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
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, You received a payment of £29.99 GBP from person ( 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. 
Buyer: Person Person
Confirmed delivery address 

Person Person 
5 Street Name 
Mk41 8NX 
United Kingdom 

Note to seller: The buyer hasn't sent a note. Dispatch details: You haven’t added any dispatch details. 
Purchase Details 
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:

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Friday, 9 January 2015

matched betting

notes to self

"Any Google search will bring up matched betting sites, such as and 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."One guide site puts the offers this way.
  1. Place bet and then receive a free bet
  2. Place a bet and then if your bet loses, you receive another bet
  3. Cash bonuses which require rolling over a certain number of times "roll over" looks the most sophisticated at a glance has 46 offers and

or just try search engines"free+bet""free+bet"&cc=gb"free+bet"
Sites to know about and probably avoid - matchedbook bad on any but the biggest market;
  • Stan James bad
  • Coral bad
  • Totesports bad. - can be set for just UK ones
Reasons people dislike the sites can be reduced with this checklist
Arbitrage can be profitable, even at UK facing bookies but you have to be selective over what you bet on.

You will quickly get gubbed (account closed) if you do any of the following:
A) Arb large bets on anything except soccer / tennis (e.g. NFL,NBA,NHL)
B) Bet over £200 / £250 on back bets at a single UK bookie per event
C) Take massive arbs (7%+) that are obvious mistakes or lines that are completely out of line D) Contact Customer Support for any reason and have a person actually look at your bets (To say cancel a bet if you do it wrong)
E) Bet on Non-UK 3rd division teams etc. (£200 on Argentinian 4th division team to win 1-0 is suicide)

I have actually salvaged a couple of limited account (due to MatchBetting and breaking rule (E) above when I was inexperienced) and got them completely unrestricted again through sensible arbing. Other accounts like BetFred/PaddyPower/Bet365 will in all liklehood Gub you no matter what you do as they just hate anyone who consistently finds value in their odds. In the case of those bookies make hay while the sun shines IMHO.
One thing you notice from the blog post is that some people try to carry-on making money from arbitrage even after the special offers run-out. Maybe they're ones who get spotted.

There is less matching, if any, for bingo and roulette for reasons that are probably obvious to people who know about this stuff; it is sports and events that provide the matched bets on and that leads to another point- the sites that allow bets the other way

Sites to know about has a column called "exchange" which quotes
  • betfair most
  • matchbook several times a day
  • smarkets several times a day (the dark banner that's hard to read)
  • betdaq once on the day I looked (a purple banner)
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 the shop that sells vegan shoes online, mainly made in the uk.)

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 to each site below below.

As someone who has written about this matched betting thing but not done it, I suppose I am a likely customer for the sites which charge fifteen pounds a month to take you through the process step by step. Their names are Oddsmonkey (premium), Profit Squirrel, and Profit Accumulator. A search for those names together will get some reviews and seems to do the comparisons very neatly.

Where were we? Free-to-use sites for the more organised and adventurous.
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 sports betting calander links to

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.

As someone who has posted this stuff online but not got-around to doing it for a year or two, I suppose I might sign-up to one of the sites that's cheap for a week and then charges £15 a month. I think they are callled

  • £35 cashback + 343 shares
    888 Sport

  • £17.50 cashback + 420 shares

  • Betbrain
  • £21 cashback + 200 shares
  • up to £20 cashback + 300 shares
    Betfair sports
  • up to £15.50 cashback + 150 shares
    Football Pools

  • Ladbrokes
  • £20 cashback + 200 shares

  • £7.50 cashback + 200 shares
    Paddy Power Sportsbook
  • SeanieMac Suspended
  • Smarkets
  • Victor Chandler (VC Bet)

  • £20 cashback + 320 shares
    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 - 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


    £50 cashback

    Titan Bet Casino

    £26.50 cashback Increased

    Football Index

    £12 cashback


    Up to £25 cashback

    10Bet Sports

    £10 cashback - 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 - 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- - Alderny and Dublin - now merged with Ladbrooks and charge 5% of winnings
    I- T- Q- - UK - now merged with Paddy Power  and charge 5% of winnings
    I- T- Q- - NZ

    Searching for the names together leads to this guide

    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.

    Looking back a few months later I discover

    There are some notes in progress about bitcoin, that works for these matched betting sites and special offers


    Rare to find a sign-up bonus, so there is no point except that one or two gambling sites let you take a part of their winnings if you find their bankroll.

    I'm not sure why I noted this list a few months ago (go through a link on the right to get UK compatible ones?)
    - link to each site's promotions page only mentions 3 btc ones
    - claims a 5btc exclusive bonus on their cloudbet signup link
    - reviews 5dimes n/a to UK - estimates commission rates

    Just some early discoveries written-down - US - free - Dublin - Bitcoin "prediction" - 108 sport events - fees - OK review -
    /us/deposit-bonus/ - $35 signup bonus or €18 for a deposit now has minimum $300 withdrawal even by bitcoin. Previously in Simonblogspark
    Cloudbet - players from my juristiction are forbidden - 5BT loyalty bonus if I can find a way
    Betmoose - same
    Anonibet - same - same

    inkjet printer costs test