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  • Blog Post: information technology evolving similar to how American cities have evolved?

    I love essays like this that stretch my thinking and give me new conceptual models for understanding what I see happening each day. According to Pat Helland's “Metropolis“ article , “we are at approximately the early 1880's in urban development in our parallel IT shop's growth!“...
  • Blog Post: Activewords scripting guide in PDF

    I might actually figure out how to make this scripting stuff work! AW have recently released a guide in PDF format . Source: Marc
  • Blog Post: VoIP Now Available on Pocket PCs For Free

    This article on Skype for Pocket PC mentions that Skype was founded by the two guys who in vented Kazaa! That's news to me. Wow, talk about two guys changing paradigms...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 gets media coverage down under!

    Great to see ZDnet Australia giving Channel9 some early coverage!
  • Blog Post: a look under the covers of Gmail - Google's new email service

    I'm all excited reading miscoranda's drill-down into Gmail . This is big. As big as OutlookMT, Scoble? I dunno. But it's big. Oh, I know, web mail is old hat. Yeah but so was “search” when Google jumped into the pond. Also laughing at Kevin Fox's post assuring everyone Gmail wasn't an...
  • Blog Post: why migrate from Microsoft ASP to Microsoft .NET

    A few months ago I linked to an article in a local paper which mentioned that one of Australia's largest e-tailers was still running on Microsoft ASP and SQL 7. Nothing at all wrong with that, as far as I'm concerned - plenty of businesses out there are happily running on even 20 year-old technology...
  • Blog Post: Bungie announces HALO 2 product placement. Allegedly.

    Revealing a brand synergy unprecedented in next generation gaming, Bungie today announced a list of vendors to be featured in-game in "Halo 2" the exciting sci-fi adventure heading to Xbox game systems this fall. Gee, I can’t seem to find “ Mungo McIver, a Microsoft marketing expert”...
  • Blog Post: newsflash: the internet is popular with Gen X & Y

    I had a laugh to myself reading this article today about a study conducted by the Online Publishers Association which analyzes the Internet habits of 18-to-34-year-olds, and guess what it found?? Gen X and Y have embraced the Web in a big way. Wow. No kidding. Humour aside, there are some good numbers...
  • Blog Post: Playing around with Anagram

    Thanks to Buzz who introduced me tonight to Anagram . Anagram instantly and intelligently translates the meaningful text from any application into Outlook Contact, Calendar, Task and Note items. Great app! Just what I've needed for YEARS. The amount of time I spend cutting and pasting people's sig files...
  • Blog Post: the "Father" of Information Engineering

    Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a living legend - Clive Finkelstein . Clive Finkelstein is acknowledged worldwide as the "Father" of Information Engineering (IE), having developed its concepts from 1976 - 1980 based on original work carried out by him to bridge from strategic business...
  • Blog Post: CIOs see increased IT spending: Gartner

    A survey of 956 chief information officers around the world shows they are confident about increases in IT spending in 2004 but do not intend to increase spending until business shows a recovery, a unit of the technology research firm Gartner said in a report released today. The survey found that the...
  • Blog Post: Do kids blog?

    Mitch Denny asks : I wonder what would happen if we encouraged school students to keep an open log of their thoughts about their studies that was accessible to teachers and parents where they could ask questions. Parents and teachers could then read the blog entries to help identify ways to help the...
  • Blog Post: Why do bloggers kill kittens?

    To find out why, jump over to the Blog Epidemic Analyzer FAQ at hp.com . And just to prove I'm not a "Blog Vampire"... source: Word Soup
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's marketing

    Dylan Greene on Windows 2003 Server : " I'm sure there's a bunch of other features we could be taking advantage of, but as usual it seems that Microsoft's marketing department would rather keep them a secret." Which reminds me of a comment a colleague of mind in Sydney made to me after a couple of tequilas...
  • Blog Post: I've been un-Googled

    I recently changed the title of my blog to improve my googlerank for the search "Microsoft blogger". And it worked... for a couple of days. I went from #40 to #4. And now? Apparently my blog doesn't exist. If I google "microsoft blogger", Scoble is still there, Frankarr is still there, I am… nowhere...
  • Blog Post: the one about blogs and tipping points

    I recently finished reading "The Tipping Point" and I came away from it wondering if Scoble is a connector? The ability of a popular blogger to create a memetic epidemic seems plausible. Especially if they are connected to other connectors. Are bloggers influential just because they are widely read?...
  • Blog Post: SenseCam is watching

    Frank Arrigo links to Microsoft Research's overview of "SenseCam" . I've wondered for a while about when we will have devices like this. I'd ultimately love a wearable device that records the audio-video of my life every moment I'm awake and archives it for future retrieval. I hate missing those little...
  • Blog Post: Amazon does RSS

    I agree with Paschal L that Amazon's RSS feeds are a very cool development. I'm still waiting to see who the first large 'traditional' non-media businesses are to pick up on RSS. I was speaking with Agent Smith yesterday about how he should use RSS at his company to publish news items. I'd love to have...
  • Blog Post: IT employment in Australia isn't improving

    Graeme Philipson in The Age reports: "Last week, the Australian Computer Society released its second annual survey of employment in the IT industry… The ACS data shows unemployment in the IT industry at more than 10 per cent, around twice the national average of 5.7 per cent... There are many reasons...
  • Blog Post: the one about eBay web services and why Microsoft Office 2003 rocks

    " eBay and Microsoft today invited third-party developers to tap into the Web services capabilities of both the eBay platform and the Microsoft Office System to enhance trading on eBay. With the combined power of the two platforms, developers now have the opportunity to build solutions that can benefit...
  • Blog Post: Cookin' With Google

    Tinderblog points us towards this useful app: Cookin' With Google . Enter in a couple of ingredients you find in your fridge, press a button, and it presents you with a list of recipes. Which reminds me to tell you of my latest vegetarian recipe du jour: Get some of those large field mushrooms. Cut into...
  • Blog Post: Australian insurance company uses Tablet PC

    Tony, the insurance assessor from AAMI, came to our house this afternoon to determine how much they are going to pay out from the burglery. I was impressed when he pulled out his Tablet PC and started to fill out the claim. While he confessed that he is still a "pen and paper man", Tony did admit the...
  • Blog Post: Add Contacts

    this looks like a handy plug-in for Outlook : "Add Contacts automatically adds e-mail addresses to the contact folder when you reply a message and/or send a new message."
  • Blog Post: Is RSS "the next big thing"?

    Frank Bajak from AP writes this article on RSS . Quotes Reinacker and Scoble (source: Scoble ). Most interesting analogy for me was between RSS readers and Netscape circa '94. Which makes me think - which large corporates are using RSS to publish corporate news? I just checked Microsoft PressPass and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the absence of bloggers

    Dylan talks about some of the things he discovered during his recent visit to Redmond. Among the things he found out were that none of his friends at Microsoft blogged, had heard of Scoble or used RSS aggregators. This doesn't surprise me. I talk to colleagues often about blogging and most aren't aware...
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