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Instant Payday Loan Company Online

Posted on: September 28, 2006 I Written By

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Everyone has seen those Instant Payday loan companies that have sprouted up everywhere right? Well, when I say everywhere I mean everywhere. There are now Instant Payday Loan Online. I still can’t believe there is a market for this type of service.

Reminds me of the saying “Interest is the cost for getting what we want now rather than later.”

Flat Monitor Screens You Can Roll Up

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I’ve been waiting for this technology to finally mature. The BBC announced today that the technology is ‘moving closer.’
Roll Up Screens
Can you imagine what it means to have a screen that you could roll up and put in your pocket? This is the type of technology that is going to be revolutionary. It will make handhelds actually usable. As we are able to put more processor and ram into smaller packages, the 2 weaknesses are screen size and battery life. I think we’re screwed when it comes to batteries. Honestly, has any progress been made on battery development? Everything else is cruising along, but batteries are still as crappy as they ever were (and sometimes crappier).

Welcome to Vegas Poker Pro

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Yes, I am the Vegas Poker Pro. Ok, not really. I do live in Vegas and I have played a fair amount of poker in my day, but I’m no pro. VegasPokerPro is actually a website that has an active community forum, free poker tournaments, reviews of online poker sites, and free poker gift promotions.
VPP
If you want to learn Poker Strategy they have a slew of information available for you to learn all the poker skills.
They have Free Poker for all you cheap skates that still like to play poker (I’ll be in that room myself).
They even have a Poker Forum for all you poker addicts. Just don’t use the word Vegas Poker Pro in the forums. It’s VPP to the regulars. You wouldn’t want to look stupid from the start. Next thing you know they’re going to take your money.
VegasPokerPro also has a whole set of great poker gifts. Some of the gifts include poker tables, poker chips, poker books, poker DVD’s and anything else that your poker loving fans would love to have as a gift.
Of course, since you’re reading my blog then you’re probably very interested in reading some poker blogs. VegasPokerPro has a ton of poker blogs that are very entertaining and interesting. The one that I like the most is Poker Babe in Training. How funny is that? Getting children started doing poker early it looks like. There sure are some creative people out there.

Scoble’s New Vlog Show

Posted on: September 27, 2006 I Written By

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Scoble (from Windows Blogging fame) has started what he’s calling the Scoble show. It’s essentially a video blog where he interviews people from the tech industry.

If you haven’t read his blog it’s a pretty good one. He just has access to things that I don’t. One day maybe I’ll be as cool as him. Nah. Probably not. Most of the parties and things he goes to I don’t want to go to. However, I think he is pretty innovative in what he’s been able to accomplish in blogging. He also is on WordPress.com. I beat him in the Top 5 once, but then they tore my site down for TOS violation. However, almost a month later they decided to put it back up. Don’t ask me what happened, but I’m glad it’s back. Too bad my 8000 views a day is now 5.

Back to the Scoble Show…

Here’s a list of people he’s looking at interviewing for his vblog(or video blog or whatever you want to call his videos):

Michael Wiley, Director, Emerging Technology at General Motors (conversation with him on Hobson and Holtz report)
Janice Fraser, CEO of Adaptive Path
Chris DiBona, Open Source Program Manager, Google
Kelly Goto, principal, gotomedia inc. (great designer)
Tom Conrad, VP of Engineering, Pandora
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
Gene Kavner, director of Amazon.com Associates
Travis Kalanick, founder of red/swoosh (hear him on the Chris Pirillo show)
Mike Sitrin, VP of Grouper (company bio site)
John Tokash, director software development at Homestead
Tara Hunt, online mischief marketer (she’s a geek, let’s be honest)
Dick Hardt, CEO of SXIP
Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly & Associates
Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner, SoftTech
Nick Bradbury, NewsGator architect
Jonathan Rosenberg, Vice President, Product Management, Google
Dave Girouard, General Manager, Enterprise
Michael Tanne, CEO of Wink
Christopher Sacca, Principal, Google
Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine
Royal Farros, entrepreneur on the loose (started Message Cast)
Jason Calacanis, VP at AOL
Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield, Flickr co-founders
David Allen, productivity expert
Bill Evjen, Technical Director at Reuters
Virgina Postrel, author, the Future and Its Enemies (wikipedia entry)
Ben and Mena Trott, co-founders, Six Apart
Matt Mullenweg, founder, Automattic
Kevin Wen, Chinese blogger
Wade Roush, senior editor, MIT Technology Review
Greg Reinacker, CEO of NewsGator
Christopher Payne, Vice President of MSN
Christine Herron, director of investments, at Omidar Network
Daniel Rohrer, manager, DirectX Graphics, at NVidia
Bob Giampietro, VP strategic alliances at Target Corporation (innovator at Target)
Web Augustine, co-founder of Xelerate Venture Partners (went to high school with Bill Gates)
Bill McCoy, director of platform product management at Adobe
John Moe, host of KUOW’s tech show in Seattle
Some guy I’ve heard of named Dave Winer
Mark Uhrmacher, CTO of FreeBandProject.com
Walter Mossberg, columnist at the Wall Street Journal
Tariq Krim, founder of Netvibes
Richard Anderson, professor, University of Washington computer science and engineering school
Debbie Landa, CEO of IBD network (they just put on the Momentum conference today that I missed).
Steve Olechowski, co-founder of FeedBurner
William Martin-Gill, manager of corporate strategy at eBay
Larry Magid, BlogSafety.com
Steven Levy of Newsweek
Vinton G. Cerf, chief Internet evangelist, Google (wikipedia entry)
Chris Anderson, editor in chief, Wired
Jackie Huba, creating customer evangelists co-founder
Eric Rice, Second Life slumlord
David Young, founder, Joyent
Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President, EMI Music (Newsweek article)
Donald Graham, chairman of the board, Washington Post Company (wikipedia entry)
Kurt Garbe, Vice President, Platforms, Adobe
John Kao, author, jamming.com (I heard him speak at Google’s Zeitgeist conference and he played a killer piano)
Ralph Koster, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Online Entertainment
Vassil Mladjov, founder of BlogTronix
Cory Ondrejka, VP of product development, Linden Labs
Ian Forrester, Software Engineer/New Media, BBC
Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president, digital operations, The New York Times Company
Tim Bourquin, founder, Podcast and Portable Media Expo
Rebecca MacKinnon, research fellow, Global Voices Online
Jonathan Carson, CEO Buzz Metrics
Netanel Jacobsson, SVP, Maxthon
Alan Cooper, founder of Cooper.com

