Media Temple is my hosting provider for my new personal blog and a few web projects I'm currently developing. This morning, they announced a web-based control center specifically designed for the iPhone that allows customers to manage their accounts, add domains, reboot servers, pay bills, and more from the iPhone from a very Apple-esque UI. It's one of the best designs I've encountered to date for the iPhone and provides an anytime, anywhere portal for me to manage my (mt) account.
James Farrar focuses on the business balance between financial performance and social-environmental impact.
I'm heading up to Seattle for Gnomedex which kicks off tomorrow evening. I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of my friends and making some new ones too. There should be a lot to blog about from this event which Chris and Ponzi Pirillo, the organizers, have dubbed the Blogosphere's Conference.
Claritude Software has announced version 2.0 of their SpeedFiler add-in for Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007. This utility makes processing and clearing your inbox a much less onerous chore and the new version adds a few welcome new features and a blast of performance tuning.
When I read stuff like this, it confirms my belief that there's something very broken in the world of Vista. Here's a very knowledgeable user and talented developer who's confounded and befuddled by a well-documented and still unaddressed issue affecting Vista users running Internet Explorer 7. The problem manifests itself as an annoying and increasingly frequent hang or time-out during which the PC is essentially rendered useless. This is not a productivity enhancing experience folks. This is a huge time sink.
This is bad news for those of us who need some of the advanced functionality in Mac Office to collaborate with folks in the Windows world. Track Changes, in particular, is a compatibility issue that keep from from switching off Microsoft entirely on the Mac. It's so commonly used in the work I do that I simply can't afford to rely on another suite or set of products. I was pretty excited about the changes I've been hearing about in this next release but I guess I'll just have to continue muddling along with Office 2004 on my MacBook a while longer.
I'm happy to report that the film was die-cut very precisely and fit around the various ports and buttons on the iPhone perfectly. The entire process took about 20 minutes (I was trying really hard to be slow and deliberate) and the results are simply extraordinary. The iPhone is now encased in a virtually scratch-proof plastic skin that is crystal clear. As an added bonus, the BodyGuardz material offers better surface adhesion that makes holding the iPhone feel a lot more secure than the slippery finish of the device itself.
Well I seem to have hit a nerve (or struck a chord at least) with a lot of people with my recent post about the decidedly mixed reaction to Vista. It's the most heavily trafficked and commented post I've made here at ZDNet and reading through the comment thread reveals a few interesting topics of conversation. Aside from the ever-present Linux (or Mac OS) vs. Windows comments that are a staple of any contentious thread here in ZDNet-land, the actual issue I hoped to address – productivity – was well covered along with the historical perspective suggested by more than a few commenters that things were not so different when Windows XP (or Windows 2000) were first released.
I just performed the iPhone Update (to version 1.01) and it went without a hitch. There appear to be numerous small improvements but nothing to get too terribly excited about. Overall performance is just fine (WiFi feels a bit snappier, EDGE about the same) and the only thing I needed to reset was the password on my WiFi connection. Others who have hacked their iPhone are reporting that a full restore needs to be performed and mail accounts and other settings reset. More information is available from the TUAW team who are "live blogging" the update. An updated iPhone manual is also available from the Apple web site (link is in the updater startup screen).
There's so much information available that I often come across stuff I find terrificly interesting but difficult to find time to cover. Other items are orthogonal to the topics I focus on here but still of interest to me and, potentially, to you too. So I've set up a link blog using Google Reader's sharing feature. If you're interested, here's the link.
I've been working with Ismael Ghalimi, Oliver Starr, and Brian Solis on developing a Mobility and Productivity track for the upcoming Office 2.0 Conference. We're still in the early planning stages in terms of content for that track but Ismael made a bombshell announcement yesterday that is tremendously exciting. Every paid attendee (as well as speakers and sponsors) will receive an iPhone as part of their registration!