David Kirkpatrick

February 23, 2010

Making moving more easy

Filed under: Business, et.al. — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:18 pm

If you are a college student or young adult living in apartments, you may move fairly often. If you own your home — house, condo, townhome, loft or something else — you probably don’t move nearly as often, but relocations through moving to a new city for a new job, or just buying a new home in your current city do happen. No matter how often you move there is one common denominator — it is a hassle. You either start calling friends with trucks and vans and hope you can assemble a team big enough to get the job done quickly, or you start calling professional movers and begin the process of sorting out the varying price structure, bids for different levels of service and even doing your best to vet each company for reliability and work quality. If you happen to live in the New York City area and are looking for New York movers, you are in luck.

Two software engineers became frustrated with moving in Manhattan and created CityMove.com, a website that provides two key services for people needing to relocate. First the site is a forum for moving company customers to post about their experience good and bad. With this you can read about actual moving transactions from different companies and how positive — or negative — the experience was for the customer.

The major benefit of the site is it acts as a matchmaking service between moving companies and customers. When you need to move, sign in at the site and enter the details of your project then post the job to allow moving companies to bid on your relocation. Once you accept a bid and complete the move, head back to CityMove and leave a review on your experience for future moving customers. Best of all? CityMove is a free service for the moving customer.

This sounds like a service people in other cities would love to have access to. I know my last move entailed collecting bids from companies myself and then trying to sort through all the apples-to-oranges bid comparisons. CityMove would have made the process a whole lot easier.


December 1, 2008

Plaxico Burress is in big trouble

Filed under: et.al., Media, Sports — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:25 pm

As a friend of mine mentioned today, New York gun laws are draconian. The New York Giant reciever is looking at some real time behind bars for this little escapade.

I’m guessing the time in the clink will be a career-ender for Plax.

From the link:

In what prosecutors called “a strong case,” Burress faces a mandatory sentence of 3 ½ years in state prison, with a maximum of 15 years, on each count. Benjamin Brafman, Burress’s lawyers, said Burress planned to plead not guilty to both charges.

Burress remained silent through the proceedings and did not talk to reporters Monday. Brafman, who told reporters that he would not talk about specifics of the case, said that he hoped prosecutors would let the investigations of the matter play out before moving ahead with the matter.

July 6, 2008

Sunday video fun — fireworks display

Filed under: et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:20 pm

Honoring the end of a holiday weekend, here’s the NYC fireworks display from this year.

If that’s not enough to satisfy that fireworks itch, here’s a link to a YouTube search for “fireworks display.”

January 25, 2008

Nanny state in action NYC style

Filed under: et.al., Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:37 pm

The Village Voice has an article covering a proposed New York City law to outlaw any device monitoring air quality (for pretty much any toxin) without prior approval from the police in the form of a permit.

From the article:

Damn you, Osama bin Laden! Here’s another rotten thing you’ve done to us: After 9/11, untold thousands of New Yorkers bought machines that detect traces of biological, chemical, and radiological weapons. But a lot of these machines didn’t work right, and when they registered false alarms, the police had to spend millions of dollars chasing bad leads and throwing the public into a state of raw panic.

OK, none of that has actually happened. But Richard Falkenrath, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, knows that it’s just a matter of time. That’s why he and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have asked the City Council to pass a law requiring anyone who wants to own such detectors to get a permit from the police first.

(Hat tip: Hit & Run)