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Bookmooch: Free Books from the Airport

My wife and kids read at least twice as many books as I do per year, which makes our collective used book generation pretty significant. A few months ago I signed up for the Bookmooch service to give our used books away. I was surprised at how fast books where being mooched (requested) from my list. The first one was within an hour of putting the books into my inventory. This is cool. I can’t bring myself to toss books in the garbage, so they just stack up in my office or in boxes in the garage waiting for the next garage sale where I might get a 25 cents for each one.

Bookmooch certainly sounds like a better way. Give a book away you don’t want, get one you do. There are a ton of posts and videos on how BookMooch works on Technorati (link leads to search results). If you aren’t familiar with Bookmooch this is a good place to get all the details on how to use it.

Now that books had been requested I had to package them up and send them. […]

2017-05-25T18:09:09+00:00

Skydeck – Analytics for Mobile Conversations

I am glad I made it into the first 500 people invited to use Skydeck, analytics for mobile phone conversations. After reading the basics about it the night before I couldn’t wait to get into the Beta. I am in sales and I use my Blackberry as my primary communication device. I don’t have an office phone, I use my cell phone exclusively. 

I am always looking into new ways to get analytics on my communications with my customers to enhance my effectiveness as a Sales Professional. Relying on my memory and the notes in our not so great CRM solution really isn’t the best way to keep track of the phone communications I have with my customers. Having a program that will combine my address book with my cell phone usage giving me analytics for mobile usage can be a very useful tool for me.

Skydeck is Web application plus a plugin for Firefox, which adds a toolbar. It installed itself error free on my Mac Pro. Next I connect Skydeck to my AT&T wireless account by providing my cell phone number and password. It reported that it was downloading my […]

2017-05-25T18:09:10+00:00 Tags: , , , |

Personal Universe – Netvibes Ginger

My position as a sales professional keeps me very busy and on the road. Keeping up on the news and events on the Internet is important not only for my profession, but also for my hobbies. Netvibes has been my feed reader of choice for the last couple of years due to its ability to maximize the quantity of information I can digest in the limited amount of time I have available. However, due to some missing features, I was on the verge of switching to Google Reader, until last week.

Netvibes Ginger Release has leapfrogged all of the Google Reader features that were tempting me to switch feed readers.

The most important requirement I have for a feed reader is the ability to see as many feeds as possible on a single page. This helps me make my way through the 450 feeds I monitor in a minimum amount of time. Netvibes displays 9 feeds of 7 items each on a single page while Reader displays only 5 with 3 items each. A mouse over the entry title gives me an AJAX pop up summary of the entry. My busy life doesn’t allow for much time […]

2017-05-25T18:09:14+00:00 Tags: , |