Thursday, August 6, 2009

Your Rights Online: Microsoft Patents XML Word Processing Documents on Thursday August 06, @07:37PM
Posted by timothy on Thursday August 06, @07:37PM
from the no-problems-there-nothing-to-worry-about dept.

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On Tuesday, Microsoft was granted U.S. Patent No.7,571,169 for its ‘invention’ of the Word-processing document stored in a single XML …

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the biggest question raised by this patent is: How in the world was it granted in light of the 40-year history of document markup languages?

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What kind of “barbara streisand” is this?

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SERVICE: Voice out from text

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Free Text to Speech software online for English

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TECHNOLOGY: Kindle and its ilk too pricy for me

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kindle 2 price plunge signals e-book reader competition
by Melissa J. Perenson, PC World

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Amazon quietly lowered the price on its Kindle 2 e-book reader Wednesday. That didn’t take long: The Kindle 2 became available only about five months ago. And the price cut is a significant one: Amazon cropped $60 off the top price of its second-generation e-book reader, which now carries a more reasonable price tag of $299.

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I’d suspect that before I leap on any bandwagon it has to be under 100$. (Minimize my buyer’s remorse.) And, I don’t like wht I’ve been reading about the price fixing on Kindle Books. (That is that despite near zero cost, everything is 10$.) Add to that DRM and you have to rebuy if you need to redownload too many times. (Not my idea of a good user experience!) Argh! So, I’m not in the ebook market yet.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Whether CCHIT should have such power is arguable, said Fred Trotter, co-founder of the Liberty Medical Software Foundation, a group devoted to promoting open-source EHR systems. In a blog post published in June, he described their certification process as “a check-list for a Proprietary, Rigid, Overweight, Bloated, Loaded, Expensive, and Massive (or PROBLEM for short) EHR products.”

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Great find!

Can apply to most IT infrastructure projects today.

I’d call “o” as over-budget!

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FUN: Feedbags?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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To allow hands-free eating of your favorite fast-food meals, just slip the device over your ears and enjoy a pouch that blends your favorite menu choices together into an easy-to-eat mixture. For an extra 50 cents, you can throw in a beverage — literally. So stop by a participating Taco Bell, KFC, or Pizza Hut, grab a feedbag, and get busy! Play the video

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ROFL. short and safe for work

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SURVIVAL: Leave it all behind

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Leave It All Behind: Anything you brought on board can be replaced, with the exception of yourself — if you take the time to fumble for that laptop or grab that purse, you may lose everything.

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Seems obvious.

Personally, if I was “king”, I’d use the TSA to enforce the “carry on luggage” standards. Everyone hates them anyway. Make security the villain. I can’t believe what people bring into the cabin to avoid “baggage claim”. If I was an airline executive, I’d focus on making that process flawless.

(I always thought that the passengers and cargo should be “containerized”. Load the “passenger container” at the gate and then slide it into the belly of the plane. I had visions of a Quonset shaped sleeve for the people and an upside down one for the cargo. Two symmetrical half circles. Watch how fast FedEx can load one of their big monsters. Southwest Airline with their no reserved seats. We need innovation in air travel.)

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Playing with MagicJack.

A very expensive McBa




Verizon Wireless Broad Band


a $10 Radio Shack phone


A phone booth?

A cell phone?

A free Local and Long Distance phone?


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It didn’t go together as easy as they make it sound.

The user interface isn’t as user friendly as it could be.

The FAQ is difficult to navigate and may need some filling out.

Powered USB hub is fine. Although that is NOT clear, the device is labeled “no hubs”.

We’ll see if it’s useful.

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OBSERVATION: No way to import all your phone numbers. No way to use a directory (i.e., Apple’s Address Book or Microsoft Outlook).

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Gave it a live test and I could hear the drop outs. So could the other person.

RMA process is a hassle.

(And, that was from home with a real high speed line. Not Verizon Wireless Broad Band!)

Funny the McBa with VWBBIE performed better that a VISTA desktop and Comcast Broadband!

Oh well, it was a thought.

I guess you do get what you pay for.

Back to Skype and Google Voice.

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INTERESTING: Self-pub author gets a real deal!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Indie Kindle author lands book deal
by John Biggs on July 11, 2009

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And you though self-pubished books were all rubbish. Author Boyd Morrison sold two books, the first one called The Ark, to Simon & Schuster. Boyd uploaded and sold the books himself and raised awareness for his novels by being a member of Kindle Boards and generally self-promoting.

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Hope springs eternal!


