This Week's Ma.gnolia Bookmarks

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The Invoice Machine | Create Invoices Easily And Free

The Invoice Machine | Create Invoices Easily And Free

The Invoice Machine is a free web 2.0 application that let's you create free and beautiful PDF invoices in a snap.

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Folksonomy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Folksonomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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InfoTangle :: The Hive Mind: Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging :: December :: 2005

2005

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Mossberg Likes Leopard, But I’m a Windows Guy, I think.

So Mossberg digs Leopard, and the review is pretty cool. I gotta tell you, I have an IBM ThinkPad (OK, Lenovo ThinkPad), and it came with Vista preinstalled. For the most part, Vista is OK. No real complaints, but nothing to really rave about either. I also have Office 2007, which I really love. But lately I’ve been becoming more and more intrigued by OS X, and frustrated with Windows. I’m tired of long startups, long shutdowns, long hibernations. I’m tired of freeze ups, driver problems, security alerts. I’m tired of sluggish Windows program switching, and resource allocation. Then I see Mossberg’s review in the WSJ today, and I see his video on the site, man I get so angry. OS X is so freaking elegant. I want it! But the reality for me is, it’s quite a major conversion, and I am not convinced that OS X is a business OS. It’s a great consumer OS and experience, but for an enterprise? I don’t think so. Well, maybe some day Microsoft will release a version of Windows that has the elegance and simplicity, and efficiency, that Mac OS X has. That will probably take them 5 years. Or, maybe another Linus Torvalds will appear on the scene and disrupt the whole Operating System world with something even better, and compatible for all things, hardware and software. I’m really reaching though aren’t I.

The New Citysquares.com is Live!

It's 10:32 pm, the Red Sox are crushing the Indians in ALCS game 6. I am at the office. With me is Bob, Justin, Clay, Chris, and Keith. We're all cranking. Everyone is on little sleep, one of us even slept here last night. That's in addition to the two all-nighters Justin and Clay pulled over the past week.

All that being said, the final modifications are being made to the servers, and the DNS cut-over is about to happen. Long story short, the new site is just minutes from going live!

It's been a very exciting few weeks. Some real highs, and some real lows. All things considered, we're in great shape and I am extremely proud of my team. The new site looks great, it works great, and it's just the beginning. I'm so excited to have Citysquares.com finally in a state that has nothing but potential in front of itself. For two years we've never had the options in front of us, and now we do.

There are still many bugs to work out, most will be undetectable to users and businesses, and that's just dandy.

Well, we're at the finish line. We're gonna pop the cork on a bottle of brut in a few minutes and probably hit a pub and watch the sox win game 6.

 

Thank you, Radiohead, Thank you!

Radiohead has long been at the forefront of innovation in music, specifically rock and pop, and their music has evolved greatly in the years since The Bends and OK Computer (The Bends still being my favorite) but they’ve really outdone themselves. I have to confess that their recent albums were lackluster for me. They were less approachable than prior albums – to say the least for me. I respect the artistry but I didn’t find myself enjoying the songwriting. And for me, that’s what I’m looking for in a song – good songwriting. Secondly, I prefer albums, not singles. And their later albums just didn’t do it for me.

But Radiohead has gone over the edge now – in a very good way. Firstly, the broke the seal. THEY BROKE THE FUCKIN SEAL MAN!! And now, there’s going be a flood all across the plains of the music industry. Across the barren, dry, commercially scorched plains of this shit ass music industry that has slowly turned our younger generations into vampire victims, walking around listening to shit – total shit. Turn on the radio and its shit – total shit. ALL OF IT SHIT.

Allow to rant and rave for a moment, just a little more…

I’ve long, LONG, been frustrated by DRM and the shitty choices in online music services. When I say frustrated, I mean, like RAGING ANGRY about it. Ask my wife. I’ve thrown many a temper tantrums about this very matter, and as of late, so has she. For many reasons, none of them very good, I’ve steered away from ever buying an iPod. I don’t know – I just have a moral aversion to doing what everyone and their gramma is doing. Plus, I’m a bit of a gadget freak and I prefer to take my sweet-ass time finding exactly what I want. I bought a Creative Zen Micro a good few years ago, and guess what, like a good dog it just keeps working. The battery lasts longer than any iPod I’ve ever seen. Anyway, take the fact that I don’t use an iPod and combine that with a vile disgust for all things DRM and what am I left with? Well, I’m left with buying CDs, which I don’t mind doing – remember, I like albums, not singles. And I’m left with hijacking friends music libraries when I can, and I’m also left with finding every way possible to crack DRM protected music (note to RIAA: I don’t really do such things, no way Jose! Prove it assholes!). For a while there I started using Rhapsody. What a nightmare that was. I’ve tried a number of other services out there but no matter what, I find myself throwing a temper tantrum all the way to a local music store (never a chain if I can avoid it) and buying the artists CD. And truly and honestly, I don’t mind buying a CD. I really and truly don’t. Infact, if someone said to me, “Ben, you can get this album for free and the artist will get nothing, or you can buy it and the artist will get a tiny wee bit little something. What’ll it be?” My answer will be, I’ll pay it please.

And that, good friends, is what Radiohead just asked me. At Radiohead.com they are giving their fans a chance to download the album for any price. It can be 1 cent, or $100. You pick the price. And it’s a hell of a question isn’t it? How much do you think our music is worth? What is the value that you place on our music? And that leads to other questions, like what value do you place on music – music -…. music. Wow…. I cant answer that! There is not value high enough for me. I need music. Daily. My life is empty without music.

