I have done so in order to consolidate multiple blogs and simplify my life.



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Nick of UrbanMelt.com will be giving a presentation at SocialDevCampChicago about UrbanMelt’s switch from Java to Ruby on Rails.  Find out why we made the switch and what he’s learned during the tedious process.

Here’s a bit more about the event taken from the SocialDevCampChicago event wiki (check out the wiki to see who else will be there and what topics will be discussed):

“SocialDevCampChicago is an unconference for people passionate about social networks, web applications, platform development, new media, and any of the exciting (but messy) topics in-between. Join some of the brightest minds in the Midwest for a day of fun, learning, and coding!

SocialDevCampChicago will be on Saturday, August 9, 2008, 8:30am-6:00pm (with afterparty TBD)


Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Center (the cool Rem Koolhaas building)
3201 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616

After Party Location:

Grace O’Malley’s
1416 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Complimentary drinks from 6:30 – 8:30
Feel free to stay longer

Easily accessible from the CTA Red Line via the Sox-35th Street exit. Even better – the Green Line actually lets out *inside* the building (the tube above the building are the El platforms). Ample parking is available to the south of the building.

Grace O’Malley’s is also accessible from the CTA. Both the Green Line and Red Line stop at Roosevelt and the bar is two blocks south on Michigan.

SocialDevCamp Chicago was inspired by SocialDevCamp East, hosted on May 10 in Baltimore. The name remains the same (with permission of course). The crew for the Chicago installment, however, will be headed by Tim Courtney and Andy Angelos. Same mission, different minds!”

Computer Services USA

Computer Services USA


Computer Services USA (a Chicago area computer sales, service and repair facility) has just relocated to 3552 West 95th Street, Evergreen Park, IL 60805. 

Stop by and say hi to Jay and tell him UrbanMelt sent you.

UniversalBusinessListing.org allows you to do it.  Instead of trying to find every online directory and then spend all the time listing your business information over and over again, just list once and forget it. 

$30 gets you listed on the major online directories, local search engines and 411 directories for the year.  Renew after the first year for $15.  It’s well worth it.  I’ve seen search companies charge more than $300 for a similar service that’s not as extensive.

Moving your business into a new location?  You can change your information at UniversalBusinessListing.org as many times as you need with no additional charges.

To find out more, just visit their site.  It’s a no brainer!

Hello Folks,

It is my duty as an advocate of small and local businesses to spread the word about new and useful tools to help your business adapt and grow.

Earlier today Silkfair.com was brought to my attention.  It is an online marketplace similar to eBay or Etsy.

What I like about it:

– Free Online Store for sellers

– Education and positive attitude about social networking to promote seller stores

– Custom URL

– Sellers can use video to sell items

– Sellers can link back to their eBay rating

I’d love to hear what the rest of the community thinks about Silkfair.com.  Please check it out and comment back here, at Silkfair’s blog, or suggestions [at] silkfair.com.

Take care,


Quick Post:

You can use ping.fm to update your posts on a variety of different social services including Twitter, Plurk, Jaiku, Pownce and Tumblr all in one shot.  I just signed up and received this as the beta code to share – “pingofpings”




We have had tons & tons of work to do to make UrbanMelt.com better for everyone.  We’re a team of two and only one of us is a software developer.  We will be releasing a completely revamped version of UM that will provide a solid foundation to facilitate the creation of future features.  The work that has been done will allow us to make changes on the fly quickly.  This makes it possible to give our community what it wants when it wants.  So, to those of you who have been waiting for the new release so long that your forgot who we were, it’s coming and coming soon.

We appreciate your patience and support,


Today, http://www.wischlist.com has relaunched after 10 months out of sight. Make sure you stop by and see the work of our homie, Dave Wischnowsky. You won’t be disappointed.

You can also see him tonight, 5-16-08, on E! at 7pm central time.

Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment

Description: A.D.O.P.T. is a not-for-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization serving Naperville Il., and the surrounding area. A.D.O.P.T. evaluates and socializes our pets through an in-home care program, and our volunteers work very hard to make the best possible match between your home and lifestyle and our dogs and cats.

Mission: The mission of this Corporation shall be the placement of animals into permanent caring homes and to advance humane treatment of animals through education. The corporation will engage in any and all activities in furtherance of objectives established by the voting membership

To learn more about A.D.O.P.T. and participate go here: http://www.adoptpetshelter.org

Donate here: http://www.firstgiving.com/joleenwisch

Here’s a link to a quick article written by Paula Hay on StartUp Nation.  It talks about the growing demand for local products and services and provides a couple of resources to learn more. Click Here for the Article

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