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QUOTE: Suitable for our congresscritters, politicians, and bureaucrats

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Grass mud horse n. Wildly popular on YouTube, this mythical, alpaca-like creature was conjured by Chinese citizens to protest Internet censorship. Though the grass mud horse looks innocent, its Chinese name—Cao Ni Ma—sounds like “fuck your mother” in Mandarin.

—Jonathon Keats

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For some reason, listening to the President on Healthcare, Barney Frank on Bill O’Reilly, and all the other people who want to tell us all what to do, this seems strangely appropriate!

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SERVICE: ALUMTWEET doesn’t support adding schools?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

# jasperjottingsIcon_lock – Doesn’t have Manhattan Prepless than 5 seconds ago from web

# jasperjottings Just added myself to – Manhattan Prep ’64 and Manhattan College ’68

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INTERESTING: A health care plan alternative

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Real Free Market Health Care Solution
By Frank S. Rosenbloom, M.D.

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   * 1. Don’t pass any of the Democrat health care plans. Savings of at least $3 trillion over the next five years.

   * 2. Immediately do away with Medicare, Medicaid, and The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services. No other major industrialized nation has a separate system for the elderly, disabled and the poor. Scrap the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation. Savings of nearly $1 trillion in federal tax dollars yearly, $1 trillion in savings for states and billions in savings by dissolving the tyrannical Joint Commission.

   * 3. People should be responsible for purchasing their own health care, not the government or the employer, making health insurance completely portable. Scrap Hillary Clinton’s HIPAA act at a savings of billions yearly. Let’s make it HIPAA-posthumous.

   * 4. A Health Insurance Company must offer a good basic low-cost health care plan with expanded health savings accounts. Taxpayer cost zero dollars.

   * 5. No health exclusions for three years. Taxpayer cost zero dollars.

   * 6. Health plans should promote healthy practices and preventive health. Taxpayer cost zero.

   * 7. For the poor, government should subsidize the premiums, not be involved in paying providers. Taxpayer costs by my estimate around $600 billion per year.

   * 8. Retired people of lower means should be helped as above but should not have a separate insurance plan run by the government. Sorry, Medicare is dead. Promises were broken, but we are mature people and we need to get over it. Let’s not let it happen again! Taxpayer cost around $300 billion per year.

   * 9. End tax penalties for individuals purchasing individual health insurance. Taxpayer cost zero dollars as these penalties are merely punitive, designed to make people dependent.

   * 10. The health insurance companies in each state should have the option of creating a risk pool from some of their premium funds. Taxpayer cost zero dollars.

   * 11. Laws should be changed to allow for private health co-ops to be formed as an option for those so inclined. Taxpayer cost zero dollars.

   * 12. Patients should be free to change insurance plans at least twice yearly and since their insurance would not be controlled by their employer or the government no permission is needed from them. Taxpayer cost zero dollars.

   * 13. There should be no legal right for insurance plans to dismiss competent and qualified contracted physicians for “no cause”, when that no cause is really due to the physician acting as a patient advocate.

   * 14. Tort reform with penalties for frivolous lawsuits and the loser paying some of the costs.

Well, there you have it. The savings for taxpayers over three years: Nearly $5 trillion. Not requiring bills hundreds of pages long: Priceless! A few short regulations and we have a viable health care system for the future covering over 99% of the population, devoid of the treachery of Medicare and without dependence on the federal government. It’s very simple, very sensible, and so easy even a government official can understand it. It’s even short enough for Congress members to read fully, though some may require several days. Oh, yes, Mr. Obama, I want our $600 billion back.

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Wow! What great ideas. Zero chance to kill Medicare. But, great ideas.

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TECHNOLOGY: Opera 10 changing the paradigm

Tuesday, June 16, 2009  

Opera Unite: a Web server on the Web browser

With Opera 10, we are introducing a new technology called Opera Unite, radically extending what you are able to do online. Opera Unite harnesses the power of today’s fast connections and hardware, allowing all of us to help define the future landscape of the Web, one computer at a time. Read about how Opera Unite is going to change the way we interact on the Web on

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Interesting. Run a web server from your machine. It’s going to turn all notions of security upside down.

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SERVICE: CCBETTY use isn’t obvious to me

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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What is Cc:Betty?

Cc:Betty makes it easier for everyone to follow group discussions and collaborate with dates, places, pictures, videos, links and more! Cc:Betty can be used with any email service so there is no download required. To get started, just include on your group email and Betty will set up a shared Mailspace page to make it easier for everyone to follow the discussion.

