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Most online catalogs are pretty much the same because there are only so many ways to display merchandise, right? Wrong. HEMA is a large department store chain located in the Netherlands. Unless you’re fluent in Nether, you won’t be able to actually read the catalog, but it’s one of the most innovative online catalogs I’ve seen. When it displays on screen, be patient and wait for the action to begin. Oh, and if you guessed that HEMA stands for Hollandse Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam, you would be correct.


Roadside Peek

This site will take you on a roadside journey back through time. Travel old routes (including Route 66) across America. See the old motels, bowling alleys, drive-in theaters (remember drive-ins?), neon signs, gas pumps, Tiki villages and other roadside treasures from a bygone era.


The Packer

The Packer is the fresh fruit and vegetable industry’s leading source for news, information and analysis, reporting weekly since 1893. Lots of industry insider information can be found on the website, or if your passion is produce, for $99 per year you can subscribe to the Packer weekly newspaper. If you’re a news junkie, you won’t want to miss this site for all the late-breaking veggie news.

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When something goes “viral” on YouTube, do all those hits generate money or do people upload their videos just to get their 15 minutes of so-called fame. Why do people do it?

Videos that do go viral can generate money — sometimes very big money. If your YouTube channel has enough followers, you can make money every time someone watches one of your videos. And if your followers watch oodles of videos, it can translate into hundreds of thousands and perhaps even millions of dollars.

In a ’Net shell, every 1,000 times an advertisement is seen (views or CPM), YouTube is paid a certain amount of money, typically between $20 and $25. When a YouTube channel has enough followers, the owner of the account can apply to become a member of YouTube’s Partner Program and then earn a percentage of the CPM earned from videos on their channel. YouTube takes 45 percent of whatever the partner’s channel earns. The CPM price can vary quite a bit, but typically a YouTube Partner ends up earning a roughly $5 to $7 per CPM, so that means for every 1,000 times an advertisement is shown on their channel, the Partner earns $7 and YouTube receives $18. For more information or to see who is raking in the big YouTube bucks, visit Bear in mind, however, that the average doofus who uploads a video of his cat coughing up a fur ball need not spend any time waiting for royalty checks. There are hundreds of thousands of videos that have been on YouTube for years and have perhaps 40 or 50 views, most of them from the person who uploaded the video.

How does one forward a message from the Gmail Inbox to all persons in the Contact list? Thanks as usual, Mr. M.

You can quickly add all your contacts to a forwarded Gmail by following these steps: Start by logging into your Gmail account and click to select the email you would like to forward, then click “Forward” at the bottom of your email, in the “Reply or Forward” section.

Next, click “To:” at the top of the Forward section, just to the left of the addresses section. Click the drop-down menu located in the top left and select “My Contacts” (if it is not already selected) to display a list of all your contacts.

Click “Select All” to select the entire list, followed by the “Select” button (at the bottom) to return to the email you want to forward. At this point your selected email is locked and loaded, so all you have to do is click “Send” to forward it to all your contacts.

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