Jan 28, 2009 READ MORE
How to make Windows XP automatically log in

Windows XP Automatic Logon Why it's so hidden is a (yet another) Microsoft mystery.  But here is how to make your Windows XP startup automatically go straight to the desktop without prompting to log in. Boot your Windows XP to your desktop Click the Start menu and choose Run... In the run window, type control userpasswords2 and press enter A window like this will appear:   Uncheck the Users must enter.....  checkbox.  When you click OK, Windows XP will prompt you for a default username and password.&a...

Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE
Getting closer

Finished subscription reminders for the Job Scheduler tonight.  It's not live-tested, but I've walked through the code enough times that it looks solid.  It shouldn't take long to work out any minor bugs that appear - the code isn't all that complex just "bulky".  I could rewrite it twice more and probably still not be happy with it - always a good sign it's time to move on. Now for abandoned basket reminders.  The design model is probably going to be very similar.  Give the site admin the...

Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE
NexTag feed format support in Feed Builder

According to the tech documents from NexTag, they support both Shopzilla.com and Shopping.com file formats.  As a result, there is no need to write a specific NexTag format given Feed Builder already generates both of these formats. ...

Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE