Maybe someday you'll have an eager-faced personal assistant to tend to your every whim (You said skim latte! Skim!), but in the meantime, there are still those annoying to-dos you never quite get done.
TaskRabbit, a new Web service operating in a handful of cities including New York, wants to make your life easier by helping you outsource those errands and odd jobs in a hassle-free, affordable fashion.
The way it works is simple: You post a task that needs doing (anything from dropping off dry cleaning to assembling IKEA furniture to programming your TV) and how much you're willing to pay for said service. Willing task-doers (all pre-vetted by the site) then make offers on the job, and TaskRabbit connects you with the lowest bidder so you can work out particulars. Once the task is done, your credit card is charged, the "rabbit" is paid and everyone is happy.
We recently hired a TaskRabbit to bring some boxes of books to a downtown donation center and were impressed with both the speed and professionalism of the exchange: We got a $30 bid within 20 minutes of posting and had the books off our desk the following morning.