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Corporate Profile – XenSource

Company: XenSource, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA

Launch Date: 
  Formed in 2004

In the company’s own words, what is it?  XenSource plays the dual role of leading the open source Xen™ community, while simultaneously selling value-added enterprise solutions based on Xen technology. Founded and run by the original Xen development team, XenSource is committed to nurturing and growing the Xen community, and dedicates a significant amount of its own engineering resources to developing open source technology to maintain the Xen hypervisor’s position as the world’s fastest and most secure hypervisor.

In addition to its open source efforts, XenSource develops, markets, and sells value-added solutions and services based on the Xen hypervisor, including enterprise grade virtualization infrastructure solutions. These solutions allow enterprises to realize the TCO savings that result from increased server utilization, server consolidation, and reduced complexity in the data center.

XenSource is backed by leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sevin Rosen Funds, Accel Partners, and New Enterprise Associates. XenSource is based in Palo Alto, California.

Outside quote about company:  “We were looking for a virtualization solution that offered high performance and was easy to use,” said Chris Rogers, president of ServerCave, Inc., an Internet hosting and consulting firm based in Herndon, Virginia. “With XenEnterprise, we were quickly up and running on our IBM server. We have found it to be easy to manage and dependable.”

Features: 
Xen Enterprise™-Multi-OS virtualization for Enterprise IT
* Packaged & Supported Xen™ Virtualization
* Easy Installation and Deployment
* Blazing Fast Performance for Windows and Linux Guests
* Multi-Server Management
* Powerful Administrator Console
* Broad Hardware Support
* Affordable Annual and Perpetual Licensing Available
* Fully Supported

Xen Server™-Windows virtualization for Windows IT Professionals
* Packaged Xen™ Virtualization
* Easy Installation and Deployment
* Blazing Fast Performance for Windows Guests
* Multi-Server Management
* Powerful Administrator Console
* Low Cost Annual Licensing
* Seamless Upgrade Path
* Fully Supported

Xen Express™-Free Starter Package for Developers and IT Enthusiasts
* Packaged Xen™ Virtualization
* Blazing Fast Performance for Windows and Linux Guests
* Single Server Management
* Powerful Administrator Console
* Seamless Upgrade Path to XenServer™ and XenEnterprise™
* Free

Screen Shots: 

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Management/Directors: 
Peter Levine, President & CEO
Ian Pratt, Xen™ Project Lead, Founder and Office of the President
Simon Crosby, CTO and Founder
Frank Artale, VP of Business Development
John Bara, VP of Marketing
Earl Charles, CFO
John Glendenning, VP Worldwide Sales
Gordon Mangione, Senior VP Product Operations

Relevant Links: 
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jul06/07-17MSXenSourcePR.mspx
http://news.com.com/XenSource+gets+new+CEO,+direction/2100-7344_3-6039649.html
http://www.xensource.com/news/pr011007.html
http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191901720&subSection=Open+Source

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January 16, 2007 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Interview with tag2find

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Below is an interview with tag2find. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out!  http://www.tag2find.com/

TechAddress:  Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

tag2find:  The idea started at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria (in the heart of Europe). After so many times having trouble finding our files on the desktop we came up with the idea to develop a tool based on tagging. We do believe in a future where intuitive information retrieval will no longer be a difficult task, rather than something people will enjoy.

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TechAddress:  What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

tag2find:  We combine several sophisticated technologies in a very tiny and easy to use application that is highly flexible and will grow along with the community development. Our idea is to embrace existing technologies and existing desktop search engines and integrate them and provide additional features. Therefore, tag2find is positioned between the information and the desktop search.

TechAddress:  What are some of the main features?

tag2find:  tag2find empowers the user to find his files on the desktop by simply using tags. Based on this technology, the file directory hierarchy is no longer relevant on an operating system because it does not matter where your files are stored. Speed and ease of use are the main concerns of the software. No overwhelming user interface distracts the user from his task, but simple and ready-to-use integration in the existing desktop software provides fast access to all tasks at hand. While entering tags, the software supports the user in deciding the appropriate tags for given files by providing tag suggestions.

tag2find helps migration from current, traditionally hierarchical file structures to the new, interlinked tag structure by providing tools for setting up initial tags based on existing documents and structures within the system. A fully tagged environment provides the huge advantage of searching and finding information based on semantic relations – those relations are easily defined by the users. A stored file can be found by any combination of its attached tags, releasing the user from the burden of having to remember strict and unique paths to the files. At the moment, even with strict guidelines for placing files within folders, situations arrive every minute where the user has to decide about the correct placement of a file. With tags, he can simply attach both, providing him and his colleagues the possibility of finding a file both ways.

