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KVS Availability Tool

The KVS Availability Tool is used to search for flight and seat availability by class, award/upgrade status, route, and date.  It is absolutely invaluable for finding award and upgrade inventory — just the thing to use up those extra frequent flyer miles.  We prefer the Platinum edition which grants access to almost all features for a 'contribution' of $15 for two months (or US$60/year).  The "Diamond" level adds round the world fares and routing routing rules.


We use Skype for instant messaging, cheap voice calls including very reasonable rates for international calls, and video conferencing.  I've long been a fan of face-to-face communication as I think you lose something from email-only interactions.  And while phone calls are a step up from text-only media such as email and IM, there's no replacement for the visual cues and context that video can provide. In-person meetings are better still, but the logistics and costs of meeting frequently in the same physical location can be prohibitive for geographically-distributed teams.

In the past, I've used Tandberg video units, which are easy to use, relatively simple to set up and function very well, but their cost is extremely high — list price almost USD 3k for the least expensive unit!  With Skype and a good camera like the Microsoft LifeCam HD Cinema (about $50 with noise-cancelling microphone and true 720p HD quality), you can have a great video-conferencing setup for 5% of the cost of the cheapest Tandberg.

WordPress – A great tool for building sites

This site is built using WordPress. For most companies, a corporate site can become a distraction from their core business — particularly for Internet companies that have a ‘real’ product to build. Using WordPress for content sites means no time spent coding and no wasting of valuable product and technology team focus. And the wide variety of themes, templates, and plugins for WordPress, with the rich ecosystem of developers and creative agencies that has sprung up to support them, make it a great choice for content sites of all types, sizes, and audiences.