Unsubscribing from Direct Mail Sent by Chase Bank

Posted by Mike Brittain on April 25, 2008
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I’ve been working hard on cutting down my direct mail (spam) by calling, emailing, and submitting privacy forms to opt-out of direct mail marketing.  Some folks have been tougher than others.

Yesterday, Chase Bank sent two identical letters to my wife advertising the same credit card offer.  I spent at least ten minutes surfing around their web site reading terms and conditions, privacy policies, and contact addresses trying to find anything about how to unsubscribe from Chase’s direct mail.  Almost all of these options expected that you were already an account holder and had a username and password — including the option to send an “email correspondence” through their site.

Finally I found an option to send an email to customer service.  When they responded, they sent a URL for a mailing opt-out site, which I could not locate on Chase’s own web site.  If it’s there, they did a really good job of hiding it from anyone who’d be interested in finding it.

Nice job, Chase.

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Hosting a “green” website

Posted by Mike Brittain on May 13, 2007
Green, WWW / 1 Comment

Dreamhost (my favorite web hosting company) recently announced that they have offset their carbon footprint for their entire operation. That includes the energy for their data center (and all of the servers inside), paper in their office, and even the gas used in the cars their employees drive to get to work. That’s freakin’ awesome. Which means that not only is Dreamhost green, but also all of my websites are green, too!

Make Every Search Benefit the Environment

Posted by Mike Brittain on March 31, 2007
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Use Google everyday? Here’s an easy way to get the benefits of Google’s terrific search results, while benefiting green (as in environmentally friendly) charities. Green Search has the answer. A portion of money collected from ads served from search results pages will be donated to a national green charity.

There is also a super-simple installation for Firefox’s built-in search bar, making it easy to integrate into your day-to-day usage.

Improved Efficiency in Solar Power

Posted by Mike Brittain on October 25, 2006
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A new approach to solar power from Infinia appears to be a smaller alternative to standard photovotaic cells. Their solution also looks to be more efficient at converting solar energy to electricity.