TechAddress:  Who’s your target customer or audience?

tag2find:  Everyone who is seeking for a convenient way to organize their files or information in a very flexible way.

TechAddress:  Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

tag2find:  We are working on the next hot upcoming features which will get the user to a next step for tagging (see http://www.tag2find.com/upcomingfeatures.html) on the desktop. Based on the current feedback, the look & feel of tag2find will change as well as some parts will be re-implemented. Cooperative tagging is another topic we are working on.

TechAddress:  Where do you see your company heading in the future?

tag2find:  We will incorporate the continuous community feedback and this approach proves to be just the right thing to do. We will grow as more and more users are coming across our tool and appreciating the powerful features and the convenience for their daily use.

TechAddress:  Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

tag2find:  As a start-up we are still facing some bugs we have to fix. Fortunately, the test users are supporting us with a lot of feedback and feature requests. Of course, we are just beginning and there is still a way to go to make all our visions come true.

TechAddress:  So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

tag2find:  We are guided by the vision to eliminate inflexible hierarchical folder structures on the PC and create a new experience and a new level of productivity when cooperating with others, based on simple, yet efficient means, like tagging.

TechAddress:  What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

tag2find:  Combining tagging with sophisticated features into a useful application to create something that provides a great value to customers.

TechAddress:  Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

tag2find:  We just released a very early technical preview, which is just a glimpse on what is about to come. At the moment we are setting up some financing for 2007.

TechAddress:  If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?

tag2find:  Our first, very early technical preview version was published on December 23rd, 2006. This version is more or less a working demo, yet incomplete regarding features and performance. We are now collecting feedback and improving tag2find.

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January 15, 2007 at 3:39 pm 1 comment

Corporate Profile – 37signals

Company: 37signals, LLC

Company logo:

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Location: Chicago, IL

Launch Date: 1999

In the company’s own words, what is it? We’re a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary. Our products do less than the competition — intentionally. We’ve been in business since 1999 and love what we do.

We believe most software is too complex. Too many features, too many buttons, too much confusion. We build easy to use web-based products with elegant interfaces and thoughtful features. We’re focused on executing on the basics beautifully.

While our products are mainly built for small businesses and individuals (we call this group the Fortune 5,000,000), companies of all sizes use them every day. From 1 person to teams of 3-5 people to companies of 5000. Everyone loves simple tools that help get the job done and then get out of your way.

Outside quote about company: Farhad Manjo of salon.com said, “Basecamp and Backpack represent the future of software on the Web not just because they’re elegant, easy-to-use programs that will likely make your life better. The two applications are also interesting because they were created in a novel way, using a new programming model that allowed 37 Signals to build each program very quickly, and with very few people. Indeed, this method of creating applications — doing it fast and on a tight budget — might well be called 37 Signal’s animating philosophy, its central mission.”

Features:
* Project management and collaboration (Basecamp)
* Real-time group chat (Campfire)
* Information organizer and calendar (Backpack)
* Simple to-do lists (Ta-da List)
* Collaborative writing (Writeboard)
* Open-source web-app framework (Ruby on Rails)
* Blogging read by over 30,000 a day (Signal vs. Noise)

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:

Jason Fried, Founder
David Heinemeier Hansson, Programmer
Ryan Singer, Designer
Sam Stephenson, Programmer
Marcel Molina, Programmer
Matt Linderman, Designer
Jamis Buck, Programmer

Relevant Links:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_47/b3960428.htm
http://businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_13/b3977005.htm
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/bestof/editorpicks.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,122928-page,4/article.html

January 11, 2007 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Todd Berkowitz, Director of Marketing for NewsGator

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Below is an interview with Todd Berkowitz, Director of Marketing for NewsGator. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.newsgator.com.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

NewsGator: We like to think of NewsGator as “The RSS Company,” and we have three primary offerings:

For consumers or individuals, we provide RSS aggregators or readers via the Web, Microsoft Outlook, desktop clients (Windows and Mac) and mobile devices among others. More than a million individuals use NewsGator Online (Web), NewsGator Inbox (Outlook), FeedDemon (Windows), NetNewsWire (Mac) and NewsGator Go! (Mobile) to access their news and information via RSS, with synchronization across all the platforms. These products help users improve productivity and stay better informed by bringing information directly to them from across the Web and blogosphere.