Not a bad list to start with. Should be interesting to see what he does with his show and how many people will actually watch.

SEO, PPC, MSN, Google, Yahoo – Is that English?

Posted on: September 25, 2006 I Written By

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If you don’t know what the following mean: SEO, PPC, MSN, Google, Yahoo then stop reading and go visit my contract management software post. Those are English and very important English at that.

If you know what those mean and love to learn more about what’s going on with those terms, then check out the Apogee SEO Blog. While I don’t personally like the green, brown, yellow color scheme of Apogee, the guys at Apogee search know how to get things done.

Their comment on Yahoo allowing advertisers on only Facebook and not all of Yahoo’s other spammerspartners is dead on. Yes, that of course does depend on Yahoo purchasing Facebook.

Making Your Blog More Popular

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on the PayPerPost message board about how to get your blog more traffic. I’m definitely not an expert, but I’ve had some nice little successes. Who knows. Maybe one day I’ll be able to blog full time. If I did then I’d have to be more like Scoble who meets with people all the time. I just love people way too much. But, I digress!!

Well, until I find more time to share my own nuggets of wisdom I thought I’d share Pronet’s words of wisdom on making your blog more popular using content.

Break news

News spreads through the blogosphere like a wildfire. If the news is hot everyone else will start writing on it and link back to where they found it. In most cases it is not easy to break news due to thousands of people trying to do the same thing. But if you can find the time to break news people will link to your blog as well as read it on a regular basis so they can be up-to-date on the latest happenings.

Post on weekends

There is a good chance that your readers also read other blogs. Because of the sheer number of blogs that post on a daily basis they probably don’t have time to read all of them. If you post when your readers have time, such as the weekends, there is a good chance that they will read your blog. Look around at all of the blogs in your industry, there is a good chance that most will not post on weekends. I know that some may not agree with this idea, but it is something to consider if you have the time on weekends.

Write timeless posts

Try not to only write blog posts with a lifespan of 1 week, mix it up a little by writing on things that are timeless. Those posts might not be a smash hit right out of the gate, but they might become popular a couple months down the road. So try to also write things that can last for longer then 1 day or 1 week.

Teach don’t sell

A lot of people are starting to blog because they want to make money. There is nothing wrong about making money or even blogging to make money, but try not to make a sales pitch in your blog posts. If you try to educate and teach people through your blog, it is possible that people will think of you as an authority in your industry which can lead to all kinds of great opportunities.
Join in on conversations

Emailing out bloggers and asking them for links can be an effective approach to increase your traffic. But another good way to increase your popularity is by joining in on conversations. A good example of this is when Rohit Bhargava wrote 5 Rules of Social Media Optimization; after thousands of people saw it and started adding to it the list grew to the 17 rules of Social Media Optimization.

I’m fine with this list. However, breaking news is even harder than is described in this post. Don’t count on it. I also don’t personally trust the weekend rule. This depends a lot on the blog. On my EMR and HIPAA blog I see drops during the weekend because most people read that blog during working hours as the research the subject. A better lesson would be to know your audience, watch your statistics to know when your blog is most seen.

Timeless posts are important. Otherwise, you’ll have a spike in traffic before you go back to a deep depression that no one enjoys when blogging. I would suggest that 90% of blog traffic comes from 3% of your posts. The more you blog, the larger that 3% becomes.

