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I’ve been saying for years that job searching costs way too much, and always thought of demolishing the whole industry by putting the craigslist business model into place for the job search industry. Looks like someone beat me to the punch, and its one of the pioneers of the industry itself! Read the whole article here
“Pioneer of online job search starts over again
Bill Warren founded an early online job board in the 1990s, helped kick-start an industry and was president of Monster.com, one of the leading Internet career sites. But these days he’s not very happy with the results.
So he’s taking another crack at it, going after Monster, Career Builder and similar commercial job sites. Warren is starting a nonprofit job listing system that could lower the costs that employers pay to list positions and make the process easier and more fruitful for applicants.
He has the enthusiastic backing of hundreds of large companies, including IBM Corp., American Express, AT&T Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, the kinds of employers that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year searching for new talent.”
This portion is a great idea that wasn’t in my original idea, but it’s a very clever idea that will help put these websites over the top:
“Companies that belong to the association pay a $15,000 annual membership fee and will receive prominent placement on the “.jobs” Web sites. Smaller companies can purchase a “.jobs” domain name for about $125 a year and then post jobs for free. They can also work through their state employment agencies, which post jobs online at no charge.
At those prices, the new “.jobs” system could be another online innovation that undercuts what currently exists — much as the invention of job boards themselves undermined newspaper help-wanted ads.”
Seemed pretty relevant after looking outside :) Remember, bend at knees, not the waist…
Got this email below today about dimdim.com‘s newest features which finally include quick desktop sharing and username based URLS to simplify starting a meeting. If you don’t know what dimdim does, it’s a web conferencing tool that is free for up to 20 users and the price goes up from there, but it’s very reasonable and it’s very stable. For the attendee to a meeting there is no software to install, for the host that wants to share their desktop, there’s a small plug-in to install and it works for both PC and Mac. I just used this tonight to view a Mac user’s screen and she was able to install without any direction from me. It was pretty sweet to send her a URL that goes directly to the meeting I’m in that’s based on my username instead of some long guid URL.
If you haven’t used this product, give it a try. If you have meetings with less than 20 heads, I’m sure you’ll find this comparable to webex or live meeting.
Here’s the email from DimDim:
“Thanks to your suggestions, we’ve made Dimdim faster, easier, and a lot more powerful.
The instant you log into Dimdim you’ll notice the change. A big red button invites you to “Meet” Click it once (go ahead, try it) and in seconds you will be in your live Dimdim meeting room.
Now look at your browser’s navigation bar URL. It will be http://my.dimdim.com/username Simply email, IM, Skype or Tweet this Smart URL and your guests will join your room just as fast as you did — all without installing any software!
Speaking of software, if you choose to share your desktop in a meeting we’ll prompt you to install an optional plug-in we call Dimdim myScreen™ You’ll call it magic. Just click the new system tray icon (PC) or menubar icon (Mac) and you will instantly share your screen — even without opening a browser or starting a meeting! Share your Smart URL and your guests will see your screen in seconds.
If no meeting is running or you are not sharing your screen, your Smart URL points your guests to your new profile page where they can register for future public events (any event without a meeting key is public) or wait for your event to begin.”
The LW Family would like to put out the following anniversary blast….
HAPPY 8-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO DERRICK LARANE!!!!!!!!
One of Local Wisdom’s founding fathers is celebrating 8 years of passionate dedication to his dream gig this month!
Please join me in a warm round of “Congratulatifications, Derrick!” on 8 years of inspiring leadership :)
Last week, Google released Google Buzz to the social media world. With Google Buzz, you can update your status, share links, photos, videos and more. It integrates directly with gmail and connects to sites like Twitter and Flickr to make sharing even easier. With this new sharing tool comes new code that you may want to put on your blog.
As a followup to my previous post Adding Social Media Links to WordPress Without Using a Plugin, here is new code that you can use for Google Buzz:
http://www.google.com/reader/link?url=<?php the_permalink() ?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>&srcURL=<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>
And the addition to the code that we use on this site (which is shown in my previous post) just adds a new list item to the existing links:
<li><a href="http://www.google.com/reader/link?url=<?php the_permalink() ?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>&srcURL=<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>" title="Share with Google Buzz">Buzz</a></li>
Note that Buzz uses Google Reader to share links. In order for this to show up on your Buzz, you have to make sure that Reader is connected with your Buzz.