For businesses, we offer two centrally managed solutions: NewsGator Enterprise Server (server-based) and NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand (SaaS) to help easily deliver both internal and external RSS feeds to employee intranets, portals, e-mail clients and mobile devices, without a large learning curve for users. The solutions help reduce information overload, improve internal communications, drive greater portal usage, increase knowledge worker productivity and help organizations better leverage investments in Web 2.0 technologies.

Finally, for publishers, media companies and other companies with large Web presences, we provide a range of RSS, personalization and social media tools through the NewsGator Private Label Platform. The solutions help them build increase page views and loyalty within their existing brands.

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TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

NewsGator: On a macro-level, we are the only RSS company to offer solutions to individuals, businesses and media/publishing companies alike. On a product level the differentiators include:

  • Individual/Consumer: Multiple interfaces/devices – all synchronized, a full-featured taxonomy, and an index of more than one million feeds
  • Enterprise: Largest share of deployments and seats (Approximately 80-90% of market), widest set of access points (only one to support SharePoint or offer desktop clients), access to external content (via NewsGator Online) and integration with key Microsoft technologies
  • Private Label: Only one to provide widgets and other tools beyond a branded RSS reader, deployments outside of newspaper market

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

NewsGator: This is described above, but from the beginning, the philosophy has always been to provide a back-end platform to handle users, feeds and subscriptions and then provide a wide variety of points to access the content – from power users with 200+ feeds to people who need to get relevant content delivered to Outlook or a portal without having the faintest idea what RSS is. Some key features along that point include clippings (find an article from a feed, clip it to a folder, let others subscribe/or subscribe others to that feed), read-state and subscription synchronization between different access points, and ajax-based Web interfaces.

For particular products, there are other features. FeedDemon and NetNewsWire both have three-pane “newspaper” reading windows and are lightning fast. NewsGator Enterprise Server has integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and other LDAP stores. NewsGator Private Label Platform has widgets called “Buzz” that can be dropped into a site and provide content from the publisher or outside with only a few lines of code. We also provide a wide-range of security features across all of the offerings.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

NewsGator: It depends on the product. Here are some examples:

  • Individual/Consumer products: These are targeted to individuals with more casual users going for the free NewsGator Online, power and business users targeted for Inbox and FeedDemon, Mac owners targeted for NetNewsWire and mobile device power users targeted for NewsGator Go!.
  • Enterprise products: NewsGator Enterprise Server is targeted to the Fortune 1000 and other large companies (5,000+ users) as well as organizations with 250 or more employees and a high concentration of knowledge workers such as pharmaceutical/chemical manufacturers, law firms, PR/marketing agencies, high tech companies, government and professional services firms. Targets include IT (Advanced Technology or Technology Architects), Corp Comm/Marketing and Librarians/Knowledge Management. NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand is more suited for smaller companies (less than 250 employees), divisions or functional groups of larger organizations without IT staffs supporting them. Targets include Corp Comm/Marketing, Librarians/Knowledge Management as well as business owners such as sales, research etc;
  • Private Label: Newspapers, magazines, media companies, online content providers, publishers and B2C companies with a significant Web presence and content.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

NewsGator: Of course. NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand will be coming out later in January. A significant update of NewsGator Enterprise Server will be available in the first half of the year. We’re also part of the “SuiteTwo” project announced by Intel (www.suitetwo.com) which will ship in the next few months. On the consumer side, new versions of Inbox, FeedDemon and NetNewsWire are in the works as well as an even snazzier interface for NewsGator Online. Private Label is also constantly coming out with great new features like the recently announced Hosted Conversations. Subscribe to our blog to keep up-to-date on all major NewsGator developments: http://blogs.newsgator.com/daily/.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

