At the end of January, I wrote about Zoho Notebook, the latest addition to the company's stable of web-based applications. At the time, I was very impressed with the concept and initial execution and today, Zoho has made Notebook publicly available as a beta. If you use a product like Circus Ponies Notebook on the Mac or Microsoft OneNote on Windows, you'll immediately grasp the general idea but Notebook, as I wrote in my original post, has internet-native capabilities that exceed what these fat client apps can do on the desktop. Zoho's Raju Vegesna has put together a video introduction that highlights some of the capabilities engineered into Notebook.
James Farrar focuses on the business balance between financial performance and social-environmental impact.
Marc Wagner at the ZDNet Education IT blog asks a question that has come up here (and elsewhere) many times. "Why do so many people hate Microsoft?" Marc begins his post exploring some of the antipathy that exists between the pro-Microsoft and pro-*NIX crowds with relative dispassion and points to a general lack of civility in our culture as the meta-driver for the flame wars that seem to spontaneously combust whenever a pro-Microsoft or pro-Linux post or comment is made.
Chris Brogan has a great post today about being a connector – the type of person who brings people together for the sheer joy of seeing what happens when people in your network who don't yet know each other get together (atoms or bits) through your introductions. It's something I've always enjoyed doing and that I focus on with intent since I read Tim Sanders' Love is the Killer App a number of years ago. Sanders call connectors "love cats" which might sound a little touchy-feely but works when you get the full meaning behind the label.
I posted a while back that Palm was promising a much-anticipated (and overdue) firmware update for the Treo 700p to address Bluetooth pairing, stability, and performance issues. Based on a recent post to their blog that was picked up by Kevin Tofel at jkOnTheRun this weekend, it appears the release is still on track and should be available by the end of the month. Here's hoping. It's hard to understand how it's taken an entire year to address basic problems like this.
The AI (After iPhone) era will be a different place than the BI (Before iPhone) world we've been living in. It took a few years for the real impact of the iPod ecosystem to be fully appreciated. Lessons were learned. I suspect we'll see a similar awakening this time around but on a grander scale and at a faster clip.
I’ve just gotten a chance to take a look at the new Kingston MobileLite – a 9-in-1 USB card reader that supports the most popular media formats used in the mobile phones, digital cameras, PCs and portable media devices I carry around. The device which is about the size and shape of first generation USB thumb drives, has two hatches that open to reveal slots for cards in the following formats...
Well, he likes it more than he did the first-generation Ultra Mobile PC from the Korean electronics giant. Although he still thinks the UNPC form factor is rife with too many compromises to meet broad mainstream adoption (and I'm certainly not going to argue with that), he finds the next-gen Q1 a significant improvement.
Great, great post on the InformationWeek blog by Boing Boing founder, author, and deep thinker Cory Doctorow on how to deal with trolls. It turns out that nuclear science is a great metaphor for managing community and the secret lies in "twiddling the rods" in just the right fashion. Just go read it... you won't be sorry.
lipStart, the handheld PC released a couple of months ago, is now available from Dynamism, a reseller of high-performance mobile gear. Previously, the tiny PC was only available directly from the company. A number of accessories including batteries and a port replicator for use on the desktop are also available. Interestingly, the FlipStart can be ordered with either Windows XP Pro or Vista Business installed at the same price of $1999.00.
Just got back from a trip to New York City and catching up on RSS feeds I see that a newWordPress cleint for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet has been released. WordPy is a pretty full-featured client for the Maemo Linux OS and runs on both the Nokia 770 and 800 tablets. WordPy requires Python. I'll get this set up this week and give it a try. Looks like the N800 just got another great use added to its bag of tricks.
I'm off to New York City for a few days and just finished packing my gadget bag for this outing. Given the duration of the flight (about 6 hours with ime zone changes), the brevity of the layover (less than an hour), and the fact that I'm traveling with the family, I have configured my kit with power, entertainment, and flexibility in mind. Here's what I'm bringing along...
I've been evaluating the Nokia N95 (review coming shortly on this power-packed device and its perfect companion, the N800 Internet Tablet) for about a week now and have been fighting with Nokia's PC Suite on the Lenovo X60t Tablet PC trying to get a just-released firmware update performed. No dice. In a fit of pique, I decided to load PC Suite on my Vista machine on the MacBook and... you can probably guess the moral of this story, right?
Just received word from Grahl Software Design that they have released version 1.5 of their PDF Annotator application that is one of my must-have applications on my Tablet PC. The question I'm most asked about this tool is "can anyone open the annotated PDF file?" and the answer is yes.
As usual, my friend Andrew Carton at Treonauts is the first with breaking Treo news. Today the news is that Palm and Sprint have officially announced the availability of the new Treo 755p. I'm looking forward to seeing this device - it addresses the few concerns I have with my current 700p and the 650 I previously used (now being enjoyed by my son). It's slimmer, has an improved finish, lacks the antenna stub, and adds a few welcome additions to the already great bundled software.
Warner Crocker at GottaBeMobile.com points to a press release from Samsung announcing the official launch of the company's latets Ultra Mobile PC offering, the Q1 Ultra. This device is the first offering from Samsung, an early leader in the UMPC market, to feature an integrated thumb board split across both sides of the display. Here's a link to the press release. Two items that make this announcement particularly interesting are the price point – starting at $799 – and the large number of retailers who will be carrying the device.