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Popular Online PayPal Fee Calculators Are Wrong
While developing our own in house PayPal module we came across an odd sort of mass miscalculation happening online.

PayPal Fee Calculators using incorrect calculations:

The correct PayPal fee as of this date is (* 2.9% + .30).
The sites listed above use the calculation (+.30 * 2.9%) which of course yields a must different and ultimately incorrect result.

Because those 2 sites are the most visited sites for search keywords "PayPal Fee Calculator" they are unwittingly affecting thousands of people (or more). There are a lot of people sending more money than required for their purchases. This of course nets PayPal more money. Unfortunately there isn't any information online currently which describes the mistake (other than here).

This news is important to other web developers looking to make their own PayPal fee calculators and browsing for other general examples online. If one assumes the calculations on those sites are correct it makes PayPal look to be skimming money (more specifically each half or hundredth cent depending on decimal placement) from all customers. This is not the case and could potentially affect PayPal's reputation as a credible company. PayPal does indeed stick to the correct calculation they advertise.

To all developers out there; your calculations are correct and the sites listed above are incorrect. Don't waste precious time trying to debug your fee calculation scripts because you'll never solve the fictitious issue of the missing half cents. Wink

PayPal Fee Calculators using correct calculations:

The module we're building here will have a fee calculator built in and does use the correct calculation (as currently stipulated by PayPal). PayPal does change their rate from time to time so in the future developers will have to adjust their scripts accordingly.

Posted by Devon Thursday, September 16, 2010 (06:14:36) comments? | Printer Friendly Page  Send to a Friend | Score: 0

Major Webhosts upgrade to PHP5 and MySQL5
Most web hosts have been slowly converting to PHP5 and MySQL5 over the course of the past 2 years. It seems as though most of the world is now running PHP5 and MySQL as the major hosts such as Site5 have completed the upgrades.

For those still running DragonflyCMS 9.1.2 with a newly upgraded PHP and MySQL you'll find many modules and functions will break especially the forums. 9.1.2 sites will still function but with a lot of errors which seem to come from nowhere. The culprit is when a webhost upgrades PHP, MySQL, and Apache.

For example, PHP functionality for dynamic signatures will break in PHP5 because ImgPNG compression is now 1-9 instead of 1-100. It's highly unlikely that anyone was using compession 9/100 with PHP4 because the image would be extremely degraded in quality. That's just one of many examples of code changes needed in PHP5. The above example does not affect DragonflyCMS directly but it's just an example of what can affect your code in making the PHP5/MySQL5 transition.

Posted by Devon Monday, February 23, 2009 (08:55:24) Read More... (1.47 KB) | comments? | Printer Friendly Page  Send to a Friend | Score: 5

Vote for Ron Paul!
Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) for President

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

Treasure Coast Designs fully supports this candidate for President of the United States of America and hope you will too.

Here's an image that shows all of the meetup groups in Florida that support Ron Paul.

Posted by Devon Tuesday, January 22, 2008 (10:06:57) Read More... | 1 comment | Printer Friendly Page  Send to a Friend | Score: 0

Cylinders of High Fructose Death
I was working on my latest theme tonight and had an epiphany while downing my 10th soda/pop of the day and it goes like this:

The soda can was obviously one of those malformed dropped ones where the top doesn't go in right as you flip the pop-top. I had to apply a little bit of pressure to get it in so that the flow of liquid would be as consistent as we are all normally used to. Of course in the process I slit my finger wide open. Oh darn those cans sure are sharp! And then it hit me after watching all of the 9/11 stuff plastered on every station for the past couple of days. They do not allow anything as small as fingernail clippers with that little 1/2 blade anymore. Yet, they willingly put soda cans in the laps of every passenger that wants their caffiene and sugar fix for the day (in my case the hour).

So I was like "Jesus Christ do they not realize what they are doing?" I did a search for United's website and tried to use their contact form. It timed out every time. Actually, it did go through once but it just brought me back to their main contact page (effectively looping me without presenting a contact form). I guess they don't want to hear it. So I found the Department of Homeland Security's website. What a nice site and the page gens are really great. So I fill out the contact form and hit submit and I feel like I've done this country a great service. It was very fast and painless. I'm very impressed with their site. I only hope that from now on you will see plastic bottles on flights if you want something to drink and not the potential cylinders of death.

Oh sweet I was able to hit back on my browser and snag the actual form submittal. This is exactly what I sent to the DHS just a few minutes ago.

Something just occured to me. You will not allow aircraft passengers to board with tweazers, nailclippers, pocket knifes, etc.. correct? Yet, you allow the distribution of aluminum cans to every passenger on a long distance flight. If you really want to prevent future incidents where armed terrorists take over a flight with box cutters the plane itself should be thought of as an elongated prison cell. You are literally putting weapons in their hands every single flight. Switch to plastic bottles. I bet it would save the airlines money in the process. You should get DARPA to do the thinking for you.

Just an interesting story I figured I would share with the world. Now I will admit that the chances of something happening with a soda can are remote but what is the likelyhood of 20+ men hijacking 4 planes simultaneously and flying them into buildings... Their creativity and social hacking skills are what caused 9/11. They were more resourceful and adept than we thought. Who is to say that they aren't currently planning a massive takeover of an airline using coke cans and ballpoint pens. If they can find a way into the cockpits again then they would likely use rudementary weapons though I think the chances of having docile passengers has deminished their chances of success. OK this has turned into somewhat of a blog entry than anything else.

Posted by Devon Sunday, September 10, 2006 (09:28:59) Read More... | 1 comment | Printer Friendly Page  Send to a Friend | Score: 0

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