Saturday, 24 January 2015

Garamond open source font for ink saving - fails a quick standard test

Does it work for printing paypal payment emails? 
Garamond fails this quick standard test in HP lazerjet draft mode, but so do other fonts.

This is a slightly daft post because I'm not sure how to specify an unusual font on blogspot. If the typeface looks like something out of a 1930s american magazine, that's Garamond, otherwise not. Never mind. The source code for specifying a font works for a bit but tangles-up after a few edits.
The other font links above make more sense.

Anyway I get paypal emails that are a very good practical test of one use for a font. They say:

"someone has bought your item and the address somewhere down the blurb is
name
street numberbla bla bla bla
bla bla
postcode or zip code
bla bla the email carries on, and 12pt font shows
what paid and what for on the same page"

These verbose emails are a good source of customer's delivery addresses in a format you can bung inside a used window envelope and send without re-typing. If you want to avoid editing, then you need about 12pt type to get the payment amount on the same side of paper.
Garamond does not work well on screen at 12pt. Click the link & control+F to "the reason" to see the reason why. I have not read what the link says but it looks plausible.. Larger than 12pt it is still hard to read, and the email needs editing to get the vital payment amount and address onto one side of paper.

Garamond does not print well on HP lazerjet draft mode - that is in grey at 300 dpi. I can hardly read it at 12pt. The chances of it workng as well as OCRB for optical character recognition at a sorting office look low. This is a pity, because I thought while writing previous posts that Garamond provided was the best balance between ink costs and readabiliy. Now I think that if an ebay sale is to be trusted to the

  • scanners at the post office to recognise the right address and get it the right postie quickly without delay and human error 
  • posties to poke it through the right letterbox...
...then spindly type in barely legible grey is not the answer. Never mind.
Maybe there is some way of setting email software to display paypal emails in a certain way.

Infinate wisdom will be available on this blog some time, if not quite yet.

Oh this last bit is just about getting hold of Garamond font for free.
You may well have Garamond as one of your bundle of fonts that is somehow on your computer. If not, google an open source version which exists and copy the unzipped download files to your fonts folder. To find the fonts folder, search your disk for .ttf of .o ... no I've forgotten the second one, but those are the two file name endings most used for font files which are vector graphics of the extended alphabet in whatever font. There's also a way of getting google's online version which I've tried to use on this document while somehow stripping-out the line breaks



10 Jul 2015 17:50:19 BST | Transaction ID: 2CJ638761U323354Y 

Dear Veganline.com, You received a payment of £29.99 GBP from person (person78@example.com) Thanks for using PayPal. You can now send any items. To see all the transaction details, log in to your PayPal account. It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account. <h3>This item is eligible for Seller Protection.</h3>Don't forget to:- Send the item to the delivery address below within 7 days. Please note: items delivered in person or to a different address are not covered by Seller Protection. - Use a trackable proof of delivery. Find out more about Seller Protection Reversals:Please be aware that your payment can still be reversed, (e.g. if it is subject to a chargeback), even after you have sent the item to your buyer. Complying with PayPal's Seller Protection and following the trading guidelines on our Security page helps to protect you from things like chargebacks. 
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Buyer: Person Person person@example.com
Confirmed delivery address 

Person Person 
5 Street Name 
Bedford, 
Bedfordshire 
Mk41 8NX 
United Kingdom 

Note to seller: The buyer hasn't sent a note. Dispatch details: You haven’t added any dispatch details. 
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Purchase Details 
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Description: 
Hozelock Cascade 1000 Koi Fish Pond Pump Water Garden Fountain Waterfall Pump , Item # 131549462810 Qty: 1 Unit Price: 26.99 GBP Total: 26.99 GBP Postage and packaging: 3.00 GBP Insurance - not offered: ---- Total: 29.99 GBP Payment: 29.99 GBP Payment sent to: person@example.com
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Friday, 9 January 2015

matched betting


notes to self on an abandoned blog post page...

TheGuardian.com/money/2010/jul/24/free-bets-bookies

"Any Google search will bring up matched betting sites, such as laymybet.co.uk and freebets4all.com. They will pinpoint virtually every single free bet offer available. They also give you a list of the best qualifying bets related to the various bookmaker promotions. You are told how much to bet, which bookmaker to place the transaction with, how much to "lay" with Betfair, and what your overall profit will be. They will also let you know if your partner can access the free bets, too."
"While there are different promotions available, I tended to avoid ones larger than free £50 bets– because the larger the bet, the more strings attached, such as convertibility.

