Regarding the Ozarks Literacy Council badge test below, they have less than 24 hours to raise money to replace that window. More from Dave Adams:

This particular fundraising need comes at a tough time. OLC receives United Way funds, and to get them, it must halt all fundraising activity during the United Way recruiting period, which begins on Wednesday, September 1 and lasts two months. So we will have to end the fundraising at that time. So if you are considering giving, know that you have to make the donation right away. Thanks again everyone!

If you have a few extra dollars sitting in your PayPal account, consider going to the OLC Campaign and help them out.

ps, breaking $2000 for Dropcash would make me happy too. :)

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ManyBooks.net: "This site contains more than 10,000 eBooks from Project Gutenberg and other sources, formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, or PDA."

They even have an RSS feed for their Recent Additions.

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(props to jason for making them so pretty. more on how to make them later, or if you're an enterprising soul, try it out)

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Here are two external blogs to keep you updated on Dropload and DropCash.

We had a small outage today with DropCash's TypeKey scripts, and now that Dropload has been getting a ton of use it has a lot more issues and needs a place to put updates. Jon at LagParty has been taking care of a lot of the site issues and doing support for Dropload, so it just made sense to start a blog to notify users. They also needed to be offsite during server downtime so Blogger was an obvious choice.

Oh and happy birthday, Blogger.

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From: PayPal
Subject: PayPal Merchant Referral Bonus
Date: August 20, 2004 12:37:27 PM PDT
To: Andre Torrez

Dear Andre Torrez,
Thank you for referring Xxxxx Xxxxxxx to PayPal. Because Xxxxx Xxxxxxx just signed up for a Premier or Business PayPal account, you are now eligible to receive a Merchant Referral Bonus.

As soon as Xxxxx Xxxxxxx has used PayPal to receive a total of $200.00 USD in payments, you will receive your initial bonus of $1.00 USD, which will be deposited directly into your PayPal account

I did not know that. I think that's a little low. I'm not complaining, they could give 50ยข and I probably wouldn't care, but I think as an incentive that's not a very good one.

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This is why I wanted to make Dropcash. Tom of WSMF is raising money to buy some wireless routers to put on top of some apartments to provide free wireless access as part of The Personal Telco Project.

Sure, Tom could have thrown up a link directly to PayPal and started collecting money that way, updating the campaign's progress on his site when he could. But now there's a landing page for his campaign so people can keep checking in on the progress in real-time, and that is pretty cool.

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I had another idea for a site, this one's called DropCash and it was really a group effort. First, Jason designed the pages and did a lot of the thinking about how to present the screens and information to people so it made sense. Then I implemented the TypeKey authentication service so people wouldn't have to remember ANOTHER password/email/user combo (and I wouldn't have to build one). And finally it all rides on top of the excellent PayPal API.

I usually build sites by myself and then open them up for people to comment on them, but this time I tried to spread the work out as much as possible and I'm much happier with the result. I didn't let the project die on my hard-drive like so many other ideas I have.

If you'd like to see a better demonstration of how DropCash does its thing, head over to Gominosensei's site for a more detailed explanation.

Finally, and I'm not joking, here is what is being said about DropCash in this picture:
Me: "I can't figure out why nobody had done this yet."
Jeffrey: "So will you make any money?"
Me: "No."
Jeffrey: "That's why."

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My friend Mat just showed me this: Report: iMovie strips FairPlay DRM from iTunes songs. I just did it with a song I bought off of iTunes a couple days ago, and it worked with only one hitch. Exporting as AIFF made a 38 meg file which had to be ran through iTunes to get it to a manageable size.

It's easier to use Hymn, but this would do in a pinch.

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