Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Police CD Double Disc

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I'm a bit behind the times, but perhaps you know about The Police. They're going on a huge tour, and they released a great Police CD on June 5th. Tickets for their concerts are going like crazy, but maybe you've been able to snag some. I think some of my friends have been able to get tickets.

The CD release is a two-CD compilation of hits. You're getting a heck of a lot in this set. You get tons of great songs. AND you get a great vintage poster. This poster of The Police will look awesome on your wall! If you're at all a fan of The Police, don't overlook this CD set. Sales are undoubtedly going through the roof, due to the great content of this compilation.

Here are the songs you'll get on the CD set. Can you really do without these?

Disc: 1
1. Fallout
2. Can't Stand Losing You
3. Next to You
4. Roxanne
5. Truth Hits Everybody
6. Hole in My Life
7. So Lonely
8. Message in a Bottle
9. Reggatta de Blanc
10. Bring on the Night
11. Walking on the Moon
12. Don't Stand So Close to Me
13. Driven to Tears
14. Canary in a Coalmine

Disc: 2
1. Do Do Do de da da Da
2. Voices Inside My Head
3. Invisible Sun
4. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
5. Spirits in the Material World
6. Demolition Man
7. Every Breath You Take
8. Synchronicity I
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Walking in Your Footsteps
11. Synchronicity II
12. King of Pain
13. Murder by Numbers
14. Tea in the Sahara

Now you can watch the UK commercial for The Police. See it below!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Police, they're a three-piece band that formed in the early 1980s. It's composed of Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland. They're doing a huge international world tour until the middle of 2008, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Roxanne, a hit single. There is definitely a lot of information on the internet about them, from blogs and fan sites to great articles on Wikipedia.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

VLC Media Player is Free

I removed Dell's MediaDirect player from my Inspiron e1405. But that left me without a media player. So I had to find a new one.

VLC media player is a great free option. It has a ton of features, but it also works well as a basic media player.

After downloading and installing it, I just set it as my AutoPlay default for DVDs. Now DVDs automatically play in VLC on my laptop. Pretty cool.

I haven't figured out how to make the media buttons on my machine to control VLC, but I hope to soon.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

PayPerPost Obtains $7 Million in Funding

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PayPerPost provides a great way to advertise on blogs. They've been running strong for a while now, and they just got a new infusion of capital - $7 million!

The coolest part about this company is that it truly pays out money to its publishers. One postie has already earned over $10,000! Several posties earn over $500 per month, and many more earn several hundred every month. They're running a great business!

This new round of capital could be really interesting for PayPerPost. They've just launched a new website, and I'm sure that's just the first of many great changes we'll see in the coming weeks.

One great thing they could do is keep working on PayPerPost Direct. This service allows advertisers to pick individual blogs on which to advertise. It's definitely a great method, and PayPerPost only takes a 10% cut in the review price. That's the lowest cut in the industry!

A change that I would love to see is some better visual design for their websites, including the postie back-end pages. The pages function pretty well, but the design style is pretty outdated, in my opinion. Maybe they could hire a couple new designers and get a more updated, Web 2.0 look. Where's the cool AJAX and transparent elements?

For more info on this funding, check out the official press release:
The PayPerPost Revolution Accelerates, Sponsored
Blogging Marketplace Secures $7 Million Series B

Draper Fisher Jurvetson leads round and joins Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FL – (June 12, 2007) – PayPerPost, the leading marketplace for advertisers to reach bloggers and other consumer content creators, today announced it has completed a $7 million second round investment led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, an investor in the company's Series A and one of the world’s leading high-technology venture capital firms. The financing brings the total amount of capital raised by PayPerPost to over $10 million, giving the company considerable resources for further development as the industry’s leading Consumer Generated Advertising marketplace. Additional participants in the round include existing investors Inflexion Partners and Village Ventures as well as new investor DFJ Gotham. With this investment, DFJ Managing Director Josh Stein also joins PayPerPost’s Board of Directors.

“PayPerPost created this exciting new advertising space and has established itself as the industry leader,” said Ted Murphy, chief executive officer of PayPerPost. “Although we’ve only used a portion of our first round capital, this added support from investors unlocks significant growth potential. Our content creator and advertiser ROI metrics clearly demonstrate the upside for PayPerPost’s model. We intend to use this capital to build the infrastructure, visibility and professional expertise necessary to reach and retain a greater network of advertisers and content creators than ever before.”

Since its founding in June of 2006, PayPerPost has signed more than 6,500 advertisers to its groundbreaking service, which has enabled Consumer Content Creators to be compensated for their efforts discussing specific companies, products or services via blogs, videos or other media. The content creators are required to disclose relationships with advertisers on their blog, providing transparency for the end reader. Over 125,000 Internet postings, most in the form of blogs, have already earned money for their creators through PayPerPost’s innovative marketplace. PayPerPost recently released PayPerPost Direct, a disruptive new service that allows advertisers to contract and negotiate directly with individual bloggers they identify through a safe, managed system.

“PayPerPost has laid a strong foundation for the future,” noted Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. “It continues to attract a critical mass of participants from both the advertising and blogging communities. Analogous to Overture’s sponsored search model, we believe PayPerPost’s business model holds disruptive potential and will enable the company to thrive in the evolving paid-content arena.”

To mark the $7 million dollar funding, PayPerPost has launched a new website detailing the company’s service offering at http://www.payperpost.com. Bloggers and advertisers can easily sign up at the site and begin leveraging the self service marketplace.

Don't Overlook Generic Soft Drinks

I'm definitely a caffeine addict. Are you?

The bad thing is that soft drinks are pretty pricey. My beloved Dr. Pepper costs over $1 for a 20-ounce bottle. I'm willing to shell out some cash for my fix, but I do try to save money when I can.

That's why I'm drinking a generic soda right now. I got it from the local grocery store for much cheaper than Dr. Pepper. It's definitely not quite as good, but it's pretty tasty. You might need to try a few different flavors to find one you like, but you'll save some money in the end. And you can still get your caffeine fix!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Find a Cool Night Vision Scope

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I don't know about you, but I've always been fascinated with night vision scopes. Anything that lets me see in the dark is definitely a cool thing.

The best part about night vision is how affordable scopes and goggles have become. Optics Planet has a cool set of night vision goggles for only $205. If I spent much time outdoors at night, I would definitely consider getting these. They're just too darn neat.

This site also has a full line of regular binoculars, scopes, radar guns, cameras, and other similar equipment. It's definitely a comprehensive site for this kind of technology. And it looks like many of the products have free shipping. That's always a good thing!

Consider an Exam Preparation Class

Standardized tests are intimidating. A lot hinges upon them, and it's definitely a stressful experience.

But because the tests are standardized, you can easily find an exam preparation class to help you get ready. There are several companies which specialize in this type of program.

Exam preparation is generally recommended for people who need a little extra self-discipline to study. It helps you focus on the important things for the exam. You'll be all set for the big day, and hopefully a little more relaxed.

Good luck!

Get Educational Help from Score

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Many children benefit from having personal tutors. There's definitely something useful in having one-on-one instruction, in addition to regular classroom learning.

Score! Educational Centers have a wide range of tutors, including math tutors. They also have people available to help with every grade level.

If you're looking for a tutor for your child, this could be a great option. Definitely check out Score!