NewsGator: Although RSS is one of the hottest Web 2.0 technologies around, it’s still only being knowingly used by a small percentage of the Internet population (less than 5% according to Forrester). As the technology matures and gains wider adoption, we plan to continually innovate and make it easier for people to access RSS and Web 2.0 content and maintain and even grow our leadership position.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

NewsGator: Not really, but used the wrong way, RSS can become as bad as e-mail in terms of information overload. If people subscribe to too many feeds it can be problematic. This means that businesses should think about the knowledge management implications of RSS and use best practices when embarking on a corporate initiative.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

NewsGator: Making it as easy as possible for as many people and companies to take full advantage of the power of RSS.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

NewsGator: The mission is really the same as the guiding principle. From a development standpoint we try to provide solutions and features that the market is asking for and also stay ahead of the curve and innovate in ways that people haven’t even thought was possible.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

NewsGator: NewsGator was founded in 2003 and accepted its first round of funding in June 2004. NewsGator closed its second, third and fourth round of financings in December 2004, April 2005 and June 2006 respectively. The company’s investors include Mobius Ventures and Masthead Venture Partners.

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January 10, 2007 at 12:04 pm 3 comments

Corporate Profile – FeedBurner, Inc.

Company: FeedBurner, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in Chicago, IL

Launch Date:
February, 2004

In the company’s own words, what is it? FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Our Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web.

FeedBurner also offers the largest feed and blog advertising network that brings together an unprecedented caliber of content aggregated from the world’s most recognized media companies (e.g. Wall Street Journal Online, Wired News, Ziff Davis), A-list bloggers and blog networks and individual publishers from around the world.

Outside quote about company: Raanan Bar-Cohen, director of product strategy at Dow Jones Online said, “Our adoption of FeedFlare, coupled with FeedBurner’s growing suite of tools that leverage RSS, will yield tremendous benefits for our audience and advertisers. Working with FeedBurner gives us the ability to rapidly test and deploy integrated offerings in our feeds, providing the flexibility and speed that is critical in today’s media marketplace.”

Features:
* Exceptional network of publishers
* Media is priced on a CPM basis, and ads are targeted by content channel
* Self-serve ad creation and performance monitoring
* Full third-party ad serving support

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:
Dick Costolo, co-founder and CEO
Eric Lunt, co-founder and CTO
Steve Olechowski, co-founder and COO
Matt Shobe, co-founder and Chief Design Officer

Relevant Links:
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_delivering_feeds_an.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=dow_jones_online_selects_feedb_1.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=twenty_of_the_worlds_top_blog.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_wins_chicago_innova.jsp

January 8, 2007 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

New Way for Students To Enter University Life

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 21st, 2006

University of Sydney Union has partnered with studentface.com.au, Australia’s largest online student community, to launch a new service for undergraduate students and high school leavers.

Australia’s skills shortage has created record demand for graduates; however, high school students find it hard to enter university because they don’t know any university students who can encourage them to enter tertiary education.

“This partnership is significant because it helps high school leavers log onto studentface.com.au, locate University students who are studying their desired degree, ask them questions and then enter university with greater confidence about what they are studying”, explained Jahangir Shagaev from studentface.com.au.

Studentface is Australia’s largest online community for students with representation at over 25 Australian universities where students form study groups, share photos, videos, make friendships and find career opportunities.

“We think studentface.com.au is great because it helps students have a better university experience”, said Katy Fernandez, President of the USYD Union.

 

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About Studentface.com.au
Studentface.com.au is Australia’s largest online community for university students with presence at over 25 Australian Universities, representing over 80% of Australia’s student population. The company is based in Sydney and has a vision of creating an online platform for Australian students where high school leavers can discover what life is like at university and where university students can access career opportunities through alumni and graduates of their institution.

Contact:
Studentface.com.au
Level13/167 Macquarie House

Sydney, NSW, Australia
t: +61 (02) 8216 0780

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About University of Sydney Union
The University of Sydney Union (USU) has provided services to students since 1874, enriching the life of students while they are at University. Those services include cultural and commercial services such as student development, clubs & Societies programs, community outreach programs, retail and food & beverage services, entertainment, o-week and many more. For more information please contact George Livery on 0411 742313 or go to usuonline.com.au.