For example, some online sports books may offer the matched betting to only
  • new players, and only to discover there is a turn over of 3X or greater before they can withdraw. In other cases, sports books that also promote online casinos or poker, may  add terms to the matched bet whereby the
  • free bet winnings can only be converted over to other games before withdrawing.
Thus the bookies are using this to entice new players or winback of lapsed players, and keep the money in the house by increasing the probability of losing the money in an online poker game, or in the casino, or better yet, having to turn over the money X fold on other wagers…all significantly increasing the probability you lose the free money."
"It’s also a good idea to check the terms and conditions, because sometimes you might find hidden strings there. Keep track of all your bets, as well as all the usernames and passwords you create in a spreadsheet or a notebook."
freebets4all.com/free-bets/UnitedKingdom freebets4all.co.ukThis looks the most sophisticated at a glance

laymybet.co.uk

betexpertuk.co.uk/what-is-matched-betting/ has 46 offers and
betexpertuk.co.uk/existing-bookmaker-account-offers/

matchedbetting.co.uk/free-bets/

or just try search engines
Mojeek.co.uk/search?q="free+bet"
Bing.com/search?q="free+bet"&cc=gb
Google.co.uk/search?q="free+bet"
List of sites to avoid
https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-sites/blacklist/ - can be set for just UK ones



My hunch is that matching is possible with sports and event bets, but not with roulette or bingo, but I could be wrong. My hunch is that the gambling sites with a P2P element are the best places to find a match; the guides seem pretty sure of this. Bitcoin sites might do even better. Cashback on these various sites is good, with the mainstream P2P markets the best places to note at the top of a list. The Guardian article says that the free offers run-out; you can make £20 an hour for a while but then get nothing. (If the style of this reads as notes-to-self, that's because it is a set of notes to self, but written on an old post of a blog to promote veganline.com the shop that sells vegan shoes online, mainly made in the uk.)

http://www.oddsmonkey.com/STARTHERE/Tutorial1%E2%80%93MatchedBettingIntro.aspx

This one has a step-by-step guide. The first is jargon. I am on to the second about Betfair, the largest supplier of bets the other way ("lay bets" in the jargon, apparently) which isn't the cheapest but will probably have to be used. You'll notice that I post afffilate links to Betfair; if you can find some way to sign-up through a free introductory offer, that might be better. You can join the schemes - Topcashback & Quidco - through the links below.

Laymybet.co.uk/

Freebets4all.com/cashback/
The site has a nifty way of finding the exact bet and match on eg betfair and one of a dropdown list.

The cashback sites have offers on casinos: Betfair: TCB; Betdaq: Immutual; Smarkets; none.
Topcashback plus is a special deal for people who expect to earn more than £100 a year on its site
(£5 membership + hassle of cancelling - extra 5% on earnings and quicker payouts / customer service)
I don't know why my notes also list cashback site links to sports bookmakers below - why separate?

Looking at the betting markets, most of the events seem to be a month or more away - like who will be president of the USA. I suppose that's an extra reason to bet on sports. There is a

Sportinglife.com/calendar sports betting calander links to
Oddschecker.com/

Both give an idea of what people are gambling on although I am still not sure. It says things like "wimbledon" and "Iceland v France" so I suppose a google would help.



Imutual.co.uk/bookmakers











  • £35 cashback + 343 shares
    888 Sport
  • £17.50 cashback + 420 shares
    888games.com
  • -
    Betbrain
  • £21 cashback + 200 shares
    Betdaq
  • up to £20 cashback + 300 shares
    Betfair sports
  • up to £15.50 cashback + 150 shares
    Football Pools
  • -
    Ladbrokes
  • £20 cashback + 200 shares
    MyBet
  • £7.50 cashback + 200 shares
    Paddy Power Sportsbook
  • SeanieMac Suspended
  • -
    Smarkets
  • -
    Victor Chandler (VC Bet)
  • -
    Wannamakeabet
  • £20 cashback + 320 shares



  • Topcashback.co.uk/bookmakers/
    10Bet Sports Cashback Exclusive
    Exploding onto the online sports bookmaking scene in 2003, 10Bet has quickly established itself as one of the premiere international bookmakers in the


    Quidco.com - search for their ".../sportsbook" url & heading. Joining through this link can earn you £1 .

    Betfair Sportsbook FASTER PAYING

    £10 cashback Exclusive



    Ladbrokes Sportsbook

    £30 cashback Exclusive



    888Sport

    £50 cashback


    Titan Bet Casino

    £26.50 cashback Increased



    Football Index

    £12 cashback



    10Bet

    Up to £25 cashback


    10Bet Sports

    £10 cashback


    http://www.coinrebates.com/stores - nothing shows for gambling and their offers of a few pence for surveys all end "no surveys available" after getting a bit of free information

    Smarkets.com/politics/uk/ - UK - more fancy than the mainstream - 2%
    I- click for no money T- no Q-
    Matchbook of Alderney charges 1% for loosing or winning. US sport and some UK?
    I- T- Q-
    Betdaq.com/ - Alderny and Dublin - now merged with Ladbrooks and charge 5% of winnings
    I- T- Q-
    Betfair.com/ - UK - now merged with Paddy Power  and charge 5% of winnings
    I- T- Q-
    ipredict.co.nz/ - NZ

    Searching for the names together leads to this guide

    Predictious.com/ - Dublin - Bitcoin "prediction" - 108 sport events - fees - OK review -
    Jetwin.ps
    /us/deposit-bonus/ - $35 signup bonus or €18 for a deposit
    Getbets.eu now has minimum $300 withdrawal even by bitcoin. Previously in Simonblogspark 
    sports.Betcoin.ag
    Cloudbet - players from my juristiction are forbidden - 5BT loyalty bonus if I can find a way
    Betmoose - same
    Anonibet - same
    5dimes.eu - same

    Software called Geekstoy is free for Betdaq and Matchbook, but using it uses-up your free trial for Betfair which appears to be where most of the bet matches are found, to judge from the freebets4all site.











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