What is a Mailspace?

Your Mailspace is the central page where your discussion will be tracked – along with all of it’s related files and assets. In your Mailspace, you’ll not only view the history of the conversation, but also any images, events, places, video, links, and more. Check out the video below to see a Mailspace in action.

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Not sure how useful this is.

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SERVICE: FACEBOOK allows custom urls; no big deal?

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Now if I just had some friends to tell … …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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As we all know, you can never get enough good quality fonts. The keyword there being quality ;) While it is hard to find real quality in the sea of free fonts, there are a lot of very talented designers creating some very cool fonts. Here’s a list of 20+ that I’ve recently enjoyed.

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I LOVE fonts!

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INTERESTING: Hot Summer Series

Monday, June 1, 2009

DISCLAIMER: I get a “cut” if you sign up through this link!

Hot Seminar Series

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Every summer my friend Kelly McCausey hosts a Hot Summer Seminar series, this year is no exception. For eight weeks this summer, Kelly’s online seminar will feature sessions with the folks who have built successful careers from their own homes. The series will focus on occupations one can do 100% from home. Yes, I will be participating too.

I wasn’t asked to promote the Hot Summer Seminar Series but I felt it was relevant because the majority of the FWJ community does wish to earn a full time living from home. Learn how to succeed as a Virtual Assistant, Freelance Writer and Blogger, WordPress Designer, Ebay Seller, and others.

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I signed up because it sounded good. With such a low cost, it is easy to get a good ROI.


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SERVICE: Microsoft’s BING does NOT do my search correctly

Monday, June 1, 2009

My “favorite” search for my fellow alumni is:

“manhattan college” -marymount -“marymount manhattan college” -“borough of manhattan college” -marymount

which Microsoft’s BING search engine translates into:

and returns:

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What part of “” didn’t you understand?


Who test this stuff for them?

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TECHNOLOGY: CNET 100 aka my “shopping list”

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Audio & Music

   * Amazon MP3

   * Grooveshark

   * iTunes

   * Jamendo

   * JamLegend

   * Lala


   * Nexus Radio

   * Pandora

   * Project Playlist


   * Diigo

   * Firefox

   * Flock

   * Google Chrome

   * iGoogle

   * Internet Explorer 8

   * Maxthon

   * Opera

   * Safari

   * XMarks


   * Amazon

   * Craigslist

   * Elance

   * Etsy

   * Eventbrite

   * PayPal

   * Woot

   * Zillow

   * ZipRealty

   * ZocDoc


   * Digsby

   * Dimdim

   * Gmail

   * Pidgin

   * Postbox

   * RingCentral

   * Skype

   * Windows Live Hotmail

   * Windows Live Messenger

   * Yahoo Messenger

Infrastructure & Storage

   * Adobe Air

   * BitTorrent

   * Carbonite

   * DropBox

   * Dropio

   * Facebook Connect

   * Mozy

   * OpenID

   * Windows Live SkyDrive

   * YouSendIt

Location-based services

   * FlightStats

   * Goog411

   * Google Earth

   * Google Maps

   * Live Search Maps

   * OpenTable

   * PolicyMap

   * Topix

   * TripIt

   * Yelp

Photo & Video

   * Amazon Video on Demand

   * Flickr

   * Hulu


   * Photobucket

   * Picasa Web Albums

   * Picnik

   * Ustream

   * Vimeo

   * YouTube


   * FreshBooks

   * Google Calendar

   * Google Docs

   * Intuit QuickBase

   * LogMeIn

   * Microsoft Office Live Small Business

   * Microsoft Office Live Workspace

   * Mint

   * Remember the Milk

   * Zoho

Search & Reference




   * eHow

   * Google

   * Live Search

   * Scour

   * WikiHow

   * Wikipedia

   * Yahoo

Social & Publishing

   * Bebo

   * Drupal

   * Facebook

   * Gaia Online

   * Hi5

   * Meebo

   * MySpace

   * StarDoll

   * Twitter

   * (with WordPress platform)

Editors’ Choice

   * Amazon Web Services

   * Aviary

   * Cuil

   * Evernote

   * Farecast

   * GoodGuide

   * Google Voice

   * Mobile Me

   * OAuth

   * Presently

   * Twitter Search

   * Windows Live Sync

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HARDWARE: Verizon MiFi 2200 Mobile Wifi Hotspot

Monday, May 18, 2009

Review: Verizon MiFi 2200 – We love everything but the bill
by Greg Kumparak on May 13, 2009

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Short version: We’ve loved the MiFi mobile router since we first laid eyes on it back at CES. After a few days of playing with the Verizon MiFi 2200, we still love it just as much – but with one hangup: the nasty monthly bill. After a trivial hiccup with the activation, we had 4 computers up and running in minutes. Speeds in our area are about average for the local EVDO Rev-A network, and we’ve had absolutely no connectivity drops in our 2 days of testing.

