Category Archives: Resources

Online resources, local businesses, tools for traveling, and other helpful information.

A Home for Freelancers

It is isn’t easy being a freelancer these days, not that it ever has. But working for oneself has now become a very common thing in our modern “sharing” economy. Not only does a freelancer need to have the drive and vision of an entrepreneur, the faith and ability to sell one’s skills and ideas like an advertising director, but it’s all too easy to find oneself stuck at home. She or he also need to find ways to meet people and keep ideas fresh and energetic. Above all, those working on their own need to stay inspired by avoiding isolation and getting stuck in a rut, which can all too easily happen when constantly surrounded by all the distractions that arise at home. That’s why places like our own Ideas & Coffee Coworking Space are gaining attention. A coworking space offers independent self-motivated people an office-like environment with all the amenities as well as a nice place to meet clients and colleagues – plus the chance to network with similar folks facing similar problems. They’re dedicated spaces far better than coffee-shops (and with safer Internet connections) for working. And they’re gaining in popularity as the economy evolves. PBS has recognized this with a report this last week on the PBS Newshour, “Selling office space and happy hour to a rising economy of freelancers“. It’s an interesting look at the coworking phenomenon, though it never mentions the term, and how … Continue reading

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Good News for Book Lovers

With hackers, surveillance, and security flaws everywhere, there seems to be little good news about the Internet these days. Therefore, when anything truly positive happens, it should be posted everywhere, if not actually shouted from the rooftops. Today, that rare positive event is that the Second Appeals Court has ruled that Google has won the right to scan books and not have to pay the Authors Guild — or anybody else — a single dime for the privilege. But how is that a good thing? Wasn’t the Authors Guild fighting for the rights of writers to make a living, and the big evil corporation trying to rip them off? That is, indeed, what the Authors Guild contends. They have vigorously opposed the search engine giant’s plan to scan and digitize the content of all the libraries of the world since it was first announced a decade ago. They were afraid that Google would “amass an unrivaled digital library, using these books to draw users to its website, strengthen its dominance of the search-engine market, and increase its advertising.” So they felt compelled to act, in the name of protecting copyright and the little guy. It’s true, of course, that Google is only doing it to further increase market share. So the lawsuit the Guild filed with a group of individual writers, along with one by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) was to get their fair share of the pickings … Continue reading

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Promote Your Site at SWCP

Southwest Cyberport is proud of our customers. After all, they’re smart enough to use a friendly, local ISP with cutting-edge technology and good tech support, so they must know something. 😉 One of the ways we show it is by offering website owners and other customers free listings right here on this website, under the Directories menu heading. There’s our Eprom or “Electronic Promenade”, which functions like the storefronts of an online mall, displaying company logos and descriptions, a Business Directory listing sites alphabetically, and listings for those with personal webpages, too. These listings are not automatic – but all are free for members upon request. Why bother? We’re committed to supporting local businesses, and we want to celebrate the surprisingly wide range of diverse talents and interesting and unusual offerings available right here in the heart of New Mexico. It’s an exclusive, convenient place to hang out your shingle for your neighbors, and it’s absolutely free. All these directories have recently been updated; dead links removed, sites checked, and the descriptions freshened up. Your websites hosted here let the whole world know you exist; why not show off for your friends and neighbors? SWCP member website owners and those with your own pet projects are invited to sign up today, the more the merrier.  

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