GRANDCENTRAL & GOOGLE BLACK HOLE

GrandCentral is a wonderful free service for handling phone calls. When you sign up, you pick a new phone number and do a few minutes of easy setup. Then when someone calls that number, all of your phones ring simultaneously and you can answer any of them.

I’ve relied on GrandCentral for more than a year. […] continued

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JUNGLE DISK ONLINE BACKUP

jungledisklogo Take a look at Jungle Disk, a service for online backups with a good reputation. I’m testing it now and finding a lot of things to like.

The idea is simple – back up folders to a secure place online at regular intervals, and retrieve them any time but especially in the event of a computer crash. […] continued

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OLYMPIC TECHNOLOGY

By the close of the 2008 Olympic Games, NBC will have broadcast 2,900 hours of live coverage – more than the total number of US television hours for all previous summer Olympic Games combined.

In addition to the broadcasts on the primary NBC channel, video coverage will be virtually nonstop on NBC’s Spanish-language outlet, Telemundo, and on five of seven major NBC Universal-owned cable channels. […] continued

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THE MOJAVE EXPERIMENT

Microsoft has put up a web site for “The Mojave Experiment,” with film footage of people responding favorably to what they believed was a brand-new secret operating system, then catching their reactions when told they were looking at Vista. It’s pretty effective advertising! And the video wall on the web site is pretty cool. […] continued

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MICROSOFT ONLINE SERVICES

Two weeks ago, Microsoft announced new services that might drastically change the email technology used by small businesses. Let me give you some background, then give you some information about Microsoft Online Services – a way for a small business to have its Outlook folders stored online by Microsoft.

Companies running Exchange Server for Outlook reap tremendous benefits. […] continued

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SMALL BUSINESS SERVER 2008 IS COMING

Small Business Server 2008, the successor to SBS 2003, will ship on November 12. The first few months will reveal any lingering issues and clarify the procedure for migrating to the new platform from SBS 2003. In early 2009, I’ll be talking about it to my clients with SBS 2003 running on servers that are more than three years old – it will be time to refresh the hardware that runs the business, part of my long-time belief that it is always preferable to replace a computer on your schedule rather than the computer’s breakdown schedule. […] continued

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WINDOWS VISTA SMALL BUSINESS ASSURANCE

Small businesses (less than 50 employees) can get free telephone support from Microsoft for any Vista-related issues on new PCs running Vista Business or Vista Ultimate purchased between July 1 and September 30. Now that Windows XP is off the market, Microsoft is trying to rebuild Vista’s battered image and let people know that Vista works just fine. […] continued

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NOTEBOOK MARKET

The market for notebook computers is growing fast. Notebooks already outsell desktop computers in the US and will outsell desktops globally by next year, according to the New York Times. Here’s a report released yesterday comparing global notebook shipments in the first quarters of 2007 and 2008, showing HP and Dell with hugely increased sales and more than a third of the market between them. […] continued

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ACROBAT ONLINE

Adobe has launched an online suite of software and services, along with announcing the July release of Acrobat 9. It’s all interesting but I have a sense of overload already, and we’re still very early in the new age of online web services.

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Acrobat.com is ready for you to begin using for free – an email address and a password opens up online file storage, convenient file sharing, an online word processor, web conferencing, and a PDF converter. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL GOES OOPS

GrandCentral is a phenomenally useful service for some people. The service assigns you a free phone number; you can route calls so when that number is dialed, the phone rings at any number of places you choose. When you call my GrandCentral number – the only number I give out now – both my office phone and my cell phone ring, so you can reach me wherever I am, crucial in an area like Sonoma County where cell phone coverage is spotty. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 WILL BE SWELL!

The latest wave of media overcoverage concerns Windows 7, the followup to Vista, which Microsoft hopes to have ready in 2-3 years. The theme of many blogs and news articles is that Vista is obviously a horrible, misguided mistake but it’s okay because Windows 7 will be swell.

This article in Business Week is typical:

“CLOSING THE DOOR TO MICROSOFT VISTA

“A number of companies are opting not to embrace Redmond’s latest operating system and, like GM, are waiting for Windows 7 instead

“General Motors may take a detour around Vista, the latest computer operating system from Microsoft.

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EMAIL NO LONGER RELIABLE BUSINESS TOOL

An interesting problem has developed, and there’s no good answer in sight. Email is no longer a reliable business tool. We’re going to keep using it but there will be more occasions when I have no good answer to mail-related complaints.

Spam is the primary reason that things are falling apart. […] continued

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MAKER FAIRE 2008

Sebastopol-based O’Reilly Media has clearly filled a need with Make Magazine, devoted to do-it-yourself technology – but a long, long way from Popular Mechanics and the other DIY magazines that baby boomers recall from their dad’s garage in the 60s. The magazine features creative, eccentric projects that might require technical prowess, or fearlessness, or some cool power tools – or a little bit of all three. […] continued

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OFFICE 2007 COMPATIBILITY PACK

Microsoft Office 2007 features top-to-bottom rewrites of Word, Excel and Powerpoint, with ribbons replacing the familiar menus and toolbars. There is another change lurking under the hood that might affect you even if you don’t buy a new computer and start using the Office 2007 programs.

All three programs save files in new formats by default – .DOCX, .XLSX, and .PPTX. […] continued

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CELL PHONE SPAM

The advertising industry is starting to turn its attention to advertising on cell phones.

Here’s an article that forecasts a “perfect storm” of annoying advertising. “It audibly interrupts your life like telemarketing. It�s cheap to mass-produce like e-mail spam. And it holds you hostage like TV ads.”

“eMarketer projects that the $421 million spent on cell phone ads in the United States in 2006 will grow to $4.7 billion by 2011 and exceed $6.5 billion in 2012.

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