Now that’s just damn smart

I’ve made no secret of how much I love SmugMug.  Great price, straight-forward UI, unlimited photo storage, open APIs… blah, blah, blah.  You want loyal customers?  Simple: make a great product and support it well.

Well, here’s another tip for loyal customers: give ’em free stuff for no reason whatsoever.


I logged into SmugMug tonight to check the stats on my pictures and guess what?  They’re going to send me stickers and a camera strap…  just ’cause.

I’m feeling the love.


Ah, spaces

So, now that I’m digging on Windows Live Writer it is really easy for me to bounce around several different blogs for posting. I would, however, need a good mechanism for monitoring comments (which is always the issue for me). For a while I’ve been considering slowly teasing apart the content on my uber blog to allow me to have a little more coherent theme.

Does this mean my space is now going to spring back to life? Only time will tell.


So, you want to live and work in Europe?

imageWhy not join us?

Earlier this week we launched a microsite for our team here in Dublin.  The new site is chock full of informational goodness.

The new site was built under the watchful eye of Dan and the end result is quite slick.  It even makes me want to re-apply for a job.

So, if you like the sound of great benefits like 31 days of paid vacation (yep, 6 weeks) and being within spitting distance of anywhere in Europe… review the job list then click one of the “e-mail your CV” links on the site to submit a resume.

Now, that you’ve applied, it’s time for a little hide-and-seek… can you find the picture of me on the site?


A quick search can pay off big

Paula’s using my old laptop and Pa really needs to take it out back behind the barn with a shotgun.  It’s slow, it won’t dock properly and I really don’t like the way it’s been looking at the toaster.

This past weekend we finally bit the bullet and placed an order for a new laptop for Paula, the ThinkPad X61s.  Paula’s top desire is small and light and this unit fit the bill (as well as came with a ton of awards to ease our minds).  Sony and Toshiba have some very sexy laptops… but the price of the ThinkPad sold us (although we were both tempted by the pretty hardware).  The total with shipping and tax: $1,989.93, a full $1000 less than the Sony.

We were very pleased with the results.  Paula really wanted the Sony TZ, but once we added a dock, shipping and tax the price jumped up to $3,158.07.  Lenovo had a sale on ThinkPads through October 1st making the price hard to beat.  But it gets better…

Our order was delayed because I didn’t have my alternate shipping address (Leslie’s house) on record with my credit card.  As part of the process I went back to the web site and what should I find?  Lenovo started a new sale.  Bad news normally, but good news for me since my order was still pending.  I canceled the order and put in a new one.  Ding!  Saved $100! 

But wait, there’s more.  While I was admiring my new, lower total I noticed a blank line: “eCoupon”.  I’m already getting a great price on this laptop (in my opinion)… they’re not going to allow me to apply a coupon to their sale price, are they?  Only one way to find out… I type “lenovo ecoupon” into Live search and first result is for a coupon listing on  I hop back over to my order and sure enough, my good deal just got better!

End result: the laptop I was pleased to get for $1,989.93 is being shipped to me for $1,527.22. 


Oh, by the way, out of curiosity I went back and tried the same search on Google… the money saving coupon was seven links down.  Thanks Live Search!