Friday, December 13, 2019

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Schengen Area Countries Pros and Cons - The Schengen Agreement needs to be updated and changed

Schengen Area Countries Pros and Cons for visitors / travelers
By Bill Kirk

What is the Schengen Agreement?

There are only pros for the EU member states as a tourist, however there are many cons for tourists from all other countries, e.g. Canada, USA, Mexico, Russia, China, Japan, etc.

The Schengen Agreement needs to be updated and changed. Croatia would be making a big mistake if they join Schengen, if they do join it would dramatically harm tourism to Croatia. Many USA citizens and people from other non-Schengen countries that are tourists spending a lot of money in Europe, and are tourists on longer trips to Europe need to go to non-Schengen countries because of the stupid 90 day limit imposed by the outdated, vague and silly Schengen rules. So these USA tourists go to Croatia for 90 days after spending 90 days in the Schengen countries. If Croatia joins Schengen it will harm tourism to Croatia, as Americans and tourists from other countries would not be allowed to visit Croatia if their 90 days in Schengen countries has expired.

Originally, the Schengen treaties and the rules adopted under them operated independently from the European Union.
Schengen is now a core part of EU law, and all EU member states without an opt-out which have not already joined the Schengen Area are legally obliged to do so when technical requirements have been met.
The Schengen Agreement needs to increase the 90 day limit to 180 or 360 days. This 90 limit is harming tourism in all the Schengen countries. Some tourists would like to stay 90 days in each Schengen country. So if I wanted to take a huge amount of money and stay at fancy 5 star hotels in 20 different Schengen countries for 60-90 days in each country, think about how such tourism money is lost for Europe.

The European Union (EU) should update and change the current Schengen Agreement as these terrible rules have already lost billions of tourism Euros ($$$) for all EU member countries. 

There are other problems with the Schengen Agreement and it is not working as designed. Please watch the video below to see what I mean.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Reviews of Online Systems, e.g. AirBnb, Square.com, Care.com and other companies

Read more negative Care.com reviews at:
https://www.trustpilot.com/review/care.com


I am researching online transaction based systems with "software dashboards". Besides the software I am testing the customer service, and the amount of money a "user" could earn or save.
We spend more time everyday logging into systems to live our personal and business lives.
Everyday I use Amazon, Google, Netflix, Blogger, PayPal etc. 
So far the worst of my experiences has been with Square.com.

I often wonder how these companies have been so successful with poor to terrible customer service. It just shows how huge the demand is for services like this, with new ones popping up almost daily.

I dropped using AirBnb and only use VRBO now. My entire family and friends feel the same way.

Currently I am researching and trying to use Care.com.
Unfortunately my user experience so far has been very disappointing and a waste of my time. 
From my experience trying to use Care.com, I find them incompetent, unhelpful, rude and useless. In fact their customer support department causes people problems instead of helping. On a scale of 1 to 100, I give Square.com a 6 and Care.com a 11. Both companies are managed poorly however in different ways. PayPal has made significant improvements in customer service and also in fixing defects in their software. I give PayPal a score of 68.

Monday, December 02, 2019

How to set-up A/B testing for Google Ads

Google is always updating the control panel for Google Ads. So some things can be different even if the training video is only 6-12 months old.

Below is a very good training video about setting up A/B testing for Google Ads.