Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Economist LINK and a an Amazon blog that poses the technology addiction question LINK
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This is from a person who for many years has not owned a car. She and her husband bike everywhere, even in winter, but finally decided to buy a Honda Fit because it was a small, fuel efficient car that could fit their tandem. You can go on to read their wonderful tales of bicycling and New Zealand, among other topics. LINK
OtterBox makes has a very well made (though bulky) case for the 8800 (and Pearl, 8700 and 7200). While not fully waterproof, these are certainly highly water and dust resistant and provide great protection for BlackBerrys in extreme environments. My only criticism is that the hard part of the case creates a ridge just above the trackball, making use of the trackball and the keys to the left and right of it slightly harder to use. Otterbox LINK and BlackBerry Cool LINK.
Another set of nice cases are available from Seido (LINK). If you really have money to blow, buy an OtterBox and combine its keyboard membrane with the Seido Hybrid Crystal Case (LINK) to make a sleek, water and dust resistant case without the bulk (but of course less of the protection) of the OtterBox.
Friday, January 25, 2008
"The other unspoken divide is about economics: Gore and Friedman favor raising the cost of carbon. Page and Brin see a victory in reducing the price of the clean energy. Tax versus investment."
BuzzMachine LINK via Earth2Tech LINK
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Enhanced Messaging and Collaboration
The BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is a complete, end-to-end wireless platform that extends the benefits of an organization's messaging and collaboration environment to mobile users. Updates to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry device software1 will enable customers to further enhance usability and increase end-user productivity.
- Document Downloading and Editing – As a result of the integration of the ‘Documents To Go® by DataViz®’ software with the BlackBerry platform, users will be able to edit Microsoft® Office Word, PowerPoint® and Excel® files2 directly on their BlackBerry smartphone.
- Remote Search for Messages – Users will be able to search for and retrieve email messages from their email server even if the message is no longer stored on their BlackBerry smartphone.
- Free-Busy Calendar Lookup – Users on the go will be able to check the availability of colleagues before sending a meeting request.
- HTML and Rich Text Email Rendering – BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to view HTML and rich text email messages with original formatting preserved including font colors and styles, embedded images, hyperlinks, tables, bullets and other formatting.
- Advanced Enterprise Instant Messaging and Presence – New features for users running IBM Lotus Sametime® and Microsoft Live Communications Server will include improved address book integration, IM contact “click to call”, IM session “convert to call” and advanced emoticon support, allowing co-workers to collaborate and communicate more effectively using their BlackBerry smartphones.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I really should be doing real work, but since you asked . . . comparison of the new Macbook Air with the standard in ultraportables on the PC side, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61s. Both have full size keyboards. Both are lightweight. Both don't have optical drives.
Air, of course, runs OSX and can also run Windows vs. ThinkPad only able to run Windows
Air has a 13.3 inch screen capable of 1280 x 800 vs. ThinkPad 12 inch capable of 1024 x 768
Air has backlit illuminated keys vs. ThinkPad light that shines down, illuminating the keyboard (which doesn't work very well, I might add)
Air has iSight and microphone (and of course, the wonderful iChat video conferencing)
Air has LED screen (lower power consumption)
Air has gesture capable trackpad, though ThinkPad has that nubby eraser pointing device which I personally love
Air is thinner: dimensions: Air 12.8 x 8.94 x 0.16-0.76 | ThinkPad 10.5 x 8.3 x 0.8-1.1
Processor is the same speed, same type (al beit the Air has a modified, smaller Core 2 Duo)
ThinkPad can be configured to be almost 0.25 pounds LIGHTER than Air
ThinkPad can be configured with up to 4gB RAM, user upgradeable, instead of only 2gB
ThinkPad has unquestionably a better keyboard, but both are full sized
ThinkPad can be configured with faster and >2x larger hard drive--and it's user replaceable
ThinkPad has 3 USB ports, vs 1 for the Air.
ThinkPad has Firewire (aka 1394)
ThinkPad has built-in modem
ThinkPad has built-in Ethernet
ThinkPad has built-in cellular modem (X60 is Verizon and X61 is AT&T)
ThinkPad has user removable and replaceable battery
ThinkPad has available fingerprint reader
ThinkPad has available docking station
ThinkPad has built-in SD card slot
ThinkPad has built-in PCMCIA card slot
and again, with all that it's lighter!!