January 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm 1 comment

TAKKLE Announces Nationwide Launch of High School Sports Social Networking Site

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TAKKLE AND SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FORM ALLIANCE TO REACH HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES VIA NEW MEDIA PLATFORM

NEW YORK – December 11, 2006TAKKLE, Inc., (www.takkle.com) the premier online social network for high school sports, today launched its nationwide service to connect high school athletes of all sports. In conjunction with its nationwide launch, TAKKLE also announced a strategic alliance with the Sports Illustrated franchise.

TAKKLE, the first online network for high school sports, now allows high school athletes across the nation participating in sports ranging from cheerleading to wrestling to football – over 20 sports in all – to develop personal connections rooted in their shared interests. TAKKLE is taking high school athletics to the next level by providing the tools and a platform for high school athletes across the country to create player and team profiles, upload videos and photos, track and view statistics, check out opponents before games, and discover the best athletes in the country.

“Sports is one of the oldest and most powerful social networks. TAKKLE captures teenagers’ passion for sports and connecting online with their friends,” said David Birnbaum, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TAKKLE. “With half of teenagers actively engaged in high school sports today and the explosive growth of social networking, we believe that TAKKLE will become a dynamic, compelling destination for teens.”

TAKKLE‘s new strategic alliance with Sports Illustrated enables the venerable sports media giant to engage a hard-to-reach audience that’s young and tech-savvy via an online platform specifically designed for high school athletes.

Building on the success of SI’s iconic Faces in the Crowd franchise – a popular section of the magazine for 50 years – athletes, coaches, athletic directors, and fans can now log onto TAKKLE to nominate athletes for SI’s Faces in the Crowd and a brand new Video Faces In the Crowd feature (www.takkle.com/faces), available exclusively on TAKKLE. Visitors to TAKKLE can upload and view user-generated video highlights of high school athletes from across the country. Each week, SI’s editors will select one candidate to appear in the Faces in the Crowd section of the magazine and showcase the athlete’s video as part of the new weekly feature on TAKKLE called “Sports Illustrated – Video Faces in the Crowd.”

“This is a great opportunity for us to introduce Faces in the Crowd to the next generation of athletes in a way that is extremely popular in today’s world,” said Jeff Price, President of SI Digital. “Young athletes will now be able to to join the more than 15,000 individuals who have been featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd by sharing their own video highlights with athletes and fans from around the country.”

In addition to its relationship with Sports Illustrated, TAKKLE has a strategic partner and investor with Wasserman Media Group (WMG), a leading sports and entertainment management, marketing and content company. WMG’s divisions represent some of the most recognized athletes and sports brands, such as Tracy McGrady, Freddy Adu, Chase Utley, and many others. TAKKLE will offer WMG a unique online social network to reach an engaged, targeted audience. In addition, WMG will use its wide-ranging contacts and clients in the industry to benefit TAKKLE as the service grows and expands its reach and visibility with athletes and fans.

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About TAKKLE
TAKKLE, the premier online social network for high school sports, connects athletes, coaches, fans, friends, and recruiters for all high school athletics. On TAKKLE, high school athletes can track and compare their stats, post team schedules, scout rivals, and share videos and photos with their teammates and opponents.

TAKKLE offers advertisers and marketers the ability to strategically target a passionate, engaged audience of high school athletes and fans. TAKKLE’s investors include Wasserman Media Group LLC, Greycroft Partners LLC, IJ Smith Enterprises LLC, and Jack Schneider, Managing Director at Allen & Company, Inc.

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About SI
SI is a multimedia sports brand that takes the consumer into the heart and soul of sports. The SI franchise is anchored by Sports Illustrated, the most respected voice in sports journalism which reaches a weekly audience of nearly 21 million adults, and SI.com, the magazine’s 24/7 sports news website that delivers more than 150 original stories to its users each week.

The SI franchise also includes Sports Illustrated Kids (sikids.com), a monthly magazine targeted to kids age 8 and up; Golf Magazine and Golf.com; SIOncampus.com, a website dedicated to college sports and the college sports lifestyle; SI Presents the magazine’s specialty publishing division; as well as SI Books, SI Pictures, SI Productions, SI Digital and SI Events. Founded in 1954, SI is a division of Time Inc., the world’s leading magazine publishing company and a subsidiary of Time Warner.

December 20, 2006 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

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