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Signs of “The Times”

Posted by iammarchhare on 19 August 2009

The British newspaper The Sunday Times will become the guinea pig for testing paid access to the newspaper, reported the Bangkok Post in “Sunday Times to test charge for content”.  News Corp owns The Sunday Times, The Times and The Wall Street Journal and already charges for access to the latter.

You could say it’s a sign of The Times.  I’m no fan of paying for access to online news, but as newspapers all over shut their doors, we’re likely to see more of this.

The interesting thing to me, though, is that newspapers for years supported themselves by advertizing.  Very few modern newspapers have kept themselves running on subscriptions alone, and certainly no large ones that I’m aware of.  It seems odd that this aspect hasn’t translated well in the online world.

Makes you wonder how much longer free news broadcasts from the major networks will be available.  Will they start charging for those at some point?  I certainly hope not, seeing as none of them are worth paying for.

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Free Faxing

Posted by iammarchhare on 16 July 2009

Whether you are a contractor or a person looking for a job, chances are that sooner or later you will have to send a fax.  Yes, facsimiles haven’t yet gone the way of the dinosaur.  In fact, I still prefer something like a fax over email when it comes to transmitting personal information, such as SSN, date of birth, etc.

However, considering how little I’ve sent any faxes in the past couple of years, I really don’t feel like investing in a fax machine, toner, etc.  I think I’m averaging maybe one a year at this point.  Hardly worth the cost of even a fax program.

Well, when someone wanted me to fax them a document earlier in the week, I agreed.  When I saw what they wanted me to fill out and send back to them, though, I was disappointed that they didn’t just ask for a scanned copy with a signature to be emailed to them.  There was nothing confidential on the form, so it seemed like a hassle.

OK, I could have gone to Kinko’s and sent it.  However, the time, the gas, etc., just didn’t seem all that justifiable either.  So, I figured that instead of just emailing it to them with some sarcastic blurb, I would try out one of the free online fax sites.

So, after a little research, I tried GotFreeFax.com.  It turned out to be rather painless, and it really was free.  There are no ads on the fax or on the coversheet, either.  You upload the file and send it (it accepts PDF, MS Word DOC or you can type in a message).  You will get a confirmation email in order to send the fax.  I also got an update status email and one a completed status email.  It takes a little longer this way, but I had until the end of the day anyhow.

At any rate, GotFreeFax.com is now bookmarked in my browser.

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Free Webinar on Agile Requirements

Posted by iammarchhare on 24 April 2009

There will be a webinar on Thursday, 30 April 2009 at 2:00 pm EDT on Agile Requirements (Not an Oxymoron).  The speaker will be Ellen Gottesdiener of EBG Consulting.  She is an internationally recognized expert on collaborative requirements development.

I know I’m signing up at GoToWebinar!

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Safemanuals.com (aka Diplodocs.com)

Posted by iammarchhare on 21 April 2009

This is a little off-topic, but hopefully it will be of use to everyone.

I got the link to Safemanuals off of LifeHacker some time ago.  It has user manuals for various things, including some consumer computer equipment.  There are also manuals for cell phones.  The only thing that bothers me is that they cannot seem to make up their mind if they are Safemanuals or Diplodocs.

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