“Windows Azure” is a terrible name but you need to be aware of it anyway. Windows Azure is a breathtakingly ambitious platform outlined by Microsoft at last week’s Professional Developer Conference, another attempt by Microsoft to position itself to profit from a paradigm shift that will be just as important as the move to the Internet in the 90s. […] continuedRead more
There are lots of projects intended to move our computing lives online. Let me try to paint a picture of where our world is heading over the next 5-10 years. I’ll use Microsoft projects as examples but keep in mind that other companies have similar projects and goals.
Start with hundreds of thousands of high-powered servers all over the world, run by big companies, providing storage space and computing power to do interesting things. […] continuedRead more
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I love Dell, I really do. I recently bought that Optiplex, which has been great. So when my dad called this morning and asked about buying a new PC, I told him I could probably get something at Dell for under $500. I headed over to Dell, went back and forth between the Inspiron and Studio desktops and then started configuring an Inspiron 518.
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The New York Times has an article today about XO Communications, a company that most of you have never heard of. It gave me a little wave of nostalgia – XO is irrelevant now but I still have accounts there and it meant a lot to me in the old days. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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.
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more