The innovation of aesthetics aside, I'm not so sure how innovative Air really is. But I do still really want one! For me, the thing that holds me back most is the lack of cellular modem. This seems an egregious oversight for something called the Air. I have signed up to the service on my ThinkPad, despite the outrageous monthly charge, and it is such a wonder to be able to be always on, with no need to find WiFi and no worries about the security of public networks.
(Probably things I've missed or got wrong. I welcome corrections.)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" is a rambling, mostly spoken word piece with piano accompaniment, a paen to the United States with the theme that we're actually not so very bad as people but our empire is fading. I had to wonder if Jobs knew this was coming but he must have. It was dark, casually satirical and largely disjointed. Such a strange and disconnected ending to a keynote glorifying the wonders of American entrepreneurship and technological ingenuity. What was the connection? Many intelligent, thought provoking and even uplifting connections could have been made but such connections were beyond Newman, who noted that his technological accomplishment was learning how to use an answering machine (those devices still exist??).
Below is the video. Bet this will be taken down from YouTube soon but if so, you can probably search for it or just scroll to the end of the Jobs keynote.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The big reason to buy this for your Macintosh is that MS Office 2004 barely works with OS X if you're running an Intel based Mac. It has to run under emulation. For me, it makes Excel and Powerpoint in particular essentially unusable because of crashes with large files--and my files tend to always be large. For this reason I wouldn't worry about this new version being buggy. Can't be worse than Office 2004 on Intel Macs.
This from a friend:
"I was a big fan of office a while back, but have found the Mac version really over rated. The exchange server tools are clunky and unreliable. It's expensive and doesn't play well with the other kids. You can't seem to do intuitive things like turn a task into a calendar event like you can on Windows or ical. I'm actually moving more and more stuff over to the apple versions and will be giving iwork a try soon. Of course these experiences may have more to do with my heavy graphics needs and very light office needs. $350 for an upgrade is insulting for the few new features they implement every time. I always tell people that if Office is their main application, forget the Mac. I haven't used Vista or the new ribbon office thingy but XP and office 2003 works great."A few points:
1. Upgrade is not $350 but $215 on Amazon.
2. Confession: I don't use a Mac day-to-day. I bought this upgrade for my wife and for my mother. I use Windows XP because Powerpoint and Excel are my most important programs. No crashes and no viruses, in part I think because I run all my mail through GMail (and what is SPAM? Google has cured that for me). Lately XP has been running beautifully, as have Excel and Powerpoint 2003. Certainly no need for Vista. And no need for me to switch to the Mac right now, unless I'm seduced too heavily by the Macbook Nano rumored for Tuesday, January 15.
3. If you use a Mac in a mixed environment and need to coordinate with others using shared Calendars, you pretty much have to use have to use Entourage. (Though you could experiment with iCal and Snerdware's Groupcal program.)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Now Microsoft is launching Office 2008 for Mac. But on Microsoft's Mactopia website, their portal into their Macintosh products, you can't find out information about the product!! There's a link to a PDF document. But the site doesn't tell you it's a link to a PDF--a big no-no--and it went on to crash my PC Firefox browser. It seems other info won't be released until January 15 when the product ships. But on Apple's website, you can find out all you want about this much awaited Microsoft product. Is that wacko or what??
It's this comparison chart I was looking for: LINK. Found to date only on the Apple website, it compares the various editions of Office 2008. For those who don't need Microsoft Exchange support, looks like the new Student and Home version of Office is a deal compared to what the product used to cost.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Doug Mills/The New York Times
Friday, January 04, 2008
And of course Garr Reynolds' website: Presentation Zen
Thursday, January 03, 2008
"Office 2008 for the Mac has some new features, but it isn’t nearly as radical an overhaul as the latest Windows version was. While the latter junked all the menus and traditional toolbars in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, the new Mac version retains the familiar menus and toolbars. It doesn’t use the so-called Ribbon, a band of icons that is the signature feature of Windows Office 2007." -- Walt Mossberg LINK