So what did I pay? I paid $10.45 (the .45 was for a debit card charge – I’m a cash only kind a dude). Why $10? Well, because that’s what I felt the new album was worth based on their previous releases. If I really enjoyed their last 2 releases I would have proudly paid between $15 and $20. This is my logic. And I got the album painlessly, in a zip file, with DRM free MP3s. And guess what – I ain’t sharing it! If you want it – go buy it yourself, and name your price. Oh, and guess what else? The production quality is pretty insane for an MP3 – a big concern of mine. I’m quite impressed! But not exactly surprised either – I mean hey, it’s Radiohead.

Radiohead has broken the seal. And it seems that perhaps another one of my favorites, Nine Inch Nails, is right behind them. But I believe NIN may do something even more exciting. Trent says on his website, the following:

Hello everyone. I’ve waited a LONG time to be able to make the
following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally
free agent, free of any recording contract with any label. I have
been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the
business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very ifferent and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate.
Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008.
Exciting times, indeed.

This is extremely exciting!!!

Radiohead has broken the seal and soon, they’ll go down in history as the one’s that started it all.

THANK YOU RADIOHEAD – THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEAT AND FROM MY SOUL!

P.S. – Pardon all my cursing. I try not to swear on my blog but this is a subject I am very passionate and angry about, so the dark side shines through a bit.

This Week's Ma.gnolia Bookmarks

My Ma.gnolia bookmarks for this past week.

How to Change the World: Financial Models for Underachievers: Two Years of the Real Numbers of a Startup

Two Years of the Real Numbers of a Startup

A practical blog for impractical people.

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Ma.gnolia.com – Find Web Sites & Build Community Online

Ma.gnolia.com - Find Web Sites & Build Community Online

Find web sites with Ma.gnolia's social bookmarking online community. Organize bookmarks, search other people's favorites and make friends and contacts online.

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TripIt | Organize your travel

TripIt | Organize your travel

TripIt – Free online trip planner and free travel itinerary website for organizing vacations, group trips or business travel

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Airline tickets, Discount Airfare, Helping you find Cheap Flights At FareCompare

Airline tickets, Discount Airfare, Helping you find Cheap Flights At FareCompare

A very helpful airline ticket price comparison tool. I find myself using this more than others.

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New Hampshire Foliage Report 2007

New Hampshire Foliage Report 2007

NH Fall Foliage Map

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People-powered customer service & support for CitySquares.com

People-powered customer service & support for CitySquares.com

View topics about products and services from CitySquares.com

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The new website is delayed 1 week

It’s with regret, but not total surprise, that I am announcing the launch of the new Citysquares.com is delayed by one week. It wasn’t a fun realization and no one wanted to admit it, but it was the pink elephant in the room that we all needed to look at. Bob and his team, Justin + Clay, are doing an amazing job. They truly are. They’ve pulled all-nighters – no really, they’ve worked straight through the night, and their putting in all the effort we can ask. They hit some nasty potholes that took us out of the fast lane. (You like that analogy?)

So, the launch has been moved back 1 week. We’re switching the flip (flipping the switch) on Sunday night, October 21.

Go ahead – take your best shot – we can take it!

Looking for kickass Office Manager

Citysquares.com, a growing Internet company in Boston’s South End is seeking an experienced, youthful, energetic administrative professional to support the company in day-to-day operations, managing the administration of the office, as well as representing the company in a professional manner. This position involves interacting with management, personnel, customers, vendors, and partners. High spirits, smiles, positivity, and a cool-head are as important as experience and skills.

Principal Responsibilities

The work will be varied, but will include:

• Organizing mail, filing, records, and billing
• Handling day to day Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable with QuickBooks
• Supporting the CEO scheduling meetings, booking travel, answering phone and email, and assisting with projects as needed
• Assisting sales and customer support team
• Preparing reports and presentations
• Assisting customers and fulfilling customer orders
• Other duties based on skills and experience

Experience and Requirements

• Enthusiastic, personable, pleasant
• Demonstrating a high degree of professionalism in speech, manner, and appearance, with confident personality and poise and assertiveness as needed
• Self-motivated, team player with no attitude
• Demonstrated success in prior work
• Ability to stay organized and keep others that way, detail oriented
• Capable of communicating and working effectively with senior management and executives at key business partners or customers
• Knowledge and comfort with the Internet and a high degree of skill with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and QuickBooks
• Experience in a start-up, financial or internet company a big plus.

The company offers a fun and exciting work-environment and an opportunity to participate and grow in a small, fast growing company. Compensation based on experience. The position is full-time.

Minimum requirements
The ideal candidate has 2-3 years of administrative or related experience, and the capacity to work within a start-up environment. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, QuickBooks required. Must possess excellent organization skills and have a high attention to detail with a desire to get the job completed accurately and in a timely manner. Must be self-motivated, have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build professional relationships. Ability to work independently and as an effective and engaged team member in a fast-paced environment and must be able to keep cool during high stress situations and deadlines. Strong initiative and follow through is essential.

IMPORTANT: Kindly send your resume, a cover letter, and your salary requirements. If you do not do provide that information, you will not be considered.

If you, or someone you know, is interested just email me at bsaren -at- citysquares.com.