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The end of my Pandora road is near…

August 24, 2010

So even though I recently confessed my love for Pandora, I was a little disheartened recently when I received an email detailing how I am approaching my listening limit. Apparently, Pandora gives you 40 hours of free listening radio bliss per month, which seems like a lot, but not when you work at a desk for 40+ hours a week and Pandora is your way of drowning out ongoing telephone conversations from your cubemates.

Now I have 3 options:

1. Pay $0.99 to continue listening for the remainder of August, just so I’ll receive the same email 30 days from now

2. Pay $36 to listen without limits, plus the promise of some cool (not mentioned in the email) features

3. Do nothing, and by nothing I mean switch to Slacker Radio until I can Pandora again

Maybe I’m just being dramatic, but I really don’t see how Pandora would think anyone would pay for their services when there are other services available for free. I mean I enjoy listening to the random tracks they throw at me based on my previously-rated selections, but I wouldn’t describe it as a $36 a month worth of happiness. Would you pay the $36/month for unlimited online radio?

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2010: Online products I can’t live without

March 30, 2010

In no particular order, here is my “I don’t know how I would be able to function if you weren’t safely saved in my bookmarks” list for 2010.

1. ToodleDo– my online “to do” list that I’m constantly adding to and checking off. I’ve used this both for my work tasks and my personal “goals” we’ll call them.
2. Tweetdeck– This remains open on my computer all day, everyday as my desktop background. I currently have 10 columns ranging from retweets and direct messages to search words keeping track of competitors to hashtags of interest to me. I currently have the Dancing with the Stars tag (#DWTS) listed as a saved search to see how many people think Pamela Anderson is going to fall on her face. Or fall out of her costume.
3. Facebook– for obvious reasons. The book of face is the best way to keep in touch with friends from the past.
4. IMDB– this website has won me so much money on bets with my friends and coworkers, I should pretty much pay them a percentage. And I have this disease where I can remember every movie every actor has ever been, adding to my Internet Movie DataBase addiction to confirm my suspicions.
5. Evernote– for my ever evolving collection of lists. Grocery lists, blog post ideas, J. Crew wishlist, songs to add into my iPod, random thoughts I want to get out of my head. Basically my brain’s vomit on a page is all compiled in my Evernote notebook.
6. Netflix– I love being able to think of a movie of having in my mailbox the next day. Channing Tatum at my fingertips- yes, please, I’m in love.
7. YouTube– where else I am able to view dance videos for choreography inspiration, music videos as a visual alternative to online radio, and viral humor videos for moments where I feel like laughing hard enough to put my ab muscles in pain? My “favorited” video list is beginning to grow out of control.
8. Gmail– my main personal email source, my lifeline.
9. GoogleReader– I currently subscribe to over 45 blogs, needless to say, without my GoogleReader, I’d be lost. I love the feeling of being able to go to one site to get all of my up-to-date news that is personally tailored to me. And the star features allows me to quickly scan through posts, star the content relevant to my current projects and interests and go back and view them later.
10. Skype– Free service to video chat with people far, far away. Skype allowed me to keep in contact with my parents in Michigan while living in California and then later, in Chicago and allows me to converse with my aunt living in a hut in Afghanistan. Amazing communication tool!
11. Pandora/Slacker– I listen to streaming music during the day to drown out background noise at work or to listen to during a mundane project. I listen to streaming stand-up comedy when I need a pick-me-up. Both great (free) online radio services that “learn” your song preferences based on your loved or hated selections.
12. WordPress– And last, but certainly not least, my dear WordPress. I haven’t found too many bloggers who aren’t in a committed relationship with the press. Great widgets, tons of functionality and tech “power” while still being very user-friendly and easy to learn for first-timers.

Am I missing anything? What sites can’t you live without?


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