Another day, another announcement about Google pulling the net into its gravity well. Salesforce.com and Google have announced an integration that tightly couple AdWords campaign management into the popular CRM/SFA tool. It's a natural fit and I'm trying not to feel all creepy about this but...
James Farrar focuses on the business balance between financial performance and social-environmental impact.
Why are these two men smiling? Because a partnership that increases the value of both parties is always cause for celebration.ThinkFree has been on a roll this year with big presence at both ETech (where CEO TJ Kang also presented a new document sharing community) and Web 2.0 Expo. I've just received the new portable version of ThinkFree Office to evaluate and will have a review of this latest addition to the product line in short order. And now, the company announces a strategic partnership with Hong Kong-based EditGrid to deliver a very potent set of options for online spreadsheet creation, editing, and collaboration.
If you are getting weary of Windows Vista User Access Control (UAC) popping up confirmation dialogs but (like me) are reluctant to turn it off since a lot of what it does is actually good, this might be just the ticket. I found this via Brad Linder at DownloadSquad this morning and plan to keep in around for software install sessions and other occasions when I know I'm going to get "beeped" frequently as a result of actions I know I want to take.
Andy Abramson posts a list of 15 things hotels can do to better serve digital nomads who stay with them on his Working Anywhere blog. Andy logs more miles than just about anyone I know and, like me and a few of my nomadic buddies, always has a variety of devices in his kit to support remote work. It's a great list I'll use to assess where I saty when OtR (On the Road or On the Run – take your pick).
What is apparent in reading the Web Worker Daily article and increasingly is impacting the decisions I make about the web-based tools I use is how, over time, the integration and interaction Google is building into their individual offerings is feeling more and more like what Microsoft has done with Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer. Or, on the other side of the aisle, how Apple has, with the assistance of some really talented third parties, managed the same on OS X with iLife and iWork.
I've been a longtime and loyal user of Palm devices dating back to when the company made software for the Newton. While there have been bumps in the road through the years (as there have been with every technology brand I've used), the manner in which the widely documented problems with the Treo 700p have been handled is just abysmal.
I came across the And Still I Persist blog some time ago and it's become a welcome addition to my aggregator, providing some great insights and opinions about the art and science of software development and IT. Bruce Webster, one of the three authors contributing to the blog, has crafted a very enjoyable series of in-depth posts titled The Art of 'Ware, a treatise on software development based on the principles laid out in Sun Tzu's Art of War. He's just made a PDF version available for offline reading and I highly recommend it.
Lenovo appears ready to give its ThinkPad Tablet PC offering a boost with the imminent arrival of the X61 model which features a Core 2 Duo processor, better connectivity options, enhanced displays, and a reported 12-hour battery life with the now-standard 8-cell battery. More info at GottaBeMobile.com. Apparently my fellow MVP Dennis Rice already has his hands on one and will be posting some comparisons to the ThinkPad X60t I'm currently working with.
I'm not often left feeling completely astonished these days. I like to think I'm pretty on top of where things are going. But I just got completely blindsided by Google Gears. There's already plenty of first-glance analysis to help you grasp the magnitude of what they've done. I recommend you start by listening to David Berlind's podcast interview with Linus Upson, a director of engineering at Google about the back story on Gears and what Google is aiming to accomplish with this broadside.
Tim Sanders ran into an all-too common problem at a speaking engagement. The sequence of speakers at a conference was running behind schedule and he found himself facing a hungry, tired crowd just before lunch.
I just read an interesting piece in the Orlando Sentinel (via Techmeme) about voice over WiFi and other solutions to spotty cell phone coverage in the home, office, and other environments where signal strength can be anywhere from intermittent to nonexistent. My pal Andy Abramson weighs in with his thoughts at VoIP Watch on how the cell network operators have fumbled the ball on creating this convergence. In typical, no-holds-barred fashion, he writes...
Which leads to the point of this post. Although I did take the MacBook along for the trip, once I saw the close quarters and realized that connectivity was going to be intermittent at best, I made what for me is a pretty radical decision and decided to do the entire trip using the Nokia N95 "handheld multimedia computer" (AKA smartphone) and N800 internet tablet as my principle means of staying connected to e-mail, IM, RSS, and blogging.
Eighty dollars. That's the number (at least for Vista Home Premium) according to this comparison from Coding Horror of the price delta between identical Dell systems configured with Vista and Ubuntu Linux.
Gmail is now rendering PowerPoint slide decks as a playable slide show. I've found a few files it's choked on (seems to be graphic density but that's very unscientific data so YMMV). It's very fast and quite useful when it works. I get a lot of PPT files and this is a nice quick way to make a decision whether I need to D/L the file or just leave it in Gmail and reference it there as needed.
Chris Brogan has kicked off a biography meme – the DIY Autobiography Kit – following a self-revelatory post he published yesterday. Sounds like fun so here goes...