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Pandora Internet Radio is an online radio service based on the Music Geonome Project which was some research that identified similarities among songs.

You input a couple of your favorite songs or singers and it will automatically pick other songs and other singers that sound similar. It is free and quite cool. is a great site. It is a very simple bookkeeping program for organizations and small businesses. It’s completely free and easy to use. I’ve started a lot of little online businesses that have low requirements when it comes to keeping the books. Quickbooks is an overkill to say the least. tracks income and expenses with an easy-to-use interface.

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By the way, did you know that the word “bookkeeper” or “bookkeeping” is the only word in the english language that has three sets of double letters in a row? Most people guess Mississippi- silly people!


Toodledo :: A to-do list to organize your tasks.

I’m in an ongoing quest to find good organizational tools. I’m a follower of the GTD method of organzation. I’ve even done some work to design my own software to organized tasks and projects around GTD. There are a lot of sites that attempt to provide the tools.

Today I’m tring It has a lot of features, but it’s a little confusing. For instance, adding a task is a little cumbersome. You would think that this would be the easiest thing to do.



I’ve often been frustrated with Quickbooks for start-ups. In the early days of a start-up, especially during the bootstrapping days, finances are fairly basic, often limited to expenses and start-up costs. Revenue is sporatic, if at all. is a simpler alternative to QuickBooks. However, my expereince with the program is limited.

This is an interesting site that scans and organizes receipts and business cards. A direct competitor to Neat Company that sells scanners and software for doing the same thing.

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Ecommerce Patent

In 2000 I worked for a company called Bissell in Grand Rapids, MI. It was one of the best jobs I ever had. My boss, a guy named Jim Krzeminski, was a great boss. He worked hard to push the envelop and help turn Bissell into the leader in Home Cleaning.

While I was there I lead a redesign of the company’s e-commerce Web site. It was one of the most successful projects I’ve ever worked on. Jim made sure that nothing got in the way.

One of the features on the site was a check-box ordering system that allowed a user to simply check-off related items on a product page to add them to the cart with the main product. It is a simple concept, but at the time is was very new. We applied for a patent on the technology. I’m not sure if the patent was issued.

Bissell Screen Shot

Checking any of the boxes in the “Don’t Forget” section adds the accessory to the cart along with the main product when the add to cart button is clicked.

The site was designed by Daniel Arsenault. A very talented artist. I’ve worked with him on a number of projects since then.



Of all the organizational programs that manage to-do lists I like the best so far. I’ve been using it for about a year. It has limited features, but it has the most important features.

The interface is clean and adding tasks is a snap.