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  • cqwww 10:06 am on June 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , help, job jar, lend a hand, services, trades   

    Job Jar is looking for alpha testers 

    In the software development lifecycle, the alpha stage is when you have your minimal viable product (MVP) and are ready for testing. This means things will likely not work, and you will find bugs. If you like the idea of the project, it is very valuable to the development team to get feedback of these bugs, so they can be fixed before the site officially goes live. If you’ve read this far, I’m excited to announce that one of my pet projects, is at the alpha stage and looking for friends and colleagues to try the site out.

    The site is called Job Jar and the goal of the site is to be like ebay for services. Say for example you’re looking to move from Victoria to Nanaimo, and could use a hand. Instead of spending your time calling/asking around, simply post your job, and put the job’s URL out to your social networks. Ideally your friends will down bid each other, as well as local businesses, so you can choose the most cost effective solution for your job. The initial job categories are Yard Waste, Misc, Helping Hand, Construction, Delivery/Pickup, Transportation, Pets and Automotive, although I expect this list to be added to and edited based on demand. Initially the scope is Victoria area only, with the next phase to start scaling out using geographic information systems (GIS).

    There are many practical jobs you can use the site for, such as having someone do your dishes or laundry, take your car for its oil change, pick you up in a rickshaw from the pub and take you home. You can also use the site for more frivolous jobs, like to simply having someone pick you up a pack of Twizzlers and a pop as you’re feeling too lazy to walk to the store.

    Interested in trying it out? All I ask is you commit to emailing me any bugs you find, as well as giving me some feature request ideas for the next stage! Create an account and try it out!



    • cqwww 10:28 pm on February 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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      Can you afford to give up a few vegetables? 

      Thanks to Victoria city councilor Lisa Helps, I was made aware of a Victoria citizen who has made a request for vegetables. I can't imagine making such a request is easy for the ego, and who knows when each of us may need to make a similar request. As such, I've decided to relay it here in hopes I have a friend that can help Chris out: 

      So here's my deal: I'm on welfare, but my expenses don't leave me any money for food. I've been trying to solicit odd jobs, but it's been slow. What I am most seriously lacking in my life is veggies. I have stopped eating meat and so soup kitchens are out. I am wondering if anyone is into bartering. I'm an excellent writer, can install Linux on your computer, help you set up a website, help you convert your diesel vehicle to straight vegetable oil or build a biodiesel processor, can do basic carpentry and repairs…whatever, ask me, maybe I have the skills required. I'm also offering my services for cash of course, but it seems hard to come by for a lot of folks. I have plans I'm working on to bring money in, but I desperately need food like tomorrow. I've got a decent amount of rice, noodles, potatoes, quinoa, etc, enough for a week or so but no veggies. Would really like to have some broccoli, kale, spinach, brussel spouts and other healthy green stuff every day.

      ​If you can help him out, email [email protected] or message him through his Facebook page. If you'd rather so anonymously, feel free to contact me.

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