two point what?

Everything seems to be in bubble 2.0 mode right now. Venture capitalists have gone cukoo investing in any site with mac syle reflective buttons and missing vowels in its name. They are looking for growth, revenue and IPOs above all else and if they don’t get what they want the bubble will pop like some watermelon bubbleicious gum. Here’s another way to play along at home. The web2.0 logo tracker. Log in and rate (in a web 2.0 ajax kind of way) the sites as you preuse the alexacronic data and route for your favorite site.

http://web2logo.com/

Entry level jobs

I have been out of school for a while now, but I have cousins that are just graduating and contemplating that jump feet first into the working world. Its a dauting step to take when you’ve spent your past 4-5 years reading, writing and partying like its 1999. The good thing is that there are web sites to help. There are a plethora of job posting sites that list all kinds of jobs from entry level to executive level but here is one that specializes in just jobs for entry level grads. Jump start your entry level job search today with collegerecruiter.com.

Bush Books?

There was a press report that president Bush read 60 books this year and everyone was rather suprised since he isn’t the best speaker and doesn’t come across as the most intelligent person most of the time. I’d like to clarify that he more than likley started 60 books but he didn’t finish them. I know how hard it is to find the time to finish books as a working person, but it must be worse as the president of the United States. Either that or he ate 60 books. One of those two.

One touch can opener

How cool is this? Cold weather soup season is coming up in a few months and this one touch can opener is wicked cool. I think I am going to order a few for the office because we all have soup for lunch here in the fall & winter. It is battery operated, so you need 2 aa batteries to run it, but its the size of a hand can opener with the ease of an electric. Its safer too because it cuts inside so you don’t catch any sharp edges. Just like as seen on TV.

The stuff they don’t tell you

Some advice from me to you…things I would have liked to have known but I didn’t until it was too late.

Never buy a URL and list it as a business URL. You will get spammed and called by every telemarketer in the book. Especially through godaddy. They’re the worst. They sell their customer lists to anyone and everyone.

If you work for the government, especially locally in schools as a teacher or for public works, people can request information about your job and how much money you make. In fact there is a site out now (that I’m not going to link to) that is publishing all the teacher’s salaries in Illinois by name online. They say its legal, and I don’t think it is because your personal identity information is being compromised. and they refuse to remove it by request. If they said to you when you got hired: Oh by the way we’re going to publish your name, title, address, phone and email with your salary history on the internet for each year you work here…I don’t think anyone would ever be a teacher. I only found out through a routine google alert I have up for myself. 

Home for Gnomes

Its the end of the summer. That means the sun goes down quicker, the days get cooler and everything goes on sale. Its a great time to pick up things for your home and garden at great discounts and reduced prices. One example are these garden gnomes. They have been popular again latley due to the movie Amilie and even Travelocity picked up on the trend. Why not dress up your yard with a friendly Gnome too? They have a special folklore of good luck.

And here’s a special coupon code I found for 10% on a gnome or any other item:

gnome-bloggers (good until April 1st, 2007)

Katrina One Year Later

Its been a year since the hurricane devistated and destroyed New Orleans and a lot has been said this week about how things not only went wrong when the storm happend, but in the recovery months afterwards. There are still major areas of the city that haven’t been touched, and millions in renovations to be done. Still more disturbing is that the prventative measures about banning housing in flood zones and rebuilding levys and infrastructure to better standards has been reduced to a toothless fraction of what needs to change due to bureaucratic red tape and political interest blocking. Its sad really, but also an indication of what would happen if disaster struck in any other area of the US. Read more about katrina one year later.

Privacy & Contacts

 I am not sure how often most people look for a job or sell a car, but when you have to publish your contact information in a way that gets passed out to a lot of people you may not want it to fall into the wrong hands or be added to email and telemarketing databases. I know that people have very valid privacy concerns with their identity on the internet and MyAdBox can help. They offer a temporary email address and phone number that you can use for these types of transactions. After a month it is disabled and you can renew if you want. This way you don’t give out your personal information in a classified ad or on a job application but they can still contact you. Its anonamous nd functional at the same time. Not everyone needs something like this, but for those who are interested in keeping their info private and don’t want to buy a 800 number it can help. Visit MyAdBox here

Emmys

The Emmy Awards were last night, and like many people I was oblivious to it. I had family visiting so I was out and about and nowhere near a TV. I heard this morning that Kiefer Sutherland won for best drma actor on 24 and the show 24 won for best drama overall. That’s awesome and I’m glad I discovered it a few weeks ago so I can appreciate the win. It only took me 5 years to start watching it, and apparently the academy needed that long too. Congrats to everyone who works on the show, for a job well done. Megan Mulally also won for her longtime role of crazy dunk Karen on Will & Grace getting the emmy for best comedy supporting actor. I think we will miss that character a lot and no one will know who she is this September when her talk show starts and she’s not on TV talking like that.  Read more about all the winners. 

Computer Security

I have the luxury of having my own computer and no one else uses it. I know many people don’t though, and its hard to keep track of who does what when and where. Especially for families that have kids that surf the internet and use email. Its risky because there are so many things that happen on the internet that are otherwise not monitored. There is tracking software you can use to track what goes on with your computer when other people are logged on. SpectorSoft is the worldwide leader tracking software. They have been written about in countless major media outlets like CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and The Wall Street Journal because of the service that they offer. This tracking software can help you find out where your kids surf and if they are in contact with questionable people or doing things on myspace that are putting them at risk. Tracking them online may seem like an invasion of privacy, but its also a defense if your family’s security. You have to weigh the risks of not knowing vs the issue of tracking them. I think many families have learned the hard way that its better to know what your kids are doing online before something bad happens.

Marketing Database

Within this second wave of internet development and boom it seems like evryone has a site they are building and promoting. Sometimes you have a breakthrough concept or technology that makes your site notable and the people just come to you. Other times you have to activley seek them through push marketing efforts in order to generate traffic, regestrations or ecommerce sales. One of the most cost effective ways to do this is to buy marketing databases. Download Database Directory You can buy lists of businesses that are like a yellow pages directory of companies in your industry that would be in the market for your product. You can build yur business by marketing to them via direct mail, email, or phone sales. These old methods still work in a web 2.0 world and may be just as important as the technology of the site itself. And we all remember what happened during the last web bubble, companies that didn’t have a solid revenue model didn’t survive.

Energy

I was talking with someone this weekend about “energy” in a very hippie new age kind of way. Although those aren’t two words I would use to discribe myself…it was interesting. I think I am in a situation today where the situation has sapped all my “energy” and I need to find a better way to work things. Its not about physical energy like hey I had caffiene, I’m hyper now. Its more like a combination of emotional, physical and mental energy and sometimes when things are stressed or not going well, your energy is sapped even though you didn’t do anything strenuous. I guess I should look this stuff up because I’m not familiar with it but it seems to be logical and make sense.

Gambling Guide

There are so many gambling sites online these days its near impossible to figure out which ones are legit and which ones are scams. Its also near impossible to figure out how to bet and win. I know the odds are based on the game you play, but when its on the internet do those odds change? Can you trust a site to deal like a dealer would? What about rules? Are there games that you’ve never played or sports to bet on that you’be never seen before? Where do you go if you want to find out the rules to the game and where they bet on them? Its available all at The Gambling Guide. Its a good informative resource to read before starting to bet online.