The One Universal Need: Document Management Software

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In my career I have worked at a dozen of different places. In all of those places, I have come across one universal need for each and every business: Document Management Software.

Let me just highlight a few examples:

While in college I worked with a document management company where I first realized how great document management could be. I saw how the legal and real estate industry could not survive without some sort of Contract Management Software. If you could only see the piles of paper that lawyers and real estate agents created. Well, you can imagine if you’ve ever bought a home or been through any sort of legal issue how many papers those people go through.

The key isn’t to just have those documents electronically. The key is to have a document management software that is able to convert that scanned image into text and make it searchable. Then, you’ve derived the real power out of that document. Or as FineTooth Contract Management Solution says you’ve pulled out simple, searchable and actionable intelligence.

Well, I then proceeded to work at a couple University systems. Just imagine almost 30,000 students sending in applications, reference letters, transcripts, scholarship applications and you can quite easily see why document management was a great necessity in education.

I then proceeded to work in the healthcare industry. Me oh my!! I can’t believe how much paper doctors use. Even more crazy is how much paper gets sent between doctors. I thought fax machines were out of style, but I was wrong. I haven’t even gotten started on those stacks of papers that patients give you showing their past medical history.

What to do with all the paper?

Easy, it’s the universal need: Document Management Software. It’s worth every penny you pay for it.

Record Any Computer Sound as MP3

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I found a great little FREE program that is able to record the sound on your computer into an MP3 file. What a great idea. If you think about it, it really is just like you having a tape in your car and recording the radio. Should we call this tape recording 2.0?

The program is called MP3myMP3 Recorder 2.0. I could also see this useful for other things you might do online. If you are a business using skype to do business then you could easily record those phone conversations. For that matter if you want to make a phone call and have it recorded then you could easily use skype to call someone and then record it electronically.

Wow…the more I type the more uses I find for recording what’s coming out of your speakers. I will put 2 warnings. Be very careful of copyrights. Also, there are certainly many laws that regulate recording phone conversations with people. I’m not responsible for any of that. I would never record a conversation anyway. At least not of someone I know well and want to use that conversation to embarrass them at some future occassion.

Here’s a better description of how the mp3 recording software works:
Record internet radio and save to mp3 or wav. Record streaming audio from the Internet, microphone, or any other source for that matter. MP3myMP3 Recorder works directly with your system sound card – if you can hear it, you can record it! Use the scan tool to list all mp3, wav, aif, swa, or sun au audio files on your computer – then play and record portions of any of these files. MP3myMP3 Recorder offers customizable colors, timer, on top mode, and skinning.

his program is meant to be extremely intuitive to use, with enough features to get the job done quickly and easily…

1. Select the audio source you wish to record from.(Choose Stereo Mix or Wave mix or similar this will record all audio through your sound card.)

2. Open your favorite audio player. ie (WinAmp) and start playing something.

3. The combination of the settings below ultimately determines the overall recording input level. Fine tune your recording levels so that the meter on the right just hits the bottom of the red zone at the loudest point of the audio you are recording.
a)Player audio level
b)Master Volume Level
c)Recording Level

4. Click the Record button.

5. Click Stop when you’re ready to end the recording.

6. Click the Play button to listen to your recording.

7. Check your Mp3 Export settings.

8. Save your recording to a Wave file or an Mp3 file or both.

Use the scan tool to list all Mp3’s and Wav, Aif, Swa or Sun Au audio files on your entire computer. You can play and record portions of any of these files.

Flash Drives Just Became More Important With Windows Vista

Posted on: September 21, 2006 I Written By

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Today I attended a demo by some people from Microsoft about their new Windows Vista operating system. I think that the coolest part of the whole presentation was seeing some of the features associated with thumb drives (or flash drives if you prefer).

For example, when you plug your flash drive it starts a feature called ReadyBoost which essentially turns your flash drive into extra memory for your computer. That’s pretty impressive.

Considering you can get 512MB, 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of portable storage very inexpensive these days, this is a great new feature of Windows Vista.

With all of the various Custom Thumb Drives out there then everyone will have at least one or more thumb drives in their pockets. I especially like the Custom Thumb Drives you see below.

Besides looking attractive they also have a durable, aluminum design with free custom laser engraving. With flash drives being so common you need a way to know which one is yours.

ABC Streaming Tomorrow?

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Tonight I wasn’t able to watch Grey’s Anatomy’s Season premier, because I was watching other shows. I know I should have Tivo and it wouldn’t be a problem, but I don’t. I’m too cheap and don’t believe in any service that requires a monthly fee.

Well, tomorrow I’m hoping that ABC’s streaming site finally kicks into gear so that I can see the season premier of Grey’s Anatomy online.

If anyone has any other suggestions for seeing Grey’s Anatomy then please let me know. I still can’t understand why all TV networks aren’t streaming shows online yet. It’s inevitable.