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Interesting to anyone who needs wifi!

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It would seem that Verizon, like the other Baby Bells, has not mastered the ideas of a competitive marketplace. Hi speed, all you can eat, and long lock ins at a cheap price. Just like the cable companies who always think internet and voip are like cable tv (i.e., no big deal when you’re out of service), so to the Bells have that take it or leave it mentality with a cost plus percentage mark up that they had when they were regulated and guaranteed a obscene profit. Argh! Where are the internet innovators who will clear the debris and send these dinos to the dino rest home?

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Over priced.

Not recommended!

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TECHNOLOGY: Print On Demand for magazines

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Cloud In Every Garage
Russ Daniels, 05.07.09, 06:00 PM EDT
HP on how cloud computing can help re-ignite the global economy.

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HP has a cloud service, called MagCloud, that makes it possible for anyone to publish a professional-quality magazine and print, promote, sell and deliver it on demand. Printing on demand means no large press runs, no pre-publication expense, no waste.

By eliminating substantial pieces of the physical supply chain, we can offer professional-quality print to a mass audience while reducing the impact on the environment. The same on-demand technology can be extended to book publishing and allow individuals to print customized books, mixing their own content with that of professionals.

Looking ahead, we envision a rich ecosystem of printing services–connecting businesses to businesses and businesses to individuals–that delivers information where, when and how it’s needed.

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Print On Demand for magazines?

I like POD for books. It makes the family history possible. Have to see how this is implemented and how much it costs. Niche magazines might be possible if they are built on a advertising model and if they are dirt cheap. Where will be the margin for the mission?

Reigniting the world economy?


Cloud computing has major problems: version control; payment; and data ownership right off the top of my head.

Maybe I’m just an old fuddy duddy

Besides, connectivity to the cloud is NOT ubiquitous or cheap (i.e., free are very close to it). And the ISPs (i.e., AT&T, the Bells, Comcast, the Cable Companies) have other ideas on how they are going to keep their monopoly and monitize it. And, don’t forget how they are strangling peer 2 peer technology with caps and deep stateful packet inspection (i.e., poisoning).

No, this ain’t the Far East with big pipes to the home and “enlighted” politicial and technology leadership.

The inet may have been an American invention, but it’s going to be the Far East boom 2.0!

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TECHNOLOGY: Kindle DX for text books? Doesn’t make sense.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Revisiting the ROI of the Kindle DX: Why is Amazon blind to Wi-Fi?
Posted by Larry Dignan @ 2:24 am

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Amazon unveiled its much hyped Kindle DX, an e-book with a 9.7-inch screen designed to raise a ruckus in the textbook market, but delivered a $489 curve ball that seriously alters the return on investment calculation for academia.

On the surface, the argument for the Kindle DX (Techmeme) in academia holds somewhat but that price tag makes the case much harder for your average student. Amazon is asking students to learn a little about total cost of ownership over three years before they pick up a book. What is this? Enterprise software?

The Kindle DX runs you $489 as an upfront investment and the average student spends $488 on new and used course materials a year. In a nutshell, Amazon is asking the average student to fork over more money for the Kindle and then buy the textbooks too.

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They’d have a better chance supporting the Open Textbook effort. That’s what student’s could afford.

Textbooks’ prices are obscene!

Even when I went to school.

No margin, no mission. I understand. BUT, (there is always a big butt), it doesn’t have to be a screw job!

Don’t forget Project Gutenberg and Google with it’s out of print books.

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TECHNOLOGY: Print On Demand allows the capture of “stuff” that otherwise would be lost

Saturday, May 9, 2009

POD books and information overload
Posted: April 30, 2009 1:00 am Eastern
Phil Elmore

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The fact, tenor and import of being a “published author” in the United States is changing, and changing rapidly. While anyone can be “published” on the Web, would-be writers put much more stock in hardcopy. There is something about holding a real, bound paper book that carries with it a certain weight, a certain validity – and it is this validation, this sense of accomplishment made physical, that a first-time author craves. Given how difficult it is to be selected or discovered by a traditional publishing house, a market has sprung up that serves amateur and first-time writers’ need for affirmation. It is the publish-on-demand self-publishing industry.