I am constantly on the look-out for new tools that will make my job as a developer easier. Anything that I can modify code straight in the browser ranks high in my book. Chris Pederick’s Web Developer does that and more.
What does it do? The Web Developer tool adds a toolbar and/or menu item to your browser with some useful developer tools. Some key features include:
What does this screenshot show? Here I have the Web Developer toolbar opened up with four features activated: Edit HTML and Edit CSS (bottom portion of the screen), outline relatively positioned elements, and the element information box.
I have three gripes about the script so far: 1) When I have the Edit HTML feature activated, it will reload any tab that I click on. I found this out the hard way! 2) The element information is not floated on the screen above the absolutely positioned elements on the page. You can move the box around, but things still get in the way. 3) The HTML editors do not color the code like Firebug does. Still though, even with it’s kinks, I highly recommend this add-on!
For more developer tools for Firefox, check out Mike’s post from last year: Firefox Web Developer tools.
Just read this off of the AP (Original here):
“Google plans to build experimental, ultra-fast Internet networks in a handful of communities around the country.
The search company said Wednesday that its fiber-optic broadband networks will deliver speeds of 1 gigabit per second to as many as 500,000 Americans. Google Inc. says those systems will be more than 100 times faster than the networks that most Americans have access to today.
In a blog post, the company said the networks will let consumers download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes and allow rural health clinics to send 3-D medical images over the Web.
Google says it will seek input from communities that might be interested in getting one of the testbed networks.”
1. I already have FIOs and I think that my 20 megs down and 5 megs up is fast (check out the image I’ve attached), but more speed won’t hurt right :)
2. This is Google getting around the normal ISP’s and their nonsense of wanting to double dip by charging the users who pay ISPs already and content providers like Google who don’t have to pay the ISPs currently
3. The motto “Google does no evil” is getting weaker everyday something like this gets launched. Don’t get me wrong, I love that they’re pushing other companies to get their ish together and offer services at better quality for lower prices, but they’re have such a cash engine behind them that they can wipe out whole industries
4. They’re slowly getting closer to the root of the internet, first they’re running their own DNS servers for users, and now their own portion of the internet, soon they’ll make their own Root Servers and we’ll all be paying a google bill for home services :(
5. if you think they track alot of your internet usage now, what about when they are the ISP…. and couple that with what they already know about u…
Overall, I’m still in a wait and see mode with Google and all their ventures as we use a lot of their services and don’t mind giving up some info in exchange for those services. But I’m watching and waiting for some greed or shadiness to happen because if it’s possible, it will happen….
Thanks to Shawn for this one. This is a good add on to the my previous post about subversion for Dreamweaver. Get the client at http://versionsapp.com/
Many people watch for just the commercials, and most like me love the game and can’t wait until next season! At the party I attended, it was like Mystery Science Theater 3000 with everyone spitting out the opinion quickly and often :) I would say we had more thumbs down then up, and very few that I can remember today. Godaddy (the use of females tearing off dress shirts), Doritos (funny ones, especially the Doritos ninja), Hyundai (people carrying the car), Etrade (Talking babies still work), Jay Leno, Letterman and Oprah (have no clue what it was for, but was awesome to see).
But by far the best commercial was definitely the Google one, very clever, very simple, and pulls on your heart strings. I only remember seeing it once, and it was so memorable. If you can think of a better commercial let me know in the comments, but I think they ended up with the best bang for the buck commercial by far:
CNNMoney posted an article, America’s biggest ripoffs.
It costs 1/3 of a cent for carriers to send a message, but they can hit you with a 20-cent charge on pay-per-text plans. That’s a markup of 6,500%.
Movie popcorn, 900%: No surprise here, as theaters make little from ticket sales. “I consider myself working in concessions, not movies,” is a common refrain of owners.
‘”Free” credit reports: Just try it. The percentage markup between “free” and $179 a year doesn’t compute, even if you have advanced calculus.
Advil, 60%: Brand names are nice, “but the cheaper stuff works just as well.” Apparently, the name and “sleek packaging” work.
Restaurant wine, 500%: One restaurant explains away the difference by touting a “beverage team” that makes sure “the quality of the wine and experience exceeds our guests’ expectations.”
Textbooks: From 1986 to 2004, prices increased at “twice the rate of annual inflation.”
More bad deals from CNNMoney, America’s biggest ripoffs