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As a “published author”, (Yeah, two Lulu entrees, a third in queue, including my magnum opus “CHURCH 10●19●62″, and a few more on the drawing board!), I believe this “technology” allow the capture of family histories, individual interest topics, and other stuff that would be completely lost. It reminds me of the FIreFox books. Human knowledge is IMHO being lost at a huge rate. People die without having their stories “captured”. POD technology will allow that to be captured. It’s great!

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SERVICE: MYNAMEISE may be useful

Friday, April 17, 2009

About us.

E is a privately funded startup based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. E started as a graduation project in January of 2006 and grew into a service to connect users and their online lifes to the real world. The letter E stands for whatever meaning the users would like it to have. E can be emotion. Evolution. Everybody. Everything.

Our team has grown from three founders to a group of lovely, and very talented individuals. Click on their photos to meet them.

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I’m a sucker for useful applications of technology.


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WRITING: How did I get the book done

Sunday, March 29, 2009

On 03/20/09 11:22 AM, JohnB wrote:

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John, did you have any problem staying focused/motivated while writing your book? If so, do you have any tips or tricks? I’ve been hammering away at something for years now and I always find myself distracted and starting back at square one.

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The book was written mostly from 5AM to 6Am every morning for many months. I cheated a little and thought about it while I was commuting. I cheated more by thinking about it when I’d go to bed, head, or waiting. I cheated a little because it’s somewhat a psuedo autobiographical of my day dreams in Church back when I was in Eighth Grade.

I could have written it 45 years ago. The basic story was there. So, I really never got “writer’s block”.

I did have some equipment failures that were setbacks. One night when I couldn’t sleep, I got up and wrote for two hours. For some reason, darn windoze, it was lost. It was really good too. Oh well.

I have a good outline of the 100 chapters. I was posting it on the Frugal Squirel’s Patriot Story forum. So I have a lot of positive feedback.

I think it has to be a labor of love. With passion. I still cry when I read certain chapters. (Everyone dies in the end. rofl!)

Once I got into the habit, it just took on a life of its own.

I’d previously put a year’s worth of my blog posts in a book using Lulu to print it. My mom was thrilled. My friends were polite. But, that showed me what was possible.

Does this help?

Since, I bought a MacBookAir and a Time Machine to prevent lost data and bought “SCRIVNER” that does housekeeping for the novels. I have 11 outlines — fiction and non-fiction — in queue. May not write them all, but they are there for the “doing”.

Hope this is what you wanted,

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JOBSEARCH: STRATEGY Get your writing noticed?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

OK, we all agree its a tough world out there.

And, as you despite being an expert in <insert favorite aspect of your career>, you, (and me), AIN’T drawing a paycheck.

(And, for those smug overconfident soon to be unemployed, you may have drawn your LAST one!)

Here’s a way to get your content out there. I don’t particularly care what content it is. AS LONG AS IT’S SPELLED RIGHT and gramatically correct. (Wouldn’t that be the kiss of death. Like having a typo on your resume!) And, it isn’t too controversial (e.g., “How I was abducted by aliens”; “How to conceal your drug habit?”; “Padding your expense account”; “Best racist dirty jokes”). You get the idea.

I do know that this site has “buzz”, is indexed by Google, and has high traffic counts.

SOME folks are even putting their resumes on there. (I’m not so sure that’s a great idea.)

But if I was a lean and hungry seeker. I’d get soem high quality content up there. ESPECIALLY if I was an expert in something other than the lifestyle of turkeys (i.e., out of work jobseekers) large and small.

the big fat old turkey hisself

p.s., I’m putting stuff up there. We’ll see if it works for fat old turkeys!

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Welcome to Scribd!

Congratulations, you’ve just joined the world’s largest community of readers. Now that you have an account, you can:

* DISCOVER fun or functional writings and documents on any subject – explore by category, by browsing or just typing in a search topic.

* SHARE your own writings and documents – dust off all that great content on your hard drive or in print. Then check back for comments and analytics on how many people have read or downloaded your doc.

* DISCUSS topics of interest to you – leave comments on other people’s documents, join groups and express yourself.

… and a whole lot more. Also, don’t forget to check out the Scribd blog for updates on new product features and other Scribd news!

- The Scribd Team

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TECHNOLOGY: Watching the NCAA men’s online

Friday, March 20, 2009

Watch live games from the 2009 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship online for free

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Watching. Pretty good! Impressive. Who needs TV?

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